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…)
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.
Your driver will be waiting for you at the Drivers Waiting Point of the Terminal, and help you take your luggage to the minivan that will be waiting outside. The ride from the airport to the entrance of the city is a bit less than 30 minutes.
Your tour guide will be waiting for you in Plaça Espanya, to join you as soon as you enter the city. Your sightseeing will start in the Hill of Montjuic, first stopping in the area where the 1929 World Fair took place (a picture of the impressive National Palace towering on top of the hill is a must), then continuing to learn how the 1992 Olympics changed the city. The architecture of the olympic sites is also worth a few pictures. Finally you’ll stop at a vantage point overlooking the city for fantastic pictures of the city skyline and the harbor. If you are taking a cruise, you might even see it from there: how exciting!
A drive past the Old Port marina will take you to the Gothic Quarter: the historical district where the Romans founded Barcelona, and centuries later a wealthy medieval city developed. Follow your guide on a stroll to see the Gothic Cathedral of St. Eulàlia (outside or quick in&out to check it out), and walk around the alleys, backstreets and plazas with important buildings such as the medieval Royal Palace, the City Hall and the Generalitat government building. If you are interested, your guide can also give you a quick tour of the medieval Jewish Section
Next you’ll drive towards the Eixample District, the “new” Barcelona that was build in modernist style around the Old Town after the medieval walls were knocked down, and drive along the most elegant street of the city: Passeig de Gràcia. There there’ll be photo stops and short explanations of two apartment buildings by Antoni Gaudi: Casa Batllo and Casa Milà, also called Pedrera.
The last part of your tour will be the highlight of it: you’ll go inside the fascinating Sagrada Familia church with your private guide skipping lines. There you’ll learn everything about this building still under construction since 1882, see details you’d miss if you were on your own, discover the vision of a man that planned a masterpiece that he knew would take generations before it’d be completed.
At the end of the tour you’ll be dropped off at your hotel, apartment or cruise pier with your luggage. If you are staying in Barcelona, your guide will be happy to give you recommendations for places to eat and what to do the rest of your time here.
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.
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.
We can only secure a guide for you for our Barcelona private tours after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
This Barcelona tour from the Airport is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
|SOME SITES CLOSED||Monday: The Boqueria Market is only partially open.
Sunday: The Boqueria Market is closed and visitors are not allowed inside the Cathedral of St. Eulàlia.
Tuesday thru Thursday after 4PM: The Boqueria Market is only partially open.
Recommended starting times:
You should book your tour for at least 45 minutes after your expected landing time (30 minutes if you only have carry-ons or don't have to go through customs).
|Early Morning Tours:||Take into account that the Sagrada Familia church doesn't open until 9AM, and pretty much everything in Barcelona is closed until then too|
|10PM to 7PM:||Tours starting or ending between 10PM and 7AM will be charged a nightime supplement.|
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!
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.