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How reliable is the Barcelona Cruise Bus?

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We're visiting Barcelona on the Norwegian Epic next week and are curious about the Cruise Bus that goes between the cruise terminal and the Columbus monument (we are in-transit guests, embarking in Rome, not Barcelona). Our ship departs at 6 pm. Just wondering how much time we should give ourselves to catch the Cruise Bus back to the ship. The ride itself seems to be only 10 minutes, but I wasn't sure if there's multiple buses running at the end of the day or if they can get busy and full. Could we get to the monument at 5 and have enough time or should we shoot for earlier?

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It worked very well for us.  It’s a big modern bus and arrives at the stops right on time. We were impressed.

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Is there a schedule posted somewhere?

 

Last time I was just waiting around at the cruise terminal.  It seemed like it was 20-30 minutes before it showed up.  

 

 

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20 hours ago, majmaj4 said:

Is there a schedule posted somewhere?

 

I don't think there is a published schedule.  As mentioned on this third party page, "The cruise port shuttle bus co-ordinates its schedule and frequency depending on the arrival and departures of the cruises. Therefore the cruise shuttle bus service is not a regular scheduled bus service but one that only runs based on demand."

 

Two additional "official" resources that include visuals/maps of the port:

http://www.portdebarcelona.cat/en/web/port-del-ciudada/cruceros --> Note the linked .pdf map in this link on that page.

https://www.tmb.cat/en/visit-barcelona/public-transport/from-port

 

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The cruise bus will wait to gather passengers, rather then following a tight schedule. At 5 pm, I would assume many passengers will think the same way and arrive, giving them 30 min to travel to ship.  I do remember it gave me some anxiety sitting and waiting to leave, but it ended up all good. ( we were there last nov, for 3 days while our ship was having a repair). 

Dont attempt to walk. 

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