Reasonably priced pre or post cruise hotels, apartments and b&b’s near the Port of Barcelona in Spain. Stay overnight in the city centre, near the passenger terminal, airport, La Rambla, Plaça de Catalunya, … Best deals (also last minute rates).
Cruise ships dock at the waterfront in Port Vell, which is located at the southern end of Las Ramblas Boulevard in the centre of Barcelona. Terminals are situated at either Adossat Quay (A, B, C and D) and at the World Trade Centre pier (North, South and East).
Cruise ships dock at the waterfront in Port Vell, at the southern end of Las Ramblas in the centre of Barcelona. The majority of cruise passengers choose to stay in the central areas.
Nearest hotel is the Eurostars Gran Marina. If you’re departing from the North, South, or East terminal at the World Trade Centre (WTC) you can easily walk from this hotel to your ship (no shuttle needed). However, most larger ships depart from the Quai Adossat at terminal A, B, C or D which is over a mile from the Eurostars Gran Marina hotel. Then it’s better to take an inexpensive taxi to your designated cruise terminal.
Several hotels are located really close to Barcelona cruise port but still are too far to walk, esp. with your luggage. Taxis in Barcelona are relatively cheap so it’s very easy to transfer from your pre-cruise hotel to your cruise terminal. Just ask your hotel concierge or front desk to arrange a taxi for you.
Which Barcelona hotels offer a cruise transfer?
Taxi’s are plentiful and not very expensive so it’s very easy to get to your cruise terminal. The hotel porter can flagged down a taxi for you or the hotel concierge or front desk will call one for you. All very easy. Price will be around 15 Euro, depending on traffic. Barcelona hotels can always organize a transfer to the cruise port for you at an additional cost.
You can also arrange a private transfer yourself, which will be very convenient but more expensive than catching a taxi.
Our advice is not to base your hotel choice on shuttles.
Popular is also La Rambla boulevard, within close distance of the port. Nearby is Plaza Catalunya square, departing point of HOHO buses. It’s only a short walk to La Rambla and many restaurants. Hotels around Plaça de Catalunya are somewhat cheaper than around La Rambla. Budget-friendly properties can be found in both areas. Several first class properties have a rooftop pool.
One of the best areas for a pre or post cruise stay is the Gothic Quarter (Barrio Gotico), around the Cathedral.
A nice central, popular and great value hotel close to the port with a rooftop pool and terrace is Hotel Jazz, located close to Plaza Catalunya. If you want to stay on La Rambla, hotel 1898 is an excellent choice. Reasonably priced accommodations close to port include Andante and Hotel Canton.
Barceloneta hotels are close to the beach. An El Prat barcelona airport-area hotel is 30 minutes away by taxi.
One of the busiest cruise ports of the Mediterranean
Currently there are 7 modern international passenger terminals which are air conditioned, and have foreign exchange, duty free and souvenir shops, bar-restaurant, and a taxi rank. Vessels anchor at the waterfront in Port Vell, which is at the southern end of La Rambla, the most famous street of the city.
Popular ports of call on voyages departing from the port include Civitavecchia (Rome Italy), Piraeus (Athens in Greece), Venice Italy and Marseille in France.
Moll Adossat Quay and World Trade Centre Pier
Moll Adossat Quay
Larger ships dock at the Moll Adossat Quay cruise terminals A,B,C and D. These terminals are located about 2km or 1,2mi from La Rambla. When carrying luggage it’s not recommended to walk to the city centre.
The best option is to take a taxi from any of Barcelona’s hotels to the cruise port. It’s quick and not so expensive.
You can also catch the bus from the monument of Christopher Columbus on Plaza de Colon (T3 PORTBUS shuttle).
World Trade Center Pier
Smaller vessels dock right at the World Trade Centre pier near the Eurostars Gran Marina hotel, closer to the city centre (15 minutes walk from La Rambla and public transport network, bus and metro). These three terminals are situated on the Moll de Barcelona (Barcelona Pier). The seaport terminals are called South Terminal S (Moll 18C), The East Terminal E (Moll 18B) and the North Terminal N (Moll 18A).
Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises start or end many Mediterranean itineraries from Barcelona Cruise Port.
Cruise Passenger Terminals
Port of Barcelona
Portal de la Pau, 6
Moll Adossat, Barcelona 08039, Spain
The Port of Barcelona has 7 cruise terminals located on 3 piers.
Adossat Quay Terminals
Based at Adossat Quay are Terminals A, B, C and D (Terminal D is also called Palacruceros.)
World Trade Centre Terminals
The World Trade Centre (WTC) pier has 3 terminals: North, South and East. Sant Bertrand Terminal
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city.
This bustling and wonderfully city enjoys a mild sunny climate, and attracts millions of visitors every year. It’s seaport is the main trade, commerce and tourist port of Spain.
The famous Las Ramblas divides the port and the old town, where you can sample Barcelona’s tapas and try the local Catalan cuisine. La Rambla is a popular tourist spot. It’s a busy and lively tree-lined boulevard stretching for 1200 metres between the Barri Gotic and El Raval. The street connects Plaça de Catalunya with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. Stroll along Las Ramblas with its flower shops and kiosks. Stop at La Boqueria, a famous public market. Nearby is the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house.
Located in the medieval quarter of the city is the towering La Sagrada Familia basilica. This world famous church dates back to 1882 and is designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi.
Not to be missed is Casa Battlo, another masterpiece of Gaudi. It’s a theatrical and undulating building with shimmering colours and wonderful twisted shapes. Park Güell, also designed by Gaudi, is set on the hill of El Carmel and gives you a nice view of the city.
Another highlight of Barcelona is the Picasso Museum located in the Barri Gothic, displaying works of Pablo Picasso.
La Rambla – Las Ramblas
Most famous street of the city with many restaurants and street performers. Properties close to La Rambla are really well situated to several metro lines, which is easy to explore the rest of the city. The port is only a short cab ride away.
Plaza de Catalunya
Plaza de Catalunya is set in the heart of the city. It’s in a great location for getting around. Gaudi’s Casa Batllo and La Pedrera, on Passeig de Gracia Avenue, are within a 10-minute walk away. The Ramblas and Gothic quarter can be reached on foot.
Gothic Quarter – Cathedral
Oldest part of the city. It’s one of the best areas to stay, not far from La Rambla and Plaça de Catalunya. Plenty of Tapas Bars and shopping can be found nearby. The Old Port and Marina are less than one kilometre away.
Beach – Barceloneta
Beachfront area of Barcelona. It’s the area where the fisherman used to live. Nowadays it’s famous for its great fish restaurants. The most famous hotel is the 5 star W Barcelona with its sail like structure.
Barcelona El Prat International Airport — the main international airport is located approximately 10 miles or 16 km from the pier and Barcelona city centre.
You can get to the city centre by taxi, which takes around 30 minutes. It’s the easiest way.
Other options are the Aerobus, a shuttle bus that takes you directly to the city centre, or by local bus (cheapest way).
Aerobus A1: Plaça Catalunya – Airport (terminal T1)
Aerobus A2: Plaza Catalunya – Airport (terminal T2)
Line 46: Plaza Espana – Airport
Alternatively you can take also a train which runs every 30 minutes between the airport and the city centre.
Some properties close by provide a free airport shuttle service from/to the airport. Many offer also free Wi-Fi.
Currency and Language
The currency of Spain is the Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city. There is mostly a currency exchange service available at the terminal during the embarkation and debarkation process.
Spanish is the language in Barcelona. On touristic spots English is widely spoken.
Long Stay Car Parking
There is no long-term car parking permitted in the direct area of the cruise terminal, in accordance with the standard port security rules. There is only a passenger drop-off area.
Long-stay parking is available at the nearby World Trade Center Barcelona. Special rate for cruise passengers are provided : EUR 75 per week (including VAT), minimum stay 7 days. Extra day: 10€.
Other car parks in close vicinity are :
BSM: Parque de Investigación Biomédica, c. Aiguader 88, 08003 Barcelona
BSM: Litoral Puerto, av. del Litoral 34, 08003 Barcelona
Parking Viajeros – Carreras i Candi, 65 (BCN Airport)
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