Barcelona cruise port is located close to the city centre at one end of the famous Las Ramblas boulevard. Although there are several public transport options to get from Barcelona airport to the city centre, none of them connects directly to the cruise ship terminals.
In this article, we review how to get from Barcelona El Prat airport to the cruise ship terminals by taxi, bus, train, metro and private transfer.
Barcelona Cruise Ship Terminals
Cruise ships dock at 7 terminals in Barcelona harbour. Larger ships dock at 4 terminals on the Moll Adossat wharf. Smaller ships dock at the 3 World Trade Center terminals on the Moll de Barcelona wharf.
The World Trade Centre terminals are within walking distance of Las Ramblas and nearby Drassanes metro station (see map below).
The Moll Adossat terminals are approximately 3 km from Las Ramblas and there is a special shuttle bus service which departs from near to the Christopher Columbus monument.
It’s also possible to walk to the terminals on the Moll Adossat wharf although it isn’t advisable when travelling with luggage because it’s quite a long walk (from 25 to 45 minutes depending on which terminal) and there’s no shade.
Before deciding which mode of transport to use, you should check which terminal your cruise ship will be docking at here. This information should have been provided by your travel agent when you booked your cruise.
Map of Barcelona Cruise Ship Terminals
By Taxi from Barcelona Airport to the Cruise Ship Terminals
The fastest and most convenient way to get from the airport to your cruise ship is by taxi. There is no need to book in advance since there are always plenty of licenced cabs waiting at the taxi ranks at both airport terminals.
The taxi fare from Barcelona airport to the cruise ship terminals is €39 (fixed rate) which includes up to 4 people and 4 pieces of luggage.
Depending on traffic and which terminal your ship is docked at, the journey should take about 30 minutes.
To the taxi rank at BCN terminal 1
As you leave the luggage claim area through the sliding doors, you will see a large yellow sign with the word TAXI indicating the ramp down to the taxi rank. Taxi marshals will guide you to the next available cab.
To the taxi ranks at BCN terminal 2
The taxi rank is on the street outside terminal 2B.
From Barcelona Airport to the Cruise Ship Terminals by Public Transport
There are several ways to get from Barcelona airport to the cruise ship terminals by public transport. As mentioned above, none of them is direct and all involve some amount of walking.
The cheapest way to get to the cruise ship terminal from the airport is to take the R2 Nord train from terminal T2 to Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia train station. Trains depart every 30 minutes and take approximately 25 minutes to get to Passeig de Gràcia. Check train timetables.
From here you catch the metro L3 (green line) 3 stops to Drassanes (direction Zona Universitària).
It takes approximately 5 minutes to walk from the Drassanes metro stop to the World Trade Center terminals on Barcelona Wharf.
If your ship docks at one of the terminals on Moll Adossat wharf then you should catch the Cruise Bus (see below) to the terminal where your ship is docked.
The Cruise Buses are a shuttle bus service for cruise ship passengers and are scheduled according to the arrival and departure of cruise ships.
The total cost per person of this journey is €4.20 (train fare) + €2.20 (metro fare) + €3 (Cruise Bus to Moll Adossat if needed)
You can also save money by purchasing return tickets for the cruise bus.
If your flight lands at BCN terminal 1, there is a free shuttle bus which will take you to terminal 2.
This not only saves having to take the shuttle bus between airport terminals but also saves you from having to wait up to 30 minutes for the next train.
From Plaça d’Espanya you can catch the metro L3 (green line) 4 stops to Drassanes (direction Trinitat Nova) from where you can either walk to the World Trade Center or catch the Cruise Bus (T3 Port Bus) to Moll Adossat wharf.
The total cost per person for the journey is €5.90 (Aerobus fare) + €2.20 (metro fare) + €3 ( Cruise Bus to Moll Adossat wharf if needed).
Tickets for the Aerobus can be purchased from the driver (cash only, exact change or small denomination notes), at ticket machines near the bus stop or in advance online from the Aerobus website.
You could also catch the Aerobus to Plaça d’Espanya if your flight lands at terminal T2. Buses depart from terminal 2 every 10 minutes.
The Cruise Bus
The Cruise Bus is a shuttle service for which follows a circular route connecting the cruise ship terminals.
The first stop on the route is near to the Christopher Columbus monument at the port end of the Las Ramblas boulevard.
The bus stops at Barcelona Wharf, the ferry terminal, Moll Adossat terminal A, terminal B, Terminal C and Terminal D. The fare is €3 one way or €4 return.
Tickets can only be purchased on the bus, cash only, correct change or small denomination notes.
The buses don’t follow a set timetable. Departures are coordinated with the arrival and departure of the cruise ships. At peak times, when passengers disembark and board the ships, buses depart every few minutes. During the rest of the day, there are buses approximately every 20 minutes.
All buses are wheelchair accessible and have space to stow large suitcases.
From the Drassanes metro stop to the Cruise Bus Stop
It takes approximately 5 minutes to walk from the Drassanes metro stop to the Cruise bus stop.
When exiting the metro, follow the signs on the platform to the Sortida Portal de Sta Madrona exit. After you go through the ticket-barriers you will see a sign pointing to the right with a pictogram of a cruise ship. In my opinion, especially if you’re travelling with heavy luggage, it’s better to turn left towards the Av de les Drassanes exit where there is a lift up to street level.
The lift brings you up in front of the Torre Colon tower, (one of the ugliest skyscrapers in Barcelona).
With your back to the tower you will see the Barcelona Maritime Museum to your right and La Rambla to your left.
Walk towards the Maritime Museum and cross the road at the pedestrian crossing. Turn left and walk alongside the museum towards Passeig de Josep Carner. You will now see the Christopher Columbus Monument up ahead.
Keeping the Columbus monument to your left, cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and cross the small square next to the old customs building towards the harbour then turn right.
You will see the cruise bus stop next to the customs building (see photo above).
From the Drassanes metro stop to the World trade Centre Cruise Ship Terminals
It takes approximately 7 minutes to walk from the Drassanes metro stop to the World Trade Center cruise ship terminals on Moll da Barcelona wharf.
As above, you should exit the Drassanes metro stop using the lift or stairs at the Av de les Drassanes exit. Turn right and walk towards the Barcelona Maritime Museum. Cross the pedestrian crossing and walk alongside the museum towards the Christopher Columbus monument.
Cross Passeig de Josep Carner at the pedestrian crossing then turn right along Passeig de Josep Carner in front of the old Customs Building towards the Plaça de Les Drassanes roundabout.
Cross the pedestrian crossing and walk straight ahead past the F1 ferry terminal and along the Moll de Barcelona wharf to the World Trade Center cruise terminals.
ATMs and Changing Money at Barcelona Airport
As we’ve seen above, you’ll need correct change or small denomination bills to purchase your ticket for the T3 Cruise Bus.
Exchange rates at airport money changers are notoriously bad so it’s best to use your bank debit card and take money out from the ATMs at the airport.
There are ATMs (cash machines) at both terminals. There’s no need to worry if you don’t speak Spanish, once you have inserted your card you will get the option to select your preferred language.
At terminal one there are two ATMs next to the ramp down to the taxi rank.
At terminal 2 they are located in the vestibule, after you come out of the luggage claim area, approximately halfway between the left luggage lockers and Botero’s horse statue.
Cash machines normally issue a combination of €50 and €20 bills. If you will be using the airport train then you can get change from the ticket machines when you purchase your ticket (the ticket machines also accept credit cards). There are also cafes at both terminals who will be able to change a €50 bill for the price of a cup of coffee or a snack.
If you’ll be taking the Aerobus from the airport to Plaça d’Espanya you can purchase your ticket in advance online. If you buy your ticket using this link you pay the same price as you would on the bus and I receive a small commission.
From Barcelona Airport to the Cruise Port by Private Transfer
If you prefer to have someone waiting for you when your flight arrives then you could book a private transfer.
A private transfer is more expensive than catching a cab from the taxi rank but with the advantage that you can pay up front by PayPal or credit card.
Additional services such as bag drops or booster seats for children and vehicles which are adapted to carry electric wheelchairs or mobility scooters are also available.
Left Luggage and Baggage Transfer in Barcelona
If your flight arrives in the morning and you want to spend a few hours sightseeing before boarding your ship without the hassle of lugging your bags. You can have your luggage collected from the airport and transferred directly to the port the cruise terminal for you. Find out more.
Hotels at Barcelona Cruise Port
The only hotel at the Barcelona Cruise ship port is the 5 star Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel.
If you will be staying overnight in Barcelona before your cruise departs, I suggest you choose a hotel located near the Ramblas.