Practical Information

1. How to get there?

2. Entering Spain

3. Transportation

4. Lunch Dinner and The Working Day

5. Credit Card, VAT and Duty Free

6. Prices

7. Languages and Climate

8. Liability and Insurance

 

1. How to get there?

Arriving by plane

Barcelona airport is at Prat de Llobregat, 12 kilometres from the city but with excellent connections to the city centre. 

- Train
A train leaves the airport for Barcelona every 20 minutes and takes 30 minutes to reach the city centre (Plaça de Catalunya). To find out the times and fares, go to the Renfe (Spanish railways) website.

- Bus
The service runs from 6am to 1am, with stops in Plaça d’Espanya, Gran Via Corts Catalanes /Comte d'Urgell, Pl. Universitat and Pl. Catalunya.  You will find the times and fares at Aerobús link.

- At night
There is also a night bus, the N17, which goes to Plaça de Catalunya and runs every 20 minutes between 10pm and 5am.

- Taxi
Another option is to take one of the official city taxis.

- Car rental
If you prefer to go to the city by yourself, the following major car rental companies are at the airport: ATESA Aeroport, AVIS Aeroport [spa],EUROPCAR Aeroport, HERTZ Aeroport, Sixt rent a car.

To the North Airport, Girona-Costa Brava Airport, 95km from Barcelona; direct transport by Coach, company "Barcelona Bus" www.barcelonabus.comTo the South Airport, Reus-Costa Daurada Airport, 108 km. from Barcelona; direct transport by Coach. Company "Hispano Igualadina" www.igualadina.comTo the west Airport, Lleida-Alguaire Airport, 170 km west from Barcelona; direct transport by train or coach to Lleida and taxi to the airport. RENFE www.renfe.es or ALSA www.alsa.es.

Arriving by train
Barcelona has direct connections with different parts of Europe and throughout Spain, as well as a comprehensive regional and suburban rail network.

Arriving by car
The city has excellent road links and you can get to all parts of the city conveniently using the motorway and road network.

Arriving by bus
You can get to Barcelona by bus from Europe, North Africa and the rest of Spain. The main bus station is the centrally located Barcelona Nord.

2. Entering Spain

Visitors from other European Union member countries may enter Spain using either a passport or their national identity document. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport and a visa if required. Inquiries regarding visas can be directed to Spanish diplomatic representatives abroad.

3. Transportation

Barcelona has a good, comprehensive public transport network, with special ten-trip and one, two or three-day tickets valid on bus, metro and local trains. Taxis are abundant and reasonably priced. These are yellow and black in Barcelona and a green light on the roof indicates they are available.

4. Lunch Dinner and The Working Day

Lunch and dinner are usually eaten a little later than in the rest of Europe. Most restaurants open from 1pm to 4pm, and from 8pm until 11pm. Tipping isn’t obligatory, but people usually leave 5% if they are satisfied with the service. Shops have long opening hours, from 10am to 2pm and from 4.30 to 8 or 8.30pm. In Barcelona city centre, most shops don’t close at lunchtime and large shopping centres and department stores open until 10pm in summer.

5. Credit Card, VAT and Duty Free

The Spanish currency is the Euro (€). All major international credit cards are accepted. Foreign currency and traveler''92s checks can be exchanged in Spain at banks and foreign exchange offices. Cash-point machines accepting major international credit cards and charge cards are available at most banks.  Banks are open from 8.30 to 14.00 from Monday to Friday during the summer months.

6. Prices

With regard to prices, Barcelona features a wide range of accommodation, shops and services to suit all pockets. Here are some approximate prices in Barcelona: a single public transport ticket costs 2€, an espresso coffee between 1 and 1.50€; a lunchtime set menu can cost between 8 and 15€, a cinema ticket 10€; a sandwich 3 to 4€, and a newspaper about 1.30€. Smoking is prohibited in all bars and restaurants in Barcelona.

7. Languages and Climate

In Barcelona, and throughout Catalonia, there are two official languages: Catalan and Spanish. As in most European countries and also in Catalonia, GMT +1. Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild, sunny winters, warm summers and relatively low rainfall.

8. Liability and Insurance

The Conference organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries, loss or damage to property belonging to Conference participants (or their accompanying persons), either during or as a result of the Conference. Please check the validity of your own insurance.