Twenty-eight international and domestic airlines fly from Hangzhou International Airport, which is also known as Hangzhou Xioshan International Airport. When you choose among the deals available for cheap flights from Hangzhou, China, on Orbitz.com, you will probably book an air ticket for a flight that departs from this airport. Hangzhou International Airport is located about 18 miles from downtown Hangzhou.
The four parking lots on the grounds of the airport include a lot with 1,300 parking spots in front of the passenger terminal, a 250-space parking lot near the cargo terminal, and a 250-space long-term parking lot that offers a free shuttle to the terminal building. The fourth lot is a guarded underground parking facility with 350 parking spaces. The charge for parking is 200 yuan per day, and you can reserve your spot on the airport's online site, just as you can reserve flights, hotels and rental cars at your destination online with Orbitz.com.
The airport is a busy one, so allow plenty of time to get there and get your boarding pass for the flight you booked through Orbitz.com. There is a shuttle bus from the city center, and you can catch it at the Chengzhan Railway Station, the Wulinmen Aviation Ticketing Office or the Zhongshan Hotel. The bus costs 20 yuan per passenger, and it takes about an hour to reach the airport. Allow up to 30 minutes before the bus, which boards every 30 minutes at off hours and every 15 minutes at peak hours, actually leaves the station. City taxis charge 10 yuan for the first three kilometers, then up to three yuan for each additional kilometer. A luxury cab charges 10 yuan plus up to five yuan per kilometer.
Dining options in the Hangzhou International Airport departure hall include branches of the KFC and McDonald's fast-food chains as well as restaurants and cafes such as Yeasun Café and Lvyuan Chinese Restaurant that offer international and Chinese meals and snacks. There are also restaurants, including Chinese-style fast food café Kung Fu Express, in the entrance hall to the main terminal building. Orbitz.com helps you find cheap flights from Hangzhou. You will feel relaxed before you board your flight when you stop for a meal or a cup of real Chinese tea at one of the airport's eating facilities.
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the second largest city in Spain and has a population of over 1.6 million. Flights to Barcelona arrive at the Barcelona El Prat Airport, located about 11 miles from the center of the city. The airport is one of the top 10 busiest in Europe, with over 34 million passengers passing through it in 2011. Some of the airlines flying into El Prat Airport include Aeroflot, Air France, British Airways, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, with most offering reservation services with great deals for budget travelers through Orbitz.com.
Travel from the airport to the downtown area is available by commuter train, taxi and the city's bus services. The rail service connects Terminal 2 at the airport to the Barcelona Metro, while a bus service is available every 10 minutes. The train takes 27 minutes, while buses take approximately 35 minutes to make the journey to the downtown area. Bus and metro tickets cost about $16 and include transfers, with the ability to use the ticket on both transport types. Taxis can be caught in front of each of the airport's terminals. More than one suitcase or larger items will incur an additional transport fee when using the city taxis.
Those traveling to Barcelona should expect mild seasonal weather conditions, with summer temperatures ranging from lows in the mid-50s to highs in the low 80s. During the winter, temperatures drop to the mid-teens, with highs generally around the low to mid-40s. Those enjoying summers in Barcelona should need nothing more than a light jacket on cooler evenings, while those visiting in the winter should wear moderate to heavy clothing with a heavy jacket to ward off the cold.
Barcelona is a city that devotes much of its entertainment energy to the arts, offering live music and theatre in a variety of genres. There's everything from opera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house to the annual three-day Sonar pop music festival. Sports are also a major attraction for those taking flights to Barcelona, as it's the home of the world-famous football team FC Barcelona along with professional basketball and rugby teams.
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