Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia is probably the most popular cities in Spain. With the wide diversity of cultural experience, the luxury of 4.2 km of beach only a short walk from the centre, warm sunshine most of the year surely it is a place one of a kind… It is also one of the most vibrant cities in Europe with interesting architecture. Many great painters and artists worked here at some time and their influence is still evident throughout the city. There are dozens of museums and galleries, beautiful buildings and charming streets. This city never sleeps, especially crowded La Rambla boardwalk where you can meet holidaymakers from all around the world.
About the Clinic
Barcelona IVF clinic is located in the Bonanova neighbourhood of Barcelona in Spain. It was opened in 2010 and is a private clinic. In 2013 it undertook 521 treatment cycles. Of these 62.3% were egg donation cycles.
The clinic resides in its own building and has one operating theatre, one laboratory and a recovery room accommodating six.
The Medical Director is Dr Raul Olivares who began working in assisted reproduction in 1996. In 2003 he created one of the first Spanish International Departments in the Institute Marques, and was its Director until 2010. He became the Medical Director of Barcelona IVF in October 2010. He is often seen at the Fertility Show in London where he has given seminars. There are 4 doctors in total and they all speak English. As well as English, the team can also treat people whose first language is French, German, Italian or Czech.
BARCELONA – Practical information
How to get to Barcelona
Travelling by train
Barcelona is well-connected to the Spanish railway network as well as to the rest of Europe, and high speed trains run frequently from Sants station (in the southwest of the city) to Madrid, Seville and Malaga. In addition, there are regular long-distance connections which partially use high-speed infrastructure to all major Spanish cities. From France, regular high-speed train service started December 15 2013. In addition to two daily TGV services from Paris (, there will be a daily service from Toulouse, a daily service from Lyon, and a daily service from Marseille. Prices start at € 59,-, so even though the train could take longer than a flight, it is often a good economically-viable and more relaxed alternative. Overnight Trenhotel trains operated by Elipsos still run at irregular intervals from Paris-Austerlitz. All trenhotel trains terminate at the Estació de França station, on the edge of the old town next to the seafront district of Barceloneta. This service is likely to be discontinued after December 15 2013.
Alternatively, coming from France, there is a daily Talgo train connecting Montpellier to Barcelona, and all the way south to Alicante and Cartagena. It’s also possible to connect to regional trains to Barcelona at Cerbère. There is also a less-well-known rail line over the Pyrenees to Toulouse. There are four trains per day to La Tor de Querol (Latour-de-Carol), where it is possible to transfer to a French Train bound for Toulouse. The journey takes 7–8 hours (including transfer) and costs roughly 30 Euros.
The city’s port is one of the busiest on the Mediterranean. It supports both ferries and cruise ships. Large cruise ships dock 1-2 kilometers to the southwest. Many offer bus-shuttles to points near the south end of La Rambla. You can arrive to Barcelona by boat from the Balearic Islands, from Genoa and from Rome. From Rome (Civitavecchia) it is actually cheaper than the bus. The ferry docks almost directly on the Ramblas. You can have your luggage picked up and stored or transferred to the airport.
Contact Barcelona Nord for all bus connections, national (e.g. 18 buses per day from Madrid) and international. Barcelona Nord, ☎ +34 902 260 606.
There are several main roads leading to Barcelona from France and Spain and traffic is usually relatively light outside of peak hours. It is possible to find free parking spaces a few metro stops from the center of the city. Blue parking spaces are paid between 9AM and 2PM and between 4PM and 8PM Monday to Saturday. At some crossroads the pay time starts at 8AM. Anyone can use a blue space but they aren’t that easy to find. You pay at the meter and put the ticket on the dashboard. Green parking spaces are for residents only. White parking spaces are free at all times but there aren’t any in the city centre.
The city car parks have some special offers for tourists.
Low cost carriers include: Norwegian, Air Berlin, Monarch Airlines, Jet2.com, Vueling (a discount subsidiary of Iberia), Wizz Air, easyJet, Ryanair , Blue Air, Transavia, Germanwings,TUI Fly among many others.
Barcelona International Airport
Barcelona International Airport (IATA: BCN), also known as El Prat, is a major transport hub and fields flights from all over Europe and beyond.
Terminals: There are now two terminals, T1 and T2, the latter with A, B, and C subdivisions. T1 and T2 are linked by a bus shuttle (every 5 to 7 minutes, travel time 12 minutes).
T1, the new terminal, opened in June 2009 and hosts Iberia, Air Europa and a variety of major international airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Qatar, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines, Avianca, TAP, Lufthansa, Austrian, Air France, KLM, British Airways, etc. Sectors A, B and C of T2 are all within fairly easy walking distance of each other. T2 B is used by a large number of smaller carriers and low cost airlines. T2 C is smallest and hosts EasyJet. T2 A is now only for some charter flights. Please be aware that you can check in for your flight only at the respective terminal T1 or T2, and since they are 7 kilometres apart and there is little information available at the train station and bus stops, it’s good to know which terminal you need before arriving at the airport. AENA provides information about the allocation of airlines to terminals.
Transfer to/from the airport
The airport is only about 12–14 km away from the city centre. Airport transfers can be arranged for groups, taxis are available but expensive (€30-40 to the city centre). Taxis and Minibuses can be pre-booked online. Luxury car can book online on EuropeShuttle. English speaking taxi service company with very good prices can be booked online on Taxi Barcelona Transfer.
A cheaper and often faster option is the half-hourly RENFE R2 Nord suburban train line calling at Sants (travel time is 18 minutes), Passeig de Gràcia (24 minutes), El Clot-Aragó (30 min.) and more stations beyond Barcelona city limits. Please be advised that this airport train has changed, and no longer terminates at Estació de França (it now goes through the center of Barcelona and into the suburbs, so it is important to know at which station you should get off). The train terminates next to T2 by section B, with a connecting green colored bus service to T1 (plan for an extra 15 minutes of travel). The airport train station has got facilities for disabled people: escalators, lifts, etc. A single ticket for the train is about €3.15, but you can also buy a T10 travelcard (€10.20 for ten trips over any period of time; each of those trips includes 3 bus, metro, train or tramway transfers made within 75 minutes) instead. You can buy a T10 from the ticket vending machine at the airport station and at the tobacco shop in front of Terminal 2B. Remark: you cannot buy T10 travelcard at Terminal 1!
Also bus 46 runs every 20 minutes from both terminals (downstairs at T1) to Plaça Espanya (35–45 minutes). Alternatively, the Aerobús A1 line takes you to Terminal 1 or the A2 line takes you to Terminal 2. It travels all along Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes to Plaça Catalunya (beside El Corte Inglés). Buses depart every 6–12 minutes, the published journey time is 35 minutes (although can take considerably longer during rush hour) and costs €5.90 one-way or €10.20 for return ticket, you can pay by credit card or cash. Buses are heavily air-conditioned in Summer: have something extra to wear during the journey. Aerobuses stop running at midnight, but you can catch a Nitbús night bus service instead (line N17, between 22.00 and 05.00 every 20 minutes. The ride from Plaça Catalunya to Airport El Prat takes about 40–50 minutes).
Duty-free shops. Open from 6/6:30AM to 9:30PM (few to 10PM). Shops are numerous and some are hard to find elsewhere in the city. After security check, most shops are before the passport control; there are only one or two afterwards.
Tax-free shopping refund. Office closes at 10PM without compromises. After that time checks can be processed only by mail: complete your tax-free forms with your passport data and addresses, have them stamped by the customs office (a window next to arrivals gate door; they don’t ask to see your purchases); put them into the envelope you were given in the shop—and wait for several months.
Cafes, pre-security check. Limited options, sub-standard fare. Food at Ars is awful and not cheap. Pans & Company have almost no hot meals. For more options in Terminal 1 go to 3rd floor: better food and restaurants, but more expensive.
Cafes, post-security check. Numerous options, all close at around some time between 10PM and 11PM.
Parking: Costs €1.35/hour, €9.45/day, €6.75/day from the 6th day.
Luggage lockers: Baggage storage is €4.60 per day for a large locker that easily fits 2-3 large suitcases. It is located at the ground floor of Terminal 1. Remark: No luggage lockers or storage room in Terminal 2!
Departure gates: For T2, poorly conditioned at ground level (at least gate #57, sector 2A, after 11PM). T1 is hyper-modern and comfortable.
WiFi: Available throughout the airport, operated by KubiWireless: 15 minutes for free if you click in the blue option. Or €7.5 for 45min, €9 for 1 hour, €15 for 24 hours.
Some low-cost carriers, notably Ryanair, use the airports in Girona, nearly 100 km to the north, or Reus, around the same distance to the south, instead. Since Ryanair recently started operating at Barcelona El Prat (airport code BCN), you might be in the case mentioned above, but check using the three-letter airport codes where your flight actually goes. Girona’s airport code is GRO and Reus’s airport code is REU.
For Girona Airport: The Barcelona Bus service runs a shuttle bus from Estació del Nord (which is walking distance to the Arc de Triomf metro stop) in Barcelona to Girona Airport and this ties in with various flight times. A one-way ticket costs €16 and a return ticket costs €25. The journey takes approximately one hour and ten minutes. Timetables are available online.
For Reus Airport, the easiest way is to get there is to take the bus run by Hispano Igualadina from the Barcelona Sants bus station to the airport. Bus departures are synchronized with Ryanair plane departures/arrivals. One way ticket costs €13 and a return ticket costs €24. The journey takes from 1:30 to 1:45 hours, depending on the traffic on the motorway. Timetables are available online. A slightly cheaper, yet longer option is to take a train from Barcelona Sants station to Reus and then the local bus no. 50 to the airport. The train costs €7.25 and then the bus costs €2.1. This takes roughly about two and a half hours. Train timetables can be checked at Renfe’s website and the bus timetable is availabe at the website of Reus public transport.
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