The Venue

Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB)


By Bus
Barcelona airport is 90 km away from Tarragona. Probably, the most convenient way from the airport to Tarragona is a shuttle-bus service run by the company Bus Plana. The trip takes 1h and 10minutes (from airport Terminal 1 to Tarragona), depending on traffic conditions. You can either buy your ticket online or directly on the bus (around 13 euros per journey).

By Train
Taking a train from the airport to Barcelona Sants railway station and from there to Tarragona railway station.

By Taxi
Other options would be taking a taxi (Barcelona taxis are black&yellow), but this may cost you easily over 120 euros per journey.

COST will reimburse Taxi expenses only per its rules as mentioned in COST Vademecum as explained below;

An eligible participant is permitted to claim taxi expenses in the following instances:

  • When public transport is not available;
  • If taxis are taken before 7 am to facilitate an early departure and / or if a taxi is taken after 10 pm due to a late arrival.

Taxi expenses up to a maximum of EUR 80 for the entire journey can be claimed by eligible participants if either of the above criteria have been respected. A justification must be encoded in the dedicated space on the OTRR. Taxi expenses can only be paid against the amounts detailed on taxi receipts. Taxi receipts must clearly detail the name of the service provider, the full price of the journey and the date of travel. Tips are not eligible for reimbursement.


Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ)


Avinguda Països Catalans, 16. 43007 Tarragona


Reus Airport is 10km away from Tarragona city centre. It is busy mostly in summer (May – October) but there are a few flight connections with the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Russia. It is worth checking whether there is a connection from/to an airport nearby your city. There is a taxi stop right outside the terminal and the Hispano-Igualadina bus service has coaches coming from / going to Tarragona.


Please, be aware that there is a high-speed train available from Barcelona Sants to Tarragona – Camp de Tarragona station but it is 12km away from the city centre. There are buses connecting to regional main cities including Tarragona and a taxi rank right outside the station


From the AP-7 motorway: Take Exit 33 and get on the N-240 road towards Tarragona. Take the signalled exit at your right towards Sant Pere i Sant Pau, then follow the Universitat Rovira i Virgili purple sign before entering the roundabout, which will lead you to the Països Catalans avenue, where the ICIQ is located.

ICIQ has got a very small parking, we recommend you to park on a free parking lot right opposite the ICIQ. It is also quite easy to find parking spaces in around the same avenue and adjacent streets.


The ICIQ is located at the outskirts of Tarragona city center. Its address is:

    • Avinguda Països Catalans, 16. 43007 Tarragona

Commuting to the ICIQ by bus:
There are 3 city bus lines at walking distance from the ICIQ (approx. 1,50€ per journey)
54 get off the bus at Joan Serra
41 get off the bus at Educacional N-240 or Escola d’art
5 get off the bus at Educacional N-240


Most buses stop at the main circus in Tarragona Plaça Imperial Tàrraco, which is a good starting point
to come to the ICIQ either by bus or walking if you are not familiar with the city (see map in the next page).

Plaça Imperial Tàrraco air view (bus and taxi stop and Central bus station)

* Taxis in Tarragona are pretty expensive.

Walking to the ICIQ from Plaça Imperial Tàrraco

We encourage you to take the way shown on the map and avoid N-240 (a suburban motorway) as there are not zebra crossings and it may be dangerous when crossing the road.