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Travel Information from Manchester to Barcelona

distanceDistance857 miles (1383 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight
fastestFastest modeFlight • £72 • 2 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesVueling

Travel 857 miles (1383 km) by flight to Barcelona from Manchester. Vueling is the main travel provider operating this route. Travellers can even take a direct flight 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.

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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.
Does Spain have any COVID-19 travel restrictions for people travelling from Manchester to Barcelona?

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:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required

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 21/09/2021. 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.

What travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, should I be aware of for my journey back to Manchester, United Kingdom from Barcelona, Spain?

The restriction level for your return to Manchester, United Kingdom from Spain is: Partially open.

Is my journey back to Manchester from Barcelona restricted?

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

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Manchester from Barcelona?

Conditions of reentry into United Kingdom:

  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. The earliest you can take the test while in quarantine is 5 full days after you left a place not on the travel corridor list
  • Before travelling, travellers must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on day 2 and on day 8 of your quarantine
  • Travellers vaccinated under the UK vaccine programme are exempt from mandatory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Manchester, United Kingdom?

You should observe these safety measures in United Kingdom as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Regional advice

This information about your return travel to United Kingdom was last checked on 20/09/2021. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Manchester from Barcelona closer to your date of departure here.

What are my travel options from Manchester to Barcelona?

Travel Manchester to Barcelona by flight.

What is the fastest way to get from Manchester to Barcelona?

Travelling by flight is also the quickest way from Manchester to Barcelona. It takes on average 2 h 20 min   to travel this journey.

How many miles are between Manchester and Barcelona

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

Where do people depart from and arrive in when travelling from Manchester to Barcelona?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Manchester to Barcelona:

  • Most travellers catch their flight from Manchester Airport and arrive in Barcelona El Prat Airport.
Which travel operators can get me from Manchester to Barcelona?

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

  • You can travel to Barcelona from Manchester by flight with Vueling. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £72 with Vueling from Manchester to Barcelona.
Is it possible to travel directly from Manchester to Barcelona?

Yes, there is a direct service from Manchester to Barcelona:

  • You can find direct flights to take to Barcelona with Vueling.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Barcelona tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy tickets for this trip.

What other destinations are worth visiting after travelling from Manchester to Barcelona?
Your journey from Manchester to Barcelona doesn't have to end in Barcelona. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like Madrid, Paris or Valencia. If you’d like to add Madrid, Paris or Valencia to your Manchester to Barcelona trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Barcelona today!
How early should I book tickets from Manchester to Barcelona online for the best deals?

When planning your trip to Barcelona from Manchester, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets cost on average £72 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets between Manchester and Barcelona online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.


Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester (Coach Station)

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
Manchester Oxford Road
Manchester Piccadilly

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 147
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.