How to go from the cruise port to downtown?

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Many travellers start or end their cruise in Barcelona, or are enjoying a stop here during their cruise.
Our customers often ask us how to go from the cruise ships port to downtown.

How far are the cruise terminals from downtown?

Cruise ships terminals are approximately 4 km from downtown (Christopher Columbus statue). The Christopher Columbus statue, located at the start of the ramblas, is a good place to start a walking tour of the historic centre or to take the metro to travel to other areas of the city.

Cruise ships terminals are located on a quay reserved for this purpose: the Moll Adossat. This quay houses 5 terminals where boats dock and where police and customs formalities are carried out, upon boarding and disembarkation. The terminals are named A, B, C, D and E, the A being the closest to the city and the E the furthest.

Is it possible to walk form the cruise port to downtown?

We do not recommend walking to the city centre, as you will have to walk between 30 and 40 minutes in an industrial area, on a bridge and a road without shade or protection against the sun, which can be very hot and exhausting in summer.

Some cruise lines provide passengers with shuttles to get to the city centre, if not, you have several solutions to get from the cruise port to downtown.

By taxi

At the exit of your ship, you will see a taxi stop with yellow and black taxis, Barcelona official taxis. The port staff is there to help you with luggage or to request an address to the driver.
If you are planning to walk for a few hours in the city centre, you can ask the driver to drop you near the Columbus statue at the beginning of the Ramblas. From here you can visit the Gothic Quarter (the old city) on foot or take the subway to another neighbourhood.

The trip costs approx. €12. Rates are displayed on the rear windows of taxis. In addition to the price marked by the taximeter there is a €4.50 surcharge for the port exit. From 2020 there is no more surcharges for luggage.

Returning to port is easy, many taxis roam the city, you only have to stop one that has a green light on it, which indicates that it is free. A €4.50 supplement for returning to the port is added to the price indicated by the taximeter.

Most frequent destinations:

If you want to go from one of the terminals to the statue of Christopher Columbus by taxi, you will need around 10 minutes of travel time and a price of €10 to €15.
To go from the port to Casa Milà (La Pedrera), a 9km journey, you will need around 30 minutes and a price of €19 to €22.
To go from the port to the Sagrada Familia, a 10km journey, you will need around 30 minutes and a price of €20 to €25.
To go from the port to Park Güell a 12km journey, you will need around 40 minutes and a price of €25 to €30.

By bus: Cruise Bus

The Cruise Bus goes through the 5 cruise terminals of the Port of Barcelona (Terminal A, B, C, D and E) and stop at the Barcelona dock, next to the World Trade Center, a few minutes’ walk from the start of the Ramblas.
The frequency of passage varies daily depending on the volume of cruise passengers in Barcelona and is always adapted to their needs.

Tickets cost €3 one way and €4.50 return. You can buy the tickets from the driver and pay with card or cash (€50 or or higher bills could possibly not be accepted).
You can also buy tickets in advance on the Cruise Bus website.

By private car

If you want to save time, we can wait for you at the port with a private vehicle, a sedan or a minivan, a driver and a guide. You will have time to take a panoramic tour of the city and visit the Sagrada Familia, without having to worry about transportation or the return schedule.

Port of Barcelona - Cruise Ship passenger information

-> Port of Barcelona web site - Cruise Ship passenger information

-> Barcelona Cruise Ship transportation map

Shore excursions from the harbour

Your cruise line may offers shore excursions in group tours, but if you prefer to have a more exclusive service, we can offer you a wide variety of private tours.

In our private shore excursions, no one will be added to your group. The guide is at your complete disposal and you are free to decide with him to vary the itinerary of the visit. We won't waste your time with obligatory stops at souvenir shops like many cruise line tours do.

-> Ramblas and Gothic Quarter (old town) tour

A must-visit to understand the history of Barcelona: the Gothic Quarter is the historic center of Barcelona. The Gothic quarter is the location of many Barcelona's historic and emblematic monuments, which we will show you. This walking tour, through a maze of medieval squares and alleys, will take you back in time while retracing the history of the city.
Walking tour from Las Ramblas, easily accessible from the Cruise Bus terminal.
Duration: 4 hours - Price (from 1 to 8 people): €270 during the week, €290 on weekends and public holidays.

-> Barcelona walking tour from the cruise port

Visit the essentials of Barcelona, starting with the Gothic Quarter, the historic centre, then visit the Casa Milà (La Pedrera and the modernist buildings of Paseo de Gracia, or the unfinished temple of the Sagrada Familia, emblem of Barcelona.
Walking tour from Las Ramblas, easily accessible from the Cruise Bus terminal, then short trips by taxi or metro.
Duration: adapted to the schedule of your stopover - Price (from 1 to 8 people): €450 during the week, €490 on weekends and public holidays.

-> Panoramic tour with private car from the cruise port

This tour will allow you to discover the most beautiful views of the city and the most important monuments such as the unfinished temple of the Sagrada Familia, the emblem of Barcelona. Ideal for seeing most of the city during a stopover.
A private vehicle with driver will meet you at the arrival terminal of your cruise ship and take you back to port.
Duration: adapted to the time of your stopover - Price: from €830.