|Barcelona cruise port terminal close to Port Vell|
The ports are at the foot of La Rambla (Barcelona's most famous Boulevard, also often referred to as Las Ramblas) which runs through the heart of the city centre.
There are 9 terminals in total at the Barcelona port, 7 of these are cruise terminals. They can be roughly categorized into 3 main locations.Adossat Quay Terminals
Terminals A, B, C and D are based at the Adossat Quay and are furthest away from the city centre. The Terminal D is also called Palacruceros.
World Trade Centre Terminals
There are 3 terminals at the World Trade Centre (WTC) pier which are called North, South and East terminals.
Sant Bertrand Terminal, is also near to the WTC (refer to our cruise terminal map) This terminal is generally used for ferries between Barcelona and the Balearic Islands.
There is a stop for a hop on hop off tourist bus near the World Trade Centre. This could be a good option if you want to start exploring the city right away, because the World trade centre is right in the middle of the cruise terminals and within easy walking distance after you embark.
Maremagnum Port Vell
There is one small terminal at the Maremagnum Port Vell however this terminal is mainly used for large ships and not cruise liners.
Private transfer service
You can book your private transfer online before your trip and print out a voucher which you bring with you. When you arrive the driver will be at your disembarking point holding a card with your name on it. From there you will be driven directly from the disembarking point to your destination. When cruise ships arrive there can be several thousand people also looking for transport to the city centre. With a private transfer you will bypass the queues and make your way to the hotel in the shortest possible time. The service is a little more expensive than the other forms of transport however if you don't have a lot of time in the city or you just want to have a stress-free arrival with someone to help you with your bags, then a private transfer may be worth considering.
The nearest cruise terminal to La Rambla is about a 15 minute walk away. However there are 7 cruise terminals and if you arrive at one which is furthest from La Rambla you would need to catch a shuttle bus called the T3 PORTBUS (see details below) which will take you to Mirador de Colom (The memorial to Christopher Columbus).
It is not recommended to walk to the city centre if you are arriving at cruise terminals A, B, C or D (Adossat Quay) because you have a long walk (about 2 km) from the terminal to the Columbus Monument which is at the foot of La Rambla. If you have luggage you will not find this walk too comfortable in the midday heat. If you are arriving at the North, East or South cruise terminals (at the World Trade Centre) then it is possible for you to walk, although it is still a good 15 minutes to the foot of La Rambla.
|Blue Bus Shuttle (T3 PORTBUS) service that runs along the port of Barcelona|
Cruise Port Shuttle Bus Service T3 PORTBUS known locally as the "Blue Bus"
The T3 PORTBUS runs from all the Cruise port terminals to the monument of Christopher Columbus and back. The bus is also adapted for easy access for the disabled traveller with a wheelchair.
The tickets for the T3 PORTBUS can only be purchased with cash on the bus itself.
The walking time from the Christopher Columbus monument to La Rambla is about 1 minute, and the nearest Metro is Drassanes (Green Line, L3), which is only about 5 minutes walk from the monument. See our Barcelona metro map to see the location of Drassanes station.
Once at the metro you will have a good transport connection to the rest of the city. The price of the T3 PORTBUS ticket is €2.50 for a single and €3.50 for a day return. We have written more information about the cruise port shuttle bus if you require more detailed information.
You cannot use the T10 transport ticket on this cruise bus service. There is no fixed timetable for the Blue Bus however the cruise terminal operators co-ordinate the running of the bus with the arrival and departures of the cruise ships. On average the bus leaves every 30 minutes from the Christopher Columbus monument.
Hop on hop off tourist bus has several stops near the cruise terminals.
|The Barcelona City Tour "hop on hop off" tourist bus has 2 stops near the Barcelona cruise terminals.|
Many tourists arriving on the cruises do not have much time to see the city and would like to go on a hop on hop off tourist bus to get a good overview of Barcelona's main attractions. This is probably the quickest and most convenient way to see the city - especially if your visit is short.
There are 2 stops for the hop on hop off tourist bus near the cruise terminals which make it easy for a tourist to catch this bus service, one at the world trade centre and the other at the Christopher Columbus monument. You can purchase your tickets for the tourist bus online in advance of your trip and simply present the printed out voucher to the driver. We have written a detailed page on the hop on hop off tourist bus service and include details of exactly where the stops are in relation to the cruise port. Follow the link below to learn more.
The other option is to simply catch a taxi from the port to the city centre which is cheap (fare around €10.00 to the city centre) and quick (normally less than 10 minutes).
Our page on the Barcelona airport transport explains the options for public transport to and from the Airport to the city centre. From there you would need to make your way to the ports by foot. None of the public transport methods take you directly to the ports from the airport so you would either need to make several changes using different transport systems or be prepared do some walking.
Bus transfer to Barcelona airport
If you want to travel by bus public transport this is what you need to know:
Take the Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya, then catch the metro from Catalunya to Drassanes. From there walk to the Columbus monument and then catch the T3 PORT-BUS to your cruise terminal. As you can see it is not straight forward to use public transport to commute between the airport and cruise terminals.
Taxi to Barcelona airport from the cruise port
One option for travelling to and from the airport to the docks is to catch a taxi. Taxis are quick, available and cheap. The journey will take you about 25 minutes and will cost you around €25.00 - €30.00 . There are no additional charges for your luggage. You also have 2 additional supplements. One for taking you from the airport and the other for alighting at the cruise terminal or vice versa. For the exact taxi rates and supplements we recommend you visit the Metropolitan Institute For Barcelona Taxis web site that list all the up to date fares for Barcelona Taxis.
Private valet transfer to Barcelona Airport from the cruise port
Another option is to arrange a private transfer from the Cruise Port to Barcelona Airport (or vice versa). The advantage with this is that you can reserve the service online before your trip and you will not have queues to deal with. You also have a more personal service which can be reassuring if you are not familiar with the city. See our page on private transfer services from Barcelona cruise port to/from Barcelona Airport.
Important note that some tourists have instructed taxi drivers to go to "Terminal A" (or B or C etc) and the taxi driver has misunderstood and taken them to the airport terminal instead. Make sure you specifically say the Cruise Terminal otherwise you could end up at the airport instead!
The terminals themselves only have temporary short term park facilities to give you enough time to load and unload. If you need longer term parking then the nearest private parks to the terminals are given below:
World Trade Centre
The world trade centre has the nearest car park to the terminals and is only a few minutes drive away. It can accommodate up to 900 vehicles. For further information on parking rates contact the World Trade Centre.
World Trade Centre Information line:
Tel: +34 93 508 8000 .
Moll de La Fusta car park at Passeig de Colom, 1, 08002
This car par is also about 5 minutes drive from the port. It is an underground car park.
Car Parking Reduced Rates For Selected Cruise Ship Customers
If you are arriving on a cruise ship operated by Costa Cruceros, Travelplan or Pullmantur you can obtain preferential rates at the B:SM Litoral Port car park and P.R Biomedica. See our cheap long term car parking article below that explains more about this service.
There is a baggage delivery service at the cruise port. However there are no self-storage lockers at the port. We recommend you see the following pages that explains the options available to you for storing your luggage when arriving at the port.
We recommend you see our Baggage Storage in Barcelona article that will explain how you can store your bags if you do not want to use a baggage transfer service.
We have also created a page on hotels within walking distance of the cruise port.
|Columbus monument (Mirador de Colon)|
The monument to Christopher Columbus (Colon) marks the foot of the Southern most end of the Ramblas. The Columbus monument is a useful landmark to find your bearings when walking toward La Rambla from your cruise ship. The walkway, which you can see in the centre of the picture, is Port Vell and behind us we have a walk way across the Marina to the Barcelona Aquarium and the IMAX Theatre. This picture was taken in October and the sun is still shinning!
The port caters for the disabled tourist including those with wheelchairs. The port has lifts at all major locations so travelling around with a wheelchair around the port area offers no obstacles. The Blue Bus (cruise shuttle bus service) is also adapted for the disabled traveller with a wheelchair.
If you wish to arrange a trip by ferry across to the Balearic Islands Mallorca, Minorca or Ibiza, it's recommended that you visit the official websites of the 3 ferry operators that offer this service to gain timetable and pricing information. The operators are:
If you require more specific information regarding the cruise port and its terminals we recommend you contact the Cruise Port customer services department - SAC (Servicio Atencion de Cliente) or visit the Official website for the cruise port, details given below:
Tel: +34 90 222 2858
Official Website: Port de Barcelona official web site