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 direct options:
1. Shuttle bus transfer run by private companies
2. Private transfer service
3. Taxi service
You also have public transport options from / to Barcelona Airport to / from Barcelona city centre such as the Airport train and the Aerobus Airport express.
|Barcelona Cruise Port Bus|
The Barcelona Cruise Port Bus (see below for more details) makes journeys between the cruise terminals once you arrive at the Pier, which is next to the city centre, at the bottom of the famous Ramblas pedestrian avenue.
This page covers the various options for transferring from Barcelona Pier to Barcelona Airport.
It is recommended that you book this service well in advance of your trip because it is very popular during peak tourist season.
Book at least 48 hours in advance. However you can book up to 6 months in advance.
You can book a private car with a driver between Barcelona Airport and the Cruise Port so that you don't have to wait in lines for a taxi at the airport or at the cruise port.
Once booked, you will have someone waiting to meet you at Barcelona Airport or Barcelona Cruise Port with a sign with your name on it.
If you want to go from the Cruise Port to Barcelona Airport, keep in mind that there will be hundreds of cruise travellers disembarking the cruise at the time time so having a driver waiting for you with a sign with your name to take you directly to the Airport instead of having to wait at the taxi rank under the sun is an option to consider.
Book at least 48 hours in advance.
You can book a standard car, a business-class car, or a minibus from the link below:
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 and T2 fare: €39.00
Transfer to cruise ship terminals with the Barcelona Cruise Port Bus from / to the end of Las Ramblas
Once you are in Barcelona it is possible to catch the Barcelona Cruise Port bus from the Columbus Monument (at the bottom of Barcelona Pier, which is at the end of the Ramblas avenue) 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) at the end of the Ramblas 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 Cruise Bus and is run by the TCC company. This is a short journey.
Cruise Bus Ticket Price
Single ticket: €3.00
Return ticket: €4.50
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 (TCC)
Tel: +34 93 415 6020
|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.
|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 where you can catch the cruise ship shuttle bus (Cruise Bus) 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 España. From Plaça 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.
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.
Transport from Barcelona Pier to Barcelona airport is not particularly straightforward with public transport - there is no direct train or bus from the airport to the pier and back. It is for this reason that taxis, private transfers or shuttle bus transfers run by private companies 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.
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