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:
- Taxis from Terminals 1 and 2 (approx. 30 euros including luggage one way depending of the time of day; Barcelona has no Uber service)
- The Aerobus shuttlebus from Terminals 1 and 2 (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 from Terminals 1 and 2 (with a surcharge and transfers to get downtown in 45 minutes). Note that you cannot use a standard single metro ticket to go to the airport: you need the special Metro airport ticket called Billete Aeropuerto. You also cannot use the T10 ticket for the metro stops at Barcelona Airport. Metro Airport Ticket Price (Billete Aeropuerto) — Single ticket: €4.50
With the exception of the metro, these means of transport take about 30 minutes to get you downtown.
Getting around Barcelona and seeing the sights:
The public transport network (metro, train and bus) is integrated, well-developed and cheap, provided you avoid buying your fare on the bus. Ticket vending machines at all metro stations dispense universal T1 tickets (single fares) but it is cheaper to buy T-10 tickets at 10 euros which are valid for 10 trips, with right of transfer to other lines up to 75 minutes of first validation. Also consider the various travel cards on offer (one to five-day travel cards; Barcelona tourist card) if you plan on coming some days before and/or staying on after the conference. The Barcelona tourist card combines free travelling with discounts on entry fees for museums etc. Refer to the tourist information office in Plaça de Catalunya for more information on your options and the following websites:
- Travel cards > https://www.tmb.cat/en/barcelona/fares-metro-bus/barcelona-travel-card-hola-bcn
- Tourist card > https://www.barcelonacard.org/
- Barcelona tourist attractions > http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/
Getting back to Barcelona Airport:
Depending on where you are starting your journey in the city centre, you would need to work out which is the most convenient route. If you are travelling from Plaça Catalunya or Plaça Espanya it may still be more convenient for you to use the Aerobus express bus service because this service runs directly from both Catalunya Station and Espanya station without any changes involved. If you are leaving from Sants Station, or from Passeig de Gracia Station and you want to go to Terminal T2 it may be more convenient to use the RENFE airport train (line R2 Nord) as this train runs directly from these stations.
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UPDATED: 27 September 2017