Flights from Stansted to Barcelona have a duration of two and a quarter hours, while the return journey will take two and a half hours. There are plenty of direct services spread right through the day, so you should be able to select the most suitable departure time for your needs. Should you be really stuck for a direct service then German cities such as Cologne, Hanover and Stuttgart may be used for a connection.
Barcelona may be most appealing during the warm summer months, but with average temperatures never dropping below 10°C, the city makes a good destination for a brief escape of the biting British winter, with plenty of sights and culture to keep you busy.
The airport is under nine miles away from the centre of Barcelona. Trains run every 30 minutes from 6am to 11pm, with tickets purchased at the station which lies just a few minutes walk away from any terminal. Head towards the city and get off at Barcelona Sants, Passeig de Gracia or Clot in order to change to the metro system that may be required to complete your journey.
The metro is not directly linked to the airport, so must be reached either by train or bus if using public transport. Buses run right into the city centre, with the Aerobus service taking passengers from the airport all the way through to Plaça de Catalunya. The A1 departs from Terminal 1, while the A2 serves Terminal 2B and 2C, with tickets costing around six euros.
There are taxi ranks in front of both Terminals 1 and 2, with a fare to Plaça de Catalunya costing around 20 euros. Car rental firms also operate from both terminals, at Terminal 1 Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National Atesa and Sixt are located after passing through baggage claim.