Interesting facts and ideas for your own excursion in the Catalan capital
- Regular berth: Moll Adossat (Terminal A, B, C) and Moll Palacruceros (Terminal D)
- Port shuttle: The shuttle busses go as far as the Christopher Columbus Monument and are subject to a fee. Whereby the public blue bus is cheaper than the buses of the shipping companies.
- Taxis: Usually available on the quay. They are black with yellow doors.
- Rental car*: Europcar, e.g. at de Sants airport and station
- Rental car*: Hertz, e.g. at de Sants airport and station
- Rental car*: Avis, e.g. at de Sants airport and station
- Post Office: Av. de Mistral, 44
- Tourist Information: Plaça de Catalunya, 17. Metro L1 und L3 (Barcelona Turisme)
- Banks and ATMs: citywide
- Berths of the cruise liners
The city of Barcelona has set up a shuttle service at the berths. The travel times of these blue shuttle buses are adjusted and coordinated with the cruise ships' berthing times. There are no standard timetables. Nevertheless, there is usually a bus every 5 to 15 minutes in both directions. The destination in the city is located in the immediate vicinity of the Christopher Columbus Monument, directly in front of the municipal administration on Passeig de Josep Carner. In the port, the individual terminals A to D are approached one after the other in the presence of a cruise ship. Tickets are only available from the driver. These tickets are also only valid for these shuttle buses. The one-way ticket costs 3 euros. For round trip there are 4 Euro per person. The busses are handicapped accessible. The last bus back to the Cruise Terminal will leave around 23:00 hrs, provided there is still a ship on site. For safety reasons you should ask the driver. The busses of the shipping companies are often much more expensive. Thus, Tui Cruises charges 9 euros per adult and 6 euros per child for a day ticket. Aida currently charges 8 euros per person. These buses stop at the Moll 18 in front of the World Trade Center Barcelona, and therewith a little further from the centre than the public Cruise Port Shuttle buses.
- Christopher Columbus Monument
The Christopher Columbus monument, located between the harbour and La Rambla and inaugurated in the year 1888, can hardly be missed. At a
height of approximately 60 metres, the Mirador de Colom has a small viewing platform from which one gets great views of the city and the nearby harbour. The access is done with an elevator. In
the basement of the column there is an accessible wine cellar where different wines and souvenirs are available. As the capacity of the viewing platform is manageable, the length of stay is
limited to 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the crowd. This is usually also sufficient. Accordingly, queues quickly develop at the entrance and it is recommendable to buy a ticket in time in order
to avoid unnecessary waiting times. It is open daily from 08:30-19:30 and in the summer months until 20:30. At Christopher Columbus Monument there is also a stop for the famous red Hop On Hop Off
sightseeing buses. Alternatively, you can also use the buses of Barcelona Bus Turistic for a city tour.
From the Cruise Terminal you can reach the city centre in about 10 minutes by taxi. This costs around 10 Euros. Other interesting destinations are also easy to reach with the black and yellow vehicles. It is charged according to the taximeter. For example, a trip to the Sagrada Familia costs about 20 Euros and takes, depending on traffic, 15-20 minutes. To the airport you can calculate with 40 Euro.
- Public transport in Barcelona
Tickets for public transport (metro, bus) can be purchased separately or as a ten-ticket (T10 ticket). Red ticket machines are available in the metro stations. The ticket of ten costs 9,95 euros and can be also used by several persons... as it consists on ten single tickets.
From the airport in Barcelona you can only get to the cruise port indirectly. If a transfer by the shipping companies is not possible, a taxi is recommended. It takes approximately 30 to 35 minutes and costs around 40 euros.
- Sagrada Familia
The Roman Catholic Basilica La Sagrada Familia is located in the Carrer de Mallorca, 401st. The construction of the cathedral, which is still
unfinished today, was started in 1882 and according to current plans is to be completed by 2026. Since 2010, the impressive building is open daily from 09:00 a.m., and in the summer months until
20:00 p.m. However, access is only granted with valid admission tickets, at certain times. Those who plan to visit the building are well advised to buy the tickets in advance, as otherwise long
waiting times can be expected or spontaneous access is not possible.At the adjacent subway station Sagrada Familia the trains of the lines L2 and L5 stop.
- Beach and Promenade
The long extended city beach of Barcelona can be comfortably accessed on foot. From the shuttle bus stop in the direction of Columbus Column, past the marinas and then through the former slum La Barceloneta. In 30 minutes one reaches the beautiful beach promenade. Small bars, shops, toilets and showers are available. Often you can also use parasols and sun beds for a fee. On hot days it is usually quite busy near the old town. The northeastern sections are then not so crowded.
- Barcelona Aquarium
Opened in 1995, L'Aquarium de Barcelona can be easily reached on foot in 15 minutes from the shuttle bus stop. It is located close to the marinas and next to a shopping centre on the Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell. The simple day ticket costs 20 euros, from the age of 11 years. Children between 5 and 10 years pay 15 Euro. For children between 3 and 4 years, only 7 euros are charged.
- Barcelona Zoo
The zoo area of Parque Zoológico de Barcelona borders the public park de la Ciutadella. The zoo has two entrances and can be reached on foot from the shuttle bus stop in about 30 minutes.
- Boulevard La Rambla
La Rambla, the important promenade of Barcelona, extends for 1,3 km between the Columbus Monument and the Placa de Catalunya. The boulevard, which is very inviting for strolling, is divided into six sections: Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de Sant Josep, Rambla dels Caputxins, Rambla de Santa Mònica and the Rambla de Mar. Restaurants and shops of many famous brands line up here and make the heart of the shopper beat faster.
- Opera House
Opened on 4 April 1847, the Gran Teatre del Liceu is the second largest opera house in Europe and is located at Les Rambles, 51-59. Nearby is the metro station Liceu of the green line 3. The theatre is about 650 metres far from the Columbus column.
- Market La Boqueria
A little further north, at Les Rambles, 91, you will find the La Boqueria food market. The famous Mercat de la Boqueria is also known as Mercat de Sant Josep. Its origins date back to the 12th century. Today, the goods are offered on 2500 square meters. The market is open Monday to Saturday from 08:30-20:30.
- Stadium Camp Nou
Camp Nou, which seats 99,354 spectators, is the largest football stadium in Europe and the home ground of FC Barcelona. It was opened in 1957 and is located at
C. Aristides Maillol 12, close to metro stations of the L3 and L5 lines, about 15 minutes walk away. A little closer stops the bus lines 54, 113 and H8. The stadium with its museum can be
visited. Tickets are available on the website or directly on site. The opening hours are variable and depend on the soccer matches taking place.
- Local mountain Tibidado
The local mountain Tibidabo has a height of 512 meters and offers a beautiful panoramic view of Barcelona. On Tibidabo you will find a leisure park, the television tower Torre de Collserola and the church Sagrat Cor (Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor) with its statue of Christ. One gets to all of them with the bus line 111.
- Local mountain Montjuic and funicular
The local mountain Montjuic has a height of 173 meters and is located near the coast and the port. Among other things, the Olympic grounds and the stadium are located on it. The Galeria Olimpica Documentation Centre of the Olympic Games is located at the South Gate. They took place in Barcelona in 1992. From the shuttle bus stop you can reach the Paral-lel station of the Funicular de Montjuic in 15 minutes on foot, at Av. Del Paral-lel. The metro lines L2 and L3 also stop at this station. The Funicular runs mainly underground and reaches the top station Montjuic in 2 minutes. Both lines are integrated into the public tariff system (TMB) and run every 10 minutes.
- Port cable car
Alternatively, you can use the port cable car to get up to Montjuic. The two striking towers of San Sebastian and Jaime I contain the stations of the cable car. Access is by elevators. The great view over the harbour is included.
- Montjuic cable car and castle
At the station Parc de Montjuic the funicular and the "new" cable car Telefèric de Montjuic meet. The top station of the Funicular de Montjuic is located directly below the cable car. In the gondolas of the Telefèric you can easily reach the castle, which was built in 1640 on the highest point of the mountain. Moreover, there are many beautifully located view points like the Mirador de l'Alcalde, Mirador del Migdia and the Mirador de Montjuic. The cost of using the cable car is 12 euros per person, for round trip. For children from 4 to 12 years of age, 8.80 euros is calculated. The castle, Castell de Montjuic can be visited after paying 5 euros (adults from the age of 30 years). From 16 to 29 years old, 3 euros per person is charged. Under 16 years of age, entry to the mighty walls is free. From the roof of the castle you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view of Barcelona and the port.
- Spanish Village
In the Montjuic Park on the Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia the Spanish village, Poble Espanyol, was built for the 1929 World Fair. In
the centre of the replicas of typical Spanish buildings is the main square, Placa Mayor. Around it, many small handicraft enterprises have settled down, where great products are made by
- Parc Güell
Since 2013, access to the Parc Güell, which is well worth seeing, is partly subject to a fee. The normal ticket costs 9 Euros, children between
7 and 12 years pay 5,60 Euros. With this ticket, one can enter the monumental zone. But the access is limited to 800 visitors per hour and the tickets are therefore only valid for a certain time
window. Thus, there can be long waiting times or one might not get in at all. Therefore it makes sense to buy the desired tickets in advance. Tickets can also be purchased online at a lower
price. The rest of the park is freely accessible. The Parc Güell is opened daily at least from 08:30-18:15 hrs. During the summer months longer. It is located at the Carrer d'Olot.
- Picasso Museum
The Picasso Museum, opened in 1963, shows mostly early works by the famous artist. It is located at carrer Montcada 15-23 and is open daily, except Mondays, from 09:00-19:00.
- Excursion portals and excursion providers
Through the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide*, Meine Landausflüge* and Viator*, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and admission tickets, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions offered by the shipping companies. Thus, a large number of excursions can be realized on your own.
A small preselection of independent tour operators
for, in and around Barcelona,
we have compiled for you here.
- Cruises and special offers
If you have not yet booked a cruise, but would like to get to know Barcelona personally and go on excursions on your own, you will find great offers from the major cruise operators in the German-speaking world. Aida*, Costa* and Tui Cruises* offer attractive routes with their modern cruise ships, together with other interesting destinations. Book your next dream holiday directly with the shipping company at fair conditions.
All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the sea travel specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria*. This means that you can choose from a wide range of up-to-date offers from various shipping companies. These include AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. Also attractive are the popular special offers, with which one can travel at a particularly low price and possibly also get a great bargain.
- Opening hours of the museums: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-19:00 Mostly closed on Mondays.
- Opening hours of the post office: Monday to Friday from 09:00-14:00, Saturday from 09:00-13:00
- Opening hours of the banks: Monday to Friday from 08:30-13:00
- Opening hours of the tourist information office: daily from 09:00-21:00
- Opening hours of the shops: Monday to Saturday from 10:00-20:30
- General emergency call: Tel. 112
- Police: Tel. 091/092
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 061
- Fire department: Tel. 080
- Recommended vaccination: Tropical Institute Spain
- Bus timetables: Barcelona Bus TMB
- Train timetables: Barcelona Metro TMB
- Metro line network: Barcelona Metro Network Map
- City map: Barcelona Map
- Climatic table: Barcelona Climate
- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Barcelona
- National currency: Euro, 1 Euro = 100 Cent
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