Sometimes the most aggravating part of a vacation is getting from the Barcelona airport to cruise port. Although there are multiple options from public transit to limousine it depends on your situation and which mode of transportation you prefer best. By understanding your options you can make an informed decision to achieve the best comfort. Of course, if you are looking for weekly rentals in Barcelona to start or finish your cruise your options may be different.
The Barcelona Pier
The Barcelona Cruise Port is often called the Barcelona pier by locals. There are a total of nine terminals in the port of Barcelona seven of which are dedicated to cruise ships. The terminals are located at the foot of La Rambla Boulevard possibly the most famous street in Barcelona. The terminals are divided into three distinct sections generally referred to as Adossat Quay, World Trade Centre, and Maremagnum Port Vell terminals. The first two are generally used for cruise ships with the third used mainly for large transport and cargo ships.
Its official name is Barcelona-El Prat Airport pages located 12 km southwest of downtown Barcelona. It is the second-largest airport in Spain behind Madrid and the 31st busiest airport in the world. Transportation from Barcelona airport to the cruise port is not available in a direct manner besides taking a taxi. However, there are bus and rail routes that connect with the cities transportation links.
Probably the easiest way to transfer between airport and cruise port is by taking a taxi. The trip Airport -> Pier is about 30 minutes long and cost between €39 (it’s a fixed final price). There are taxi stands at the cruise port terminals and the airport terminals making it easy and convenient.
Another easy but more expensive option includes hiring a company that specializes in transfers between the airport and the cruise port. Generally, they offer a meet and greet service at either the airport or the terminal providing door to door service and baggage handling services. Yet expect to pay between €50 – €100 per trip depending on the hired vehicle which can range from a regular sedan to a van, to a limousine.
The third and last option is to take public transit from the airport to the port terminals. However, this option requires multiple transfers and walking although it can be much cheaper. A bus from the airport can take you to Placa Catalunya, where you can then catch the Metro to Drassanes, which you would then walk approximately 5 minutes to the Columbus monument where you could catch the Blue Bus to the terminal. The total cost would be approximately 6 euros per person and would take considerably longer up to an hour of travel time.
Of course, these options could change if you decide to stay in a weekly rental in Barcelona to enjoy this fantastic city. Depending on where your rental is located you would generally still have the same three options with different pricing. Barcelona airport to cruise port transportation is an easy decision between a taxi or a hired service depending on how much you want to pay.