1. Obtaining information
Both pages include tourist information, a calendar of events, on-line maps, etc.
2. From campus to downtown Barcelona and viceversa
Use the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC). The closest station to the CRM is Universitat Autònoma (8 min walk from CRM). The closest station to the Vila Universitària and the Hotel Campus is Bellaterra (8 min walk from your accommodation). Both train lines S2 and S6 serve both these station. There are 10-12 trains per hour at rush hours, 4-5 per hour at peaceful hours, and the trip is 35 minutes long to/from the downtown station in Barcelona “Plaça Catalunya”. You can check the timetable and other details by clicking here. The trip from or to downtown Barcelona requires a two-zone ticket or 10-trips card (T10). See below for more details on this and other transportation cards.
3. Getting around within Barcelona
How to locate an address. In addition to your favorite online mapping site, you can use the convenient interactive map of the city maintained by the Barcelona city council.
How to get anywhere. The local transportation company has a service that allows you to know how to go from a place to another (major mapping services like Google Maps are usually reliable too).
Transportation tickets. Tickets are sold on buses, subway stations, and FGC stations, but it is much more convenient to by a T10 card, that allows you 10 bus, tramway, subway and FGC trips (possibly combined) for a cheaper price. One T10 card can be simultaneously used by several people. The T10 card is sold at the FGC stations, subway stations, tobacco shops, and at many newspapers stands. Please notice that it is not sold on buses. There are several other kinds of cards (1 day pass, 3 days pass, 5 days pass, 1 month pass) but they are convenient only if you will use a lot the public transportation.
4. Getting around outside Barcelona
By train. There are three categories of trains:
Cercanías/Rodalies: commuter trains around Barcelona and all Catalunya. You don’t need any kind of reservation, and their frequency is high.
Media distancia: faster trains within Catalunya connecting distant cities. Reservation is convenient, as well as schedule checking.
Larga distancia/Llarga distància: trains that take you to any destination in Spain, including high speed trains. Always make a reservation before using them.
Most of the trains go through the station Barcelona Sants. Its location is centric and is well-connected to the rest of the city by subway (Sants Estació, on lines 3 and 5). Some trains get to the more exclusive station of Barcelona Estació de França, also centrally located. Its corresponding subway station is Barceloneta (line 4). More information can be found in the website of the railroad company.
By car. It is very easy to rent a car at the airport and at the railroad stations.