BARCELONA TOUR WITH AIRPORT TRANSFER: Start touring as you land

100% Private
Skip The Lines
Half Day
Chauffeured
Airport Transfer
Shore Excursion
Kid Friendly
Wheelchair Friendly
Christian Heritage
Jewish Heritage
Gaudi Sites
Sagrada Familia

Are you arriving to Barcelona by plane and want to start touring as soon as you land? Your hotel room won’t be ready until hours after landing and you don’t want to wait at the lobby bored, jet-lagged and wasting your time? Or maybe you are boarding a cruise but want to see the top Barcelona sites before embarking?

Hotel rooms as well as apartments aren’t usually ready until noon, and if you have just landed after a long overnight flight, having to wait with your luggage until you are allowed to check-in can totally kill you. Instead, in our experience if you start touring as soon as you land, your energy levels will stay high for a few hours: enough to visit to get a good overview of Barcelona. Your luggage will be safely kept in our Mercedes minivan or car, trunk locked and driver always inside. And by the time we drop you off at your hotel, your room will be ready and you’ll be able to freshen up, get some rest and go for lunch as you start getting used to our local time frame.

Or if you are are leaving on a cruise on the same day you landed, there’s no way you’ll get a good overview of Barcelona if you have to get to the cruise on your own with your luggage, check-in, then head back to the city and try to see a few sites. Not enough time, too many logistics to take care of!

These Barcelona tours from airport have been designed for and tested dozens of times with travelers in these situations, and it always works really well. It can also be done the opposite direction: starting in your hotel or at the pier and ending at the airport.

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THIS BARCELONA TOUR FROM THE AIRPORT COVERS:

  • Montjuic Hill (1929 World Fair, 1992 Olympics, city views)
  • Gothic Quarter & Cathedral of St. Eulàlia
  • Passeig de Gràcia & Eixample District
  • Casa Batlló & Block of Disagreement (outside view)
  • Casa Milà / Pedrera (outside view)
  • Sagrada Família church (skip the line access & visit)

TOUR ITINERARY

Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (Sagrada Familia tickets availability, landing time, drop-off point, your main interests…)

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What time can my tour start?

TIME REQUIRED AFTER LANDING: 45 minutes

Welcome to Barcelona! After landing you are likely to require around 45 minutes to go through customs, collect your luggage and get outside of the restricted area. Consequently, you should book your tour for 45 minutes after your expected landing time. If you are not arriving from an overnight flight and don’t need to go through customs, or if you only have carry-ons with you, 20 to 30 minutes will still be necessary.

45 minutes after landing - Airport pick-up
Ride with photo stops
Walk
Ride with photo stops
Walk
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IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?

This tour is perfect for people landing in Barcelona and wanting to start touring as soon as they arrive, either because their rooms won’t be ready yet, or because they want to start getting into the local timeframe as soon as possible, or because they have limited time in the city (for instance, they are leaving on a cruise in a few hours) and want to get a good overview ASAP.

If you are traveling with kids, this tour works great because it offers them enough variety and movement so they don’t get bored. Plus they can rest in the car if they are tired.

If you have walking issues, this tour also works great because there is limited walk: mostly inside the Sagrada Familia, but it doesn’t feel like much walking, and in the Gothic Quarter where its a longer walk with no stairs nor cobble-stoned streets, and some opportunities to at least lean on something if not seat. In any case, your guide can offer you alternatives adapted to your condition and stamina.

If you use a wheelchair, this tour also works nicely. However, we need to make sure there’ll be enough room in the trunk of the minivan for the wheelchair plus all your luggage.

If you are embarking on a cruise a few hours after landing, this tour can be the best way to get an overview of Barcelona before sailing away! Just make sure your tour can end at least 2 hours before cruise departure, as you’ll be required you be on board well ahead of time. Pier drop-off is included.

If you need to be picked up in Barcelona (hotel or pier) and end at the airport, this can be done too.

TOUR SCHEDULE

TOUR LENGHT

4 hours (30 minutes for the Barcelona airport transfer + 3.5 hours for the Barcelona city tour), with possibility of adding extra hours on request upon booking.

CALENDAR

AVAILABLE: Every day.
SOME SITES CLOSED:
Sunday: Visitors are not allowed inside the Cathedral of St. Eulàlia.

RECOMMENDED STARTING TIME

MORNING TOURS: 8AM is the earliest we recommend, since pretty much everything is closed earlier than that.
AFTERNOON TOURS: Tours starting or ending between 10PM and 7AM will be charged a nightime supplement.

CAN WE CLIMB THE STAIRS AT THE SAGRADA FAMILIA?

Our tours only include the towers upon request. You need to know that:

It is not possible anymore to just climb the stairs: the way up is now only possible by elevator. However, the number of tickets available is restricted to just a few every hour, for an extra fee.

If there is availability, you are given a specific time to get in the line for the elevator (either the one in the Passion façade or the one in the Nativity façade, but not both), and after a 5 to 20 minute wait you finally get in the elevator that takes you to almost the top of the towers. From there you can walk down, or if you chose the Passion façade you have the option to take the elevator down at no extra cost. The whole process takes almost one hour, so unless you are OK shortening the rest of the tour itinerary, you should book one extra hour to be able to do the towers.

Do we recommend the towers, though? Only for the adventure of climbing spiral stairs, but not for the views as you’ll get better views from many other city sites. After all, those towers were designed to be bell towers, not vantage points. Also, the way down is narrow and occasionally claustrophobic, and it is definitely not for people scared of heights.

TOUR AND BOOKING INFORMATION

  • ENTRANCE FEES | Not included

    CHARGED UPON BOOKING:
    Sagrada Familia: €18/person
    PAID ON SITE skipping lines:
    Cathedral (€3/person) – OPTIONAL
    Medieval synagogue (€3,5/person) – OPTIONAL

  • TRANSPORTATION

    Mercedes car or minivan for upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver.

  • LUNCH | Not planned

    This tour does not involve a lunch stop. If you’ll need to stop for lunch, please book one extra hour.

  • PRICING (2019 fees)

    Barcelona – El Prat airport only. Supplements apply for other airports.
    €595 – TOTAL PER TOUR (not per person)
    EXTRA HOURS€150/hour

  • SAFE & RELIABLE BOOKING

    • SSL connection to guarantee your safety.
    • We take Visa and Mastercard.
  • BOOK NOW

    Our team is small and we can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out.

* Site ticket costs are given as an orientation only, as they can change without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS THE FLIGHT?

DELAYS, CANCELLATIONS, ETC.

We want you to have your tour, and we’ll always try to reschedule your tour for later or the next day if that suits you, and be as flexible as possible in such situations. However, bear in mind that we are a small company and our resources are limited. In high season, we might be booked out for later. Or we might not be allowed to change the pre-purchased tickets, which would be lost. Or if you are delayed a few hours and your ship is departing, we might only be able to take you from the airport to the pier with no tour at all.

In such cases no refund applies (read our Cancellation Policy here), but we are always happy to provide any documentation you need to claim a compensation from your travel insurance.

So if you miss a flight, or it is delayed or cancelled, the faster you let us know the better, as we’ll have more time to react and start planning possible alternatives. Upon booking we’ll provide you with a PDF with detailed instructions on how to act if that happens.

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HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING?

Our minivans have space for upto 6 large suitcases and 6 carry-ons or equivalent. If you’ll be carrying more luggage than that, you should book a minibus tour instead (different fees and timings apply).

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DRESS CODE

  • To enter the Cathedral of Saint Eulalia you need to cover your shoulders and your skirt or pants must be long to your knee.
  • The dress code at the Sagrada Familia Church isn’t usually too strict, but they have occasionally banned access to people wearing short shorts (closer to their butts than to their knees), deep plunging necklines or open backs.

REVIEWS FROM TRAVELERS LIKE YOU

Stephen W (Midland, Texas, USA)

We came to Barcelona a day before our cruise departed so that we could experience the city. Marta took care of everything for us. We were greeted at the airport by our driver and were off to pick up our guide Sandra. Sandra is a wonderful person who has a through knowledge of Barcelona. We visited the major sites of the city and were introduced to the culture of Barcelona. We were tired from our flight from the US, but Sandra was very accommodating and took good care of us. Upon finishing our tour, we were dropped off at our hotel. I highly recommend ForeverBarcelona and Sandra for a great experience in Barcelona.

Rproven1 (Cambridge, New York, USA)

We were picked-up at the airport which was perfect since we didn’t have to get a taxi and couldn’t check in anyway.

Lisa F

My wife and I traveled to Barcelona to take a Mediterranean cruise. We were going to be in Barcelona before our cruise for only two days so we wanted to see as much as possible in this short period of time. Marta had a driver pick us up from the airport at 9:30 in the morning and he drove us into town where Marta was waiting for us. She took us to the Sagrada Familia where she pointed out all of this magnificent church’s peculiarities and its hstory. A tour here should not be missed. We also walked along Barcelona’s beautiful beach and the surrounding area, the Olympic area and Casa Mila. Although we had long trans Atlantic flight, Marta’s enthusiasm was infectious and her wonderful tour gave us the second wind we needed.

Megtpip (Greenwich, Connecticut, USA)

We arrived in Barcelona early in the morning and scheduled this tour to help us stay awake and fight jet lag. Tona, the guide, was incredibly well educated and full of insightful information. She adapted the tour to our individual needs, taking care to attend to my children, we were very grateful! Victor, our driver, had a very nice car, it was clean and he could not have been more polite and attentive. All it was perfect for our first day in Barcelona!

From_the_IE (Riverside, CA, USA)

We were picked up at the airport after a very long flight from LAX through Miami in a beautiful large Mercedes van driven by a very professional driver. It was the perfect overview we needed to set up more indepth sightseeing on our own over the next few days. Thanks ForeverBarcelona and thanks Miriam!

Texaslady (Texas, USA)

We loved our tours of Barcelona. Picked up promptly at the airport in the morning. Toured and then delivered to our hotel for a little nap before dinner. Picked up the next morning after a late breakfast and then delivered back to the airport. Short stay, but we made the most of it! Marga was great! We loved ForeverBarcelona!