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Organizing your trip to downtown Barcelona

Organizing your trip to downtown Barcelona

Getting from Barcelona airport to downtown or the cruise terminal Barcelona has just about everything you could ask for in a world-class destination and is, without a doubt, the most popular city with a Mediterranean coastline. Blessed with over 300 days of sunshine a year, unbeatable food and a party scene that doesn’t get started until after 2:00am, a trip to Barcelona will bring out your inner child full of energy and eagerness to uncover what this magical city has to offer. Despite being Spain’s second city behind Madrid the 1.6 million people that call Barcelona home are a fiercely independent lot proud of their own language (Catalan)and traditions found only in the northeastern corner of Spain. Do not be put off thinking that you need to learn how to speak Catalan, a language that sounds like French, Italian and Spanish all jumbled together as everyone also speaks Spanish (Castilian) and English around the city’s main sights.

Whether you are visiting Barcelona for the weekend or as the starting point for a Mediterranean cruise you will first need to understand how to get from El Prat International Airport to either the port terminal or downtown Barcelona. While the city of Barcelona has just one main airport El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto (BCN) located 13 kilometres south of the city centre, tour operators and budget airlines refer to the airports at Girona and Reus as also being Airports serving the city. Pay attention when booking your flight as Girona and Reus are often cheaper to fly to than El Prat but they are both over an hour’s drive away from Barcelona unlike El Prat which is just 25-minutes from downtown. Upon arrival at El Prat, you have several options of getting into town. You can if in a group or money does not matter hire a private airport transfer online to meet you directly at the airport and take you to the hotel or cruise terminal. Your second option is to take a metered cab from outside the terminal with the fare being either 30€ or 35€ depending on whether or not the pickup point was terminal one or two (T1, T2). Pay special attention to surcharges as it may cost more to travel by taxi in Barcelona during the weekends or holidays. A plastic sticker with all the additional fees should be displayed on the cab’s window. It is a good idea to book a taxi in advance and agree the cost.

The second option is by train from terminal T2 to the city centre at a cost of 2.15€. If you are going to be staying in Barcelona and using the metro to get around, buy a ten journey ticket for considerable savings. The train stops at the city’s three main railway stations Estacio Sants, Passeig de Gràcia and El Clot from where you can take the metro to other parts of the city. The train runs twice an hour and is accessible from terminal T1 by a free inter-terminal transfer bus. The third option and in our opinion the best is to take the direct Airport Express Bus (Aerobus) directly from either terminal to the Plaça Catalunya or Plaça Espanya. The bus runs every ten minutes and costs 5.90 for a single fare with children under four-years- old travelling free. With no direct public transport available between the airport and the cruise terminal, we recommend taking a taxi which will cost around 35€.

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