ICFO — The Institute of Photonic Sciences

ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Mediterranean Technology Park
Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss, 3
08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
Tel.: (+34) 93 553 4002
Fax: (+34) 93 553 4000
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Map

The offices and laboratories of ICFO are located in a dedicated building situated in the Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia (PMT, Mediterranean Technology Park), in the seaside town of Castelldefels, in the metropolitan Barcelona area. The PMT is located next to the Canal Olímpic, ten minutes away from the beach.

To reach ICFO, you can use several means of transportation, as detailed below. For further information, please visit the following websites: RENFE - Barcelona Local Trains, Castelldefels City Council, and Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona. Other helpful webs are the QDQ Guide and the Barcelona City Council web.

The GPS coordinates of the Mediterranean Technology Park are: Lat=41°16'32.51'', Lon=1°59'20.57'' Consult Google Maps.

Transportation and Directions to ICFO

    Train (RENFE)

The Castelldefels train station is just 300 metres from the PMT and connects it to Barcelona by the RENFE Rodalies (local trains) line R2. Four to six trains run every hour from Barcelona-Passeig de Gracia and Barcelona-Sants stations. Travel time is 20-30 minutes.
RENFE - Local trains schedule
Station to ICFO map

Buses

  • Line L94 Barcelona - Castelldefels
    Main route: Barcelona - L'Hospitalet - El Prat de Llobregat - Viladecans - Gavà - Castelldefels
  • Line L95 Barcelona - Castelldefels
    Main route: Barcelona - L'Hospitalet - El Prat de Llobregat - Viladecans - Gavà - Castelldefels
  • Line E95 Express Barcelona - Castelldefels
    Main route: Barcelona-Ronda Universitat - Castelldefels-Santiago Rusiñol
  • Line L96 Sant Boi de Llobregat - Castelldefels
    Main route: Sant Boi - Viladecans - Gavà - Castelldefels
  • Line L97 Barcelona- Castelldefels (Les Botigues - Port Ginesta)
    Main route: Barcelona Maria Cristina - Castelldefels via C-32
  • Line N14 (Night Bus) Barcelona - Castelldefels
    Main route: Barcelona Pl. Catalunya - Hospitalet - Esplugues - Cornellà - St. Boi - Viladecans - Gavà - Castelldefels (downtown)
  • Line N16 (Night Bus) Barcelona - Castelldefels
    Main route: Barcelona Pl. Catalunya - Hospitalet - Esplugues - Cornellà - St. Boi - Viladecans - Gavà - Castelldefels

Car

The PMT is 10 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from downtown Barcelona. C-32 motorway (formerly A-16): exit 46, see map. C-31 motorway (formerly N-246): Canal Olímpic exit, see map. There is a parking area next to the ICFO along the Olympic Canal.

Taxi Service

Ràdio Taxi Castelldefels; 45 vehicles.
Tel: 936 653 557

If you arrive by plane...

...from "El Prat" Airport, Barcelona
Taking a taxi from the airport would be the best option. Approximate price: 15-20 €. Directions for the driver: Take C-31 motorway (formerly N-246) to Castelldefels. Canal Olímpic Exit

... from Girona Airport (RyanAir)
Take A-7 motorway to Barcelona. When approaching Barcelona, follow "Ronda de Dalt - Llobregat" signs. This road links with the C-32 motorway. Exit at 46 - Castelldefels. Then follow the signs to either Canal Olímpic or UPC Campus.

Barcelona Bus - Single Ticket 11 € / Return ticket 19 €. Travel time 1h 10min. Bus stops at the Estació del Nord Bus Station, located in Alí Bei St. Take the metro from there to Passeig de Gracia or Sants Estació and the RENFE local train (see above) to Castelldefels.