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Getting to the congress venue: Fira Gran Via

ESC Congress 2017

By plane, car or train... even by boat! You can get to Barcelona by several means
of transport.

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

ESC Congress 2017 will take place in Barcelona at the Fira Gran Via. 

Fira Gran Via

Av. Joan Carles 1,64
08908 l'Hospitalet de Llobregat

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 (tunnel directly into venue) or Europa Fira (5-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.

Transport Tickets

Five-day public transport tickets, at a special congress rate of €25, can be purchased in advance through the online individual registration page, or on-site at the congress venue in the Registration Area from Friday 25 August 2017 onwards.

Tickets are valid for unlimited journeys, on metro, bus and trams in zone 1, and are valid to and from the airport.

New this year, Fira Gran Via has an additional new metro stop ("Fira") that links it to the airport and city centre.

Companies/Groups can pre-order transport tickets in advance (minimum order 10 tickets) by sending their request to