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Barcelona: arriving on a cruise ship


Article updated 23 March, 2020. 0 comments

If you have decided to get to Barcelona by boat, then read our article to find out the best way to reach the city and make the most of your time!


First of all, if you are planning a Mediterranean cruise, take a look at the offers on Promocroisiè, as their prices are very low.

Barcelona port is one of the biggest in Europe, and being very long it can sometimes be a confusing place to arrive in.

The port is divided into 3 zones:

  • the quay (muelle) of Maremagnum,
  • the World Trade Center quay
  • the Muelle Adosado quay.

The Maremagnum and World Trade Center quays

These two quays are closest to the centre. They are represented by numbers 1 and 2 on the map below.

Given their location it is easy to reach the Ramblas on foot and from there take the bus or the metro line 3 at Drassanes. For more information read our article on public transport in Barcelona.

The “Muelle Adosado”

The “Muelle Adosado” is the biggest part of the port, and it generally has the biggest cruise ships. It is located around 2kms from the city centre so we advise against try to get there on foot, particularly if you have luggage.

The Muelle Adosado is made up of 4 terminals A, B, C and D, as shown in the above map. Take note of which one is yours to avoid getting lost when coming back to the ship!

Getting to the city centre by bus from the muelle adosado

The T3 PortBus links the different terminals of the Muelle Adosado to the statue of Chistopher Columbus located below the Ramblas. Departures to the city are scheduled for every boat arrival. From the Columbus statue to the port a bus leaves every half hour or so.

  • A T3 bus ticket costs around 3 euros. This is a special price so you can’t use a normal T10 travel ticket.

From the Columbus statue you’re right by the Drassanes metro station, as well a Tour Bus stop.

Getting to the city centre by taxi

Taxi is the quickest way to get to the city centre but it is also the most expensive. A special price also applies here: a 5 euro supplement will be added to the price on the meter.


Facilities for travellers with reduced mobility

The port has all necessary facilities to allow travellers with reduced mobility to access all installations. This is also true of the T3 bus.

Book a tour with a guide to make the most of your time

Cruise stops are generally quite short and there is so much to see in Barcelona that it’s important to be organised.

  • To avoid wasting time we strongly advise you to use a qualified tour guide.
  • You will see as much as possible in a short time, you will avoid queues in tourist sites and you will hear lots of stories about the city.

This tour is specially for travellers on cruise stops in Barcelona. It lasts 4 hours and it is a made-to-measure visit, designed to make the most of your time!

It costs €250 (for up to 6 people, for 7 or more please contact us), to which you need to add the cost of entry to monuments and travel. Expect to pay €35 for a taxi, or €10 if you get around using public transport.

We wish you a good visit to Barcelona!

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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?