Q: I am arriving in Barcelona by cruise. Could you tell me how I can travel to Montserrat from the Barcelona cruise ports? I would also need assistance on how to buy my tickets on the same day.
A: From Barcelona cruise port you will need to get to Plaça España station. We recommend you take the metro since it is the fastest and affordable option.
First, you need to get to Drassanes metro which is the nearest metro from the cruise port. You can take the Cruise Bus from the port terminals then get off at Columbus Monument. Drassanes Metro is next to Christopher Columbus Monument. Then take the metro from Drassanes and get off at Barcelona Plaça España station.
|Cruise Bus in Barcelona|
For information about the cruise port buses see our page Cruise Bus Barcelona Cruise Port Shuttle Bus Service.
Once you are at Plaça España station you can buy your Montserrat tickets at the automatic vending machines or at Montserrat ticket booths. The ticket booths are in front of Line R5 (Barcelona – Manresa).
There are different types of Montserrat tickets depending on what you prefer. You can choose one with train plus cable car (Aeri de Montserrat) or train plus rack railway (Cremallera de Montserrat). For more information about the different ticket types visit our page Barcelona to Montserrat by Train.
Map showing the train from Barcelona, cable car up to the mountain (Aeri de Montserrat) and Cremallera de Montserrat.
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" 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:
AIDA, Azamara, Celebrity Cruises, Costa, CroisiEurope, Cunard, Disney, M/V Clio, MSC, Norwegian, Oceania Cruise, Ponant Cruise, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Sea Cloud, Seabourn, Silversea, Viking Cruise, Virgin Voyages, Windstar
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. Follow the link below that explains three strategies to avoid the long queues for pre-cruise COVID testing.