Barcelone-El Prat Airport
08820 El Prat de Llobregat
Barcelona-El Prat Airport is located south-west of the city, between the city limits of El Prat de Llobregat, Viladecans and Sant Boi. One of the advantages of Barcelona airport is that it is really close by the Barcelona city center, at just 14 km. It is specifically located at El Prat del Llobregat, the town that gives the name ‘Aeroport del Prat’.
OSA has partnered with American Airlines to provide our attendees a discount off ANY published airfare on www.aa.com for the Advanced Photonics meeting in Barcelona, Spain. The valid travel dates for this discount are 25 July 2014 to 4 August 2014. You can easily access American’s fares and apply this discount by going to www.aa.com/group
to book your flight. Place the Promotion Code 8574AA
in the promotion code box and your discount will be calculated automatically.
You may also call +1 800.433.1790 to book your flights, please refer to the Authorization Number below when you call. Please note there is a reservation service charge for all tickets issued by phone. Please use our preferred partner, American Airlines when you can because of the benefits provided to you as a traveler and to our organization for extended partner value.
We are pleased to have partnered with Avis Worldwide to provide rental cars at a discounted rate. If you wish to reserve a car please contact Todd Alexander at +1 800.525.7537 Ext. 35003 or the Meetings and Convention Department at + 1 800.525.7537.
Getting Around Barcelona
Barcelona has an excellent underground public transport system. The Metro System is a five colored-coded and numbered line system that fans out from the center of the city. Metro tickets can be bought on the day of your journey or beforehand from inside the station. For more information visit the Transport Metropolitans de Barcelona
Sleek new tramvías (trams) ply the main routes through the city alongside the buses. Routes are clearly marked at each stop, as are timetables. One bus service that is particularly useful is the Nitbus, which runs from 11pm to 4am and is the only valid alternative to the 2 to 3am taxi drought. These are bright yellow, clearly marked with an N, and most leave from Plaça de Catalunya. Note that while travel cards and other TMB passes are valid for daytime buses they're not valid on Nitbuses. Tickets cost 1.25€ one-way and are bought directly from the driver.
All Aboard! -- The most convenient way to see Barcelona, especially if your time is limited, is to hop on (and off) the Bus Turístic (tel. 93-318-70-74; www.barcelonabusturistic.cat). This double-decker, open-top tourist bus travels to all the major sights! Tickets can be purchased onboard or at the tourist information office at Plaça de Catalunya.
Yellow-and-black taxis are plentiful and reasonably priced. To book a cab, either the next available one or for the next day, call the Institut Metropolità del Taxi (tel. 93-223-51-51; www.taxibarcelona.cat). They can also give you information about booking wheelchair-adapted taxis.
One growing form of transport in the city is the bicycle. There are a number of bicycle lanes in the center of the city and a few firms that rent them, including Un Coxte Menys, Esparteria 3 (tel. 93-268-21-05), and Biciclot, Verneda 16 (tel. 93-307-74-75). . The city now has a bike-sharing system in which red bicicletas (6,000 in all) are available for free from bus and Metro stations for up to 30 minutes for short trips. You are required by law to wear a helmet.