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Direct Flights to Spain from the USA 2024

Posted on 11 Apr 2023

Booking flights to Spain from the USA is the first step in beginning your Spanish adventure. This sun-baked country is a riotous mix of elements, with Moorish architecture, mountainous regions, and an enchanting atmosphere. Not to mention all the delicious food and wine to try. Tapas anyone? And if you book flights to Spain from the USA, you could be enjoying all these cultural treats in no time and making all your friends back home jealous. Our guide is here to make travelling across the Atlantic as easy and stress-free as possible. So sit back, relax, and prepare for a takeoff as we explore the ways you can journey to Spain from the USA*.

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Are There Any Direct Flights to Spain From the USA?

Yes, there are direct flights to Spain from the USA. Most non-stop flights departing from the USA will land at either Madrid or Barcelona.

  • Madrid is the capital city of Spain and is located in the heart of the country. This makes it a great option to explore the rest of Spain from.
  • Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. It sits on the northeast coast looking to the Mediterranean Sea, with some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

It’s also possible to board a direct flight from the USA to other major cities in Spain depending on seasonal availability. These cities include Seville, Granada, and Valencia. Even if you can’t find direct flights to these cities, they are well worth visiting. Simply hop aboard a small group tour from Madrid or Barcelona and discover the unique character and charm of each destination. Ever wanted to gaze up at the unfathomable hall of archways at the Mezquita? Stuff your face with tapas in a town filled with Moorish architecture and a swath of rich colours? Well, you can. On our group tours.

the intricate blue, green and yellow mosaics and a carved wooden door of the Alhambra Palace in Spain

Which US Cities Have Direct Flights to Spain?

There are many US cities with direct flights to Spain. These include:

  • New York (JFK & EWR)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Washington D.C. (IAD)
  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Dallas (DFW)

Direct flights between these US cities and Spain mean you can be in Europe and make your friends back home jealous in no time. The only thing to remember is that these flights may not operate all year round and availability can be affected by season. Flights are generally regular throughout summer but if you're planning a fall tour or winter trip, flight options might be slightly more limited. Whether you’re planning a solo travel adventure or a trip with friends, try and plan ahead to secure the best flight deals.

Which Airlines Are Flying From the USA to Spain?

There’re a few airlines currently offering direct flights to Spain from the USA including:

  • American Airlines - offers daily flights all year round to Barcelona and Madrid
  • Delta Airlines - offers daily flights to Madrid and three flights a week to Barcelona
  • United Airlines - offers at least five flights a week to both Barcelona and Madrid
  • Iberia - offers regular flights between many US cities and both Madrid and Barcelona

Long-haul flights can be expensive but it’s possible to save money when you book with these airlines by using points.

How Long Is a Flight From the USA to Spain?

A direct flight between the USA and Spain takes between 7 hours and 11 hours 45 minutes depending on which cities you’re flying between. Below are the average flight times for the most popular journeys:

  • Direct flights between New York and Barcelona take around 7 hours and 50 minutes
  • Direct flights between New York and Madrid take around 7 hours and 25 minutes
  • Direct flights between Chicago and Barcelona take around 8 hours and 25 minutes
  • Direct flights between Chicago and Madrid take around 8 hours and 10 minutes
  • Direct flights between Los Angeles and Barcelona take around 11 hours and 45 minutes
  • Direct flights between Los Angeles and Madrid take around 11 hours and 5 minutes
  • Direct flights between Boston and Madrid take around 7 hours
  • Direct flights between Washington D.C. and Madrid take around 7 hours and 45 minutes

Flights to Spain from the USA which include a stop can take anywhere between 11 hours and 30 hours so it’s always worth double-checking with your chosen airline. Once you’ve made the trip across the Atlantic, make the most of being in Europe by exploring other nearby countries such as Switzerland or Italy. You could even begin your holiday by flying to Spain, and travel home again via a direct flight from Portugal to the USA.

Sunlight glints from behind the majestic Seville Palace which can be seen following direct flights to Spain from USA

How to Travel Around Spain

Whichever city your direct flight to Spain ends up in, it can be very simple to explore the rest of the country. Internal flights can be a quick way to get from one city to the next. However, our favourite way to travel around Spain is by small group tour. This way you get to soak up the country as you drive along instead of flying over it. You also have the opportunity to go off the beaten track and experience some of Spain’s lesser-known treasures. Marvel at Moorish architecture and clap along with fantastic flamenco dancers on our South Spain and Andalucia tour from Madrid. Or clamber through craggy mountain landscapes to explore medieval castles on our Mountains & Mediterranean Marvels Tour from Barcelona. All the while our friendly driver-guides share the tales and facts that make up Spain, some you might know, and others you could only ever imagine.

Explore Spain and Beyond With Rabbie’s

Rabbie’s tours don’t stop in Spain. You can explore other European destinations with us from misty Scottish islands to the delights of Portugal. See film sets come to life on our Outlander tours or trips to Bridgerton locations. Travel back in time in historic Bath or get lost in nature in the Pyrenees. Whatever your vacation style, we have a tour for you. Can’t find the perfect itinerary? Speak to us about organizing a private tour so we can help make your dream holiday a reality.


*Airline schedules are subject to change. Whilst the information presented is correct at the time of writing, please check with your preferred airline or route for the latest information.