BARCELONA TOUR WITH AIRPORT TRANSFER: Start touring as you land
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.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (Sagrada Familia tickets availability, landing time, drop-off point, your main interests…)
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.
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 operators like us are only allowed to book tickets for the Passion Façade towers – should you be interested in the Nativity Façade towers you’ll have to go back to Sagrada Familia on your own some other day as those tickets are only available for individual visitors.
THE TOWERS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS, AND NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH HEART OR LUNG CONDITIONS, CLAUSTROPHOBIA OR FEAR OF HEIGHTS. CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE TOWERS.
TOUR AND BOOKING INFORMATION
* Site ticket costs are given as an orientation only, as they can change without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.