How to get to Barcelona

By Car

Travelling by road to an unknown city is not always easy. We would like to help you with some information about the main accesses to Barcelona:

AVINGUDA MERIDIANA: This is the access from the North of the city. Connects with the motorway (autopista) C-33, and the C-33 connects with the A-P7, main motorway (autopista) that leads to the North of Catalonia and France. La Avinguda Meridiana takes you to Plaça de les Glòries, which connects with the Avinguda Diagonal, Aragó street and Gran Vía.

GRAN VIA: Crosses the city from South to North. In the South connects with the motorway C-31 (the C31 connects with the C-32). In the North with the motorway C-32. Gran Vía leads to Plaça Espanya, Plaça Universitat, Plaça Catalunya and Plaça de les Glòries

AVINGUDA DIAGONAL: Connects with roads and motorways to the South and East of Spain AP7, A-P2, A-2/N-II and N-340.

LES RONDES: These are fast ring roads with access to different places of the city. There are three.

Ronda de Dalt: Runs roughly north-south and lies west of the city on the mountainside. This is the fastest route to and from the airport and the autopista north to France.
Ronda del Litoral: Completes the ring around the city, following the coast.
Ronda del Mig: Runs diagonally across the city from south-east to north-west.

By Train

Currently, with high-speed trains (AVE, in Spain and TGV in France), you can reach Paris in 6h 20min, Lyon in 4h 55min, Toulouse in 3h15min and Marseille in 4h 40min. Other cities with stops on the routes from Barcelona to France in high-speed trains are: Figueres, Girona, Carcassonne, Nimes, Perpignan, Narbonne, Béziers, Agde, Sète, Montpellier, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Valence. From Paris and Lyon you can change trains to the French high-speed network to reach cities in other European countries (London, Brussels and Geneva) and other cities in France.

AVE trains depart from Barcelona from Sants station, which can be reached by metro lines L3 and L5. To check schedules, prices and buy tickets online, visit the Renfe website. If your journey starts in Spain, you can also visit the site for information how to get to Barcelona by train from spanish other cities. On the joint website of Renfe and Sncf there is a wider selection of high-speed routes in Europe, with direct trains and transfers.

The attenddees of the Congress can get a RENFE discount by downloading the following form:


By Air

Barcelona-El Prat, which is actually in the neighbouring town of El Prat de Llobregat, is 12 kilometres from Barcelona city centre. It has two large passenger terminals, T1 and T2 and three runways in service. The two terminals are linked by a free shuttle bus service.

By Bus

From most of the European countries it is possible to travel to Barcelona by bus. Two of the main companies in Europe are FlixBus and Eurolines.

FlixBus connects from the following countries with Barcelona: Germany, Belgium, Slovenia, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romanía and Switzerland. The indicated countries have direct routes to Barcelona, but you can also travel from other countries by transfering in other countries as Great Britain, Holland or others.

Eurolines connects from the following countries with Barcelona : Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Romanía, Switzerland and Slovenia. The Eurolines coaches arrive at the Sants station (Estació de Sants) and at the Nord station (Estació del Nord). In Sants station there are 2 metro lines (L3 y L5) that run into or from the station and in Nord station there is one line, the L1 Arc de Triomf station.

By Sea

Barcelona is Europe's leading port for cruise ships. There are 7 international passenger terminals and all have excellent links with the city's old quarter, a stone's throw from the Rambla. Ships cross the Mediterranean from here and lots of transatlantic liners call at the city.