ARRIVING INTO BARCELONA
Barcelona: Barcelona's Airport is a major hub with worldwide connections. The airport is conveniently located at El Prat de Llobregat (western Barcelona) 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the centre of Barcelona. The airport's web site is: www.airwise.com/airports/europe/BCN
If you are arriving in Barcelona via train, you will most likely arrive at the main train station, Estació Barcelona Sants, 2.5km (1.6 miles) west of Las Ramblas, with some trains also stopping at Catalunya station on Plaça de Catalunya.
AIRPORT PICK UP
An airport or train transfer is included on arrival and departure days. Upon arrival, the student will be met in the arrivals' area of the arrival airport by our representative who will be holding a sign. Once you have met our representative you will be taken to your accommodation.
Should you have booked the service for Unaccompanied Minors with the airline and with us, please note that we have to be informed about this at least two weeks prior to your arrival! As soon as we have the information we will let you know the name of the person that will meet you at the airport. You will then have to give that name to the airline. Please understand that we are unable to organize this special UM transfer, should we receive the information later than two weeks prior to your arrival.
GETTING AROUND BARCELONA
Getting around Barcelona is easy once you have a basic understanding of how to differentiate the city's many neighbourhoods. Locals are very proud of the Eixample's urban perfection, a neighbourhood where traffic runs up and down alternate streets and where getting lost is nearly impossible. But not every area in the city follows this pattern. The old centre of town, for example, is a network of narrow and disorganised streets that are full of charm but can easily turn into a maze for anyone who isn't familiar with the surroundings.
Metro (Subway or Underground) Barcelona has a clean, punctual, air-conditioned metro system that will take you to most of the major sites. The metro is especially useful in the summer when it can be quite hot to walk everywhere.
Taxis are an affordable alternative to public transport. A 15 mins journey will only cost about 5 Euros. Licensed Taxis have to charge you the amount displayed on the meter. However if you are carrying extra luggage there may be a small surcharge. Rates will be displayed inside the cab.
Buses:There's also a clean and efficient bus service that serves Barcelona centre. To get more information on this service visit any tourist information centre for further details.
Walking: Barcelona is a great walking city.! Why.... because the city centre is not as big as you may think and
you'll be surprised to discover that many sights in the city are a lot closer than you think. Walking also gives you the added benefit of taking in the breathtaking architecture.