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Travel, hotel and city

EHRA 2018 - Barcelona, Spain

Getting to the city
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Barcelona is a creative, modern and cosmopolitan city

The Catalan capital has made innovation, technological and scientific development, digital and quality services basic elements of its identity, while preserving an important historical, cultural, architectural and monumental legacy.

Barcelona is just the right size

Not too big, not too small.  After your day at EHRA 2018, you can nip between the most interesting sights, by cycle -thanks to an extensive network of bike lanes-, by walking or public transport, and you can soon get to the must-see sights in your free time. In Barcelona, everything is close at hand!

Barcelona has set up superb conference facilities

Barcelona is a well-connected destination, serving a vast number of European and international flights. The airport is just 15 minutes from the city centre and the Congress venue. A new metro line, Line 9 Sud, provides a direct link from the airport to Fira Gran Via into the city centre.

Getting to Barcelona

By Air

Barcelona Airport, also known as El Prat, is the main airport serving Barcelona with around 100 operating companies. 

It is located 14 km south-west of the city centre and 12 km from the Congress Venue: Fira Gran Via.

By Train

Barcelona has direct railway links with a number of important cities.

The city’s main railway station is Barcelona Sants Station and most long-distance trains stop here.

By Car

Barcelona is located 150 km from La Jonquera, the French border.

The French motorway network connects to the AP-7, N-II and C-32
Barcelona motorway.   

You can enter the city via the ring roads or the Avinguda Meridiana, which leads to the centre.

By Bus/Boat

Long distance buses connect Barcelona with most European cities.  

The bus station in Barcelona, with most national and international connections, is Barcelona Nord Bus Station.

Barcelona has become the Mediterranean’s foremost cruise ship harbour and has connections with the main Mediterranean harbours.

To/From the Congress Venue

Location of Congress Venue

EHRA 2018 will take place in Barcelona at the Fira Gran Via, Hall 8. 

Fira Barcelona Gran Via

North Entrance - Hall 8
Carrer del Foc, 37
08038 Barcelona

By Metro

ESC recommends using public transport wherever possible.

Barcelona transport map

This year there is a new metro line, Line 9 Sud, that runs from the airport to Fira Gran Via, and into Barcelona city centre. It connects with three other major metro lines, so there is a simple way to get to Fira Gran Via from nearly every area of the city.

Metro stops:  Fira (15-minute walk)

Cost (airport to Fira Gran Via): €4.50

Journey Time: The image below indicates the time in minutes, for example, Fira Gran Via to the airport is '18 (minutes) from Terminal 2.

Click on the image to zoom in.

By Bus

Bus line 79, stop, Av Joan Carles I-Botànica is the nearest stop to Fira Gran Via.

By Taxi to/from Venue


A taxi from the airport to the Fira Gran Via costs around €20

Journey time: about 15 minutes, depending on the time of day

For hotels located close to the venue, please check with your hotel to see if there is a shuttle bus service to and from the airport.

City Centre

A taxi from the city centre to Fira Gran Via costs around €25-€30. 

Journey time: 15-20 minutes.

There is a taxi station outside the congress venue on Av. Joan Carles I.



The ESC has appointed Barcelo Congresos in Barcelona as its official housing agency for hotel reservations for EHRA 2018.

Beware of unauthorised or fraudulent hotel agencies

Barcelo Congresos is the only official housing agency for EHRA 2018. If you are contacted by any other company or agency offering housing for this congress, please note that these companies are not authorised to represent the ESC in any way, nor do they have access to the officially contracted ESC room blocks or rates. Please be aware that these unauthorised companies might not deliver what they promise in terms of quality and location. Rates and extra charges can be inflated or hefty fees placed on credit cards. If you are contacted by any such agency or have any questions regarding their legitimacy please don’t hesitate to contact us at or by telephone +33 492947623

The ESC's official Housing agency

The ESC has appointed Barcelo Congresos in Barcelona as its official Housing agency

Barcelo Congresos has selected a number of hotels with negotiated rates either close to the Congress Centre or in the City Centre with easy access.


You will be transferred to the online booking system of Barcelo Congresos. Telephone requests cannot be accepted. 


Book now!


For Group reservation (10 rooms or more)  please contact Barcelo Congresos directly by email: