Q: We are arriving a World Trade Centre Palacruceros terminal and want to make our way to Las Ramblas by bus. Is there a shuttle bus service that runs from the Ramblas to the cruise port?
A: There is a cruise port shuttle bus service called the Cruise Bus service (Colloquially known as the "Blue Bus") that runs in a circular repeating route from the Christopher Columbus monument to all cruise disembarking points. The Columbus monument is a 1 minute walk to the foot of the famous La Rambla Boulevard.
|Cruise Bus - Barcelona cruise port shuttle bus service|
Route for the cruise port shuttle bus
The shuttle bus circular route is illustrated in our map below. We have also indicated the stops for the shuttle bus, along with the cruise port terminal names so that you can see where to catch the bus.
Timetable for the Cruise Bus
The cruise port shuttle bus co-ordinates its schedule and frequency depending on the arrival and departures of the cruises. Therefore the cruise shuttle bus service is not a regular scheduled bus service but one that only runs based on demand.
On the map below we have put a small bus symbol next to each of the stops made by the Cruise Bus.
Tickets for the cruise shuttle bus can be purchased on the bus. The driver will only accept cash with either coins or small bills.
Tickets can also be ordered in advance (see link below).
Cruise Bus Ticket Price 2022
Single ticket: €3.00
Return ticket: €4.50
Access for people with a disability
The shuttle bus is also adapted for wheelchair users. The bus is fitted with a hydraulic ramp which can be lowered to facilitate the entry onto the bus by wheelchair users.
If you have further enquiries you can contact TCC that operate the bus service.
Tel: +34 93 415 6020.
Alternative transport to the Cruise Bus service
If you would rather arrange your transfer to your hotel in advance of your trip you could book a private transfer online. The advantage of this is that there is no waiting around or trying to figure out how to get to your hotel. The driver will be waiting at the disembarking point for your cruise and will have a card with your name written on it. The driver then assists you with your luggage and you are driven directly to your hotel or other destination. This is an attractive stress-free option if you don't want to be queueing once you disembark.
Express COVID Testing For Cruise Ship Passengers
How to avoid queuing for your pre-boarding FIT-TO-CRUISE COVID test certificate
If you're embarking on a cruise ship from Barcelona, you will require a "FIT-TO-CRUISE" / "FIT-TO-SAIL" / "VeriFLY" COVID test before starting your cruise. The problem is that the queues for testing cruise passengers can be several hours long because thousands of passengers all need tests. The cruise appointed testing clinics typically work without an appointment. However, there is a solution. You can get a pre-boarding COVID test from an Express COVID testing centre geared up to test cruise ship passengers. With this service, you can avoid the long queues and get tested fast. The cruise specialist testing centre only works by appointment, which is how they can offer such a fast service. The Express COVID test centre set time slot quotas to ensure you get tested rapidly and will not accept further bookings once a time slot quota is reached. It is, therefore, important to book your COVID test well in advance. This testing centre issues COVID certificates that meet the specifications of any cruise ship entering Barcelona. You can feel confident you will have the right paperwork for boarding your cruise.The Express COVID testing service can issue cruise pre-boarding COVID certificates for the following cruises and many more:
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When you arrive at the Express COVID testing centre, give the name of the cruise you will be embarking on so they can issue you the correct "FIT-TO-CRUISE" COVID certificate for your cruise. All certificates are also approved for the VeriFLY app. Follow the link below that explains three strategies to avoid the long queues for pre-cruise COVID testing.