Getting around Barcelona: The tips

I welcome this guest post with tips and hints to get from the Barcelona airport (airport code BCN) to hotels, cruise ships, and around the city.

Barcelona is a beautiful city but it is a good idea to research travel[…] options and [hotel] transfers before arriving. Barcelona Airport is situated just 14km away from the centre of the city and is the main airport.

Airport to Hotel Transport

There are two bus services which run from Barcelona Airport to the centre of Barcelona. The first is the Aerobus, which is the fastest service and will take passengers from the airport to Plaça de Catalunya. This is a great option if the hotel is not far from this area or one of the places it stops at along the way. The other bus available at the airport takes slightly longer than the Aerobus but is cheaper.

There is a train station at Terminal 2 of Barcelona Airport and there is a shuttle bus which will take passengers to it from Terminal 1. The trains run every half hour, Monday to Sunday and travel to Sants then through Passeig de Gracia, ending up in Barcelona-Sant Andreu Comtal. There are connections to bus and metro lines if the train does not stop near your hotel.

Taxi or Car Hire
There is also a taxi service available at the airport, which takes about 20 minutes into the city. This can cost 30 Euros plus but it will take you straight to your hotel, making it more convenient if you have a lot of luggage. The cabs are yellow and black and available at every terminal. There is also the option of car hire and there are plenty of companies to choose from at the airport.

Hotel to Cruise Ship Transport

If you are traveling to a cruise ship, the Blue Bus runs from each of the cruise port terminals to the Christopher Columbus monument (in Barcelona city centre) and back. It runs in coordination with the arrival and departure of the cruise ships and has no set timetable. Some of the terminals are within walking distance of the city centre, but this is probably not advisable in the hot weather with luggage.

Taxis can be easily caught on the street but can also be hired from any hotel. They take around 10 minutes to the cruise ship terminals and only cost around 8 Euros.

Other Options

There are plenty of transport options for getting around the city and visiting the attractions. Barcelona has a great metro system which runs regularly and punctually. It is especially useful for short journeys when the weather is just too hot to walk around in. This is the cheapest transport option for short journeys, although taxis are relatively inexpensive at 10 Euros for a 15 minute journey.

If you are interested in car rental Barcelona Airport has a range of car-hire companies to choose from, including Europcar, Avis and Hertz. This is a good option if you want to get from place to place without the need for public transport


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