While flying is the most popular option for travelling between the UK and Catalonia, adventurous travellers do have other options.
Barcelona is one of the easiest European destinations to reach from the UK with direct flights from every major airport, and many of the smaller ones too. Less than ten miles south of the city’s Gothic Quarter, El-Prat Airport is chaotic yet easy to reach on public transport. Choose between the bus, train or metro depending on your destination, or take a taxi. Read more about flying to Barcelona from the UK.
If you prefer to drive, there are several options to reach this corner of Spain. Taking the Dover to Calais ferry and then driving the length of France is perhaps the most common. This route most likely requires one overnight stop somewhere in France.
An alternative route is to take the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao, which is Spain’s northern coast, then drive eastwards into Catalonia. While this ferry is longer and more expensive than the France option, it does slash the overall distance you need to drive. Read more about driving to Barcelona from the UK.
Thanks to the Channel Tunnel, train lovers can ride the rails all the way from London to Barcelona, with just one change needed in Paris. Simply take the Eurostar to Paris, transfer over to the Gare de Lyon, where you can board a high-speed TGV Duplex to Barcelona, with a journey time of around nine hours.
Although one of the more expensive options, the train is arguably the most comfortable and allows you to incorporate a city break in Paris into your holiday plans.