Sights and ideas for your own excursion in the Catalan Capital
- Regular berth: Moll Adossat Terminals A, B and C
- Regular berth: Moll Adossat Terminal D and E Palacruceros
- Regular berth: Moll de Barcelona
- Port shuttle: available for a fee
- Taxis: usually available at the quayside. They are black with yellow doors.
- Buses: awell-developed bus and metro network
- Car hire: Europcar, including at Sants airport and train station
- Car hire: Hertz, including at Sants airport and train station
- Car hire: Avis, including at Sants airport and train station
- Car hire: Sixt, including at the airport and Carrer Palaudàries 5-7
- Car hire: budget, at the airport
- Postoffice: Av. de Mistral, 44
- Tourist information: Plaça de Catalunya, 17. Metro L1 and L3
- Banks and ATMs: distributed throughout the city
- Berths of cruise ships
The important seaport of Barcelona is over 2000 years old and today has the largest cruise port in Europe. As an integral part of the popular Mediterranean routes, around 800 cruise ships dock here every year, for which several berths are available. The main target is mainly the kilometer-long Quai Moll Adossat, with its modern cruise terminals A, B, C, D and E. As Palacruceros, the cruise terminals D and E are operated together and primarily used by ships of the Carnival Corporation. So, if you are traveling with AIDA Cruises or Costa Cruises, for example, you will most likely find your berth here. Cruise liners of the Mein Schiff fleet, on the other hand, are further ahead.
In addition to free Wi-Fi, there is also a tourist information stand in the buildings, where you can get city maps, among other things. In addition, a souvenir shop is usually open and numerous taxis, harbor shuttle buses and the excursion buses of the shipping companies are waiting in front of the doors. Away from these terminals, smaller cruise ships can also dock close to the centre at the three berths of the Moll de Barcelona at the World Trade Center. Here are also the stops of the sightseeing hop-on-hop-off buses and the harbor shuttle buses from the Moll Adossat.
- Harbour Shuttle
At the Moll Adossat berths, the city of Barcelona has set up the shuttle bus service Cruise Bus via Moventis, which is available at all five cruise terminals. The modern blue low-floor buses used can be lowered and can therefore also be used by wheelchair users. The destination stop is located at the Moll de Barcelona at the World Trade Center, from which the city center with La Rambla is within walking distance.
Tickets are available on site from the driver or in advance for printing online. These tickets are only valid for the shuttle bus. A one-way ticket costs 3 euros. For a round trip, 4.50 euros per person are due. The last bus back to the cruise terminal usually leaves around 23:00, if there is still a ship on site. To be on the safe side, you should ask the driver.
There are no standard timetables here and thetravel times are adapted to current needs. Depending on the number of guests, there is usually a bus every 5 to 15 minutes. The buses used by shipping companies, on the other hand, are often much more expensive. For example, Tui Cruises charges 10 euros per adult and 7 euros per child for a round trip. Aida currently charges 9 euros per person. These buses stop almost at the same place as the blue Cruise Port shuttle buses, at the Moll de Barcelona at the World Trade Center.
By taxi you can reach the city center from the cruise terminal in about 10 minutes. The costs for this are around 12 euros. Other interesting destinations are also easy to reach in Barcelona with the black and yellow vehicles, which are equipped with a taximeter, and which is usually switched on. For example, a trip to the Sagrada Familia costs about 25 euros and takes between 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic. For a transfer from or to the airport you can expect 40 euros.
- Barcelona Public Transport
Barcelona has a very well-developed bus and metro network, with which you can reach almost every point of the city. Here, the modern low-floor buses are on the road on over 200 different lines, which together have a total length of more than 2200 kilometers. The total length of the 11 metro lines, on the other hand, reaches "only" 120 kilometers. However, the route is well thought out, and the trains are quite fast and run every 5 to 10 minutes. Longer distances are no problem.
The city is divided into 6 driving zones, with zone 1 covering large parts of the city including the airport. For public buses and subways, tickets can be purchased individually for 2.40 euros or as a ten-ticket ticket. The latter is now called T-Casual, can only be used by one person and is valid for 75 minutes per trip after validation. Depending on the zone, the card costs between 11.35 - 47.90 euros. As an alternative, the day ticket T-Dia is available with costs of 10.50 - 28.50 euros. Red ticket machines can be found in every metro station and single tickets are also available from the bus driver for cash. Ideally, you pay appropriately.
If you arrive or depart by plane, you will most likely get to know Barcelona's largest airport. The Aeropuerto El Prat de Llobregat (BCN) is located in the southwest of the city and is about 16 kilometres away from the cruise port. Normally, the shipping companies set up a bus transfer for this route. If this is not usable, it is best to take a taxi, with which you are 20 to 25 minutes on the way and can expect costs of around 40 euros. With public transport, this connection is only possible indirectly with transfers. For example, buses 46, NitBus N16 and N17 (night bus line), Aerobuses A1 (Terminal 1) and A2 (Terminal 2) and metro line L9 Sud from Terminal 1 can be used at the airport. You can also book a comfortable private transfer in advance.
- City Tour
In Barcelona, the Hop-On Hop-Off Buses of the companies Barcelona Bus Turistic and Barcelona City Tour are on various circuits that last up to 120 minutes. With both providers, you can get on and off as often as you like at any associated stop. During the trip you get interesting information about the sights of the city via headphones. Among the selectable languages, German and English are also available. The tours take place daily from 09:00-19:00 and a bus stops every 20 to 30 minutes at the respective stops. Depending on the provider, the prices vary slightly, but are close to each other between 30 and 33 euros for the 24-hour ticket.
- Christopher Columbus Monument
The Christopher Columbus Monument, inaugurated in 1888, located between the port and La Rambla, is hard to miss. At a height of about 60 meters, the Mirador de Colom has a small viewing platform from which you get great views of the city and the nearby harbor. Access is via a lift. In the basement of the column there is an accessible wine cellar where various wines and souvenirs are available. Since the capacity of the observation deck is manageable, the length of stay is limited to 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the crowds. This is usually sufficient. Accordingly, queues quickly arise at the entrance, and it is recommended to purchase a ticket in good 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 the Christopher Columbus monument there is also a stop of the famous red Hop On Hop Off sightseeing buses. Alternatively, you can also use the buses of Barcelona Bus Turistic for a city tour.
- Sagrada Familia
The impressive Roman Catholic Basilica La Sagrada Familia is located in Carrer de Mallorca, 401. The still unfinished construction of the cathedral began in 1882 and is currently scheduled to be completed by 2026. The impressive building has been open daily from 09:00 since 2010, and until 20:00 in the summer months. However, access is only granted with valid tickets, at certain times. If you are planning a visit, you are well advised to buy the tickets in advance, otherwise long waiting times are often to be expected, or spontaneous access is not possible. Lines L2 and L5 stop at the adjacent Sagrada Familia metro station.
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- Beach and Promenade
The long City Beach of Barcelona is easily accessible on foot. From the stop of the shuttle buses in the direction of the Columbus column, past the marinas and then through the former slum La Barceloneta. In 30 minutes, you can reach the beautiful beach promenade. Small bars, shops, toilets and showers are available. Often you can also use umbrellas and sun loungers for a fee. On hot days it is usually quite crowded 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 very close to the marinas and right next to a shopping centre on the Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell. The single day ticket costs 25 euros from the age of 11. Children between 5 and 10 years pay 18 euros. For children between 3 and 4 years 10 euros will be charged. It is open daily from 10:00-19:00 and during the summer months also until 21:00.
- Barcelona Zoo
The approximately 13-hectare zoo area of the Parque Zoológico de Barcelona borders the public Park de la Ciutadella and is home to around 7500 animals from over 500 species. The zoo has two entrances and can be reached on foot from the shuttle bus stop in about 30 minutes. For admission, children aged 3 to 12 years pay 12.95 euros each and older people 21.90 euros. From the age of 65, 10.50 euros are required. Open daily from 10:00-16:00. On weekends it closes one hour later and during the summer months there is an extended opening time until 20:00.
- Boulevard La Rambla
La Rambla is the most important promenade in Barcelona and is located right in the centre of the city. It stretches for 1.2 kilometers between the Columbus monument and the Placa de Catalunya. The boulevard, which invites you to stroll, is divided into six sections: Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de Sant Josep, Rambla dels Caputxins, Rambla de Santa Mònica and Rambla de Mar. Restaurants and shops of many well-known brands line up here and make the heartbeat faster.
- Opera House
The Gran Teatre del Liceu, opened on 4 April 1847, is located directly on La Rambla. It is the second largest opera house in Europe and can be found at Les Rambles 51-59. Since its reopening in 1999, it now has almost 2,300 seats spread over 6 levels. Near the theater is the metro station Liceu of the green line 3, which in turn is about 650 meters from the striking Columbus column. A visit is only possible in the form of a guided tour.
- La Boqueria Market
A little further north and on the same side of the street is the La Boqueria food market at Les Rambles 91. The famous Mercat de la Boqueria is also known as Mercat de Sant Josep. Its origins date back to the 12th century. Today, the numerous goods are offered on an area of 2500 square meters. The market is open Monday to Saturday from 08:30-20:30.
- Camp Nou Stadium
The 99,354-seat Camp Nou 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. Nearby, about a 15-minute walk away, there are metro stations of lines L3 and L5. The buses 54, 113 and H8 stop a little closer. The stadium with its attached museum can be visited. Tickets are available on the website or directly on site. The opening hours are variable and depend on the football matches taking place.
- Local Mountain Tibidabo
The local mountain Tibidabo has a height of 512 meters and offers a beautiful panoramic view of Barcelona. On Tibidabo you will find the nostalgic amusement Park, Parc d'atraccions Tibidabo, the 288-meter-high TV tower Torre de Collserola and the church Sagrat Cor (Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor) with its bronze statue of Christ. The summit can be reached by taxi, 111, TibiB and T2B buses (from car park B:SM Sant Genís), TibiBus T2C (from Plaça Kennedy) or funicular.
- Local Mountain Montjuic and Funicular
The local mountain Montjuic has a height of 173 meters and is located near the coast / harbor. Among other things, the Olympic grounds and stadium can be found on it. At the South Gate is the Galeria Olimpica Documentation Centre of the Olympic Games. They took place in Barcelona in 1992. From the shuttle bus stop, in 15 minutes you can reach the Paral-lel station of the Funicular de Montjuic funicular, on Av. Del Paral-lel. Metro lines L2 and L3 also stop at the station. The funicular runs mostly underground and reaches the Montjuic mountain station in 2 minutes. The two trams are integrated into the public tariff system TMB and run every 10 minutes.
- Harbour Cable Car
To get to Montjuic, you can also use the harbour cable car, which is conspicuous from afar. From the Barceloneta district, it connects to Miramar station, on Montjuic mountain, via the San Sebastián tower. A ride is possible from these two starting positions and opens up a fantastic panoramic view over Barcelona. The former access via the middle tower Jaime I at the World Trade Center, is no longer possible. During the winter months, the cable car operates daily from 11:00-17:30, and in summer from 10:30-20:00. Tickets are available at the entrances of the stations for 12.50 euros per person and direction. For the round trip, i.e., there and back, 20 euros are to be paid.
- Montjuic Cable Car and Castle
The funicular and the "new" Telefèric de Montjuic cable car meet at the Parc de Montjuic station. The mountain 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. In addition, many beautifully situated viewpoints, such as the Mirador de l'Alcalde, Mirador del Migdia and the Mirador de Montjuic can be reached. The cost of using the cable car is 15 euros per person, round trip. For children from 4 to 12 years, 11 euros are required. The castle, the Castell de Montjuic, can be visited after payment of 8 euros (adults from the age of 30). From 16 to 29 years, 5 euros per person are required. Under the age of 16, admission to the mighty walls is free. From the roof of the castle, you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view of Barcelona and the harbour.
- Spanish Village
In Montjuic Park, on Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, the Spanian Village of Poble Espanyol was built for the 1929 World Exhibition. Here you can discover 117 faithful and life-size replicas of buildings from different regions of Spain. In the center of the typical Spanish buildings is the main square Placa Mayor. Around him, many small craft businesses have settled, in which great products are created by hand.
- Parc Güell
Since 2013, access to the Parc Güell, which is worth seeing, has been subject to a fee. The normal ticket is available for 10 euros, children between 7 and 12 years pay 7 euros. This allows you to enter the Monumental Zone. However, access is limited to 800 visitors per hour and the tickets are therefore only valid for a certain time slot. Therefore, there may be long waiting times, or you may not get in at all. Therefore, it makes sense to purchase the desired tickets in advance. Tickets can also be purchased online for a little cheaper. The rest of the park is freely accessible. Parc Güell is open daily from at least 08:30-18:15. Longer in the summer months. It is located on Carrer d'Olot.
- Picasso Museum
Opened in 1963, the Picasso Museum displays mostly early works by the well-known artist. It is located at Carrer Montcada 15-23 and is open every day except Mondays, from 10:00-19:00. For persons aged 26 and over, on-site tickets cost 13 euros each. If you are between the ages of 18 and 25, you have to pay a reduced 7 euros. Younger visitors have free access to the exhibition. Free admission for all is granted on the first Sunday of each month and every Thursday afternoon from 16:00-19:00.
- 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 - Mein Schiff 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.
- Museum opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-19:00. Mostly closed on Mondays.
- Post office opening hours: 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: Daily from 09:00-21:00
- Opening hours of shops: Monday to Saturday from 10:00-20:30
- General emergency number: Tel. 112
- Police: Tel. 091/092
- Ambulance: Tel. 061
- Fire brigade: Tel. 080
- Vaccination recommendation: Tropical Institute Spain
- Safety instructions: Federal Foreign Office Spain
- Bus timetables: Barcelona Bus TMB
- Bus network: Barcelona Bus network map
- Metro network: Barcelona Metro network map
- Map: Barcelona Map
- Climate table: Barcelona climate
- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Barcelona
- Webcam: Barcelona
- Travel Guide: Barcelona
- Official languages: Catalan and Spanish
- Everyday language: Catalan and Spanish
- National currency: Euro, 1 Euro = 100 cents
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