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Barcelona Cruise Port Info + Short Stay Tips and Hotels

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In 2018 4.4 million passengers came to Barcelona by cruise ship, and judging by the questions I’ve got over the years about 2.6 million were docking in the dark (!).

So how the heck do you visit a world class city in no time at all?

The good news is the Barcelona cruise port is close to the action. It won’t take more than 30 minutes get central and start enjoying the sights and sounds: but you’ve gotta know how!

Allow me to get you on the right track.

IMPORTANT: normally cruise ship visitors have little time to spare so it’s super important to maximize time and see the most possible. For this reason I got together with Ticketbar to create the Barcelona Port Day Pass.

You’ll be able to plan your entire day in just a few clicks including transport to/from the port, 1 day on the Bus Turistic, entrance to Sagrada Familia, and a 20% discount pass to pretty much every other attraction.

You’ll also get to skip the lines at entrances.

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Where is the Barcelona Cruise Port?

The Barcelona port has a total of 9 terminals with 7 of them used by cruise ships.

The main cruise docks are Moll Adossat (terminal A, B, C, and D), World Trade Center (North, South, East), and Port Vell Maremagnum.

The area around the port finds itself very close to the bottom of the city’s famous pedestrian boulevard La Rambla. The street links two of the city’s great neighbourhoods in El Raval and the Gothic Quarter.

Most cruise ship passengers arrive at the Christopher Columbus statue in Portal de la Pau Square. From here there are various transport options which I’ll get into later.

Barcelona Cruise Terminal Map

Here we see the main three cruise ports in Barcelona.

The blue line is the Autobus Azul shuttle and the pink line is the length of the La Rambla all the way up to Plaça Catalunya. Notice Drassanes metro station with the train decal.

Barcelona Cruise Port to City Centre

Moll Adossat (Terminal A, B, C, and D)

As you see from my terminal map don’t attempt to walk central from here. The walk is long and it’s not such a nice road, especially if you have bags to carry and it’s really hot.

Once you’re off the ship you’ll find a shuttle right outside all terminals.

This shuttle is called the Cruise Bus (or the T-3 Portbus) and will take you right to the bottom of Las Ramblas where you can start visiting Barcelona’s top attractions. It is adapted for disabled visitors.

The bus doesn’t run on a fixed schedule. They’re coordinated with cruise ship arrivals. The Moll Adossat – Colón line runs at maximum every 20-30 minutes. The 10 minute trip costs €4.50 one way.

Tickets for the cruise shuttle are bought directly aboard the bus (cash only) or online in advance (less hassle and no lining up and fighting for seats) via Ticketbar.

For taxis expect to pay €6.00-€8.00 to get to the Columbus Statue (€15.00 to Plaça Catalunya).

World Trade Center Dock (N, S, E)

If you’re packing light you can reach the Rambla on foot from the cruise port in 10-15 minutes.

In all you’re just a few minutes from the Bus Turistic stop and about 10 minutes walking from La Rambla (and the Columbus Statue) and the Drassanes metro station (green line L3).

Maremagnum Dock (M)

This cruise terminal is dedicated to smaller ships mostly serving the Balearic Islands. It’s the closest one of them all and getting to La Rambla from here is about 10 minutes walking.

Maremagnum is also one of Barcelona’s top shopping malls, and the only one open on Sunday!

Barcelona Airport To Cruise Port

For the 58% of you starting your cruise in Barcelona you’ll have a few options from El Prat airport to the Barcelona cruise terminal and vice versa. Unfortunately the only direct service is via taxi.

Aerobus

This super-convenient bus departs every 5 minutes from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. A one way ticket only costs €5.90. You’ll have WiFi aboard for last minute planning.

The bus takes you to Plaça Catalunya where you can take the metro two stops to Drassanes or you can hail a taxi and get to the port for about €10.00.

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Taxi

The fixed taxi fare from Barcelona Airport to the cruise port is €39.00.

If you’re traveling in a group this is by far the best option for price-quickness ratio. Standard black and yellow taxis run on meters so it’s impossible to be ripped off. Night time and large luggage surcharges are normal.

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Hotels Near Barcelona Cruise Port

If you’ve read my list of best areas to stay you’ll know I’ve recommend avoiding La Rambla for noise purposes – here are a few hotels hand picked based on blog reader recommendations and shining Tripadvisor scores.

You also may want to consider Airbnb’s discount homestays, hostels, or holiday apartments.

Eurostars Grand Marina GL

☆☆☆☆☆ Area: Poble Sec | Moll de Barcelona s/n | Metro: Drassanes

The great thing about this hotel is that it’s as convenient as it is luxurious.

This truly unique glass and marble building takes the form of a transatlantic liner and blends in with the surrounding cruise port. It was designed by the same architect who did the pyramid entrance to Paris’ famous Louvre Museum.

The many terraces overlooking the Mediterranean are a highlight.

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Hotel Catalonia Port

☆☆☆☆ Area: El Gotico | Carrer Ample 1 | Metro: Drassanes

This boutique gem is famous for its stylish rooms with hardwood floors.

A benefit is that’s it’s further up from the Barcelona cruise terminal so only a 15 minute walk to the beach. A highly recommended and extensive breakfast buffet. The seasonal rooftop terrace and swimming pool is pure relax. A fabulous 8.8 review on Tripadvisor doesn’t lie.

It’s also walking distance to a great deal of Barcelona’s best restaurants.

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NH Barcelona Barri Gotic

☆☆☆ Area: El Gotico | Carrer Ample 31 | Metro: Drassanes

At just 100 meters from the cruise port you can’t go wrong with this bright and modern hotel.

Even though you seem to be right in the chaos of the Gothic Quarter this quiet, no-nonsense hotel. Readers rated it very high in cleanliness and location: you’re walking distance to La Rambla, the port, and the city’s beaches.

There’s also an uncharacteristically charming service for Spanish standards.

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Cruise Ship Passenger Itinerary: 6 Hours

With my Barcelona cruise ship passenger tour all you need is the metro. So grab yourself a T-Familiar travel card: it’s multi-personal and gives you 8 rides for €10.00 anywhere on the Barcelona transport network.

These tickets can be bought at the ticket machines of any metro station.

Expect each person to use 3-4 trips.

Taking cruises from Barcelona with more time? Check out my full one day trip or 3 day Barcelona itinerary.

Stop #1: Gothic Quarter and the Born – 2.5 h

Let’s start at the Columbus Statue where the port shuttle has dropped us off.

We head up La Rambla on foot through the beginning of a little craft market and past legions of tourist trap bars: stay away! After about 10 minutes we take a right at Plaça Reial, one of the most beautiful squares in the city.

Soak up the sights and sounds here and check out the lanterns designed by none other than Antoni Gaudi.

From here we get lost in the labyrinthine streets and squares of the Gothic Quarter. It’s home to some of the city’s greatest sights like the Barcelona Cathedral.

Stop in to check out the impossibly peaceful Plaça Sant Felip Neri and its surprisingly violent history.

From here we hit the area’s widest street Via Laietana and head down into the Born area, the other face of the old city that’s become a lively neighbourhood full of great restaurants and independent clothing shops.

Here we need to see the Santa Maria del Mar, another of Barcelona’s most beloved churches. In and around this area you’ll want to stop for tapas: these small traditional Spanish dishes are a must.

I recommend Xampanyet (Carrer de Montcada 22), a delicious bodega to try a local cava sparkling wine with some salami, cheese, anchovies, sausages and more. Expect to spend about €25.00 for a decent meal.

Another great option for typical Catalan food here is Llavor dels Origens (Passeig del Born). They run on a 0 km mantra. Expect to pay about €30.00 a person.

For more ideas check out my list of best restaurants in Barcelona.

Stop #2: La Sagrada Familia – 1 h

Stomachs full, we restart the trip to admire one of the most incredible sights in the world: La Sagrada Familia.

To get there we head back to Via Laietana and jump on the metro at Jaume I (L4, towards Trinitat Nova) and get off at Verdaguer. From here we change to the blue line (L5) and get off at Sagrada Familia.

If you’ve bought your tickets online this is mandatory. If you haven’t you’re going to wait a long time, so make sure you’ve made the arrangements beforehand to truly appreciate this world class monument.

That said, even looking at it from the outside is an experience in itself.

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Stop #3: Passeig de Gracia and Gaudi – 1.5 h

Let’s get back on the blue line (L5) and get off at Diagonal.

From here we exit at Passeig de Gracia and walk downhill in the direction of the sea. Here we see the origins of Catalan modernism and the two crown jewels of the city: La Pedrera and Casa Batllo.

Normally you’ll need about 90 minutes to visit either one of these buildings properly but you can get a very good sense of one of them using about an hour of your time. Just make sure you book online first.

If you haven’t eaten already there’s El Nacional (Passeig de Gracia 24), an elegant multi-restaurant dining space which covers all cuisines of the Iberian Peninsula.

Stop #4: Plaça de Catalunya and Back – 1 h

We finish off heading downhill until we reach the unmistakable Plaça Catalunya: the city’s unifying square.

If you’re not too tired you can walk back down La Rambla and after about 10 minutes find one of the world’s best food markets La Boqueria on your right.

Grab one of the delicious €1.00 fruit smoothies or try a sampling of classic Serrano ham.

From here you walk another 10 minutes downhill and you’re right back where you started at the Columbus Statue, where you’ll be able to take the shuttle back to the cruise port.

If you’re too tired for the last bit simply take the green line (L3) of the metro from Plaça Catalunya to Drassanes.

Cruise Ship Passenger Itinerary: 1 Day

For this itinerary I recommend doing the 6 hour tour above and adding one or more of the following:

Extra Stop #1: La Barceloneta – 1 h

Why not start the day off with a quick dip at Barcelona’s beaches?

Especially in summer a walk along the beach and a quick aperitif in Barcelona’s seaside barrio is a must. Take bus D20 from the Columbus Statue all the way to Platja de la Barceloneta (Barceloneta Beach).

Here we take a walk up and down the promenade for some refreshing sea air. If you want a quick suntan or swim I recommend heading towards the sail-shaped tower (the W Hotel) for cleaner waters, but be quick!

From here it’s back on the D20 to the foot of Via Laietana to start the our visit of the Born neighbourhood.

Extra Stop #2: Park Guell – 1.5 h

The fairytale-like, surreal Park Guell completes our visit of Gaudi’s masterpieces.

A walk through nature takes us to the famous lizard fountain, a bizarre column temple, and a massive terrace overlooking the city with its emblematic mosaic benches made famous by movies like Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

The view from here is incredible.

In my article on Park Guell you find everything you need to know about visiting, the history, and even the design but please: buy your tickets online. You don’t want to be asked to come back for a later time slot.

Buying tickets online costs €7.00 and will allow you to skip lines.

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Remember that there is a bit of an uphill walk from the bus/metro so those with limited mobility may want to consider a taxi for this portion of the route.

Since the park closes late (in summer at 9:30 pm) I suggest saving this stop on the tour for last, to really enjoy the sunset. You could add this stop after you’ve arrived back to Plaça Catalunya (mentioned in the 6 hour itinerary). From here take bus 24 or the metro green line (L3) to Vallcarca.

You’ll probably be hungry after all that walking, right?

The ideal place for dinner in the classic village neighbourhood of Gracia, with it’s lively squares and diverse offering of bars. To get to Gracia retake the metro from Vallcarca and get off at Fontana.

If you’re looking for traditional Catalan food head for Bilbaro (Carrer del Perill 33). Here you’ll find an old school elegance that’s all but lost in Barcelona. Local couples out on romantic nights and waiters dressed to the nines. Try the beef filet! Expect to pay about €35.00 with wine.

If instead you’re in the mood for something a bit more casual I suggest tapas. One of my favourites in the area is Polleria Fontana (Carrer de Sant Lluis 9), a hole in the wall restaurant that used to be a chicken store.

Some great dishes to try (and share) here are the grilled octopus, Russian potato salad with grilled tuna, and the always recommended potato croquettes with ham. Average price here with wine is about €20.00-€25.00.

Essential Cruise Passenger Information

Tickets

Make sure you buy your attraction tickets in advance online because lines can cost you hours.

I recommend this for regular visitors as well. You can save up to 20% off ticket window prices and skip the lines like a VIP. For cruise ship passengers on short schedules it becomes essential.

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Maps

One thing to have handy to save time is a map of the city.

If you’re visiting with a European Union SIM card you’ll be happy to know you can fire up Google Maps any time. As of June 2017 there are no roaming charges for European visitors.

Visiting on a cruise from overseas instead?

There should be enough free WiFi around but cheap pocket WiFi is available if needed.

Credit/Debit Cards vs. Cash

All European credit and debit cards should work without issue. Other standard Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards from overseas should also work.

American cruise ship visitors beware: PIN-less chip cards won’t work at automated kiosks. These cards requiring signature verification will only work with a clerk present.

I recommend you keep a little extra cash on hand in this case.

How to Get Around Barcelona

Public Transport

Barcelona cruise ship passengers tend to use the Drassanes metro station for quick access to Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, Parc Guell and the area around Plaça Espanya.

If you prefer taking buses you’ll find various lines here. The D20 will take you to the beaches around Barceloneta, while the V13 will take you to Plaça Universidad, where in 5 minutes you’ll be able to get to Plaça Catalunya.

If you’re staying more than a few hours you should consider getting a discount travel pass.

Bus Turistic (Hop on Hop off Bus)

This hop on hop off bus is the best option for visiting the city on limited time.

Here you’ll be able to get a good taste of the city’s greatest attractions without worrying about getting lost and wasting time on the transport.

Remember that the Bus Turistic stop is right at the World Trade Center cruise terminal. If you prefer to continue ahead there is also one at Drassanes metro. Both are on the red line.

There are a ton of people wanting to get on so I suggest buying your tickets in advance to skip lining up for tickets. Buying online also gets you a 10% discount, who doesn’t want that?

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Free Now

Free Now is Spain’s new taxi-sharing app similar to Uber but using the city’s regulated taxis. It’ll allow you to get around the city with licensed drivers driving modern cars.

Yes, you could get the same service by hailing one randomly or going to the cruise port taxi stand but if you sign up using my instructions you’ll get €5.00 off your first ride.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to download an app.

EU visitors should be able to do this with ease as roaming charges are now a thing of the past. For my overseas readers you’ll be able to do this easily with the WiFi aboard the cruise ship and have the driver meet you at the dock.

The good thing about Free Now is all prices are known in advance. The driver literally can’t rip you off.

The flat rate for taxis from the cruise port to the airport (and vice versa) is €39.00.

 Send Me Your Questions in The Comments

It’s not easy being a tourist in a new place but it’s not easy trying to provide all the information to an old place either! 😉

If I’ve missed something and you’ve got any questions about the Barcelona cruise port or anything else regarding your upcoming holiday please get at me in the comments below ASAP.

35 comments
  • September 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm
    Mervin Sealy
    Hi Ash, Great & Informative web-site, I have situation that is a little different & would love you help in resolving my dilemma; 1) I have a group of more than 30 seniors that will fly into Barcelona , a day or 2 before our cruise. 2) I need a shuttle bus to pick us up at airport, take us to hotel, then take us to cruise port. 3) I need a low to moderate price hotel to accommodate this group of seniors (about 15 to 24 rooms) 4) Would love a hotel that has free breakfast, WiFi, & near a stop on Hop on & off tour bus. I know I'm asking a lot, but any help would be greatly appreciated
    • September 3, 2019 at 3:39 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Mervin, Thanks for writing in and your very kind words :) Indeed, this isn't the easiest thing to answer as it's very rare and there are a lot of moving parts. I have no experience with renting shuttles for this quantity of people though looking on the official airport site it looks like you can get 30 people into town for about €12.00 each. There is little reason not to trust one officially endorsed by the airport itself. Also, it's very hard for me to find you a hotel without the exact dates as everything (especially in high season) depends on vacancy. I've got a list of of the most centrally located hotels with free breakfast and enough space for 30 guests by running some dummy dates. Please toggle the dates and any other amenities on the left hand side. If you have any more questions please let me know. Cheers, Ash
  • August 16, 2019 at 11:55 am
    Ibtisam Ashby
    16-08-2019 Hello Ash, Your site is absolutely amazing - thank you! I have been dipping in and out of the site for several weeks trying to figure out the best combination of tours, excursions and places to eat. Barcelona looks very interesting. I am travelling with my 7 year old daughter and my mum.We arrive next Wednesday at 12.15pm via Easyjet from London before catching a cruise from the port on Friday (embarking 3pm - 4pm). Our hotel is approximately 5-10min walk from the Columbus Statue. I have already purchased the Barcelona Pass with hop on hop off for 2 days. Would you advisee taking the airport transfer to the city centre and then picking up a cab to our hotel? Would it be easy to find a cab to pick us up with our 3 suitcases etc? My daughter is football mad and wants to go to FC Barcelona. Would we have enough time to fit this in on our arrival afternoon (via the hop on hop off bus)? Furthermore, we have opted for the Sagrada Famillia guided tour for 2pm Thursday (remaining availability - my fault for delaying) followed by the Park Guell later that afternoon at 5pm. That leaves us a Friday morning to have a walk around our neighbourhood in the gothic district without being too far from home and getting ourselves to the port. (At the moment we have the FC Barcelona tour on the Thursday morning). I think I'm getting myself confused so I would really appreciate your guidance. Many thanks. Sam
    • August 17, 2019 at 9:49 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hello Sam Thanks for the very kind words! :) If you're right by the Columbus statue it'll be quite easy to take the Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya and then from here grab a quick cab. Shouldn't be a problem as there is a taxi stand right in the square near the Hard Rock Cafe. Your itinerary sounds completely doable so don't sweat that... you can easily fit in Camp Nou (which generally closes around 7 pm) with the Bus Turistic provided that your flight hasn't been delayed etc. Just make sure you consult the hours to make sure it's not a special day hours-wise: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/camp-nou-tour-info/#times Cheers, Ash
  • July 25, 2019 at 9:14 pm
    Kerrie
    Hi, Whilst googling for some information on our upcoming cruise from Barcelona I was wondering if you had some information on the following. We are flying in late the Saturday night before our cruise, we are currently planning not to take a hotel, stay around at the airport for a few hours and then head to the cruise port in the early hours (say 4am) to see the ship arrive, is this feasible? Would we be able to get into the port or is this really quite a silly idea! Would love to know your thoughts..
    • July 26, 2019 at 9:59 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Kerrie, It's certainly possible to grab the city airport bus to Plaça Catalunya and then walk down La Rambla to the cruise port (about 20 minutes). As far as I know you should be able to get to the dock but don't quote me on this as this is a rather rare request ;) What time does your boat depart and what time can you check in? Hopefully it won't be too long after the arrival! Ash
      • July 26, 2019 at 9:49 pm
        Kerrie
        Hi Ash, thanks for replying. That's the thing the ship arrives at 5am but doesn't depart until 6pm on the Sunday. We are going to be flying in late on the Saturday evening. Looking at our reservation we can officially check in from 1230 but I was kinda hoping they would let us check in earlier than that. I think the best option is going to be having to crash at the airport until early morning and then head to the ship..
        • July 27, 2019 at 10:42 am
          ashley
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          Ash
          Hi Kerrie, Indeed it looks like you're a bit stuck there with the times but it wouldn't make sense to grab a hotel at that point because it'll only be a few hours. I've got no issues with the approach, I just hope they can check you in a bit earlier :) Cheers, Ash
  • June 29, 2019 at 10:23 pm
    Anne
    Hello, We are planning a cruise in July 2020 and would like to spend 3 days in Barcelona before the cruise. We would be flying out of LAX. What time of the day would you recommend flying out and is one day enough to adjust to the time difference before starting out site seeing?
    • June 30, 2019 at 11:16 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Anne, For me the best times to fly out are in the late evening around 8 or 9 since you'll beat all the rush hour traffic etc. heading out to the airport. It's this or very early in the morning (for the same reason!)... if you're morning people this is a great option too. Also, it's impossible to adjust to the time difference in just one day but the body is surprisingly resilient... the unique energy of arriving in a place far away usually gives you the strength to plow through. Just make sure if you arrive in the middle of the day to try and stay up as late as possible and force your body to adjust to the local time. Ash
  • May 10, 2019 at 1:40 pm
    David Porter
    We will be arriving at the airport and have a transfer scheduled to the Eurostars Grand Marina hotel. We will be there the morning on June 9 and leave on a cruise the next day. What would you recommend for a tour, for a senior couple of 2, one of which is mobility challenged. She can walk, but only short distances. I also assume we can get a taxi from the hotel if the ship is docked at the far end of the port? Thank you
    • May 10, 2019 at 8:31 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi David, First of all yes you'll be able to get a taxi to the far end of the port no problem. About the tours... for people in a hurry and with some limited mobility there's nothing really better than the Bus Turistic for these purposes. It is very educational, covers a lot of ground, and makes it so you don't even have to take a step if you don't want! I've got more info on this on my article on taking the Bus Turistic. Ash
  • May 6, 2019 at 6:24 am
    Karen
    How about getting from the cruise terminal after my cruise to the Barcelona airport (BCN). Is it necessary to reserve transportation in advance for a family of 4 (2 adults 2 teenagers).
    • May 6, 2019 at 12:42 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Karen, I've outlined the airport trip above which you would simply do in reverse... take the Port Bus to the Columbus Statue at the bottom of La Rambla, take the metro up to Catalunya, and then grab the Aerobus from here. That said, for 4 people the difference in price between this and a taxi is negligible so I would simply get a taxi... no need to book, there will be plenty of them waiting at the docks to pick people up. Ash
      • January 19, 2020 at 12:41 am
        Sharon
        Can you tell me how long of a drive it is from the cruise docs to the airport? Trying to decide between a taxi and the cruise optional shuttle? Many thanks!
        • January 20, 2020 at 9:11 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Sharon, If you're driving with no traffic it'll take between 30-35 minutes but could be longer depending on traffic. Ash
  • March 26, 2019 at 1:08 am
    Julia
    Ash- My husband and 2 kids (age 16,18) will arrive on 6/26 morning. We will stay 3 nights at Barcelona before our cruise on 6/29. Any suggestions on places to stay? I want to keep the budget around $500 if possible. Also, what's the best itinerary for 3 days to make the most of our time? Thanks for your help.
    • March 26, 2019 at 9:57 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Julia, I couldn't have worded it any better than in my 3 day Barcelona itinerary - if you've taken a look at that an are looking for additional custom advice regarding that please let me know. Not having stayed in many hotels myself I generally side with the massive amount of reviews in the database at Booking.com. I think for a young family looking for a decent sightseeing trip you should be staying in El Gotico, Eixample, or El Born neighbourhoods for sightseeing purposes, restaurants and cafes, shopping etc. I've got a list of the top areas to stay and here you can click on the buttons to get to Booking and sort the hotels to your liking. Also keep in mind that for your budget in high season you're looking at a 2 star hotel so there may be more value in apartments like Apartments Sagrada Familia or Apartments Sant Pau. Hope this gets you off on the right foot, let me know if you have any more questions :) Ash
  • December 15, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    John & Stephanie
    This is an amazing website and packed with information. I have three questions: 1. We arrive at BCN on a Thursday morning and should be ready to catch transportation to our hotel (Cotton House) by 10:30a.m. What do you recommend for this transportation? We want to keep walking with luggage at a bare minimum and really prefer door-to-door transportation. We did look at quotes by TaxiLeader. 2. We have Thursday all day (after hotel arrival) and the first part of the day on Friday before heading to the cruise port in the early afternoon. Do you recommend your 1 day in Barcelona itinerary for us? 3. What transportation do you recommend to get from our hotel (Cotton House) to the cruise port? TaxiLeader? Thanks in advance!
    • December 17, 2018 at 1:32 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi John and Stephanie, Thanks for the compliments on the site, I really appreciate it :) If you're thinking about minimizing walking time I wouldn't recommend any of the train or bus transport... though keep in mind if you'd rather spend about 11 euro one way (Aerobus) instead of about 35 (taxi) you'll only have about a 8 minute walk from the terminus stop (Plaça de Catalunya) of the Aerobus to your hotel. It's super central so not all that bad. Your other option would be to get a quote from Taxileader and then compare it with the MyTaxi app which utilizes the the city's yellow cabs... then take whichever is cheaper. Keep in mind signing up with MyTaxi gets you a €5 discount on your first trip. As for the one day I would indeed recommend my one day itinerary post and really couldn't have said it any better. That said, if there's something that doesn't appeal to you and you're looking to fill it with something specific please let me know and I'll help :) From the hotel to the cruise port it's a simple taxi that should be around 10 euro... I would just get the hotel to call it or flag one in the street, you usually won't wait more than a couple minutes since they're everywhere. Ash
      • December 17, 2018 at 2:22 pm
        John & Stephanie
        I’m sorry but I forgot to ask....would you recommend the bus turistic instead of the 1-day itinerary or do both? If both, do you have a recommendation on how to do that?
        • December 17, 2018 at 2:37 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          It is certainly doable to do both... if you want to get a greater view of the most amount of things possible (with an in depth audio guide) I would grab the blue line of the Bus Turistic from Plaça Catalunya and get off at a few of the marquee places like Sagrada Familia and Park Guell (this line covers most of my one day itinerary). There would also be the added bonus of not needing to pay transport.
          • December 25, 2018 at 8:09 pm
            John & Stephanie
            Perfect. Thank you!
  • November 14, 2018 at 6:05 pm
    Diana
    Hi, Once I arrive to Barcelona (El Prat), I'll be heading to the cruise terminal. I have a party of 5, I know you mentioned that the taxis only fit 4 people. What is the best transportation for us? Also, we plant to stay in Barcelona for 4 days after we are done with our cruise. What kind of city pass would you recommend for us? Thanks!!!
    • November 15, 2018 at 8:28 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Diana, If there's 5 of you you can always get a taxi quote using Taxileader and have them pick you up in a bigger vehicle. You're also free to ask one of the taxi drivers at the taxi stand to call you a van taxi and one will arrive: there is a €3.10 surcharge. You could also grab the Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya and then walk about 20 minutes down La Rambla to the Port Bus. If you're light on luggage this is an option. As for the City Pass if you're here for 4-5 days and looking to get some good sightseeing in I recommend the City Pass so you can skip the lines, get 20% discounts on almost everything, and have it all booked online. Ash
  • September 16, 2018 at 5:05 pm
    Jyothi Varma
    Hello Ash, Thank you for the lovely and helpful description of Barcelona and Vicinity.Me and my husband are going on a cruise on 23rd Sep till 30th Morning we have 2 days till we fly back home can you suggest good hotels and thing to cover in those 2 days. We are going on the western Mediterranean cruise which Includes PalmaDe Mallorca,Marseille,Florence,Rome,Naples.what are your suggestions about sight seeing in these places since the cruise is charging us an arm and a leg.Last but not the least how to transfer from airport to the Pier.help in this matter is greatly appreciated. Jyothi Varma
    • September 17, 2018 at 9:15 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Jyothi, First off if you haven't already I'd suggest taking a look at the hotels I've mentioned above which are perfect for people arriving or departing via the cruise terminal. Unfortunately since I haven't lived in all these other places I don't have much to suggest for them... in fact other than a few food things related to Italy (eating bistecca fiorentina in Florence and pasta cacio e pepe and pasta ammatriciana in Rome) I wouldn't want to give you a wrong suggestion. Also, again I'm going to have to refer you to the article as I have in depth explanations of how to get to the port from the airport. My top suggestion is always the Aerobus, but you're free to take a look at the text above and make a decision. For sightseeing I couldn't have said it any better than my list of the top 19 things to do in Barcelona. Ash
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