Barcelona is a well-connected European hub with excellent rail and air travel connections. Learn more about getting around and travelling to Barcelona below. You can pick up your free transport card on the first day of the conference and use it throughout the conference week.

Conference venue: Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue, Hall 8, Carrer del Foc 37, 08038 Barcelona, Spain.

Getting around in Barcelona

Picking up your free transport card

The EAIE will provide all participants with a free public transport card when they collect their badges at the venue. This card will be valid from the first moment of usage for four consecutive days. The ticket is valid in all metros and public buses except the airport express bus.

Getting around in the city

Barcelona and its metropolitan area have a wide range of public transportation available. You can travel around the city with one travel card for all of its networks.

While Barcelona is a large city, much of it can be explored on foot, especially via its wide pedestrian boulevards. Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, Eixample district and beaches all make for fun walking journeys. You can also stock up on regular printed maps and create your own route. City maps are available at the city information desk at Fira de Barcelona, as well as at tourist information centres.

You can also travel around the city by metro, train, bus or bike. Please visit the Barcelona Tourism website for more information on public transport options in the Barcelona region.

Lost in translation? Here’s our top tip: keep an eye on the station names while you’re travelling as station signs are listed in both Catalan and Spanish.

Traveling to Barcelona

Participants can use various modes of transport to reach Barcelona. The train brings you straight into the heart of the city, while the Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport is only a short commute to the conference venue and hotels. 

Barcelona by train

If you're looking for a more sustainable means of travel, you can take the train to Barcelona. The city is well-connected to many European cities by rail. The main station is Barcelona-Sants and there are daily high-speed connections with AVE from Madrid and TGV from Paris, France. We recommend you use HappyRail for booking all your train travel. They provide an easy-to-use single platform for booking all train tickets throughout Europe.

For more tips on how to plan your journey and travel more responsibly, take a look at the green travel page.

Barcelona Airport to the city centre

Barcelona’s main airport is Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat. However, some budget airlines operate via the Girona and Reus airports, which are linked by bus to the city.

By bus
The easiest way to reach the city centre from the airport is by bus. The A1 Aerobús runs from Terminal 1 to Plaça de Catalunya. The journey takes 30 to 40 minutes depending on traffic and buses run every five to 10 minutes between 05:35 to 01:05 the next day.

The A2 Aerobús from Terminal 2 (stops outside terminal areas A, B and C) runs between 05:35 AM to 01:00 AM every 10 minutes and follows the same route as the A1 Aerobús.

Fares on both services are €5.90 for a single ticket or €10.20 for a return. Tickets are available for purchase on the bus or from ticket machines at the bus stop. Slower local buses, such as the number 46 (to and from Plaça d’Espanya), the N17 and N18 night buses (to and from Plaça de Catalunya) also serve airport Terminals 1 and 2.

By train
Another way to reach the city centre from the airport is by train. The R2 Nord line, operated by Renfe, runs between the airport and Passeig de Gràcia station in central Barcelona. It departs every 30 minutes, between 05:42 and 11:38 and calls at several stations in central Barcelona including Estació Sants. The trip between the airport and Passeig de Gràcia takes around 30 minutes. A one-way ticket costs €4.20.

The airport train station is about a 5-minute walk from airport Terminal 2. Regular shuttle buses run between the airport train station and Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 – allow an extra 15 to 20 minutes.

By taxi
A taxi between both terminals and the city centre takes around 30 minutes depending on traffic, and it costs approximately €25. Please check the fares and charges visible inside the passenger side of the taxi and make sure the meter is being used.

Taxi companies operating in the Barcelona area include:

  • Fonotaxi: +34-933-00 11 00
  • Radio Taxi: +34-933-03 30 33
  • Taxi Amic: +34-934-20 80 88. This taxi company offers services for passengers with mobility restrictions. Reservations are made 24 hours in advance.

By shuttle
Some hotels offer shuttle services, please enquire with your hotel for details and availability.

Barcelona Airport to Fira de Barcelona (conference centre)

By metro
The easiest way to reach the conference centre from the airport is via the recently opened Metro line 9 Sud. With stops in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, the journey to the conference centre takes approximately 22 minutes. Please be sure to exit at the Fira stop (a 5-minute walk to the conference venue) and not the Europa Fira stop (a 20-minute walk to the venue). A single ticket from the airport to Fira costs €4.60.

By train
There is no direct train line from the airport to the convention centre. It is recommended to travel by metro.

City centre to Fira de Barcelona (conference centre)

By metro
There is no direct metro connection from the conference centre to the city centre.  However, Fira de Barcelona can be accessed by stops on:

  • Metro line 8 (Ildefons Cerdà and Europa | Fira)
  • Metro line 9 Sud (Fira and Europa | Fira)
  • Metro line 10 (Foc).

Including transfer and walking time, Fira can be reached by metro from Plaça de Catalunya in approximately 30 minutes.

Walk times from each station are below:

  • Foc (Line 10): 6-minute walk
  • Fira (Line 9 Sud): 7-minute walk
  • Ildefons Cerdà (Line 8) : 14-minute walk
  • Europa | Fira (Lines 8 and 9 Sud): 19-minute walk

By bus
Bus H16 goes directly from the Plaça de Catalunya to Foc station every 8 minutes.  The entire trip takes approximately 40 minutes.