If you wish to travel from the Barcelona cruise ship terminals (often referred to as Barcelona Pier) to Barcelona Airport or vice versa, you have various options. Unfortunately there is no direct transport from the Pier to Barcelona Airport, therefore, many cruise providers suggest a taxi.
However, there are other options and the T3 PORTBUS (see below for more details) makes journeys between the cruise terminals once you arrive at the Pier.
This page covers the various options for transferring from Barcelona Pier to Barcelona Airport. Options include train, coach, bus and taxi.
It is recommended that you book your transfer well in advance of your trip. Unfortunately the service cannot be booked if it is within 24 hours of your arrival.
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Secure Luggage Drop Off and Transfer Service
There is a secure luggage storage and transfers service that operates to and from Barcelona. This is a handy service were you can drop off your luggage and have it securely transferred to your final destination e.g. your hotel or other destination e.g. the cruise port. We have put together an article that explains in more detail this service.
|Barcelona Airport Train Station|
There are no direct trains from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Pier. Therefore, it is necessary to take a train to Barcelona city centre and then a bus or the Metro to get you near to the Barcelona Pier.
Take the Barcelona Airport Train - The R2 Nord train to Passeig de Gràcia . If you are arriving into Terminal 1 (T1) you will not be able to walk straight to the train station, as it is 4km away. You will need to take a shuttle bus from outside the terminal.
At Passeig de Gràcia you will need to change to the Metro. Once at the metro take the (Green Line, L3) directly to Drassanes. On exiting Drassanes you will see the statue of Columbus ('Colon') directly in front of you. At the other side of this statue you will find the Barcelona Pier, with the World Trade Centre at the end of it. It is possible to catch a Port Bus from Columbus Monument (Mirador de Colom) to the various Port Terminals (see below for more details) which you more than likely will need to take because many of the terminals are not walking distance from the Columbus Monument especially with heavy luggage on a hot Spanish day.
If you wish to travel from Barcelona Pier to Barcelona Airport, simply do the reverse of this journey.
There are no coaches that run directly from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Pier. However, once you are in Barcelona it is possible to catch a coach from the Columbus Monument (at the bottom of Barcelona Pier) to your particular cruise ship and back again. There are various options for getting to Barcelona City Centre from the Airport - see below for details of travel by train and see below for details of travel by bus.
If you are booked onto a cruise ship from Barcelona Airport, it is possible to catch a coach from Columbus Monument (Mirador de Colom) to Terminal A, B, C or D. If you are leaving from the South, North, East or Maremagnum terminals, these are closer to the city centre and can be reached by walking or taxi see our cruise terminal map for more details.
This coach is known as the T3 PORTBUS and is run by the Sarbus company. This is a short journey.
PORTBUS T3 Ticket Price
Single ticket: €3.00
Return ticket: €4.00
For more information you can call the company known as Transports Ciutat Comtal - the Port transport system is a separate transport system that run by the city of Barcelona and is therefore run by a independent company.
Transports Ciutat Comtal
Tel: +34 93 415 6020
|Aerobus to T1|
If you would prefer to catch a bus from Barcelona Airport, the airport express bus goes to Plaça de Catalunya. From Plaça de Catalunya the Barcelona Pier is a twenty minute walk straight down the Ramblas however with luggage this is a long walk down a busy boulevard and is not recommended. Alternatively, you can take the (Green Line, L3) on the Metro from Plaça de Catalunya to Drassanes. From here, the Barcelona Pier is a three minute walk past Columbus Monument to Barcelona Pier from here you can catch the cruise ship shuttle bus (T3 PORTBUS) to transfer to your specific cruise ship terminal. See the foot of this page for a link for more information on the cruise ship shuttle bus and the cruise ships terminals in general.
The TMB Bus Airport Bus travels to Plaça d'España. From Plaça d'España you can take the Metro on the (Green Line, L3) to Drassanes. From Drassanes Metro the pier is a short walk.
Both the Aerobus and the TMB bus are available from outside T1 and T2.
The distance from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Pier is approximately 15.3 km. This will take about twenty minutes in a taxi. Many of the cruise companies recommend this as the easiest way to travel to and from your ship from the airport.
Taxi Fares From Airport
T1 fare: €35.00
T2 fare: €30.00
Transport from Barcelona Pier to Barcelona airport is not particularly straightforward - there is no direct train or coach from the airport to the pier and back. It is for this reason that taxis are often recommended for those travelling on cruise ships. However, if you are hoping to be careful with your cash then various options are possible - all circumstances will involve transfers between various transport modes, so take this into consideration when packing your suitcase.
For more information see our page on the Barcelona Cruise ship terminals and cruise ship shuttle bus.