How to get to Barcelona

Barcelona, a capital city founded two thousand years ago on the shores of the Mediterranean, is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Europe and boasts excellent transport connections to get you wherever you need to go.

By sea

There are daily ferries from the Port of Barcelona to the Balearic Islands as well as regular sailings to the ports of Genova, Rome and Tanger.

For information on the times and prices of ferry companies from the Port of Barcelona:

To/from the Balearic Islands: Acciona-Trasmediterranea: www.trasmediterranea.es
To/from Genova, Sète and Tangier: Grimaldi Group Grandi Navi Veloci: www.gnv.it
To/from Rome, Livorno, Sardinia (Porto Torres) and Tanger: Grimaldi Ferries: www.grimaldi-ferries.com

TRANSFER BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE PORT

BLUE BUS/METRO (L3)

The bus runs both ways between all the port terminals and the Christopher Columbus monument. The nearest metro station is Drassanes (Green Line, L3) which is a five-minute walk from the monument. Once on the metro system there are excellent connections to the rest of the city.

By air

Barcelona Airport welcomes over 800 flights per day and more than 34 million passengers every year.

GETTING TO THE CITY FROM THE AIRPORT

BY THE AEROBUS (A1/A2) / EVERY 5 MINUTES / JOURNEY TIME: 35 MINUTES

Regular service between Plaça de Catalunya and Barcelona Airport.
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BY TRAIN (RENFE) / EVERY 30 MINUTES / JOURNEY TIME: 18 MINUTES

Regular service between Barcelona Airport (Terminal 2) and Sants mainline station.
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BY REGULAR BUS (TMB) / EVERY 25 MINUTES

Line 46 of Barcelona's public transport service links the Airport (Terminals 1 and 2) with Plaça d'Espanya.
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NIGHT BUS (NITBUS) / EVERY 20 MINUTES

Line N17 of the night bus service runs between Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça d'Espanya and Barcelona Airport's Terminal 1. Line N16 links Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça d'Espanya with Terminal 2.
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METRO / EVERY 7 MINUTES

The line L9 Sud Metro connects downtown Barcelona with the airport. The L9 Sud line starts at Terminal 1 (Aeroport-T1) where the entrance is on Level 0 of the airport, close to the buses. There is a second stop at Terminal 2 ( Aeroport-T2) with the entrance being near the main line train station.
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By car

MOTORWAYS AND HIGHWAYS

Barcelona is 150 km from La Jonquera at the French border. The network of French motorways and highways links up with the AP-7 toll motorway and the N-II and C-32 highways to Barcelona. The main access to the city is via the ring roads (Ronda Litoral along the coast and Ronda de Dalt higher up in the city) or via Avinguda Meridiana to the centre.

From the south, if coming from the rest of Spain, access is via the AP-7 toll motorway and the C-32 highway and then by the ring roads or along Avinguda Diagonal.

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By train

Barcelona has direct rail connections with major destinations such as Paris, Zurich and Milan and a high-speed railway line to Madrid, Girona, the eastern seaboard and southern Spain, amongst other regions. Barcelona Sants is the city's main railway station where the majority of mainline trains entering or leaving the city converge. It is also the railway station for the high-speed trains (AVE) and for a large number of local and regional destinations, including Barcelona Airport.

BARCELONA SANTS RAILWAY STATION

The following connections are available: METRO L5 and L3 / BUS 27, 32, 78, 109, 115, H10 and V7.
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AIRPORT TRAIN (RENFE) / EVERY 30 MINUTES / JOURNEY TIME: 18 MINUTES

Regular service between Barcelona Airport (Terminal 2) and Sants mainline station.
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By bus

The bus station with the most national and international connections from Barcelona is Barcelona Nord. There are also services from the bus station at Sants Railway Station and from other points in the city.

BARCELONA NORD BUS STATION

METRO L1 (ARC DE TRIOMF) / BUS: 6, 40, 42, 54, 141, V21
This is the main bus station in Barcelona with services to all the main cities in Spain as well as Europe and North Africa.
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BARCELONA SANTS BUS STATION

METRO L5 and L3 (SANTS STATION) / BUS: 27, 32, 78, 109, 115, H10 and V7
Right next to Barcelona-Sants railway station, various different bus companies provide nationwide and international services.
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By taxi

Barcelona has no fewer than eleven thousand taxis in operation, easily identifiable by their black and yellow livery. Taxis available for flagging down have a green light showing on top of the vehicle. There is also a range of multipurpose taxis available for carrying people with reduced mobility.
If you have specific requirements (e.g. certain languages, seven-seater taxis, etc.) we recommend that you use the telephone taxi services.

MORE INFORMATION ON TAXI SERVICES IN BARCELONA

Barcelona Metropolitan Taxi Institute
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Public transport in Barcelona

Barcelona's public transport network for the metropolitan area at a glance:

Metro

Barcelona has eight Metro lines which are identified by their number and colou r: L1 (red), L2 (purple), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L9 (orange), L10 (light blue), L11 (light green), covering most of the city.

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Bus

More than one thousand fully accessible buses ply every corner of the city.

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The train is one of the modes of public transport with the highest capacity as well as being the most sustainable. The FGC comprises 13 lines with 103 stations and a total length of 271 km.

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The rail network of Renfe Rodalies has 6 lines plus 7 regional lines. There are a total of 236 stations on a total of 1,329 km of track.

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Tram

Barcelona's tram system, known simply as the Tram, was re-launched in 2004 after having been shut down in 1971. It offers a comfortable, fast, easily-accessible, and eco-friendly means of transport. The system has 2 lines: Diagonal-Baix Llobregat and Ciutadella-Besòs.

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INTEGRATED TICKET SYSTEM

The Integrated Ticket System allows passengers to use all the above means of transport on a single ticket and to transfer between them up to three times within a certain time period depending on the number of zones the ticket covers.

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