My cruise ship passenger readers bombard me time and time again.
Sometimes I just want to say calm down now – I’ve been here 7 years and still don’t think I’ve seen the best of Barcelona.
I can only imagine how you feel having only one day.
The solution? The Barcelona Port Day Pass!
Allow me to show you cruise ship passengers how save time, skip lines, get a few 20% discounts, and give great structure to your limited time in Spain’s best city.
If you’re already in the know and want to skip ahead to the buying page click the blue button below:
What’s Included in the Port Day Pass
Cruise Bus (return ticket): this shuttle bus takes you right off the boat and into central Barcelona in a matter of minutes – to the Christopher Columbus statue right at the beginning of Las Ramblas: Barcelona’s most famous street.
This service is not included in any other pass of its kind.
1 Day on the Bus Turistic: this super convenient hop on hop off double decker bus leaves no city attraction uncovered.
You’ll get educated on the city with its informative audio guides and even get a tan up top without having to head to the beach (which is along the way if you need!)
Sagrada Familia: entrance to visit the Gaudi‘s celebrated masterpiece and arguably the most impressive and unique church in the world. Included is an in-depth audio guide for all the education needed.
A 20% discount card: save on famous sights like Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Camp Nou, the Teleferica de Montjuïc, the Picasso Museum, Poble Espanyol, the Fundació Miró, flamenco shows, guided tours, and tons of other attractions.
What are the Advantages of the Pass?
The obvious one is that it optimizes time.
In knowing that you have limited time visiting by cruise ship there’s something great about having the structure of the trip, the optimal transport for seeing the maximum, and the city’s highlights all laid out for you.
From the minute you arrive at port you’ll be in the game.
There’s also a bit of flexibility here as the cruise bus will take you into the famous Gothic Quarter where you’ll also be free to explore on your own through some of Barcelona’s most famous bars, shops, and squares.
I’ve mapped out my optimal 1 day cruise ship passenger itinerary here.
Another plus? The Barcelona Port Day Pass let’s you skip lines at attractions. Simply print out the vouchers or show them on a smart phone and you’re in. Especially in high season this could save you hours of lining up.
Another benefit? The pass is all done online. This means you don’t have to pick anything up, line up, or do anything other than plan the entire thing from the comfort of home before you even leave.
The one small exception is that the Cruise Bus tickets must be printed.
Where to Buy the Cruise Pass + Prices
The Port Day Pass is a ticket package born out of a shared initiative between my blog and Barcelona ticket heavyweights Ticketbar.
They’re the inventors of the super successful Barcelona City Pass – read some of the comments in my dedicated article to see how other readers have got along with them.
You can buy the Barcelona Port Day Pass clicking the blue button below:
The Port Day Pass costs €60.00 for adults and €20.00 for children (4-10)
If you want you can buy all these products separately and you’d save €2.50, however remember that you won’t be entitled to the 20% discount pass to the other attractions.
You’ll also have to buy the Cruise Bus tickets once you arrive which will take you a lot of time.
Also keep in mind that the tours being pushed by the cruise ship companies are decidedly more expensive.
How to Book the Port Day Pass
First off you’ll need to click the blue button above to purchase.
You’ll then need to select your arrival dates and the time you would like to visit the Sagrada Familia (between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm are the time slots).
Once you’ve made the purchase you’ll receive a confirmation email with your purchase, and then a second email with your vouchers for the Cruise Bus, the Bus Turistic, and Sagrada Familia.
It’s in this second email that you’ll get your 20% discount codes with the links to redeem them.
Again, simply show these vouchers printed out or on a smartphone to skip the lines at the attractions.
How to Use the Pass
- Arrive with vouchers via cruise at the Port of Barcelona (your arrival date)
- Take the Portbus to Plaça de Colon
- Grab the Bus Turistic to explore the city
- Arrive at Sagrada at your chosen time slot (between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm)
- See other attractions with your 20% discount
- Take the Bus Turistic back to Plaça de Colon
- Take the Portbus back to your ship
Idea for a Quick Snack
If you get to Sagrada Familia take a few steps away to visit Enrique Tomas at Carrer Marina 261. Here you’ll be able to sample some of Spain’s finest cured meats including the unmissable jamon bellota.
The best part? If you spend over €10.00 and mention Barcelonahacks they’ll give you a free coffee of your choice!
Questions? Dock Your Ship Here
I’ve shown you the way to get the most out of your cruise ship stop in Barcelona but surely that can’t be it!
If you’ve got any questions about your Barcelona holiday be sure to write them to me in the comments below.