Transport & Travel

Getting to Barcelona:

Barcelona is a Mediterranean hub with a strong international projection. A wide range of low-cost companies fly on Barcelona, such as Ryan Air, Virgin, Vueling, Transavia, many of which operate from the smaller and older Terminal 2. All flagship carriers use the new Terminal 1 and fly from/to most European locations. For long haul from Australia, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas offer good semi-direct flights from Australia’s state capitals. The conference time slot is well after New Year, which favours cheaper tickets but we recommend not waiting to long with booking.

For mid-distance travelling the High Speed Train network may be attractive and competitive.

To get to the centre of Barcelona, you may use:

  • Cabs (25-35 euros one way depending of the time of day)
  • The Aerobus shuttlebus (6 euros one way; stops at Plaça d´Espanya, Urgell, our venue Plaça d´Universitat, and Plaça de Catalunya)
  • Trains from Terminal 2 (3 to 4 euros one way, there is a shuttlebus between terminal 1 and 2)
  • Metro (with a surcharge and transfers to get downtown)

With the exception of the metro, these means of transport take about 30 minutes to get you downtown.

Getting around Barcelona:

The public transport network is well-developed and cheap, provided you don’t buy single tickets or on board. Ticket vending machines at all metro stations dispense T-10 tickets at 10 euros which are valid for 10 trips, with right to transfer on other lines within 75 min of validation. Also consider the various tourist cards on offer if you plan on coming some days before and/or staying on after the conference. Refer to the tourist information office in Plaça de Catalunya for more information on your options.

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UPDATED:                 24 March 2017