Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city. The city is located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain and has a rich history attracting travelers from all over the world.

Airports near Barcelona

Barcelona is primary served by one airports, being the main one for travel through Europe and international travel.

AirportTaxi To CenterEst Taxi Price
Barcelona-El Prat International Airport (BCN)19 min€25

The airport two major terminals that include cafes, duty free shops, and luggage lockers for those on a layover to go into the city.

Airlines Flying To Barcelona

Iberia is Spain’s flagship airline but they only serve 1 nonstop flight to the US out of San Francisco. However, all of the major airlines in the US offer a nonstop flight including Delta, United, and American Airlines.

Delta AirlinesJohn F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)Boeing 767
Delta AirlinesAtlanta International Airport (ATL)Boeing 767
United AirlinesNewark Liberty International Airport (EWR)Boeing 767
American AirlinesJohn F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)Boeing 777
American AirlinesMiami International Airport (MIA)Boeing 787
IberiaSan Francisco International Airport (SFO)Airbus A330

If you do not live near one of these airports it’s likely you will connect in one of these cities before making your trip across the pond.

Best First Class

Unfortunately no carriers offer a traditional First class from the US to Barcelona currently. If you were set on first class experience it is possible via a layover with British, Swiss, or Lufthansa but we wouldn’t think its worth it just for the added comfort.

Best Business Class

Not all business class are made equal so if you are willing to pay a premium for comfort (or shell out some points) we’ll tell you what option would be best.

1. United Airlines 767

United Polaris Business Class is one of the most comfortable and private seats to fly across the Atlantic. We’ve flown it multiple times from Newark to Frankfurt and indulged in the amazing Polaris lounge prior to takeoff. United will start flying the 767 nonstop to Barcelona from November 2021 onwards in a 1-1-1 configuration making each seat have its own aisle access. We would easily say this is a great business class product from the US to Barcelona.

2. American Airlines 787

With a comfortable 1-2-1 designed cabin American Airlines comes in at #2 on our list. The airline has invested in upgrading their business class over the past few years and swapping out older seats with updated interiors. If you can snag a seat on American at a good price it’ll be a great way to get you into Barcelona.

3. Iberia A330

While Iberia business does not offer the most privacy we tend to like the layout that offers more room than most business class seats. This plane is also ideal if traveling as a couple since some seats are set in pairs allowing you to be together that is more difficult on Americans offering.

All 4 major airlines have reputable business classes and we don’t suggest taking a longer route just to pick one over the other. But if you are coming from a major city that offers more than one, we think its good to compare before you go.

Best Economy Class

There usually isn’t a major difference in economy class hard product but there may be items some airlines do better than others.

1. United 767 Economy

United is a standout with the plane flying to Barcelona looking to have the most comfortable economy class. The layout is a 2-3-2 while most others offer a 2-4-2 layout. Again this won’t make a major difference, especially if you are able to snag one of the 2 seat sections on any of the other airlines. However, on a full flight you will definitely notice a roomier cabin even if the plane is a bit smaller compared to an American 787.

Summary & Takeaways

With many different airlines offering service to Barcelona this is great news for consumers. In our opinion, United Business Class the remainder of the options tend to be fairly similar and you should have a comfortable trip regardless of which you choose.

Keep in mind many airlines are trying to find other ways to separate themselves like lounge access and investment in better food. If you have flexibility on this route we recommend going with an airline that suites your travel needs and letting us know what you think is best in the comments