How to Take a City Break in Barcelona on a Budget

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It is entirely possible to take a city break in Barcelona and keep your spending reasonably small. Here you will find budget options for planning short breaks to Barcelona. Taking a short trip to Barcelona is an excellent way to revitalize and spice up your week. In case you haven't yet heard of city breaks, they are a new trend for people that can't take the time away for a full 2-week vacation in Barcelona. Plus, you are usually looking to do so on a budget.

That's exactly the area where Barcelona Budget specializes, and so we have lots of recommendations for taking a short break to Barcelona.

Cheap Flights to Barcelona

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Look for Low-Cost Flights or Barcelona Vacation Packages

Airports throughout Europe now offer these short trips to most cities, so that travelers can visit a city just for the weekend. For your city break, we recommend taking advantage of low-cost flights. You can find different airports and airlines that specialize in giving good deals to those taking weekend trips. Some hotels also offer special discounts for this sort of travel to Barcelona.

Holidays Package to Barcelona

This option could be the best bet for you to save money. You can book cheap breaks to Barcelona by choosing the right package which is usually the modality "all-inclusive holidays in Barcelona."

City Break in Barcelona - The Bus Turistic is a good deal for sightseeing in 1 or 2 days

The Bus Turistic is a good deal for sightseeing in 1 or 2 days

Tours During Your Short Break to Barcelona

If you do a little planning before your arrival, you'll find that many activities and Barcelona day trips can be purchased at a discount. For example, it's possible to get great savings on tourist buses and walking tours as well. It's also feasible to buy a museum pass that will let you skip paying for each museum individually.

One great idea is picking up the Barcelona card, which lets you skip lines and get free admission to museums including the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Museu del Modernisme Català, Fundació Joan Miró, and many more. You will also be able to travel for free on public transportation throughout the city while you're visiting these museums.
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For those taking a city break in Barcelona, the Barcelona card provides even more perks. You will receive free air transfer and a free harbor cruise as well. Plus, the card offers various discounts on nightlife, shopping, restaurants, and other types of entertainment that you will want to check out when you travel to Barcelona. Much of this entertainment is located in the exciting Las Ramblas area.

Since your city break will likely be just 2 or 3 days, you can purchase the card for that exact duration of time. It's also possible to get it for 4 or 5 consecutive days. Do a little shopping around, and you will quickly find savings on the card, which will let your city break be even less expensive!

Keep in mind that the benefits that the Barcelona card offers changes from one year to the next. They are constantly trying to improve the card and make it more attractive to tourists. But remember that the free perks and discounts offered are subject to change.

City Break in Barcelona - Plaza Catalunya, the heart of the Shopping Line

Plaza Catalunya, the heart of the Shopping Line

Shopping During Your City Break in Barcelona

Shopping in Barcelona can be expensive, and there is no end to the great shops that are available in the city. You can find tons of designer brands at Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia or Diagonal. However, when you are looking for low-cost Barcelona tourism during a short weekend, it makes sense to find ways to shop without "breaking the bank."

If you want to get the best deal on shopping, try the winter sales which run from mid-January to late February. There is also a summer sale that begins in July and lasts until the end of August. If you plan your city break during this time, you can find some incredible savings up to 70% off. There are so many options for shopping in Barcelona. In addition to Barcelona tourism materials like postcards and t-shirts, you can also find art, clothing, antiques, furniture and much more.

There is a special open-air thoroughfare that you can visit called The Barcelona Shopping Line. This area includes some of the most sought-after and prestigious brands. At the Barcelona Shopping Line, you will find brands like Escada, Louis Vuitton, and Loewe, as well as works from many designers that are likely new to you.

For low prices also check out La Roca Village shopping experience and the El Born streets, where it's fun to discover small stores and creative designers.

Tours and Things to Do in Barcelona

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The Best Deals on Barcelona Tourism

Barcelona Budget offers discounted tours and activities perfect for a city break. You'll find them throughout the pages of our site. Our goal is to find our readers the best hot deals.

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If you are taking a city break in Barcelona, your goal should be to accomplish the most over the weekend with the least amount of spending possible. Our mission is also to help you save money. After all, when you spend less and have a great time, that means that you will be taking more trips to Barcelona soon!