Public Transport in Barcelona
Barcelona has an excellent public transportation system, including buses, trains, taxis, and the metro. It's also a great way to get around the city quickly and affordably.
There are several options when purchasing public transport tickets, including unlimited travel cards that allow you to take any form of public transport for consecutive periods of two, three, and five days. For the duration of the conference, we recommend the following travel cards. These can be purchased upon arrival at the airport, or beforehand through the official website.
Hola Barcelona Travel Card 5 days- 38,20€
Valid for unlimited public transport for 120h after first validation -5 consecutive days- includes ticket to the airport.
Hola Barcelona Travel Card 2 days (weekend) - 16,40€
Valid for unlimited public transport for 48h after first validation, includes ticket to the airport.
From the Airport to your Accommodation
Barcelona has one main airport, El Prat (BCN), which is located approximately 12 km (7.5 miles) southwest of the city center. Here are some options for getting from the airport to the city center:
1. By Aerobus: Aerobus is a shuttle bus service that runs from both terminals of the airport to Plaça de Catalunya in the city center. The journey takes around 30 minutes and costs €5.90 one way or €10.20 round trip. The buses run every 5-10 minutes during peak hours.
2. By Metro: The Metro is a fast and affordable way to get from the airport to the city center. The L9 Sud line runs from both terminals of the airport to Zona Universitaria, where you can transfer to other metro lines to reach your destination. The journey takes around 30 minutes and costs €4.60 one way.
3. By Train: The R2 Nord train line runs from the airport to Barcelona Sants station in the city center. The journey takes around 20-25 minutes and costs €4.60 one way. From Sants station, you can transfer to the metro or take a taxi to your destination.
4. By Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport, and the journey to the city center takes around 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic. The cost is approximately €30-35, depending on your destination.
5. By Private Transfer: If you prefer a more comfortable and hassle-free option, you can arrange a private transfer from the airport to your destination in Barcelona. Many companies offer this service, and prices vary depending on the type of vehicle and your destination.
How to get to the Venue
The Universitat de Barcelona - Facultat de Dret is located in the street Diagonal, one of the broadest and most important avenues in the city.
Participants can easily walk if the accommodation is close enough, but the venue is also conveniently located near several public transportation stops:
- Tram (Trambaix): T1, T2, T3, Stop "Pius XII"
- Metro L3 (Green Line) Stop "Palau Reial"
- Several bus lines that stop close-by: Lines 33, 7, H6,
- Train: R2, R2S, R4, S2
Leisure and Eating Schedules
1. Visit the famous landmarks: Barcelona is home to several iconic landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo, and La Pedrera. Make sure to visit them to get a taste of the city's unique architecture.
2. Explore the Gothic Quarter: The Gothic Quarter is the heart of Barcelona's old town and has narrow streets, stunning architecture, and plenty of cafes and restaurants to explore.
3. Try the local cuisine: Barcelona is famous for its food, so make sure to try some of the local specialties like paella, tapas, and fresh seafood.
4. Take a stroll along La Rambla: La Rambla is a famous pedestrian street that runs through the city center. It's lined with shops, cafes, and street performers, and is a great place to soak up the atmosphere.
5. Visit the Picasso Museum: Barcelona is the hometown of Pablo Picasso, and the Picasso Museum is a must-visit for art lovers.
6. Relax at the beach: Barcelona is also home to several beautiful beaches, including Barceloneta Beach, which is easily accessible by metro.
IMPORTANT - Remember that in Spain the daily schedules are a little different:
Breakfast: can be served until 11am.
Lunch: usually between 1:30-3:30pm.
Weather in Barcelona ☼
Barcelona can get very hot and humid during the summer months, so make sure to stay hydrated and seek shade during the hottest parts of the day. Wear light, breathable clothing, and consider carrying a portable fan or misting spray. However, while the days can be hot and humid, the evenings in Barcelona are usually cooler and more comfortable.
Note that in summer temperatures range between 20º (68Fº) and 30º (86Fº) degrees Celsius.
Barcelona is a safe city. However, like most large cities, it is important to be aware of possible scams and keep in mind some safety tips:
1. Be aware of pickpockets: Barcelona is known for its pickpocketing problem, especially in tourist areas. Keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas like metro stations and tourist attractions.
2. Avoid dark and isolated areas: Barcelona is generally a safe city, but like any big city, there are some areas that can be unsafe, especially at night. Avoid dark and isolated areas, especially if you're alone.
3. Keep important documents safe: Make sure to keep important documents like your passport and ID in a safe place, like a hotel safe. Don't carry them around with you unless necessary, and always keep a copy in case of loss or theft.
4. Be aware of scams: Barcelona has its fair share of scams, including the "bracelet scam" and the "fake police officer" scam. Be aware of these scams and don't engage with anyone who seems suspicious or overly pushy. If in doubt, seek assistance from a legitimate authority or tourist information center.