1. Obtaining information
Catalunya. Find tourist information about Catalunya at the website of the catalalan governement.
Barcelona. Find tourist information about Barcelona at the website of the city council.
Both pages include tourist information, a calendar of events, on-line maps, etc.
2. Getting around within Barcelona
How to get to the university. Have a look of the map of the university area. The red point in the north area of the map indicates the location of our Departament de Matemàtiques. The blue dot indicates the Facultat de Matemàtiques i Estadística.
By subway: The closest subway stop is Palau Reial (line 3). You may wish to have a look of the subway map.
By bus: The buses getting to the university are: 7, 33, 54, 60, 67, 68, 74, 75
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).
Tickets. Tickets are sold on buses and at the subway stations, but it is much more convenient to by a T-10 card, that allows you 10 bus, tramway, and subway trips (possibly combined) for a cheaper price as well as using the train to and form the Airport. If you travel to or from the airport by subway, you need a special ticket, though. One T-10 card can be simultaneously used by several people. The T-10 card is sold at the subway stations, at the tabacco shops, and at many newspapers stands. Please notice that it is not sold on the 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.
3. 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 central and is well-connected to the rest of the city by subway (Sants Estació, on lines 3 and 5). Some trains end at 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.
4. Within the UPC North Campus
If you don’t want to leave campus, find here the restaurants and cafeterias where you can sit and eat, have a drink, and relax (or even work) for a while.