Cheap Flights from New York to Barcelona
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Information on flights from New York to Barcelona
Flying from New York to Barcelona? Your flight route will take you from the fast pace of the Big Apple, to the mosaic-covered buildings and palm-lined streets of sunny Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. From the colorful, curving shapes of Antoni Gaudí’s architectural wonders, to the glimmering beaches, and mouthwatering flavors of local cuisine, Barcelona presents a rich experience for all the senses. The tips below from Skyscanner, will help make your journey as smooth and worry free as possible, so you can make the most of your time in beautiful Barcelona.
Flight Route Options
If you’re looking for a direct flight from New York City to Barcelona, you can fly from either Newark Liberty International or JFK airport. Newark hosts flights carried by United and Lufthansa, whereas if you fly from JFK, you can choose between American, KLM, Air France, Delta, Air Europea, Finnair, Iberia, British Airways, and Aer Lingus. Flights with connections are available from all NYC airports. Most airlines include meal services on transatlantic flights, along with one free checked bag, but it’s always best to confirm with your airline, or check Skyscanner’s airline information pages for more details.
All NYC airports can be reached by car or public transportation, and have a range of short- and long-term parking options. If you’re looking to avoid the stress of New York’s infamous traffic, your best bet is to take public transportation. If you’re flying out of JFK, you can take the AirTrain, subway, and a number of city buses, including the NYC Airporter bus. Newark Liberty International is located just inland from New York City in Newark, NJ and can be reached by the Newark Liberty Airport Express and AirTrain Newark, which connect to Amtrak and the New Jersey transit rail services.
Whether you’re taking a car, taxi, bus or train, make sure to check your journey time in advance and plan to give yourself plenty of
leeway, as even the trains can take a considerable time to reach the airports if you need to travel the length of the city. If you’re staying in Midtown Manhattan, for instance, the train or subway to JFK can take up to 75 minutes, so make sure to plan ahead. If you’re arriving by car, figure in extra time, especially if you’re likely to hit rush hour traffic, as this can sometimes add over an hour onto your journey time.
American citizens will need to show a passport in order to board their flight. Once you land in Barcelona, you will also need to go through customs and immigrations upon arrival, as you will be entering the European Union. If you’re taking a connecting flight with a layover outside of the US, be aware that you’ll most likely have to go through immigrations at the country where your layover is, so make sure to figure in plenty of time. The EU currently has an open border policy between most countries in the Schengen area, so if you have a layover in another Schengen country, you may not have to go through immigrations again when you land in Spain. However, if you have a layover in a non-participating nation, such as the UK, you will have to go through immigrations at both points, so keep your passport handy.
American citizens do not need a visa to visit EU countries, and are allowed to stay for up to 90 days in every 6-month period as tourists.
Landing in Barcelona
Barcelona-El Prat airport has two terminals, T1 and T2, which are connected by a shuttle bus. It takes about 12 minutes to go from one terminal to the other, as they are located 4 miles apart. If you have someone coming to pick you up, make sure they know which terminal to meet you at!
With public transportation, you can reach downtown Barcelona with the Aerobus Shuttle, or the 46 bus, which costs less, but takes a slightly slower route. Buses serve both airport terminals. Every half an hour, the trainline RENFE R2 Nord runs to a number of stations within and beyond Barcelona, and departs from Terminal 2. If you’re in Terminal 1, a green service bus can take you to the train, and vending machines are available for train tickets.
Taxis are also available at the airport. It’s typical for driver’s to add an extra fee of €3.10 for trips to and from the airport, and an extra euro for oversized luggage.
Time Zone, Currency, and Language
Barcelona, in the Central European Time Zone, is 6 hours ahead of New York City. The currency used in Spain is the Euro (€, EUR), which is conveniently used by a number of other nations within the European Union. Spanish is the official language spoken in Spain, although many people in Barcelona speak in the regional dialect Catalan, which you will see on signs as well. As in any large tourist city, many people speak English, but it is worthwhile to learn some key phrases in Spanish just in case, as people in older generations especially may not speak English.
While violent crime rates are not high in Barcelona, there is a well-known problem with pickpockets and petty theft, so make sure to keep a close eye on your belongings at all times. It’s a good idea, for example to catch a taxi to your hotel rather than walk your luggage for a long distant down the street, as over-burdened travellers are easy targets for thieves.
Overall though, Barcelona is a vibrant and enjoyable destination, whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, and these tips will ensure that you can make the most of your time in this stunning city.
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