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Barcelona vs Celtic, UEFA Champions League, Tuesday 4th March 2008

Posted in  Football by David on the January 16th, 2008

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On Tuesday 4th March 2008, Barcelona face Celtic at the Nou Camp in the 2nd Round of the UEFA Champions League. Scottish champions Celtic face the unenviable task of taking on Spanish giants Barcelona, Celtic will not be daunted by the task though as they have already beaten last years winners AC Milan at Parkhead in the group stages this season. If Celtic are to have any chance of going through they will have to stop Barcelona’s Thierry Henry, Samuel Etoo, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho from scoring the goals that would knock them out. There is no doubt that Celtic are underdogs for the tie but they will give everything to try and make the quarter finals and keep their European dream alive.

Cheap Travel To The Game

There are two ways to travel to Spanish football games – most football fans like cheap travel; whilst some fans, usually corporate customers, choose expensive travel.

Cheap Barcelona Hotels

For those that like to save money and avoid paying over the odds, we have researched hotels in Barcelona for the game. Here are the cheapest 3, 4 and 5 star hotels available:

  • 3 star Aparthotel Atenea Calabria from £34 per person per night.
  • 4 star Abba Sants from £37.50 per person per night.
  • 5 star Princesca Sofia Gran Hotel from £55 per person per night.

MATCHhotels.com lists lots of Barcelona hotels. From budget 1 star hostels and economy hotels through to 4 and 5 star luxury hotels, MATCHhotels.com compares prices to find cheap accommodation.

Cheap Flights to Barcelona

Barcelona is served by two airports: Barcelona International Airport and Girona

  • Barcelona International Airport is Barcelona’s main airport and is only about 10kms away from the centre of Barcelona. It is much closer to the centre of Barcelona than Girona and it is advised to fly to Barcelona International Airport if possible. Transport to the centre of Barcelona can be made on the Renfe commuter train which travels from the airport to Sants train station and connects with the Barcelona metro system. The TMB public bus on line 46 runs every 25 minutes to the centre and taxis are also available at a higher cost.
  • Barcelona is also served by Girona Airport which is about an hour bus ride from Barcelona city centre. No train service is available direct from the airport, but there is one from nearby Girona Town. When booking your flights many low cost airlines use Girona under the name of Barcelona, so remember to check what airport you are flying to – even though Girona is usually cheaper than Barcelona airport, the cost of the bus transfer can end up making Girona more expensive!

Compare flights at diytravel.co.uk to find the cheapest deals. diytravel compares over 600 different airlines in one search. We found a £178 return to Barcelona from Glasgow from 3rd – 5th March. This was cheapest flight available from Glasgow and Edinburgh when we checked, so book early to avoid further price rises!

Match Tickets

Celtic have an allocation of 4,500 tickets for their supporters who wish to travel to the match. These should cost around £30 each (prices not yet announced) and can be purchased via the Celtic webiste by supporters who meet the clubs relevent criteria.

Cheapest estimated Price: £242

Expensive Travel To The Game

Lots of sports travel companies are happy to charge you the earth for this game. Thomas Cook sport charge a whopping £429 per person for two nights accommodation and a flight (3rd – 5th March). This massive price is actually based on two people sharing, if you are travelling alone a single room will cost you even more!

Celtic and Thomas Cook Price: £459

How To Book

Book cheap sports travel by finding your own hotel and flight. Our guide above should help you find the best travel deals for Barcelona vs Celtic. By booking your own hotel and flight you will avoid travel agent commissions and have more money to spend whilst in Barcelona.

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  1. BARRY GRANT said,

    on February 19th, 2008 at 10:16 am

    THOMAS COOK CHARGED ME AND MY MATE £245 FOR A DAY RETURN AND THEN CHARGED US £55 FOR A TICKET FOR THE GAME … FUNNY HOW IT COMES TO A ROUND £300 ……. SCANDAL

  2. Adam Durrant said,

    on February 21st, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Can’t wait for the second leg after last night. It’s going to be a hard game but I’m keeping the faith and fancy a 2-0 win for the Bhoys to put us through.

  3. Scott Gordon said,

    on March 5th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Unlucky Bhoys, we played well but back to domestic football again. We’re not far off cracking the Champions League, we’ve just got to learn how to win away. Now lets win the title.

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