Attendee Information

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The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference will take place at the Gran Hotel Princesa Sofia in Barcelona. The hotel is located at Pl. Pius XII 4 - 08028, Barcelona 

With 500 rooms and suites with great views, a heated outdoor pool and three restaurants, the Princesa Sofia has plenty to offer every guest.

The hotel is located 5-7 km from the heart of the city, and is a 5-10 minute walk from public transportation. If you have sightseeing in mind, the fastest and cheapest way to get to the city centre will be to take the Underground (Metro) from the Maria Cristina station, a 5 minute walk away from the Gran Hotel Princesa Sofia.

How Do I Get From the Airport to the Hotel?

The airport is 12 km from the hotel. To transfer to the hotel from the airport, you can take a taxi for a 20-minute ride that will leave you at the front door of the hotel. Or, utilize public transport to the hotel via train or Metro (see below for more details). 

Train and Metro

  1. Train: Barcelona Airport - Sants Station: There is a train service (Line C2) running from the Barcelona Airport to the city centre and offers access to Barcelona hotels. There are trains to and from the airport every 30 minutes. On your way back to the airport, you can catch the train at Barcelona Sants (Sants railway station), Clot or Passeig de Gràcia. The nearest and most convenient station for the airport from the hotel is Sants Station.
  2.  Metro: Sants Station - Hotel Princesa Sofia:  At Sants Station you go to the Metro (which is clearly signposted) and take Line 3 (green) in the direction of "Zona Universitària". It is just three stops to "Maria Cristina", which is where you get out. From the station to the hotel it is a pleasant 5-minute walk along Barcelona's emblematic Avinguda Diagonal. 

Aerobús and Metro

  1. Aerobús: Barcelona Airport - Plaça Espanya. (25-30').- As well as the train and taxis, there is also a bus service (Aerobús) between Barcelona Airport and various points in the city. The Aerobús runs every 10 to 15 minutes and you can catch it outside any of the airport's terminals. To get to Hotel Princesa Sofia, the best stop to get off the Aerobús is Plaça Espanya.
  2. Metro: Plaça Espanya - Hotel Princesa Sofia (20').- You then catch the Metro (Line 3, green) in the direction of "Zona Universitària". It is five stops to "Maria Cristina", where you get out. From the station to the hotel it is a 5-minute walk along Barcelona's emblematic Avinguda Diagonal.

Price of Aerobús ticket: 4,25€ single and 7,30€ return. You can only buy tickets on the bus. T-10 travel cards are not valid on the buses.The first bus leaves the airport daily: at 6:00. The last bus leaves the airport daily: at 1:00.

 How Do I Get to Central Barcelona From the Hotel?

If you want to tour Barcelona using public transport, Hotel Princesa Sofia offers you the ideal location, as it provides easy access to the underground, tram or bus.

  • Underground (metro): only 5 minutes away from the Hotel is the "Maria Cristina" L· underground station (green) that takes you directly to Placa de Catalunya with no transfers, to the centre of Barcelona in just 20 minutes.

  • Tram: the tram follows Avenida Diagonal (Avenue) in Barcelona from Plaza Francesca Macia to Sant Feliu de Llobregat. The tram stop is just across from Hotel Princesa Sofia to access any one of the stops along the route.

  • Bus: 100 metres from the Av. Joan XXIII stop where you can catch buses 113 and L12. 200 metres away there is also a night bus stop (N12).

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