How to Get to Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona

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We will be attending the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona and will keep you updated with the most important Windows 8 and overall tech news from the industry. We’ve already shared with you the most important dates and schedules from the MWC event as well as the exact location where it’s going to take place. Now, it’s time to explain transportation options.
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Getting to the 2014 location of the Mobile World Congress, or MWC, in Barcelona, is easy if you have been to previous editions of the trade show. If this is your first time or you just have forgot how to get there, here’s the full transportation information. Last year, it was really cool, as we could get to the trade show for free with the special permits for press. And this is again possible, as GSM, the organizer, has partnered with the Barcelona municipality to ensure free transportation to the MWC locations.

Free transportation passes to MWC 2014

All MWC attendees using public transportation will receive a free transportation pass valid for the four event days (Monday-Thursday). Transportation passes will be distributed when picking up event badges at all registration locations during the weekend prior to the event, as well as at the transport pass desk in the South Entrance of Fira Gran Via, from Monday to Thursday. The transport pass is valid for unlimited combined journeys using any means of transport within Zone 1 (includes Barcelona city and Fira Gran Via), using Metro, Bus and Train systems.

You will be able to get your free transport pass for MWC 2014 at the following locations:

  • Friday (new for 2014), Saturday and Sunday – at the Airport registration (Terminal 1 & Terminal 2)
  • Hall 1 registration in Gran Via
  • Hall 8 registration in Gran Via
  • The satellite registration point in Fira Montjuïc.

transportation mwc 2014As I was explaining in the article with the location of the 2014 MWC event, the big event will be at the Fira Gran Via location, but there will going to be two halls at Fira Montjuïc, as well. For that, the organizers of the event have set up a free Fira Gran Via/Fira Montjuïc shuttle. Here’s its schedule

Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 February

  • 07:00 – 10:00 (buses run every six minutes)
  • 10:00 – 18:00 (buses run every 15 minutes)
  • 18:00 – 21:00 (buses run every six minutes)

Thursday 27 February

  • 07:00 – 10:00 (buses run every six minutes)
  • 10:00 – 16:00 (buses run every 15 minutes) Thursday 27 February

Also, there is going to be a free official hotel shuttle bus for those who have booked hotels through the official agency that has partnered with MWC. Also, you should know that last year, there wasn’t an official transportation guide on the website, and thank God they have implemented it for this year.

Get to MWC 2014 with the FGC Train or H12 Bus

The Barcelona Metro connects directly to Fira Gran Via through the Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat (FGC). Riders should take the Metro to Plaça Espanya (Red Line, L1) or (Green Line, L3). At Plaça Espanya, follow the signs for Mobile World Congress, and transfer to the FGC train.  The nearest stop to Fira Gran Via is the ‘Europa/Fira’ station; all trains departing Plaça Espanya station stop at Europa/Fira.  Europa/Fira is the third stop from Plaça Espanya, and the journey takes seven minutes.

These are the official guidelines, but I can tell you from my experience that you will be guided at almost every subway stop by GSM workers who will be carrying signs, so, don’t worry, it’s really hard to miss the Mobile World Congress once you’re in Barcelona that time of the year!

Barcelona has added a bus line called the H12 bus. This line runs along Gran Via de les Corts Catalans of Barcelona. This line crosses the city from the Forum area to Fira Gran Via, passing through Passeig de Gràcia and Plaça Espanya. The bus stop nearest Fira Gran Via is located in Plaça Europa, a one-minute walk to the South Entrance. See all of the stops of the H12 Bus here.

And this is the transportation information if you prefer to take the bus and enjoy Barcelona’s views.