Barcelona is very well connected within Europe and to the rest of the World. It can be very easily reached by air, road and rail.
Reaching Barcelona by Air
Barcelona can be reached from several airports, the main one is the International Airport of El Prat located 13km (8 miles) south-west from the city centre. This airport connects to most of the important international airlines that fly within Europe, as well as most of the “low cost” airlines, such as EasyJet, Vueling, Ryanair and others. This international airport is easily accessible from the city centre of Barcelona:
- By car: Access is via the C-246 highway- Autovia de Castelldefels. Journey time: 20 minutes.
- By taxi: Taxis are available outside the terminals. Journey time to central Barcelona is 20 minutes. Approximate fare: €25-30.
- By train: Trains operate every 30 minutes between the airport and the city centre, from 05:43 – 21:43, Monday through Friday, and 05:46 – 22:17 Saturdays and Holidays. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes. It goes through Barcelona-Sants station, a major hub for all types of transport in the city (includes bus and subway), and also Barcelona-Estacio de Franca Station, which is located at walking distance from the conference venue. Information in English is available at: +34 93 481 12 99. Fare: €3.
- By bus: The Aerobus service to Barcelona’s city centre (Placa Catalunya) runs every 15 minutes between 06:00 and 23:00 Monday through Friday, and 06:30 to 22:50 Saturdays and Holidays. The service starts from each terminal. Buses are equipped to take wheelchairs. Information is available on +34 93 412 00 00. Fare is €5.05 for one-way trips €8.75 round-trip.
Barcelona also can be reached from two other smaller airports, Girona and Reus, located at approximately one hour from the city centre. These airports operate with some low cost airlines. The easiest way to reach these airports is the bus service, specially facilitated for this purpose (costs €21, round trip). It is also possible to reach these airports by car and train. For more information: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/airport/barcelona-airport.html.
Reaching Barcelona by Train
Regular services run directly from many major Spanish cities, with several trains running daily. There are services from France, including services from Paris, Marseille and Nice, as well from other European cities, like Milan. Trains run under the city centre and stop at Barcelona’s principal train station Estacio de Sants. Some local services also stop at Placa de Catalunya, due north and Estacio de Franca. One has the option of the long-distance high-speed AVE.
For more information on individual rail operators or to book tickets on-line, please visit http://www.renfe.es/.
Reaching Barcelona by Road Motorways and roads
- Girona -Barcelona: AP-7, C-17, Ronda Litoral
- Matar – Barcelona: C-32, Ronda Litoral
- Manresa – Barcelona: C-56, Ronda Litoral
- Igualada – Barcelona: A-2, Ronda Litoral
- Lleida – Barcelona: AP-2, A-2, Ronda Litoral