Travel & Lodging

Travel, Lodging, and Meals Information

Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Coffee breaks and welcome reception are covered by our sponsors - no other meals are covered.

Accommodation at the UPC Residence Hall

  • Torre Girona Residence Hall is a very convenient accommodation for the Summer School. Located in campus, just 3 min walking from our facilities.

    • Address: Campus Diagonal Nord. Building RS (Torre Girona Residence), Passeig dels Til·lers, 19, 08034 Barcelona, Spain

    • Telephone: +34 93 390 4300

    • Fax: +34 93 205 6910

    • E-mail:

    • Residence WebMap

    • Transportation

      • Underground: L3 to Zona Universitària - Palau Reial.

      • Urban Bus: L7, L33, L54, L60, L67, L68, L74, L75, L113

Hotels at University Rates

The Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) has also agreements for special rates for visitors at a number of hotel chains: Follow the indications at University life and services-Accomodation-UPC

Travel to Barcelona and City Information

Nowadays, Barcelona is one of the most visited European cities. The reason: its monuments, museums and architecture, for which it has been declared part of the world heritage by UNESCO. For more information about Barcelona and the city offers, visit:

How to reach Barcelona

By plane

Barcelona Airport (BCN), commonly known as El Prat Airport, is located 10 km (6.2 mi) southwest from Barcelona. The airport is the second largest in Spain behind Madrid-Barajas Airport and the largest one in Catalonia. In 2016 Barcelona Airport handled a record 44 million passengers. It is the main hub of Vueling and a focus city for Air Europa and Iberia. The airport mainly serves domestic European destinations, also having flights to North America (United States of America and Canada), South America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru), Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar), Asia (China, Pakistan, Singapore and South Korea), and Africa (Senegal, Gambia, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Ghana and Cape Verde).

The ride from the Barcelona Airport to the center of the city can be done by underground L9S (4,50 €), train (every half hour, 2,50 €), with the Aerobus (5,90 €) or by Taxi (25 euros approx.). Public transport directions by Google Maps: Route.

It is also possible to reach Barcelona through the Girona/Costa Brava and Reus airports. These airports are widely used by low-cost airlines and, as they are close to Barcelona, they offer a bus service to the capital (1.5 hours ride).

If you flight to Madrid, there is a Barcelona-Madrid air shuttle service (1 hour flight), or a comfortable high speed train (AVE).

By car

Barcelona is located 166 kilometers from the French border and 120 kilometers south of the Pyrenees. From France, you may reach Barcelona driving along the A9/E15 highway to the Spanish Border. From the French border you may estimate a two-hour ride in the AP7/E15