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How to Get from Airport to Barcelona Cruise Port

Barcelona El-Prat is the nearest airport to cruise port Barcelona, just 16 kilometres away, and there are several ways to travel from the airport to the port.

There are direct transfer options including shuttle bus, taxi, and private transfer services, or opt to travel by public transport to Barcelona city centre via the airport train or Express Aerobus.

Where is the Cruise Port in Barcelona

Barcelona cruise ship port is one of the largest in the world, catering to more than 3 million passengers a year. It begins at the bottom of the famous Las Ramblas boulevard, opposite the Columbus Monument on Ronda Litoral.

The port caters to major cruise liners from the Carnival brand including Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess, and Holland America Line.

Several luxury hotels, shops and Barceloneta Beach are located close by, and the port is within a short walk of the picturesque Gothic Quarter. The nearest Metro station and bus stop is Drassanes.

Transportation from Airport to Barcelona Cruise Port

In addition to taxi and private transfer shuttles to the port, regular trains and an Express Aerobus also operate from Barcelona Airport, although neither are direct services to the cruise port.

The R2 Nord RENFE train runs from Barcelona Airport to Passeig de Gràcia in the city centre, with a ticket price of less than €4,60 per person for a single journey. On arrival, transfer to L3 Green Line on the metro - destination Les Drassanes station. This route brings you to the cruise shuttle bus pick up and drop off point at the Columbus Monument.

Barcelona Airport to Cruise Port Transfers

A taxi service from T1 or T2 at Barcelona Airport costs €40-50 for a single journey. Private shuttle transfers can also be offered - the price will be dependent on the size of vehicle required, but they start at around €25 each way.

Bus from Barcelona Airport to Cruise Port

If you prefer to travel by express bus (€5,90 single, €10,20 return ticket), this service terminates at Plaça de Catalunya.

It’s possible to walk along Las Ramblas to the cruise port shuttle, however, as it takes around 20 minutes, this may not be ideal with luggage. Instead, the L3 Green Line metro can transport you from Plaça de Catalunya to Drassanes station. The same routes apply in reverse if travelling from Barcelona cruise port to airport.

Should you decide to hop on the 24-hour Aerobus express bus, the journey time is around 30 minutes, the same duration as the airport train, however, you will need to allow additional time for your onward journey to the cruise port.

Whichever mode of transport you take, the same routes can be taken on your return journey to Barcelona airport from cruise port.

Barcelona Cruise Port Shuttle Bus

As there are seven terminals at Barcelona cruise port (some three kilometres away from the port entrance), a dedicated shuttle bus can transfer passengers from Mirador de Columbus (Columbus Monument), at the bottom of Las Ramblas, to terminals A-D. Many of the larger Carnival cruise liners dock here at Moll Adossat wharf. The cost for a single ticket on the shuttle bus is €3.00 one way and €4.50 return.

If you are arriving or departing from one of the three World Trade Centre cruise terminals (for smaller vessels), it’s a 15 minute walk from Las Ramblas and Drassanes Metro station.

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