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The capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, Barcelona has become a popular destination for British expats. With its breathtaking architecture, green spaces and parks and love of football, it’s no wonder it tempts so many UK citizens.
It is the second largest city in Spain, after the capital Madrid. The vibrant city has a population of 1.6 million people, with over 9,000 UK-national residents.
If you’re looking to join them in the bustling streets of Barcelona, you should first plan your move in detail. This includes finding the right service for sending your goods to the city.
Before you make the move to Barcelona, you will need to consider the shipping options available. Shipping furniture overseas can be costly so you need to configure what method is best for you. Keep in mind that due to Brexit, there may be longer delays than before.
The method you opt for will depend on the number of items you need to be shipped, your budget and your time scale.
Barcelona can be reached by sea, air and road so there are multiple transportation methods for you to choose from.
The main opinions for shipping to Barcelona are:
You can choose one option or a combination to suit your requirements when moving to Spain from the UK.
Sea Freight is a popular option for moving items to Barcelona. Although it can take longer than air freight, it is cheaper and won’t have the same weight restrictions. Barcelona has a dedicated port, ideal for sending items when moving to the city.
Your chosen removal company will collect your goods from your home or storage unit and arrange for them to be transported by sea.
The main port in the city is the Port de Barcelona. The port is divided into three zones; Port Vell (the Old Port), the commercial/industrial port and the logistics port (Barcelona Free Port).
This method is ideal for large and heavier goods that aren’t suitable for air freight. There will be more room for large furniture items and it is also a more eco-friendly option for sending your items.
Road freight is the cheapest option for shipping items to Barcelona. With well-connected road and rail networks across much of Europe, it is a relatively seamless mode of moving items abroad. Not only is it reliable, but it is also far cheaper than air freight.
That said, keep in mind that this method will take longer. Brexit has also contributed to delays and issues at borders, so you will need to allow extra time for this. According to our research, transporting items by road can take 3 to 4 days or shorter if you opt for express delivery from the UK.
International removal companies must be covered by Goods in Transit and Public Liability. This is to ensure your goods are protected during transit.
If you’re shipping a small amount of items, you can opt for part-load to cut costs. This is where the removal vehicle or container is shared with other people’s belongings. With this method, you only pay for the space you use. This is ideal for those moving with a small number of items.
Part-freight is certainly a cheaper option but it will take longer for your items to arrive. Be aware that the more people using the container, the longer it will take for your items to reach you. Expect your items to take between 5 to 7 days on average to reach you.
Air freight is the quickest way to ship items to Barcelona, but it is also the most expensive. Due to the speed and security associated with this method, it is a popular mode of transport for goods. This is especially the case for those with fewer items or who are happy to pay a higher fee to send their items.
Air freight will have weight limitations, so keep this in mind when picking your removal options.
There is only one airport in Barcelona, the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport. This is the main international gateway to Barcelona and the second business airport in Spain. Outside of Barcelona there is the Girona–Costa Brava Airport and Aeroport de Reus, suitable for those moving to the outskirts or further out of the city.
The average cost of shipping from the UK to Spain - including Barcelona - is approximately between £1,468 - £3,015. The total cost will of course depend on how much you are shipping and the weight of your belongings. Keep in mind that if you opt for professional packing, this will add around £250 to your costs.
Your moving costs will also depend on whether you opt for road freight, part-load road freight, sea freight or air freight. Be aware that especially in the current economic climate, prices for these services can fluctuate.
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Be aware that the above prices are approximate based on data from PSS
For more information, read How Much Do International Removals Cost?
Before moving to Barcelona, you will need to have all the documentation prepared. This will be everything required for a move to Spain. Be aware that you will need to indicate that the purpose of your visit is to move to the city.
The documentation you need when entering the country includes:
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, UK citizens no longer hold the automatic right to residency in Spain. Anyone planning to spend up to 3 months in the country will need a Spanish Schengen visa.
However, if you are looking to move to Barcelona or any other area of Spain permanently, you will need to apply for a Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE) card.
You will likely be required to pay a visa fee which you should factor into thecost of living in the country.
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