FGC will once again be the best form of transport for getting to the congress and for travelling between the two Fira Barcelona complexes
Estació Europa|Fira de FGC
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC; the railway network run by the Government of Catalonia) and Rodalies de Catalunya (the commuter and regional train network operating in Catalonia) will be upping their capacity to meet the increased demand during the Mobile World Congress, being held in Barcelona from 22 to 25 February. Once again, the FGC will be best form of transport for getting to and from the fair complexes on Plaça d’Espanya and between Fira Gran Via and L’Hospitalet, while Rodalies Renfe will be supplementing the service on the R2 Nord line to the airport.
Increased capacity on the FGC
The FGC train line links the congress centre (Estació Europa|Fira) with the centre of Barcelona (Plaça d’Espanya) in just a few minutes. The increased service designed by the FGC consists of:
- an additional 30 train journeys a day on the L8 (Molí Nou) line
- double the capacity on the rest of the trains, which will go up from three to six carriages
- improved mobility in the vestibules of the Plaça d’Espanya and Europa|Fira stations to absorb the increased demand
- additional customer services consisting of more staff, signage, specific public announcements and social media
As in previous years, it is expected that many congress delegates will use the FGC for travelling to and from the Plaça d’Espanya and Europa|Fira stations. During the last congress, held in 2015, the FGC transported 143,500 passengers between the Plaça d’Espanya and Europa|Fira stations, representing a 182% increase over normal passenger traffic.
Renfe is boosting the R2 Nord line to the airport
Between 20 and 28 February, there will be a total of 36,000 seats available on the R2 Nord line to the airport, representing an increase of 4,000 seats every day.
The journey on the Rodalies de Catalunya R2 Nord line between Barcelona Sants and the airport takes 19 minutes, and 26 minutes between Passeig de Gràcia and the airport, with two trains running every hour in each direction. A shuttle service is available at the airport station to transport passengers between terminals T2 and T1 at Barcelona airport.
In addition, AVE (high-speed-train) and long-distance tickets include travel on the Barcelona commuter service trains. Plus, anyone purchasing a Rodalies de Catalunya ticket (for travel on the Barcelona commuter service or regional trains) for a journey to or from stations in Barcelona will receive a 5% discount when accrediting themselves as attending the MWC.
To facilitate access to the MWC, the organisers have installed an accreditation point at the exit from Sants station.
Disruptions to the Metro service caused by strike action
The Barcelona Metro service will be affected by the calling of a strike on Monday 22 and Wednesday 24 February. Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) advises passengers not to use the Metro on these two days and to choose alternative means of transport to get around the city.
A skeleton service will be in operation on the strike days, with 50% of trains running between 6.30 and 9.30 am and between 4.00 and 8.00 pm and 30% at other times. Even so, it is expected that the Metro service will be severely affected. If necessary, measures will be implemented to regulate passenger flows to ensure that the capacity of the platforms is not exceeded.