Enjoy your before and after the cruise from Hotel Continental Barcelona

However, those arriving to this bustling city should still be provided with convenient accommodations during their stay. This is why countless individuals choose Hotel Continental Barcelona. Located on the famous Las Ramblas pedestrian thoroughfare, Hotel Continental Barcelona leaves little to the imagination in terms of practicality, luxury and customer satisfaction.

Let’s take a quick look at some Barcelona cruise vacation tips intended for travellers who plan on arriving here via cruise ship. You can then plan your stay accordingly in order to ensure that nothing is left to chance.

Were you aware that the Port of Barcelona is the third-largest port in Spain in terms of arrivals and departures? In 2022 alone, this port experienced no fewer than 807 cruise ship calls. Whether enjoying a week-long Mediterranean retreat or instead using the port as a means to access other European destinations, Barcelona offers a host of flexible options.

Barcelona Cruise Port and Hotel Continental Barcelona

Due to the sheer size of the Port of Barcelona as well as the number of travellers, it pays to appreciate its basic layout as well as its relationship to the city centre. We will break this topic down into a handful of easy-to-understand sections.

The Available Terminals

There are a total of seven tourist terminals which accommodate cruise ships to be found at the port. These include:

Five Adossat Quay terminals (generally used by international cruise ships).

Two World Trade Centre terminals (often employed by those seeking ferry services between Barcelona and the Balearic Islands).

One Terminal at Maremagnum Port Vell (often used by larger ships as opposed to cruise liners).

The Adossat Quay terminals tend to be the most popular, as these are connected with local bus routes that lead directly to the base of Las Ramblas. Many Las Ramblas hotels are likewise found within close proximity.

The good news is that Hotel Continental Barcelona is found just up Las Ramblas (138 Rambla de Canaletes) and nestled directly below Plaza de Catalunya. This makes it easy to arrive at our location immediately after you disembark via bus, metro, taxi, or even on foot if you instead wish to obtain a first-hand look at Las Ramblas.

We also understand that travellers will often desire refreshments upon arrival. This is why Hotel Continental Barcelona is pleased to offer a 24-hour buffet to all of our guests. You can therefore enjoy an unparalleled sense of convenience; regardless of when you happen to arrive.

Transport and Sightseeing from Hotel Continental Barcelona

There are several means to access the city centre after you have disembarked. As mentioned previously, it is possible to access a bus line that circulates between the Adossat Quay terminals and the foot of Las Ramblas (where the famous statue of Christopher Columbus is located). These buses can also provide access to different portions of the city if required.

It is likewise possible to access the Drassanes metro station (the L3 line) that is found within Ciutat Vella (the Old District) of Barcelona. Local buses managed by the Barcelona Transportation Authority (TMB) and taxi services are additional possibilities.

You will also be happy to know that a double-decker bus specifically designed for tourists (known as the Barcelona Bus Turistic) provides a hop-on, hop-off means to quickly reach specific destination. It just so happens that Hotel Continental Barcelona is one of the main terminals of this route. You can therefore experience the city in style before arriving back at your room in no time at all.

From Airport to Cruise Port Via Hotel Continental Barcelona

We should first point out that there is currently no service which offers direct transportation between Barcelona Airport and the port. However, a handful of practical options are still available.

One solution involves the Aerobus service. This provides transportation between Plaza Catalunya and the airport. Once you arrive at Plaza Catalunya, it is possible to take the metro to Drassanes station.

If you are travelling with a significant amount of luggage, it could instead be wise to opt for a taxi or a private transportation service. The average driving time between the Barcelona airport and the port is 25 minutes although this will depend on factors such as the time of day and traffic conditions.

Thanks to our proximity to Plaza Catalunya, we highly recommend a stopover at Hotel Continental Barcelona upon arrival. You can check in and take advantage of our complimentary 24/7 buffet before hitting the streets.

Hotel Continental Barcelona


There is no doubt that you will enjoy any Barcelona cruise experience. While there are plenty of Las Ramblas hotels, few offer the sense of convenience, luxury and sheer practicality that has come to define Hotel Continental Barcelona. Not only is our property perfectly situated to accommodate those who will be arriving (or departing) by cruise ship, but the sheer number of on-site amenities can never be overstated. These include:

  • Air conditioning
  • A safe to store you valuable items
  • Wireless Internet access
  • A fully equipped bathroom
  • Flat-screen digital televisions

Note that we are likewise only a stone’s throw away from major Barcelona attractions such as the Virreina Palace, Gran Teatre del Liceu (Opera house) and the nice Boqueria Market. Whether arriving here for business or pleasure, look no further than Hotel Continental Barcelona. Please feel free to contact a representative directly if you would like to learn more about our establishment, to book a reservation in advance or to obtain even more targeted Barcelona cruise vacation tips. Get ready for the experience of a lifetime!

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