Travel Information

By plane, car or train… even by boat! You can get to Barcelona by any means of transport. Here's some information about all the available options to help you decide which type of transport suits you best. 

Arriving by plane 

Barcelona airport, with several terminals, is located 16 kilometres south of the city and is also known as Barcelona-El Prat. Barcelona can also be reached by transport links from other regional airports, including Girona, Reus and Lleida -Alguaire.

Barcelona - El Prat airport

The airport is located 16 kilometres south of the city and is also known as El Prat, the town where it is located.

Terminals T1 and T2 (A, B and C):

The terminals at Barcelona Airport are organised in terms of carriers and not according to the destination or place of origin.

Connections between Barcelona and the airport and back: 

Aerobús (A1 and A2)

Daily service between Plaça de Catalunya and Barcelona Airport.

Frequency: every 10 minutes.

Approximate journey time: 35 minutes. For further information about the Barcelona Aerobús :Tel. 902 100 104. |

Train (RENFE)

Daily connections with Barcelona Airport from the Renfe (Spanish Rail) stations at Sants.

Frequency: every 30 minutes.

Journey time: 18 minutes (from Sants).

For further information about the train to Barcelona airport:

Bus (TMB)

The 46 bus runs from Pl. d'Espanya to Barcelona Airport (T1 and T2) daily.

Frequency: every 25 minutes.

For further information: 

Night bus (NITBUS)

The N17 night bus operates from Ronda Universitat / Plaça Catalunya to Barcelona Airport T1, stopping at Pl. d'Espanya.

The N16 night bus operates from Ronda Universitat / Plaça Catalunya to Barcelona Airport T2, stopping at Pl. d'Espanya.

Frequency: every 20 minutes.

Further information about the night bus service to Barcelona Airport is available on the 

By car 

The C-31 Barcelona-Castelldefels road leads to Barcelona Airport, and connects with the C-32 Barcelona-Sitges road. From the Avinguda Diagonal, the Ronda de Dalt and Ronda Litoral ring roads also connect with the C-31.

The estimated journey time from Barcelona city centre to the airport is about 20 minutes. 

Contact details : Aeropuerto de Barcelona - 08820 El Prat de Llobregat,  El Prat de Llobregat | Tel:  902 404 704 | Fax: 933 799 957 (Sala Renfe) | Web:


Girona - Costa Brava Airport

95km from Barcelona. 

How to get there from Barcelona

Direct transport by Coach. Company "Barcelona Bus": Tel. 932 320 459 | 
Departure point: Barcelona Nord Bus Station - Address: C/ Ali-Bei, 80.

Airport information (Aena): Tel. 972 186 606 |

Reus - Costa Daurada Airport

108 km. from Barcelona.

How to get there from Barcelona

Direct transport by Coach. Company "Hispano Igualadina": Tel. 933 397 329 |
Departure point: Sants Station - Address; C/ Viriat, s/n.

Airport information (Aena): Tel. 977 779 832 | Information


Lleida - Alguaire Airport

170 km west from Barcelona. 

How to get there from Barcelona 

Direct transport by train or coach to Lleida and taxi to the airport.

RENFE: Tel. 902 320 320 |

ALSA: Tel. 902 422 242 | 

Airport information: Tel. 973 032 700 | 

Arriving by train

Barcelona has direct railway links with a number of important cities, including Paris, Zurich and Milan, and the high-speed train runs to Madrid, southern and eastern Spain. The city's major railway stations and metropolitan rail network ensure you can travel to Barcelona and anywhere by train without any difficulties.

Estació de Barcelona Sants

Barcelona Sants Station
Pl. Paisos catalans s/n 08014 Barcelona
Time: 4.30am to 12.30am. 
Metro: L5 and L3. Bus: 27, 32, 78, 109, 115, H10 and V17.

Barcelona Sants Station is the city's main railway station and most trains departing and arriving in Barcelona stop here. The station is the terminus for the High-Speed Train and many Spanish and foreign destinations, suburban rail and trains to Barcelona Airport.

National trains
AVE: Figueres – Barcelona – Madrid.
AVE: Barcelona – Sevilla
AVE: Barcelona – Màlaga.

Euromed: Barcelona – Tarragona – València – Alacant.
Talgo: Connecting Barcelona with other spanish cities.
Tren Estrella: Connecting Barcelona and Madrid.
Trenhotel: Connecting Barcelona with other spanish cities.
Alvía: Connecting Barcelona with other spanish cities.

Regional | Surrounding areas trains

Regional trains to Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Tortosa, Lleida, Girona, Figueres, Portbou.
Surrounding areas:  Mataró – Maçanet, Vic, Vilanova, Vilafranca – Manresa.
Trains to the airport.

International high speed trains Renfe-SNCF en Cooperación
Paris – Barcelona.
Lyon – Barcelona.
Toulouse – Barcelona.
Marseille – Barcelona.

Information and ticket sales


Monday to Saturday, 5.40am to 10.30pm. Sunday and public holidays, 6.10am to 10.30pm.
Tickets in advance: Monday to friday from 10am to 8pm.

Estació de França

França Station
Av. Marquès de l'Argentera, s/n 08003 Barcelona
Time: 4.45am to 12am. 
Metro: L4. Bus: 14, 17, 39, 45, 51, 59, 64, D20 and H16.

The building dates back to 1929 and is one of the most important examples of Spain's iron architecture. Two parts of Barcelona's França Station are of relevance: the large lobby covered by three vaults and the huge metal naves that cover the platforms. National and regional trains depart from this station.

National passenger trains

Alvía: connecting Barcelona with other spanish cities.

Regional | Surrounding areas trains
Regional trains to Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Tortosa, Lleida.

Information and ticket sales
Daily, 8am to 9pm.

Estació de Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia Station
Passeig de Gràcia - Aragó, s/n 08007 Barcelona.
Time: 5am to 12am.
Metro: L2, L3 and L4. Bus: 7, 16, 17, 22 and 24.

Regional | Surrounding areas trains 

Regional trains to Girona – Figueres – Portbou, Costa Daurada – Tarragona – Tortosa, Garraf, Reus, Lleida – Saragossa. 
Trains to the airport.

Information and ticket sales 
Daily, 6am to 10pm.

Estació de Plaça de Catalunya

Plaça de Catalunya Station
Plaça de Catalunya.
Metro: L1 and L3. Bus: 9, 22, 24, 41, 42, 58, 62, 66, 67 and 68.


Regional | Surrounding areas trains 
Surrounding areas trains to Manresa – Lleida; Costa del Maresme – Blanes; Vilafranca del Penedès.

Arriving by car

Barcelona is well connected and has a large amount of car parks. The motorway and road network will take you anywhere in the city by car although it's worth bearing in mind that traffic can be heavy at the main entry points of Barcelona during rush hour.

Motorways and roads

Barcelona is located 150 km from La Jonquera, the French border. The French motorway network connects to the AP-7, N-II and C-32 Barcelona motorway. You can enter the city via the ring roads or the Avinguda Meridiana which leads to the centre.

From the south, if you're entering from the rest of Spain join the AP-7 or C-32 and enter the city via the Avinguda Diagonal.

Car parks


Barcelona has a large number of car parks for cars, many of them located in the city centre. Parking rates range from 2 and 3€ per hour to around 35€ for a whole day.

There are also paid parking areas in the street (blue zones + green area) and charges vary according to the zone of Barcelona.

Arriving by bus

The bus station in Barcelona that has the most national and international connections is Barcelona Nord Bus Station. Buses also depart from Barcelona Sants station and other areas of the city.

Estació d'autobusos Barcelona Nord

Barcelona Nord Bus Station
Alí-bei, 80 (08013)
Opening time: 5.15am to 1am. 
Metro: L1, stop Arc de Triomf.| Bus: 6, 40, 42, 54, 141 and V21.

This is Barcelona's main bus station operating services to the main Spanish cities, Europe and North Africa. Station facilities: Tourist Information Office, lockers, bureau de change, etc.

Information and ticket sales
Tel. 902 260 606 (from 7am to 9pm).

Estació d'autobusos Barcelona Sants

Sants Bus Station
Viriat, s/n (08014) – Next to the railway station
Opening time: 4.30pm to 12.30am. 
Metro: L5 and L3, stop Sants Estació.| Bus: 27, 32, 78, 109, 115, H10 and V7.


he offices of the bus companies operating services in Spain and abroad are located next to Barcelona-Sants railway station.

Station facilities:

Arriving by boat

Barcelona has become the Mediterranean's foremost cruise ship harbour. It has nine passenger terminals, seven for cruise liners and four for ferries. It has connections with the Balearic Islands and the main Mediterranean harbours.

Port de Barcelona

Pl. Portal de la Pau, 6 (08039) Barcelona

Tel. 932 986 000 |

The Port de Barcelona operates services to the Balearic Islands and the main Mediterranean ports. Ferries depart daily for the Balearic Islands and there is a direct service to the port of Genoa, Rome and Algiers. For information about ferry company timetables and prices operating in Port de Barcelona:

From/to the Balearic Islands

Acciona-Trasmediterránea: Tel. 902 454 645 | 

Balearia: Tel. 933 248 980 |

From/to Genoa, Sète and Tangier

Grimaldi Group Grandi Navi Veloci: Tel. 934 437 139 |

From/to Rome, Livorno, Sardinia (Porto Torres) and Tangier


Grimaldi Ferries: Tel. 935 028 163 |

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Conference Venue
The University of Barcelona (Universidad de Barcelona) is a public university located in the city of Barcelona, Catalonia in Spain.