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Travel Information to Barcelona from Manchester

distanceDistance857 miles (1383 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight
fastestFastest modeFlight • £14 • 2 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesRyanair

Take a flight to travel 857 miles (1383 km) between Manchester and Barcelona. Ryanair is the main travel provider operating this trip. Travellers can even take a direct from Manchester to Barcelona.

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Travel from Manchester to Barcelona

Given how every traveller is required to cross the English Channel when journeying to Barcelona hopping aboard a flight is often regarded as the easiest and most convenient way to get there from Manchester - especially given how the city is home to one of the UK's busiest airports. Ryanair and Easyjet are among the many airlines that offer flights into the north-east area of Spain and are the providers that typically tend to provide flights that don't require a layover or connection en route. Travelling by bus into Barcelona is also possible via National Express, although journeys are far more infrequent.

Passengers looking for transport from Manchester to Barcelona will find a selection of possible travel from buses, trains, and flight, all with different providers. These providers offer great service and have a number of good facilities. Choosing a journey via flight is the quickest and easiest option of choice with multiple flights daily between the two locations. The average duration for a flight is 2h 20min. Alternatively, a bus will take you around 28h 24min and a train will take you 13h 17min. All departing and arriving locations are well located and are within just a short distance of the city centre.

About Barcelona

Barcelona is an exciting city that is intriguing to every tourist and visitor intending to visit. If you are new to the city of Barcelona or you are intending to re-visit, then you will find that the best time to travel is through the months of May to June when the temperature is in the mid to low 70’s and is ideal to enjoy the city in its optimism. Enjoy the typical Spanish cuisine in the wide selection of restaurants that are available. These restaurants normally operate through the operating hours of 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Public transport in Barcelona

There is a wide selection of options for public travel around Barcelona, but the most popular options include either the metro or the tram. Alternatively, other forms of transport include buses, taxis, rental cars, bikes, and more. If you were interested in either taking a taxi or hiring a car then passengers can find rental car companies and a suitable taxi rank immediately outside of Barcelona Airport’s arrival terminal.

If you are travelling to Barcelona Airport and are looking to travel to Barcelona city centre which is located just 9 miles (15 km) away, then the journey by public transport will approximately take 40min. Directly from Aeroport – Terminal B, simply take the A2 bus towards Pl. Catalunya – Fontanella and depart at Pl Universitat. The walk is then just 7min to central Barcelona.


Manchester Heritage. Source: Shutterstock

Important bus & train stations, airports to Barcelona?

Arrival bus, train, flight station, airport: Depending on which type of transport that you choose to take from Manchester to Barcelona, expect a selection of possible arrival and final destinations for your journey. If you choose to travel via the easy route of flight then expect that your flight will depart from Manchester Airport. Your flight will then arrive at Barcelona Airport. The duration of this journey is 2h 20min. Whereas if you choose to travel via train then your train will always depart from Manchester Piccadilly Station and arrive at Barcelona-Sants Station. This duration is approximately 13h 17min. Lastly, if you are due to travel via bus then expect an approximate duration of 28h 24min, departure from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton Street, and arrival at Barcelona Coach Station.

Which companies travel to Barcelona?

Passengers looking to travel from Manchester to Barcelona will find a large selection of companies to choose from. Flights are the easiest and quickest form of transport between the two locations with an approximate duration of 2h 20min. Expect airlines to fly the route like easyJet, KLM, FlixBus, British Airways, Iberia, Air France, and more. Flights are available direct or with stopovers. Alternatively, buses will require approximately 4 changes and some of the top coach providers include Union lvkoni, FlixBus, Eurostar, among others. The approximate duration of a total route is 28h 24min. Trains to Barcelona from Manchester will have approximately 4 changes and passengers can find a selection of great train providers to take them on the journey. These companies include Eurostar, Renfe SNCF, Avanti West Coast, among others. The entirety of this route should take 13h 17min.

National Express bus to Barcelona

The leading coach company, National Express, will take you on the first part of your journey from Manchester Coach Station to London where you’ll board a coach with another provider, specifically London Victoria Coach Station. This bus runs every 3h per day and takes an overall duration of 5h 10min.

Union lvkoni bus to Barcelona

Passengers aboard buses and coaches to Barcelona will find that the company, Union lvkoni, will take you part of the way. After you have transport with another provider to London Victoria Coach station, you’ll then board a coach with Union lvkoni to travel to Lille. This journey takes approximately 4h 19min and runs twice a week. The distance of this journey is 180 miles (290 km).

FlixBus bus to Barcelona

Leading companies like FlixBus will take you on the final leg of your journey to finally reach your final destination in Barcelona, like Barcelona (Bus Terminal Nord.) FlixBus will always take you from Paris (Bercy Seine.) The journey can range from 14h 45min to 15h 30min, depending on when you choose to travel. Throughout the day, expect departures at times like 6:40 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 9:15 p.m.

Avanti West Coast train to Barcelona

Passengers should expect approximately 5 changes of train, all with different providers until you reach your final destination in Barcelona. Avanti West Coast trains will take you on the first part of your journey from Manchester Piccadilly Station to London Euston Station. Expect trains to take from 2h 7min to 2h 15min. These trains run hourly per day. From London Euston, you’ll then change providers of train.

Eurostar train to Barcelona

Depending on which transport you choose on route to Barcelona, trains with leading companies, like Eurostar, will commonly be your second train from Manchester Piccadilly Station. Passengers will pick up the Eurostar from the station of London St Pancras Eurostar. After a 2h 22min duration, you’ll then reach Paris Nord. These trains run twice daily and are easy to source.

Renfe SNCF train to Barcelona

Renfe SNCF is one of many companies that will take you on your journey to Barcelona from Manchester. The provider, Renfe SNCF, will take you on the final leg of your journey as it finally reaches Barcelona-Sants Station. The coach will depart from Paris Gare De Lyon Station and will take approximately 6h 34min to travel the journey. Passengers will also find that this train runs just once daily.

easyJet flight to Barcelona

There is a selection of possible airlines that could take a passenger from Manchester to Barcelona. One of these many companies includes the leading and budget-friendly airline, easyJet. Flights with easyJet run every day of the week. The easiest and cheapest form of flight with easyJet is the ones that are direct. Passengers can expect an approximate duration of 2h 20min from Manchester Airport, Terminal 1, to Barcelona Airport.

Jet2 flight to Barcelona

Flights with companies like Jet run every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. The flight tends to depart on these days at 07:55 a.m. and is due to arrive at 11:30 a.m. with a duration of 2h 35min. These flights are all direct and do not require any changes onboard the journey to Barcelona. These flights will arrive at Barcelona Airport and depart from Manchester Airport, Terminal 1.

Manchester Panoramic View. Source: Shutterstock

British Airways flight to Barcelona

British Airways are one of the most frequent airlines that depart from Manchester Airport and reach Barcelona Airport. Passengers can find multiple flights daily with the airline with the opportunity of direct flights or flights that require stopovers. Depending on your stopover location, your duration can change. Expect a stopover from London Heathrow Airport, including layover time, to take 4h 50min.

Travel from Manchester to Barcelona

How to find cheap tickets to Barcelona?

  • Cheap tickets from Manchester to Barcelona are extremely easy to find with just a few money-saving tips. Out of the possibility of trains, buses, and flights, passengers will find that the cheapest option of transport is by a direct flight from London. In addition, passengers can get flights cheaper, along with the other forms of transport with just a few money-saving tips. When searching for your appropriate travel, no matter what it may be, make sure to book weeks and months in advance to make sure that you’re not facing last-minute inflation. This increase in your travel can happen if you choose to book just days or hours in advance. Alternatively, a passenger should consider altering their dates. By altering your dates by just a few days, you may be able to find cheaper priced tickets. This is because tickets will usually increase on certain days of the week like Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, certain times of the year, like the children’s school holidays, will make your ticket increase.

Travel to Barcelona – Travel Tips

  • Barcelona is extremely versatile in its offering with multiple attractions, landmarks, and venues for every visitor, tourist, and resident to enjoy. Just some of the top attractions in Barcelona include visiting La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, La Rambla, Picasso Museum, Cathedral of Barcelona, Camp Nou, Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, Palau de la Música, Catalanda, among many others.

  • Alternatively, there are many leading clubs, bars, and restaurants for people in Barcelona to enjoy. Just some of the top clubs include Macarena Club, Moog, Sutton Club Barcelona, Opium Barcelona Restaurant and Club, Jamboree, La Terrazza, Otto Zutz Club, Hyde Club, Dome Club, Boulevard Culture Club, Mojito Club Catwalk, and more.

Flights from Manchester to Barcelona

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What is the best way to travel from Manchester to Barcelona?

Cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Barcelona


Budget airlines offer the cheapest option between for travelling between Manchester and Barcelona. Booked 2 months in advance, flights can cost under £30 with airlines such as Ryanair.

Fastest way to travel from Manchester to Barcelona


Many different airlines offer direct flights to Barcelona every day from Manchester airport. Regardless of the airline travel time between the two cities takes anywhere between five and six hours. Ryanair and Jet2 typically offer early morning flights during the week whereas British Airways, Iberia and Vueling tend to provide flights that leave in the evenings around 9:00 p.m. Aer Lingus also provide flights that require passengers to experience a two-hour (sometimes longer) layover in Dublin airport.

Most popular way to travel from Manchester to Barcelona


Flights are the most popular way to get from Manchester to Barcelona, being both quick and as cheap as they are.

Travel Tips: Travel from Manchester to Barcelona

Travel to Barcelona easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Manchester to Barcelona.

What are the international travel restrictions for Spain due to COVID-19 if I’m travelling to Barcelona from Manchester?

Travel between Manchester, United Kingdom and Barcelona, Spain is: Partially open.

Can travellers from United Kingdom enter Spain?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Barcelona from Manchester?

Conditions of entry into Spain:

  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Barcelona, Spain?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Spain has imposed the following measures:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

This information was last checked on 21/01/2022. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your trip from Manchester to Barcelona.

Am I required to self-quarantine when I return to Manchester, United Kingdom from Barcelona, Spain?

Return travel to Manchester, United Kingdom from Spain is: Partially open.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering United Kingdom from Spain?

Entry into United Kingdom is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain.

Are there requirements to self-quarantine on arrival into United Kingdom from Spain?

Requirements for reentering United Kingdom:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 1 for vaccinated travellers
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the requirements for social distancing and wearing face masks in United Kingdom?

All travellers must abide by the following measures in United Kingdom to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:

  • Social distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face masks: Regional advice

The above information about your return travel to Manchester, United Kingdom was last verified on 21/01/2022. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to your planned date of travel to Manchester from Barcelona.

What are my travel options from Manchester to Barcelona?

Your travel option from Manchester to Barcelona includes taking a flight.

What is the fastest way to Barcelona from Manchester?

The fastest way to travel from Manchester to Barcelona is by flight with an average journey time of 2 h 15 min.

What is the distance from Manchester to Barcelona?

The Manchester to Barcelona distance is approximately 857 miles (1383 km).

When going from Manchester to Barcelona, where do I depart from Manchester and where do I arrive in Barcelona?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Manchester to Barcelona:

  • Flights mostly leave from Manchester Airport and tend to arrive in Barcelona El Prat Airport.

Who can get me from Manchester to Barcelona?

Let Omio help you find the best company to travel with to Barcelona from Manchester:

  • You can take a flight from Manchester to Barcelona with Ryanair. Cheap tickets can be found for £14 with Ryanair from Manchester to Barcelona.

What other destinations are worth visiting after travelling from Manchester to Barcelona?

Many of our customers who book a trip from Manchester to Barcelona often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Madrid, Paris or Valencia. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Manchester and Barcelona itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Barcelona and any of these top destinations today!

How early should I book Manchester to Barcelona tickets online to score the best deals?

Before travelling from Manchester to Barcelona, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a plane ticket for this route is on average £14 one way.

But we recommend booking Manchester to Barcelona tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.