As a leading Spanish tourist destination, Barcelona is well-served with direct flights from major world cities. Finnair, KLM, Delta, United and American Airlines all fly direct from New York. Finnair and Air Europa leave from Miami, and Aeroflot connects from Philadelphia and Atlanta. UK carriers offer many direct flights to Barcelona with easyJet and RyanAir offering daily departures from various UK airports including Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Southend. Vueling fly from Gatwick and British Airways leaves Heathrow daily for the 2-hour journey. Several airlines from Australia fly to Barcelona with one or two stops including Singapore Airlines that makes one stop in Singapore. Emirates flies from Durban, South Africa with a change in Dubai. Flights arrive at Barcelona Airport (BCN) (El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto) located in El Prat some 12 kilometers south of the city.
Buses offer an economical way to get into the city with regular services offered by Aerobus. The A1 bus runs to Terminal 1, and the A2 to Terminal 2. Return tickets are valid for 15 days and you can buy Aerobus tickets with Omio before your flight to Barcelona, meaning it is super simple to get from your flight to the city center. Renfe trains run from T2 to the city center where passengers can connect with the metro at either Barcelona Sants or Passeig de Gràcia stations. There are also plenty of taxis are also available for the 30-minute journey into town.
Capital of the region of Catalonia, Barcelona is a modern dynamic city bursting with artistic vigour. Dominated by the spirit of the architect Gaudi, the city features an atmospheric Gothic quarter and some stunning buildings such as the Sagrada Familia with its unique spires. As a major European nightlife venue, Barcelona's clubs and bars hum deep into the night, and the city's many eateries offer everything from local Catalonian fare with seafood to tapas and Japanese food. The Mediterranean offers the chance for sunbathing and a dip while the Collserola Hills to the rear of the city offer a dream locale for biking, hiking or simply admiring the view.