Getting ready for ATypI 2014 Barcelona
Typographers, type designers, historians, psychologists, programmers and graphic artists will convene at the 58th ATypI yearly conference. So here is some basic information to make the most out of your visit to the capital of the Catalonia of Spain.
During the conference the temperature will be around 22°C with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. September is one of the best time for visiting Barcelona. It's now off-peak season but you still have good sunny weather. The beaches are still popular but in September they are not so crowded as the months of June, July and August. Note that September is also the time for La Mercè which is a 5 day event so make sure you book your hotel in advance.
Spanish Electricity is 220 volts. The plugs are the fairly standard European two-pin model.
The two languages spoken in Barcelona are Spanish and Catalan. Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya and therefore Catalan is widely spoken by the people of Barcelona. However both Spanish and Catalan are widely spoken interchangeably. In the tourist areas you will have people who speak English as well as Spanish however more off the beaten track most people will only speak Spanish or Catalan.
Barcelona is however a very cosmopolitan European city with millions of tourist visitors each year so you should not have any real problems communicating.
You can get wireless internet access all over the city, at a lot of cafes. There will be WiFi internet access at the conference.
You have quite a variety of transport options from Barcelona airport to the city centre (Plaça de
Catalunya). All of them are a reliable, efficient and clean means of transport, and they all take more or less the same length of time.
From the airport to city center
Minibus shuttle transfer to / from Barcelona Airport
You can reserve a shared minibus transfer from Barcelona Airport to your hotel or vice versa. Note that this service is not a private service for you own group but the minibus will be shared with other passengers.
Barcelona Airport taxi
Tel: +34 93 303 3033
Traveling by Taxi is a low cost and convenient way to get from the airport to the city centre, especially if you have a family or a lot of luggage. You will find a taxi rank outside any of the main terminal exits Terminal 1 (T1) or Terminal 2 (and of the 3 buildings of Terminal 2 - T2A, T2B or T2C). Look for the sign pointing to the nearest taxi rank. The taxis operate all night and there are several hundred of them so you don't have to worry about not being able to catch a cab.
The journey to the city centre will take you between 20 to 30 minutes depending on road conditions. If you are travelling from Terminal 1 rather than Terminal 2, this will add an extra 4 km to your journey and take approximately 5 minutes more.
If you have special needs or need a cab specially adapted for disabled passengers call this number:
Tel: +34 93 420 8088
Expect to pay around €25.00 for the journey into the centre from T2 and €30.00 for your journey from T1. There will also be an additional surcharge charge for each bag you're carrying. You'll find the rates displayed inside the cab.
All official Barcelona taxis are black and yellow and are required to charge you only the value on the meter (Plus any surcharge. Surcharges include a supplement for traveling from the Airport, or to or from the port and also for each suitcase, all surcharge rates are displayed in the back of the taxi).
Passports and visas
Please visit the Justlanded site for current passport and visa information - in English and other Latin languages.