Ultrafast Phenomena 2024 Venue and Travel


City of Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, was founded on the Mediterranean coast over 2,000 years ago. Since then, it has been the traditional gateway to Spain. Through it entered Romans, Arabs and Christians, as well as the many diverse cultures, which came to enrich its heritage.

The traces of this history and diversity can be followed as you walk through the old town; through its Gothic Quarter, built on the Roman ruins; through its art-nouveau Eixample district, presided over by Gaudí’s exuberant architecture. The rich architectural legacy makes Barcelona the only city in the world with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Experience history at first hand as you stroll through Barcelona, a nation with its own language and culture.

These characteristics have made Barcelona into a first-class tourist destination and the ideal setting for congresses. The good position of the city as a destination of congresses is increasingly more evident, and recently the Catalan capital has been placed in third position in the prestigious ranking drawn up by the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association).

After the congress, savour the city’s super range of gastronomy in the most sophisticated restaurants, which serve up outstanding innovative cuisine. The highest levels of excellence in gastronomy have been achieved through a new generation of chefs who have revolutionised Catalan cuisine and earned it pride of place throughout the world. Currently 20 of the city’s restaurants have been awarded with a Michelin star.

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city where you can live unique experiences such as an exclusive visit to an art museum; a master class with a famous chef or enjoy the Shopping Line with more than 200 shops. Throughout the year, the city’s hosts a number of top-class sporting events, such as the Conde de Godó Tennis Tournament, the Formula 1 World Championships and regular football matches at the famous Barcelona Football Club (Barça).

Would you like to live the magic of Barcelona? The excellent network of flights and its international airport, located only 15 minutes from the city will easily bring you to this Mediterranean city.

What to do in Barcelona? See https://www.barcelona.cat/en/what-to-do-in-bcn

Conference Center


All technical sessions and the exhibition will take place at the World Trade Center Barcelona (https://www.wtcbarcelona.com/en/) at the harbor region, with the city center close by.
Address: World Trade Center, Moll de Barcelona s/n, edifici Est, 08039 Barcelona. 
One of the advantages of the location of World Trade Center Barcelona is its multiple transport links to everywhere in the city. From El Prat Airport, you can get to WTCB by taxi or private vehicle by taking the B-10 towards Ronda Litoral until you reach Moll de la Fusta. By bus, take the T1 and the D20.

Social Activities


There will be a Welcome Reception on Sunday late afternoon, 14 July, and a Conference Dinner on Wednesday evening, 17 July. More details on the events and locations will follow.

Accomodation

Each participant needs to make his/her own reservation.

The nearest hotel is the Eurostars Grand Marina*****
Located in the World Trade Center complex, see https://www.eurostarshotels.com/eurostars-grand-marina.html?referer_code=lb0gg00yx.

Other more affordable hotels are located nearby WTC. Download list.

From experience from past conferences, please take care to only search your accommodation via their official websites. Please ignore all requests/emails from Operations Traveller: ops@travellerspoint.net, support@ehotelsservices.org, Global Travel: reservations@gtravelxperts.com or http://travellerpoint.net/ which are phishing companies not supported by the conference organisers! Only consider the upper recommendations.

Travel

Transportation to Barcelona
BY AIR: The Barcelona El Prat Airport is located in the Southwest of the city, only 12 km from the city centre and 3 km from the Barcelona port, a Mediterranean reference in cruise and container traffic. Direct flight connections to/from European cities.

BY TRAIN: Barcelona is also an important railway link, connected favourably with the rest of Spain and with Europe which constitutes an advantageous link in the intermodal transport chain with regard to obtaining the greatest efficiency at a low cost.

Transportation within the city:

Aerobus: Aerobus is the oficial shuttle bus service that connects Barcelona Airport (terminal 1 and 2) with the city center (Plaza Cataluña) in 35 minutes. The bus runs every day of the year with departures every 5 minutes. 

Bus: The daytime bus 46 leaving from Barcelona-Plaza España destination Barcelona Airport terminals T1 and T2. They are encompassed within the Barcelona Metropolitan Transport network (TMB) and are a cheap and popular way of transport. You can pay cash or use an integrated card of transportation from TMB, which allow travel in more than one mode of transportation, such as bus and subway, or train and bus, in a specific time frame.

Metro: The new metro line connects Barcelona Airport with the city in 32 minutes
https://www.tmb.cat/en/barcelona/metro/-/lineametro/L9S

Train: R2 train line is currently the only line that arrives at the airport from Barcelona or other cities from Catalunya. But those passengers coming from Estación de Francia (Estació de França) should use R2 Sud line (south) trains to go to any stations of Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona Sants or el Prat de Llobregat.
http://www.aeropuertobarcelona-elprat.com/ingl/accesos_aeropuerto_tren4010.htm

Taxi: Taxis from Barcelona Airport offer their services 24 hours, waiting for passengers at the taxi ranks located in both terminals. A journey from the airport to the city center usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on several factors: a ride from terminal T1 will be longer than from T2, the final destination, the traffic conditions and the speed limits in force on the outskirts of Barcelona.

To plan your route you can use:
https://com-shi-va.barcelona.cat/en/