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The euro (€) is the official currency of
the European Union and can be exchanged at savings banks and banks.
Below are the approximate conversion rates to other international
currencies. Please check the updated currency conversion rate here.
- 1 EUR = 1,38 USD
- 1 EUR = 1,43 CAD
- 1 EUR = 159,42 JPY
- 1 EUR = 0,69 GBP
- Cost of a cab ride from the airport to the conference venue:40,00 €
- Cost of a cab ride from the
airport to Barcelona:20,00 €
- Cab minimum charge : 1,40 €
- Bus and metro fares: 1,15 €
(one way), 7,30 € (10 ways)
- Regular meal : 8,50 – 25,00 €
- Coffee and refreshment : 1,80 €
- Ticket for the cinema : 6,00 €
- Ticket for the theatre : 27,00 €
- Museum entrance : 5,50 €
- Newspapers :1,00 €
- Souvenirs and gifts : 6,00 – 37,00 €
- VAT in Spain : 7% on hotels,
restaurants food & beverage, transportation, coaches
The local climate is Mediterranean and
therefore mid all year round. The Collserola mountain range provides
Barcelona with effective protection from the cold northerly winds. The
weather is considerably more pleasant than it would be without this
added shelter. The average temperature in winter is 10ºC and in
summer 28ºC (see below), with few rainy days and nearly 2.500
hours of sunshine per year.
/ 90 °F;
In Barcelona, official languages are
Catalan and Spanish.
To learn and practice simple phrases in Spanish before your trip,
please consult here. In
the downtown at Barcelona, normally people speak Englsih.
Barcelona Time is in the Central
European Time Zone. Central
European Standard Time (CET)
is 1 hours ahead of Greenwich
Mean Time (GMT+1).
Electric outlets in Barcelona can
accommodate European plugs only. Barcelona follows the standard
electric current of 220 volts/60 cycles, with two pin plugs. Adaptors
are thus recommended for plugging in your electrical appliance.
Shops, hotels and
restaurants accept VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express
credit cards, as well as Eurochecks and Eurocards.
Local calls from pay phones cost 50
¢ each. Coins or prepaid cards may be used at any local pay phone.
Long distance calls can also be placed at pay phones. The international
access code for Spain is +34. Telephone cards for long distance calls
may be purchased at local depanneur stores and pharmacies.
Foreign cellular phones work in
Barcelona. Please contact your provider for services available as well
as applicable costs.
- Medical Services: In case of a
medical emergency, dial 061
- Useful phone numbers: International
- Country code: +34
- Police emergency: 091
Barcelona is well known for a vast array
of delicious cuisine options. Please consult our recommended Restaurant Guide for
potential dining spots in Barcelona.
Barcelona has become a paradise for
shopping. In addition to its classical boulevards, La Rambla, Passeig
de Gràcia, Diagonal Avenue and department stores plus several
attractive shopping malls recently opened. The opening times are 10.00
to 14.00 and from 17.00 to 20.30, even though the big department stores
and main shopping areas may stay open until 21.00, without closing at
Barcelona is a safe city (despite all
the things you have read or heard before) and to not visit it because
you are afraid of what might happen is a terrible waste of a
potentially wonderful experience. Problems are most likely to start
when tourists don't take the right precautions. Those that will follow
safety guidelines will significantly reduce the chances of anything
unsavoury happening and increase your chances of enjoying a
Just take a few precautions and it's
unlikely that you will fall victim to a scam or pick pocket or bag
snatch. Thieves prefer to choose easy victims so follow the safety
guidelines given to travellers, as in any other big city. But whatever
you do don't fall for the thought that you will never be a victim of
theft in Barcelona. Keep your wits about you and take precautions
especially in tourist areas (La Rambla, Plaça Catalunya, around