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Getting there

By air
Iberia offers the most frequent non-stop service direct from the U.S. to Barcelona: from JFK in New York and daily non-stop flights from Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami. Scheduled carriers from the U.S.A include TWA, Iberia, United, and Air Canada. Iberia has connecting flights to almost any where in Spain.

Other major airlines flying to Barcelona or Madrid include: American Airlines, Air Canada, Air France (via Paris), British Air ways, Continental, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, SAS (via Copenhagen), TAP, TWA, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

British Airways arranges connecting flights from London to various Spanish cities; via Franfurt, TAP via Lis bon. In addition to economy tourist fares, there are discount economy fares that fluctuate by season, travel demand, and competition. "Excursion" fares require minimum and maximum stays, full pre-payment weeks before departure, in clude cancellation penalties and other condi tions. From the UK, there are a huge number of flights to Spain.

Madrid Airport
Madrid's Barajas airport, located 9 miles outside of the city, handles domestic and international flights. Buses leave every 15 minutes for the city terminal at Plaza del Descubrimiento. The trip takes 30-45 minutes. (Taxis are 4-5 times more expensive).

Barcelona, El Prat Airport
Located 10 miles from central Barcelona, it can take 15-45 minutes from the airport to the city centre depending on traffic.The most convenient way to get to the city is to take a taxi (about 600-1000 ptas.) If you rent a car, take the Castelldefels autoroute or the Cinturo del Litoral. Trains take 15 minutes from the airport to Estaci- Central Sants every half hour from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. You may connect here for all trains to and from Spanish and European cities, as well as the Metro system. Frequent buses make the trip, too, starting at 7:15 a.m.

Trains - To Spain
For complete and up-to-date European train schedules obtain the Thomas Cook European Timetables published monthly by Cook in London. In addition to rail schedules,- this invaluable information includes ship schedules, airport-rail link information and 36 city maps with train stations.

By road
Since the Pyrenees mountains run right across the northern frontier of Spain, there are two main motorway routes (see security notice) into Spain and the Iberian peninsula, both from France: one along the Mediterranean coast and one on the Atlantic side. If you are not in a hurry, there are some very scenic mountain roads crossing the Pyrenees.

See also Getting about for travel within Spain

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