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Getting to the Port of Barcelona
Getting to the Port of Barcelona
The Disney Magic berths at the Port of Barcelona while it cruises the Mediterranean in the summer of 2017. The Port of Barcelona is about 40 min. (11 mi./18 km.) south of the airport. You have five options: Disney ground transfer, public transportation, town car/limo, taxi, or rental car.
Disney Ground Transfer—Available to/from the airport and the cruise terminal. Just add it to your cruise reservation. If you take this option, Disney will give you more information on where to get your ground transfer. Most likely, you’ll just need to look for a representative bearing a “Disney Cruise Line” sign after you exit the international terminal. We took advantage of ground transfers on our scouting trip, and they were efficient and comfortable—in fact, because our flight arrived very early in the morning (8:00 am), we received a complimentary Barcelona city tour before we arrived at the port around 11:15 am.
Black-and-yellow Barcelona taxis at the airport
Taxi—This is your best mode of transportation if you aren’t doing a ground transfer. Barcelona taxis are plentiful, clean, and reliable; they are black with yellow doors—green lights indicate they are available for hire. Figure about €40 for a one-way fare from the airport to the port (estimate 40 min. for the trip). Exchange rate at press time is €1=$1.13. Luggage is €.90/bag. Taxis at the airport work on a queue system—just follow the signs to the taxi stop outside the terminal and wait in line for an available taxi. If you have special needs or need a taxi adapted for disabled passengers, you can call Taxi Amic +34 93 420 80 88.
Public Transportation—While it is possible to take public transportation from the airport to the port, it isn’t easy—plan on several changes and some walking. We strongly discourage you from using this method—you’ll have to contend with pickpockets while juggling your luggage. If you want to check out public transportation options, see https://www.tmb.net.
Town Cars/Limousines—If you’d like to arrive in style, consider a town car or limousine. Pressicat Limo (i46443.wix.com/pressicat-limo, +34 656 801 150) offers one-way transports to the port in a Mercedes for about €75. The Golden Wheels limousine service also comes highly recommended—visit their site at http://www.thegoldenwheels.com or phone +34 93 224 70 34.
Rental Car—Several rental car (“car hire”) companies are available at the airport, namely Hertz, Avis, National Atesa, Sixt, and Europcar. But unless you’re planning to stay in Barcelona several days, want to go out of town, and have a sense of adventure, we don’t recommend you rent a car. Barcelona roads are congested and difficult to drive. Besides, a rental car really won’t get you from the airport to the port, as you’d still need to return to the airport to return the car. Nonetheless, here are the driving directions to the port: Exit the airport, take the road to Barcelona city (see map on previous page), then take the Ronda Litoral Highway, exiting at “Puerto.” Upon exiting, turn right and follow the “Puerto” signs.
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