How to get to Tarragona

By air

BARCELONA Airport [BCN] (90 kms. from Tarragona). A direct bus service is operated by PLANA coach company. Buses depart from Terminal-1 and travel non-stop to TGN Bus station in the city centre. Alternatively, you can take a train to Barcelona (Sants station) and then take a train southbound (Catalunya Express or Regional Express). A taxi may also be an alternative, particularly if you can share the fare with someone else (ask the driver first:  some may not want to drive beyond the Barcelona metropolitan area). Clic here to download a pdf with the bus schedules.

If you wish to fly back on Saturday 7th, please note that the buses going to Barcelona airport (BCN) may not fit in with your time schedule. You might wish to reach the airport by train but you would have to travel first to Barcelona and then take the airport train from Barcelona Sants Station. A third possibility is a taxi. Taxis to BCN airport are very expensive (ca. 150€). We shall arrange a share-a-taxi notice-board system. Those of you interested in this possibility will be asked to sign up on Friday morning, stating the time slot you would prefer. The Organizing Committee will make sure the taxis are ready on Saturday afternoon. Please note that the picking-up point will be the URV-Campus Catalunya (Avinguda Catalunya, 35). Most taxis will carry three passengers + luggage and we shall organise this on a first-come/first served basis. We can't guarantee that you will have a taxi with the maximum passengers so the fare may vary.

To BCN by Airport bus: Journey takes one hour. Tickets: (one way) 12,85€

To BCN by train (change at Sants Station included): Journey may take up to two hours. Tickets: (one way) ca. 8€ (depending on type of train)

REUS Airport [REU] (12 kms. from Tarragona; operated mainly by low cost and charter companies). Buses to Tarragona are operated by HISPANO IGUALADINA coach company. Alternatively, you may take a taxi.

By rail

We strongly recommend that you take the regular, mid-distance trains (C. Express or R. Express) that stop at Tarragona station. Do not take the high speed (AVE) trains that stop at Camp de Tarragona station. High speed trains are expensive, they are not really worthwhile for such a short trip, and the Camp de Tarragona station is very far from the city centre, which will force you to take yet another bus or taxi. Regular mid-distance trains run every hour from Sants station in Barcelona. All of them stop at Tarragona station and most hotels are relatively near. For more information on trains you may wish to visit RENFE.

By car

From the north and the south, Tarragona can be reached by car through the AP-7 toll road (a.k.a. E-15 if you are driving from France, the UK or Southern Spain). There are other (toll free) dual carriageway roads but they tend to be rather congested in the summer [A-7, N-340].

From the west, Tarragona can be reached by car through the AP-2 toll road (a.k.a. E-90, via Madrid,  Zaragoza and Lleida).

The URV-Campus Catalunya car park may be used at reasonable rates and it is right behind the conference venue with direct access to the building.


13th International Conference


Tarragona, 4th-7th July 2012

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