Barcelona is the largest cruise ship port in Europe: book transfers to the cruise port and Barcelona Airport here. We have put together a lot of information about the cruise port and how to get from the cruise terminal to the city and back on your own.
There are seven jetties available for cruise ships in the port of Barcelona. The furthest from the city center are the terminals A, B, C and D, which are located on their own pier, the "Moll Adossat" or the "Muelle Adosado". Big cruise ships, e.g. the Aida or Carnival berth there.
Three other important quays for passenger ships are the south terminal S (minor 18C), the east terminal E (minor 18B) and the north terminal N (minor 18A). These three terminals are grouped around the "World Trade Center" at the Moll Barcelona. This is where smaller cruise ships dock. A striking building on the jetty is the large steel tower of the cable car middle station.
Boarding a cruise ship is similar to checking in at the airport. In front of the moorings are check-in halls where you have to check in with your tickets and drop off your luggage.
At Terminal M - in front of the shopping and leisure center Maremàgnum - no passenger ships dock, especially larger yachts.
Barcelona has a lot to offer for a day trip from the cruise ship. You do not have to book expensive tours on the boat. Book here your Shore and Land Excursion at a reasonable price.
If you arrive by plane from Barcelona El Prat de Llobregat Airport, take the blue Aerobús or bus 46 to Plaça Espanya (details on the two buses can be found on the Arriving by Plane page). At Plaça Espanya, take the subway and take line L3 (green line) in the direction of "Trinitat Nova" until the station "Drassanes". From the station "Drassanes" it is about 100 meters to the Columbus Column.
Tickets for the Aerobús can be booked online, for the bus 46 you will receive individual tickets from the driver and for the metro at each station at the ticket machines.
With our private transfers we take you directly from the airport to the harbor or from the harbor to the city center - of course also in the opposite direction. Depending on the size of your group, you can choose the appropriate vehicle size: taxi, people carrier, minibus, midibus and coach. And all at a fixed price.
If you arrive via Girona airport, take the shuttle bus to the final stop in the city at "Estació del Nord". From there you can take the metro L1 and change at "Plaça Catalunya" to the L3 in the direction of "Zona Universitària". Get off at Drassanes station and continue as described below.
Arriving via Reus Airport, get off at Sants Estació Central Station and take the L3 metro line towards Trinitad Nova; then get off at the station Drassanes.
If you want to get to the cruise terminals AD - from here most of the major cruise liners depart - we strongly advise you not to walk there: the footpath to the cruise ship is long, runs alongside a busy road with heavy traffic and is currently in the Noon heat anything but pleasant to go.
On the harbor side of the square, where the Columbus Monument is located in the middle of a roundabout, is the terminus of the blue shuttle buses "PortBús". You buy the bus ticket directly from the driver - the ticket you bought for the metro does not apply here. The Portbús are also accessible by wheelchairs. Also all other facilities of the port are suitable for wheelchair users.
The travel times of Portbús are tailored to the cruise times of the cruise ships, there is therefore no printed timetable. There is a bus every 20-30 minutes. If several ships are in the harbor and with correspondingly larger passenger volumes, these also drive more often. If a ship stays overnight in the harbor, the Portbús leaves until about 23:00.
To the terminals N, E, S it is from the Columbus Column about 600 meters on foot. You can also wave a taxi everywhere. For taxi rides from / to the port, an extra port fee is applied.
The taxi prices are based on weekend / weekday and day / night rate. In addition, luggage costs a surcharge and there is a surcharge for the port and the airport zone. The current taxi rates and surcharges are clearly visible in each taxi. For the trip from the airport to the port you have to expect about 25-30 €, depending on luggage and time of day more.
The taxi stands are located in front of the arrivals terminals, here you have to line up and occasionally wait for a long time for a free vehicle.
With our Private Transfers we take you directly from the airport to the harbor or from the harbor to the city center - of course also in the opposite direction. Depending on the size of your group, you can choose the appropriate vehicle size: taxi, people carrier, minibus, midibus and coach. And at a fixed price.
Book the Private Transfer here.
The access by car to the departure areas of the ships is well signposted. Whether coming from the north, west or east, be sure to head for the B10, the Ronda del Litoral. This leads past the beach directly to the ferry port.
From the north, the A2 becomes the B10 as soon as the highway reaches the urban area. From the west it is the C-32 that crosses the A2 / B-10 on the outskirts. Coming from the east, take the C-32 - which then turns into the C-31 or B-20 in the city area. Take the C-31, which later crosses the B-10. If you have accidentally taken the B-20, that's no problem: it also crosses the B-10.
To check in your luggage, short-term parking is available at the A-D cruise terminals, but no long-term parking is available. Two parking garages are located near the cruise port:
Here you will find information about parking in Barcelona and tips for cheap long-term rates. Also, the shipping company where you have booked the cruise can tell you if and where discounted parking rates are included.