There is plenty of choice when it comes to flights to Barcelona, with a wide number of carriers offering flights to El Prat Airport from destinations all across the UK. For those looking for a bargain, flights to Girona which is an easy two-hour drive from Barcelona may be a good option, especially during peak times.
On arrival at El Prat Airport there are several public transport options for your onward travel in to Barcelona. Car hire is available from the airport, although parking in the city is expensive. The RENFE train offers a regular and direct service to Clot, Passeig de Gracia, or Barcelona Sants all of which connect to the Barcelona Metro. There are also several bus routes that serve a range of destinations, including the direct Aerobus airport bus. You can hire a taxi, or for larger groups book a private minicab from the airport. This option can work well if there's a lot of people travelling all at once, but isn't the cheapest.
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Barcelona has excellent public transport and it's quite easy to explore large parts of the city on foot too. The transport options include a metro, a bus network and two tram lines. The metro and buses run on the same tickets and are easy to use if you want to make your own way around. The popular Barcelona Bus Tour offers three routes and covers most of the tourist attractions in the city. With one or two-day passes and hop-on-hop-off usage it's a great way to see the city if you're there for a short break.
It's easy to get to other destinations in Spain as well as to France and Italy from Barcelona. The Spanish train network is excellent and offers high speed rail to Madrid as well as numerous other connections to cities in Spain as well as into Cerbère in France. Barcelona is a busy port and you can get a boat to the Balearics as well as to Rome and Genoa. There is also a very comprehensive coach network offering low-cost travel to cities throughout Spain.