Barcelona’s port is rated second in Europe for commercial traffic and first for cruise ships. The harbor has eight passenger terminals (five for cruise liners and three for ferries). Ferry traffic is run by 4 companies that operate regular services between Barcelona and Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza (Balearic Islands) and Genova (Italy):
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Located very close to the city centre, to the west of Montjuïc and below Barri Gòtic, is the Port de Barcelona, run by Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona. In recent years the port has re-established its status as one of the major Mediterranean maritime destinations of the continent. In addition to being an important cargo port, it is also the second largest Mediterranean cruise centre after Athens. In 2001, the port handled 544 liners and over half a million passengers.
Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 298 6000
Crueurs del Porte de Barcelona runs four cruise ship terminals – two at Moll Adossat and two at the World Trade Centre. The Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona runs the Port Vell terminal. All the terminals have tourist information centres, travel agencies, a flight connection service, bureau exchange, first-aid facilities, duty-free and souvenir shops, bars, restaurants and international newspaper stands. Taxis and shuttle buses provide transportation to the city centre. Parking and car hire services are also available.
Barcelona Ferry Services
The Transmediterranea ferry departs daily from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca throughout the year. From the 15th of June until 15th of September a second ferry departs from the city’s port (only 4 days per week). The journey takes approximately 8 hours. Prices start at around 130 euros for a small car and 50 euros per person. Cabins cost approximately 60 euros per person. Reservations can be made at all major travel agencies (highly recommended in the summer season).
In case you missed a ferry or don’t get a ticket on time, you may wish to drive to Valencia, where the Transmediterránea also departs to Mallorca every day. Prices and transfer times are the same as from Barcelona.
If you are arriving to Barcelona from France then an additional option is to catch a ferry in Sete (South France). But from here the trip takes 16 hours to Mallorca and the prices are much higher compared to those from Barcelona.
There is also a fast ferry connection between Tarragona (not far from Barcelona) and Palma de Mallorca, called the “Almudaina”, – which departs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and takes only 3h 45min. The ship can take 450 passengers and 87 cars. Departure times and prices are available in nearly every travel office or on their home-page.
Reservations of the Transmediterránea:
(+34) 902 – 45 46 45 | www.trasmediterranea.es
Phone numbers for boats and ferries:
ESTACION MARÍTIMA BALEARES
932 959 100
ESTACION MARÍTIMA INTERNACIONAL
933 068 800
GRANDI NAVI VELOCI
932 957 000
932 959 100
902 454 645
902 191 068
902 106 180