Getting to Barcelona
The most common way to get to Barcelona from abroad is by air. Barcelona's airport is located in the village of El Prat de Llobregat, which is 7 km south of the city. Additionally, low-cost flights of Ryan Air fly to Girona (a town 1 hour north of Barcelona) or Reus (a town 1 hour south of Barcelona).
To go from/to the Barcelona Airport to/from the center of the city we recommend the following ways. Please consider that the airport has two terminals (T1 and T2) which are far away from each other: when you go to the airport, it is important that you know which terminal your flight departs from .
Moving around the city
Driving inside Barcelona is not recommended, especially in downtown. The public transportation system consists of metro and buses, plus a few internal train lines (FGC) and a couple of tram lines. It is safe, fast, and reliable. Check the official website of the transportation authorities of the city .
Metro : The metro system is probably easiest to use and will take you to most places of interest. Barcelona has five main lines (L1 to L5, color-coded). The metro is open until midnight Sunday to Thursday, until 2am on Friday and the whole night on Saturday. Exceptionally, it will also not stop during the night from Thursday 23rd to Friday 24th. If you plan to take more than 5 trips, we recommend that you buy a T-10 card (10 trips, 7.25 euros). Check the map of the subway (pdf) .
: You pay on board. You can use the T-10 card, but not buy one on board, where you can only get single tickets using cash. Most bus lines stop around 11pm; there are few night bus lines ("Nitbus''), all of which except N0 pass by Plaza Catalunya. Lines N0, N1, N3, N4, N6 pass not far from the Conference Venue and the conference hotels near it.
Taxi : Taxis in Barcelona are yellow and black. A taxi is available when the green light on top is on. There is a taxi stop in Plaza Catalunya next to la Rambla. Moving with taxi is relatively cheap, compared with many other European cities. A typical fare within the city is around 8 euros. Going to and from the airport is around 30 euros. All taxis can issue receipts (ask for a "ticket") but not all accept credit cards. Note that drivers may complain if you want to pay with a 50 euro bill or larger; ask first.
Tourist bus : If you have only 1 or 2 free days in Barcelona, the Bus Turistic is a reasonable option to see the main attractions. There are three routes (North, South, and Forum) and a ticket lets you get on and off the bus as many times as you want in a day.
The web http://www.bcn.cat/guia/ provides an interactive map of the city. Enter the address you are looking for, and optionally ask to display nearby transportation points (“Services” option). http://www.tmb.cat/ (choose “English" at the top) describes in detail all transportation options, and contains a useful “Want to go to” option at the right.
Transportation to conference events
To and from social events: