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Hotel Fira Palace Barcelona

Hotel Fira Palace Barcelona
Avda Ruis i Taulet, 1-3
Barcelona 08004
Tel: +34 934 262 223 -
Fax: +34 934 248 679

To take advantage of The Open Group's special room rate at the Hotel Fira Palace, be sure to reserve a room through The Open Group registration site. Rooms booked directly through the hotel or by third party agents are not guaranteed the special room rate negotiated for The Open Group conference.

Hotel Web Site

Hotel Fira Palace is centrally located in downtown Barcelona, right next to the well known Plaza España, and a short distance away from the famous Ramblas and the sea front.


Distance from the Fira Palace to:

  • International Airport Barcelona “El Prat”: 8 km/ 5miles = 15 minutes approximately by car.
  • Central Railway Station “Sants”: 1,5 km/ 0.93 miles = 6 minutes
  • Harbour Cruises: 2 km/ 1.24 miles = 10 minutes
  • Bus and underground terminal “Plaza España”: 5 minutes walking
  • Shopping street “Cruz Cubierta”: 5 minutes walking.

Barcelona Airport Ground Transportation

RENFE is the company that organises train services to and from Barcelona International Airport (BCN). Moving walkways link the terminal building with the railway station.

A metro rail service operates between the airport and the city center, from early in the morning until late at night. Trains usually leave the airport at half-hourly intervals, although this varies according to the time of the day.

A typical journey time from the airport to Barcelona Sants, the city's principal railway station (which offers connections to many parts of the city and beyond), would be 17 minutes. You can take the subway (2 stops to Plaza España), or a taxi.

Aerobus A1 runs between the airport and the Plaza de Catalunya, a square near the centre of the city. At the airport there are bus stops in front of Terminals A, B and C. Services operate from early in the morning till late at night, but not for 24 hours a day. During their hours of operation they are scheduled to depart from the airport every 12 minutes or so.

This special service is clearly identifiable as you will see its name written on the outside of the vehicle. Your stop for the conference hotel is PLAZA ESPAÑA, 5 minutes walking from the FIRA PALACE. You can buy the ticket in the same bus and pay it with a credit card.

Line 106 is a nightbus route running between the airport and Plaza España, with stops along the way. At the airport there are bus stops outside Terminals B and C. The 106 service operates, more or less, at those hours when the Aerobus A1 service is not running. They run from very late at night into the earliest hours of the morning, with intervals of more than an hour between each bus.

Taxis wait at ranks outside Terminals A, B and C. Tariffs vary according to journey. An airport exit supplement is included in every fare; an extra supplement may be charged per item of luggage.

Barcelona has 11,000 taxis which are easily identifiable by their yellow and black color. It takes between 15/20 minutes to reach the hotel from the airport.

From the airport take main road C-31 (Autovía Castelldefels) until you reach Plaça Espanya (Plaza España). Turn left (Avenida Rius i Taulet) until you get to Lleida Street. The hotel is right in the corner.


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