BARCELONA the first cruise destination in Europe.
03 May 2016

BARCELONA the first cruise destination in Europe.

Empresa Autocares Barcelona

Transport service for cruises in Barcelona

Barcelona is a leading cruise destination in Europe. Almost all sector companies plying the Mediterranean they come to this Port. These tourists are highly appreciated because they make a higher contribution to the city economy. The cruise passengers to spend the night in Barcelona takes an average daily expenditure of 202 euros, according to a study by the University of Barcelona.

Barcelona (CNA).- Cruise activity in Port de Barcelona’ generates 413.2 million euros in revenue, which means a 2.2 million daily turnover. According to a study from the University of Barcelona (UB) released this Tuesday, direct and indirect expenses from cruisers, shipping companies and crews amounts to 796 million euros and most of it stays in Barcelona. The study also shows that the cruise activity generates around 7,000 jobs and has other positive effects on the Catalan economy such as the increase of activity at ‘Aeroport del Prat’. In terms of tax revenues, 152 million euros benefitting Catalonia and the whole of Spain are collected from cruise activity, besides the tourist tax.

The Catalan capital is the main beneficiary of this activity, since 75% of the profits stay in the city of Barcelona.

Cruiser profiles

According to figures released by Barcelona Tourism based on a survey of 3,100 cruise passengers, the study established the profile of travellers who visit the Catalan capital. Cruise passengers who visit the city without staying overnight spend on average 4.3 hours in Barcelona, representing 57.5% of total passenger movements. The “turnaround” cruise passengers (who start and end their route in Barcelona) stay on average 2.6 nights and account for 23.9% of total movements, while the remaining 18.6% correspond to passengers who get on the boat in the city without staying overnight or visiting it.

Other conclusions of the study

The cruise activities of the Port of Barcelona :

  • Generates an annual turnover of 796 million euros in Catalonia (2.2 million daily).
  • Contributes 413 billion euros to GDP of Catalonia.
  • Generates 152 million in tax revenue.
  • Keeps nearly 7,000 full-time jobs.
  • rovides connectivity flights to Barcelona airport and economic stability in other sectors of the city
  • Not only benefits the sectors linked to tourism but also to other industrial and service sectors
  • It corresponds to a profile of cruise passengers who usually travel in pairs, with considerable interests in exploring the city and is a good promoter (90% want to return to the city and are known to recommend the experience to friends and acquaintances.



Transport service for tourists visiting the city and around Barcelona.


Forecast to receive about 2.6 million cruise passengers in 2016 in the Port of Barcelona equal the record high achieved in 2011. 40 shipping companies operating in the port 750 scales cause cruise this year.

Avant Grup, provides a mobility solutions for these cruise tourists arriving at the Port of Barcelona. It is a coach company and hire offered the transport services with most cruise companies operating in the Port of Barcelona.

Fuente.- U -Port de Barcelona and CNA.

Aerial photo Port of Barcelona


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