Traveling to Barcelona

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Transportation to Barcelona and the CCIB

Regardless of your country of origin, Barcelona is accessible by many means of transportation.



The Barcelona airport (code BCN), with several terminals, is located 16 kilometers south of the city and is also known as Barcelona-El Prat. Barcelona can also be reached by transport links from other regional airports, including Girona, Reus and Lleida -Alguaire.

Metro line L9 Sud links Airport terminals T1 and T2 with the city of Barcelona every 7 minutes. There are three stations where you can change to other lines in the metro network: Torrassa (L1), Collblanc (L5) and Zona Universitària (L3). The journey by metro from the airport to Barcelona takes 32 minutes and costs EUR 4.50.

The Aerobus is the direct bus from Barcelona Airport, El Prat, to Barcelona city center. It is approximately a 35 minute trip that will cost you EUR 5.90. Bus 46 is approximately a 40 minute trip to Plaça de Catalunya, and will cost you EUR 2.50.

By taxi it is approximately 20 minutes to Plaça de Catalunya, and will cost you around EUR 20. However, traffic can be dense in the city center and it might take much longer to reach your destination.

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Barcelona has direct railway links with a number of important cities, including Paris, Zurich and Milan, and the high-speed train runs to Madrid, southern and eastern Spain. The city’s major railway stations and metropolitan rail network ensure you can travel to Barcelona and anywhere by train without any difficulties.

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Barcelona is well connected and has a large amount of car parks. The motorway and road network will take you anywhere in the city by car although it’s worth bearing in mind that traffic can be heavy at the main entry points of Barcelona during rush hour.

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The bus station in Barcelona that has the most national and international connections is Barcelona Nord Bus Station. Buses also depart from Barcelona Sants station and other areas of the city.

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Barcelona has become the Mediterranean’s foremost cruise ship harbor. It has nine passenger terminals, seven for cruise liners and four for ferries. It has connections with the Balearic Islands and the main Mediterranean harbors.

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Getting to the CCIB – Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11-14, 08019 Barcelona

The conference venue is easily accessible via public transportation:

  • METRO: Line 4 Maresme-Forum stop
  • BUS: lines 7, H16
  • TRAM: Forum station

From Plaza Catalunya, which is the most central part of the city, it takes about 25 minutes by metro to reach the conference venue. Since the city is compact and public transportation is efficient, reaching the conference venue from any area is easy, so your choice might depend on what you want to do during your free time. All these means of transport leave you just few minutes away from the CCIB by foot.

Metro / Bus / Train / Night-Bus Tickets

There are different Metro tickets available. We recommend that you buy the “T-10” (1 zone) that allows you to take 10 trips for 10,20 euro (any kind of transport among: Metro, Bus, Train, Night-Bus). You can buy the “T-10″ at any metro station with cash or credit card. On the bus you can buy only single-way tickets (for 2,20€ euro each) the “T-10″ is not sold on the Bus and if you buy the T-10 each individual trip is cheaper.

Entry and Visa Information


For the 2018 International Biometric Conference (IBC2018), the conference organizers will provide a letter of invitation, upon request, to registered delegates with visa applications for travel to Barcelona. However, in order for a personal letter of invitation to be issued, registration for the IBC2018 must first be made. Registration instructions are available by clicking on the Registration link to the right.

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation establishes some requirements for entry into Spain for a stay not exceeding ninety days in any six month period, according to:
  • Art. 5 of the Schengen Borders Code
  • Art. 25 of the Aliens Act
  • Arts. 4 ff. of the Aliens Regulation

Specifically, visitors must:

  • Possess a valid travel document allowing him or her to cross borders.
  • Possess a Visa when required.
  • Show documents justifying the purpose and conditions of the planned stay and have sufficient means to support themselves, both during the period of their planned stay and for their return to their country of origin or passage to a third State where their admittance is guaranteed, or they must be in conditions such that they can legally obtain such means.
  • Not be banned from entering into Spain or any other country in the Schengen Space.
  • Not represent a threat to Spain’s public order, national security, or international relations, or to those of any other member country of the Schengen Space.


Further information regarding these requirements, as well as Visa issues, can be found through this link and/or directly through the Spanish Embassies or Consulates whose addresses can be found through this link.