|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 2% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||November||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 748||Average for round-trip flights in January 2021|
|Round-trip from||C$ 564||From Toronto to Barcelona|
|One-way from||C$ 370||One-way flight from Toronto to Barcelona|
When to fly to Barcelona
Summer is peak season, however travellers planning cheap flights to Barcelona in August should note that many locals clear out of the city for the month. May, June, and September are great months to visit. The weather is warm but not overbearing.
There’s no real off season per se. Barcelona, between leisure and business travellers, is a four-season destination.
Barcelona has it all – history, culture, stunning architecture, beautiful beaches, exciting cuisine, one of the world’s biggest soccer clubs and a definite cool factor. On top of all this, Barcelona is home to some of the most enthusiastic party-goers on the planet. It’s no wonder that it is a regular in lists of must-visit cities. Happily, that means there are always plenty of cheap flights to Barcelona.
Two of Barcelona’s most famous artists are Pablo Picasso and Antonio Gaudi. Picasso lived in the city between his teenage years and early-20s. His museum is at 15-23 Montcada. There are 3,500 works there – sketches, collages and paintings. To see Gaudi’s work, look around the streets. The Sagrada Familia church is stunning, and unfinished. The other is Parc Guell. The rainbow-coloured architectural features bubble and morph and melt, the most famous is perhaps the smiling dragon that reclines on the stairs.
Flights from Canada to Barcelona, Spain can range from about 7h-18h. If you’re traveling from a city in an eastern province, such as Montreal or Toronto, you’ll likely get to Barcelona on the shorter end of the range, while those traveling out of Calgary or Vancouver can expect their flight to be possibly several hours longer, with a stopover or two along the way.
Nonstop flights to Barcelona are available from two of Canada’s major airports, Toronto Pearson International in Ontario and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Quebec. Airlines that operate these direct flights include Air Canada, Air Transat, and Lufthansa. If you’re traveling out of Toronto, your direct flight will likely be close to eight hours, while a direct flight from Montreal will be a bit shorter, closer to seven hours total.
Barcelona, Spain is home to one major airport, El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto, which is where you can fly into with Canada flight deals. El Prat is 13km from the city centre and there is a range of transport options available to you to reach downtown upon arrival.
Taking a taxi from the airport will take 20-30 minutes and cost you about C$45 when traveling from Terminal 1, and about C$50 when traveling from Terminal 2. Aerobus Express bus service operates every few minutes and can take you from Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 to Barcelona city centre for about C$8, one way per rider. Barcelona’s RENFE Train runs every 30 minutes from the airport to the city centre and takes about 25 minutes with the purchase of a T10 ticket, which is only a few dollars. Travelers can also take TMB airport bus #46 during the day, and night bus NitBus N17 when leaving the airport. For less than C$5, you’ll arrive in the city centre, although it will take longer than the other transport options.
Barcelona is one of Spain’s most popular destination cities, thanks to its unique architecture, vibrant history, and culinary prowess.
A stroll down Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s tree-lined pedestrian thoroughfare, is a must for those who want to catch a glimpse of every-day Barcelona life. Here you’ll see vendors, performers, shops, cafes, and more. If you love architecture and the eclectic, the awe-inspiring sight of Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s immense and haunting cathedral, is not to be missed. La Boqueria is Barcelona’s most popular indoor market that contains stall after stall of delicious local foods. Barcelona’s top restaurants source their ingredients here, and it’s a wonderful spot to people watch and snack on tasty tapas.
Canadian citizens traveling to Barcelona do need a valid passport. You will not need a visa as long as you are visiting for tourism or business purposes and are staying for under 90 days.
The climate is Mediterranean – hot summers and mild, damp winters. The hottest months are July and August. Temperatures average 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). The coldest months are January and February. Average temperatures are about 10 degrees (50F).
Public transportation is a great way to get around in Barcelona. Once you’re in an area, walking is a very nice way to explore. The metro is best and buses will take you to the airport and out from the centre of town. The double-decker Bus Turistic makes stops at popular tourist destinations in the summer.
Save some money by buying multiple-ride tickets. The Barcelona Card gets you discounts at various restaurants and tourist attractions. You can also rent mopeds and bicycles, or hail a taxi. Taxis are reasonably priced, but it’s always a good idea to make sure the meter is running. Note that night fares are more expensive.