Useful information about Barcelona

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Barcelona is in the north-east of Spain. It is very well connected by land and air, and, being on the Mediterranean coast, also by sea. As regards the main Spanish cities, it is 621 kilometers from Madrid, 620 from Bilbao, 349 from Valencia and 1,046 from Seville. It also has a high-speed train link with Madrid, the AVE, and is linked to other major cities in Spain by inter-city trains. Barcelona is also one of the Spanish cities closest to the main European capitals, as it is only 154 kilometers from the French border (at La Jonquera). Barcelona’s international airport receives direct flights from the main Spanish and European cities, as well as others around the world. There follows some information on getting to the city by the different forms of transport.

By airBarcelona airport is at Prat de Llobregat, 12 kilometers from the city but with excellent connections to the city center. The airport’s facilities underwent alterations not long ago, and its capacity has increased with the inauguration of the new South Terminal. From Barcelona airport: A train leaves the airport for Barcelona every 20 minutes and takes 30 minutes to reach the city center (Plaça de Catalunya). To find out the times and fares, go to the Renfe (Spanish railways) website. Another way to get to the city is by bus. The service, which runs from 6am to 1am, with stops in Plaça d’Espanya, Gran Via Corts Catalanes /Comte d’Urgell, Pl. Universitat and Pl. Catalunya, is called Aerobús and you will find the times and fares at this link. There is also a night bus, the N17, which goes to Plaça de Catalunya and runs every 20 minutes between 10pm and 5am. Another option is to take one of the official city taxis. These are yellow and black in Barcelona and a green light on the roof indicates they are available. If you prefer to go to the city by yourself, the following major car rental companies are at the airport.

By land: If you want to travel over land to Barcelona, there are a number of options. You can come by train, bus or road, if you have your own vehicle or decide to rent one. Depending on your choice of transport.

By sea: Barcelona’s port is one of the biggest on the Mediterranean coast, so there are lots of ways to get here. Below you can see what options there are. If you come to Barcelona by sea, you will come to the port, where the regular shipping lines dock along with the ferries that link the city to national destinations like Majorca, Minorca and Eivissa (the Balearics) and foreign destinations like Genoa (Italy). The port of Barcelona is also a very important terminal for cruise liners and one of the main ones for European cruise liners. For some companies it is a port of call and others are based there. If you arrive on board your own boat and it is not more than 20 meters in length, you can contact the Royal Club Marítim de Barcelona, which has moorings available throughout the year for vessels visiting the city. Other sporting ports and clubs in Barcelona city and Barcelona province include the Royal Club Nàutic de BarcelonaClub de Mar Port Olímpic de Barcelona, Port Ginesta (Sitges), Aiguadolç Port de SitgesClub Nàutic Garraf and  Port del Masnou.

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