Port of Barcelona - The Cruise Port and the Old Port (Port Vell)


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The Port of Barcelona is the most important cruise port in the Mediterranean, managing more than 2 million passengers a year for both, pleasure cruises and ferry lines. There are 10 terminals in total, 6 of them are cruise terminals, 1 terminal for smaller cruisers, and 3 terminals for ferry lines.


Port of Barcelona - Map of the Cruise Ship Terminals

Map of Barcelona Cruise Terminals

Barcelona Cruise Terminals

Where is the cruise port in Barcelona? From the point of view of Barcelona tourism, we'll split the Barcelona Port into two areas: the Barcelona cruise ship port and the so-called "Old Port" (Port Vell). On the Barcelona harbour map above you can see the cruise terminal names and locations. There are 7 cruise terminals: A, B, C, D, N, S, and M.

1) Cruise Terminals at Adossat Pier

The cruise terminals from A to D are located in the Moll Adossat (Adossat dock). Terminal D is also known as Palacruceros. These 4 cruise terminals are the furthest from Barcelona city center.

2) Cruise Terminals at World Trade Center

The cruise terminals N (north) and S (south) are located at both sides of the Barcelona WTC, one at the north wharf and the other one at the south dock. These terminals are for smaller vessels in comparison with those cruise ships that dock at the Adossat pier. These terminals are just 400 meters from bus and metro stops.

3) Cruise Terminal at Maremagnum

The cruise terminal M is located in the Maremagnum area at the Old Port (Port Vell). This terminal is mainly for smaller cruisers and superyachts and is the closest to Barcelona downtown. If you take a cruise to Barcelona, most probably you won't arrive right to Port Vell, as your ship will dock into one of the cruise terminals on the Adossat pier, or on the side of the World Trade Center.

4) Ferry Terminals

There are 3 terminals for ferries that link Barcelona with major destinations in the Mediterranean. These ferry terminals are F1, F2, and F3. Terminal F1 is for Balearia, terminal F2 for Transmediterranea, while F3 is dedicated to GNV and Grimaldi lines. These ferry lines sail to several ports in Italy, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Tanger, and other well-known ports.

Map of the Cruise Terminals at the Port of Barcelona

The Port Authority of Barcelona delivers an excellent map of the cruise ship terminals, including some transportation in the area.

Download the Barcelona Cruise Terminals Map from the Barcelona Port Authority

Barcelona City Sightseeing Bus Stops at Cruise Terminals

There are a couple of stops of Barcelona hop on hop off tourist bus at the World Trade Center and Maremagnum cruise terminals. That's the best way to see the best of Barcelona in 1 or 2 days, or even for a few hours. You can walk directly off the ship to the tourist bus stop and start exploring Barcelona. To avoid long queues, we recommend buying the ticket here and board the Bus Turistic directly with your voucher.

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Port of Barcelona - Partial view of the cruise terminals

Partial view of the cruise terminals

How to Get From Cruise Port to Barcelona City Center?

1) Private Transfers

If you get off the ship and want to go directly to your hotel the best way to go is booking a private transfer service. Even if you may have public transport options or taxi, bear in mind that there are hundreds of passengers disembarking from the ship, which means long queues for boarding a bus or a taxi.

When you book a private transfer, a driver will be waiting for you upon your arrival, helping you with your luggage and bring you quickly to the hotel. This hassle-free service is also recommended if you'll stay for a short time in the city, so you can spend more time doing Barcelona sightseeing.

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2) T3 PORTBUS - Cruise Port Shuttle Bus

This shuttle is a blue bus that links the cruise terminals A, B, C, and D with the Columbus monument at one end of La Rambla. The Portbus runs according to cruise schedules with an approximate frequency of 30 minutes, and the tickets can be purchased cash on board. One-way ticket: €3 - Return ticket: €4.

At 100 m from the Columbus memorial, you have the L3 Metro stop Drassanes (green line). Also, if you want to walk down La Rambla, you'll get to Plaza Catalunya in about 25 minutes.

3) Walking from the Cruise Terminals

Walking is an option whenever you disembark on the World Trade Center terminals N or S, and also on the Maremagnum terminal M at the Old Port (Port Vell). From the WTC you'll walk 10 minutes to the Columbus monument, which is located at one end of Las Ramblas.

Walking from terminals A, B, C or D, is not recommended. It's a long distance to Barcelona city center. It may take average 35 minutes to the Columbus monument, at one end of Las Ramblas, or 1 hour to Plaza Catalunya. And most probably you'll be walking under a hot sun.

From there, you may decide to visit the Gothic Quarter or walk Las Ramblas to visit the various attractions, such as the Wax Museum, the Ham Museum (unfortunately, the museum closed on December 31, 2017), the Liceu opera house, La Boqueria market, and also enjoy some drink at the terraces.

4) Taxi

Taxi could also be an option when you disembark at Moll Adossat docks, such as terminals A, B, C or D. But you have to wait in the queue patiently. To save time and headaches when you visit Barcelona, just book a private transfer.

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Port of Barcelona - Cruise ships at Adossat docks

Cruise ships at Adossat docks

How to Get from Cruise Port to Barcelona Airport?

1) Cruise Port Transfers in Barcelona

This is a private service, highly efficient, and usually cheaper than a taxi. Plus, you don't have to stay in a queue waiting for a cab. A driver will be waiting for you and take you right to Barcelona El Prat Airport.

2) Taxi

Taking a taxi from the Port of Barcelona to El Prat Airport may take about 20-30 minutes, depending on the transit conditions. You should also consider the waiting time at the dock to finally get the cab. The price for the ride could be at least €35, plus some surcharge for extra pieces of luggage.

3) T3 Portbus + Metro + AeroBus

You can take the cruise shuttle bus T3 PORTBUS to the Columbus monument. A short walk from there is the Metro stop Drassanes (green line L3) that will take you to Plaza Catalunya. There you take the airport shuttle bus named AeroBus to Barcelona El Prat Airport. This combined option is the cheapest one, but not the most convenient.

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Luggage Transfer Service

No matter what is your arrival and departure point in Barcelona, or if you are at your hotel, you can book this service, and the staff will take care of your luggage transfer and storage. You can enjoy your visit to Barcelona and then collect your baggage at your departing point.

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Left Luggage Service (Lockers)

Another option is a left luggage service place located by Plaza Catalunya. There are lockers of various sizes where you can store your baggage and then see the Best of Barcelona.

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What Facilities Can You Find at the Cruise Terminals?

You'll find some facilities such as money exchange, a small tourist information office, duty-free shops, souvenir shops, bars, restaurants, public phones, customs, shuttle bus, taxi, and facilities for the disabled. Car parking at the cruise ship terminals is only allowed for a few minutes, just to take or leave passengers. You will find long-term car parking at the World Trade Center Barcelona.

Port of Barcelona - Hotels Near the Cruise Ship Terminals in Barcelona

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Hotels in Barcelona Near the Cruise Port

There is one hotel which is located at the cruise ship terminals N and S at the World Trade Center Barcelona. This conveniently located accommodation at the port of Barcelona is the Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel.

However, there many other hotels in the old city (Ciutat Vella), while several are to be found at Las Ramblas street and the Gothic Quarter area.

These neighborhoods are highly preferred by tourists because of the proximity to the Port and also due to the many places of interest in the area.

You'll find accommodation of all categories and prices, from youth hostels to luxury hotels. Also, these areas are packed with activities, and you have several transportation options.

The walking time from the cruise terminals to Barcelona city center depends on the disembarking dock and where your hotel is located, but it could take from 20 minutes to 1 hour.

This is a relatively long time considering doing it in the heat of the day. So, we discourage this option and recommend booking a private transfer to your hotel.



Booking a Hotel - Important Advice

Because of the many events taking place in the city throughout the year, Barcelona is a very busy town. There is high hotel occupancy almost all over the year. So, our advice is not to arrive in Barcelona without a hotel reservation.

We see every year tourists arriving in the city without having booked any accommodation, even during high season. And even families with children. Then they are surprised to know that there is no room available at any hotel in Barcelona, nor in the surrounding cities.

That said, we seriously advise to book your hotel in advance. You will save money, and you'll also avoid unpleasant surprises on arrival.

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Aerial view of Port Vell ('Old Harbor')

Aerial view of Port Vell ("Old Harbor")

The History of the Port of Barcelona

Once upon a time, this area was run down and just full of abandoned factories and warehouses. But then an urban renewal project took place just before the 1992 Olympics to completely revitalize Port Vell. The rail lines were converted into tourist-friendly walkways. Port Olympic, incidentally, was another area that was turned and revived in time for the Olympics. Both ports are well worth checking out.

Today, the Barcelona harbor is full of both shipping commerce as well as activities for both tourists and locals. Port Vell, on the other hand, mainly offers entertainment options along with berths for power and sail yachts. Superyachts are also welcome at Port Vell.

Port of Barcelona - The Maremagnum Commercial Centre

The Maremagnum Commercial Centre

What is Barcelona Maremagnum?

Barcelona MareMagnum is located on an extension of Las Ramblas in Barcelona. This wooden walkway is called Rambla de Mar. Conveniently located behind the Barcelona Maremagnum, you can find movie theatres and, of course, the Barcelona Aquarium, which is considered one of the world's best aquariums.

If you visit the Barcelona Aquarium, you'll have a chance to view more than 11,000 different fish, learn about different habitats, and also have the exciting opportunity to dive and swim with sharks. Of all the various attractions at the Port, the aquarium is the largest and most popular.

Port of Barcelona - Barcelona Aquarium, located in the Maremagnum area

Barcelona Aquarium, located in the Maremagnum area

What Else Can You Find at the Barcelona Maremagnum?

Barcelona Maremagnum includes a shopping center that sells everything from fashion and accessories to technology. Some of the most popular shopping options include Antony Morato, Decimas, Boboli, H&M, Mango, Shana and Women's Secret.

The Barcelona Maremagnum also has a variety of sit-down restaurants including Alegra Barcelona, Tapa Tapa, Martina's, Ginos and more. Many of these restaurants are open after dark and attract late night crowds. You can also find fast food options including popular international chains like McDonald's and Ben and Jerry's.

Plus, Maremagnum has, even more, to offer with Bubble Park, an amusement park featuring a Trike Track, electric motor boats, and other creative activities geared towards kids. Also conveniently placed is Cineasa Maremagnum, a movie theatre showcasing first run movies.

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Many Activities at Maremagnum

You might notice in particular that lots of people will flock to Maremagnum on Sundays. The reason that this is the case is that other malls can't be open on that day of the week. But at the Barcelona MareMagnum, you would never know that it is Sunday, as people are busy shopping, eating, watching movies, and enjoying the nightlife.

This area does have a lot of tourists, and it can get crowded. Along with the crowds and tourist come the pickpockets, so it is necessary that you keep an open eye in this regard. With that stated, however, the Port area is worth your time!

Port of Barcelona - The Maritime Museum of Barcelona is located at a few meters of the port

The Maritime Museum of Barcelona is located at a few meters from the port

Other Famous Attractions

But that's not all that you will find at the Barcelona Port. There is also Barcelona's World Trade Center, The Port Cable Car (Transbordador Aeri del Port), the Maritime Museum, The Catalonia History Museum (at Palau de Mar) and the Columbus Monument, which was built in 1888.

You can also enjoy Las Golondrinas boat tours and helicopter tours or the weekend market. Or you can just relax at the port, enjoy the sun and watch as the ships go by. You can also hop on the air shuttle, which links the port with the Montjuic area.

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The Port is Packed with Activities

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The Port is easily accessible to other highlighted tourist attractions. Some areas of the Port are within a reasonably short walk from Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Whether you cruise Barcelona or make a special trip to the Port when you are visiting Las Ramblas, you will find this area to be quite fun and memorable.