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.
The cruise terminal is relatively close to the city centre, but we do not recommend walking to the city, as you will have to walk between 30 and 40 minutes in an industrial environment, on a bridge and a road without shade or protection against the sun, so it could be very hot in summer.
Upon arrival of your ship you will find a line of yellow and black taxis, these are official Barcelona 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 aprox 10 €. Rates are normally displayed on the rear windows of taxis. In addition to the price marked by the taximeter there is a surcharge for the port exit (3.40 €). 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. There is no extra cost to go to the port.
By bus: T3 PortBus Shuttle
A shuttle bus runs every 10 minutes between the port and the end of the ramblas for € 4 return.
It is a blue bus with the sign T3 PORT BUS. You will find a stop in front of each of the cruise ship terminals.
You must buy the tickets from the driver and you can only pay in cash (beware tickets of 50€ and more are not accepted).
-> Barcelona Cruise Ship Terminal and bus stops map
By private car
If you want to save time, we can wait for you at the port with a private vehicle, a driver and a guide. You will have time to take a panoramic tour of the city or a visit to the Sagrada Familia, without having to worry about the return schedule.
We can also organise a lunch for you in a restaurant of your choice.
-> Panoramic tour with private car from the harbour
-> Barcelona walking tour from the port adapted to your stopover schedule