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The Cheapest Time to Fly to Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most exciting and popular cities in Europe. We took a look at what the city has to offer and figured out when is the best time to book your flights. Find out now why Barcelona needs to be on your radar.

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When is the cheapest time to fly to Barcelona?

We’ve analyzed our booking data from 2018 to predict when to fly to Barcelona in 2019. Last year’s trends show that November was the cheapest time to fly to Barcelona, with prices 20% cheaper than the yearly average ticket price. Traveling in August led to prices 31% higher than average. Avoid those summer months as they tend to be the most popular for tourists to visit Barcelona!

Avoid traveling to Barcelona during the summer months where prices increase

Barcelona has a rich history, distinctive architecture, and a vibrant culture. This is one of the most enigmatic cities in Europe, providing a warm welcome throughout the year. With a changing cycle of events and different weather, there are a number of times when it makes sense to book flights to Barcelona. You’ll find that some times of the year are more suited to particular activities so we decided to take a look at the factors that will help you decide when you should visit.

When is the cheapest month to book flights to Barcelona?

Although you may be squirming to get your flights booked to Barcelona, data from 2018 suggests the longer you wait, the better. On average, flights booked in December of 2018 were 20% cheaper than the average yearly ticket price. Avoid booking in May, where flights were 21% more expensive than the average flight price.

Skyscanner predicts flights booked to Barcelona in December will be the cheapest

Skyscanner has developed a series of essential tools to help you find the best time to book and increase your chances of securing the cheapest prices on air travel. This includes the use of our new Best Time to Book Flights to Barcelona tool, Cheapest Month Search feature and setting up Price Alerts. Simple, painless, and saves travelers a lot of time + money while planning for your next trip!

Skyscanner’s Best Time to Book tool is based on historical booking data from all throughout 2018. While we cannot predict exactly which factors may impact flight prices in 2019, we have analyzed a considerable amount of data to allow us to identify clear flight pricing patterns that we would expect to be replicated this coming year.

These results should be considered as a guide for travelers and only as a strong recommendation from Skyscanner, based on advanced data analytics, on how to save the most money booking your next flights. 😊 Rest assured, there will be perfect date to guarantee when flights will be the cheapest cheapest.

Weather in Barcelona

You will find that a visit to the city most times of the year allows you to enjoy a Mediterranean climate and warm weather. In terms of good weather for travelers, early summer and fall are the best times to visit, especially May to June or September to October.

In winter, days tend to be cooler but often sunny with only occasional snow showers blowing in from the nearby mountains.

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The colorful skyline of Barcelona highlights it’s history and advances in architecture.

The surrounding sea is warm enough to swim in from the end of June to early October. North on the Costa Brava, there’s a strong wind known as the tramontana which is refreshing in summer and cooler in winter.

When it comes to August, many of the residents of Barcelona choose to leave the city in the height of the summer heat and spend time inland for cooler temperatures. This is the time when most European holiday makers will take their summer vacation so you can expect a particularly bustling city in August and longer queues at attractions.

The Barcelona beach in August attracts visitors from all over the world. 

The average annual temperature in Barcelona is 70 °F during the day and 57 °F at night.

In August, the typical temperature ranges from 79 to 90 °F during the day, about 73 °F at night and the average sea temperature is 79 °F.

Barcelona averages several rainy days per month with rainfall totals at their highest in autumn and lowest in early summer.

Flying to Barcelona

Barcelona-El Prat International Airport is the main point of arrival for travelers flying to Barcelona. The airport is served by low-cost airlines, regional carriers and international carriers. It’s possible to fly to nearby airports such as Gerona which is 54 miles away or Reus which is 49 miles away.

Non-stop flights to Barcelona are available from airports across the United States, including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Miami, Atlanta and Charlotte. The cheapest flights often depart from New York and Philadelphia with prices at their lowest during the winter months. Cheap flights are available with one or more stops from locations including Boston, New York, Miami, Oakland, Las Vegas and Los Angeles

Barcelona in the off-season

From November to February, flights are cheaper than during the summer tourist season and Barcelona still enjoys an enviable sunny climate. Barcelona is now Spain’s most-visited destinations so it makes sense to aim for the period when there may be less tourists in the restaurants, hotels and attractions. Prices also begin to drop in the city from September with January and February typically the cheapest time to visit – August is the most expensive and busy period.

The cooler temperatures makes winter the ideal time to visit some of Barcelona’s leading attractions without needing to queue alongside large volumes of other visitors. This makes it easier to go Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter in the center of the old city where you will see buildings that are World Heritage Sites, including works by Antoni Gaudi. His best-known work is the still unfinished basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Other must-see buildings to explore in quieter winter months include Hospital de Saint Pau, the distinctive Casa Batllo – another Gaudi masterpiece – and the Park Guell in La Salut neighborhood.

Events in Barcelona

The different suburbs of the city sweep down from the Serra de Collserola mountain range, between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besos, towards the port of Barcelona and the beach. This gives the city a range of activities that are based here at different times of the year. It may be that you wish to plan your trip around some of these events to see the city at its most lively and entertaining.

Semana Santa

Spring brings with it the traditional celebrations of Semana Santa, or Holy Week, in March which is an important time for Spain with processions linked to the dominant Catholic faith and particular local traditions linked to particular areas of the city. This is a colorful and unique time to be in Barcelona and celebrations can be observed by visitors. In early March there is also the Sant Medir Festival in the Gracia area of Barcelona that culminated in costumed processions.

Semana Santa Barcelona
Massive parades with intricate, colorful floats take to the historical streets of Barcelona. 

Spanish Grand Prix

In early May, the streets are taken over by the Spanish Grand Prix for an exciting few days for fans of motor sports and Formula 1. The event is staged at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya which is 12 miles North East of Barcelona city center. While prices for accommodations may be higher in the area, this really is an event that includes a great sense of occasion and provides an exciting atmosphere for visitors.

Formula 1 cars speed to the finish line each year at the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Benicassim Rock and Pop Festival

Music fans should plan to fly to Barcelona in mid-June. The weather will be warm and the city will be buzzing with visitors from all around the world. The Benicassim Rock and Pop Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in the world featuring some of the biggest bands from the UK, the US and the rest of Europe. The festival takes place near Castellon de la Plana, between Barcelona and Valencia, with many visitors choosing to stay in the city and combine their musical journey with a tour of Barcelona’s hottest restaurants and bars.

The Benicassim Rock and Pop Festival
The massive festival attracts visitors from around the world with a top notch line up from rapper Travis Scott to rockers The Killers.

Traveling to Spain is easier than you think.

Although Barcelona seems like a distant place, it is much easier and cheaper to visit than ever! 

Whether you simply want to secure the cheapest ticket or are to Barcelona to coincide with a local event, Skyscanner can organize the tickets you need to get you on a flight to Spain.

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