Venue

3rd Conference on Neglected Vectors and Vector-Borne Diseases (EurNegVec): with MC and WG Meeting of the COST Action TD1303

Dear attendants,

We are including here some instructions about how to reach the venue of the next COST meeting. The airport of Zaragoza is small and there are only a few flights every day from European cities. You can check companies like Ryanair and Wizz, but there are no daily flights (commonly every two or three days from Paris, London, Cluj or Frankfurt).

The easiest way to reach Zaragoza is to fly to Barcelona or Madrid. The flight to Barcelona will save about one hour of trip.

Every hour, from 7.00 AM to 9.00 PM (approximately) you can take a high speed train from either Madrid or Barcelona to Zaragoza. The trip is about 70 minutes. The cost in tourist class is around 50€ (this will be reimbursed), but they are some special rates for each train. The trains most commonly used (those early in the morning and late in the night) are the most expensive. The recommendation is to book your train tickets in advance, following the link to www.renfe.com (there is an English version of the website). You can book your ticket, pay with credit card or PayPal and either print your ticket or receive it in your cell phone. You can change your ticket (if you change your mind later) at no extra cost (provided they are free seats) either by Internet or in the same railway station. If you wait to change your ticket in the railway station probably they will be not available seats in the train you want to change to.


From Barcelona to Zaragoza:

The public transportation from the airport to the railway station is included in the cost of the ticket of the train. First, there is a bus from the terminal 1 to the shuttle train, then the shuttle train will get you to the Sants Station in Barcelona, where you can board the high speed train to Zaragoza. This is thus free, but consider some 60-70 minutes for the complete travel (waiting and travel times). If you arrive to the Terminal 2 in Barcelona, then there is an easy access to the shuttle train and do not need the bus.

If you cannot wait the 60-70 minutes of public transportation, a taxi (not eligible for reimbursement only in exceptional cases) will cost around 30€ and will cover the distance in some 30 minutes (but please consider that Barcelona may have heavy traffic jams in late afternoon and evening). Once in the station you must to follow the signs to "AVE" (initials of High Speed Train in Spanish).

From Madrid to Zaragoza:

The public transportation from the airport to the railway station is included in the cost of the ticket of the train. If you arrive to terminal 4, the train shuttle is just downstairs (follow the signs) every 30 minutes for some 35 minutes of travel. If you arrive to other terminal there is a bus (free) every 5 minutes linking every terminal with terminal 4. In both cases, the destination is "Atocha Railway Station" and you must to follow the signs to "AVE" (initials of High Speed Train in Spanish).

If you cannot wait the 35 minutes of public transportation, a taxi (not eligible for reimbursement only in exceptional cases) will cost around 35€ and will cover the distance in some 30 minutes (but please consider that Madrid has always serious traffic jams).

Once in Zaragoza:

Three lines of public transportation (bus) have stop in the railway station. You can pay to the driver and the cost is 1.10€ (eligible for reimbursement). The taxi (not eligible for reimbursement only in exceptional cases) should cost around 15€ and take to the hotel in about 20 minutes. Please note that taxi in Spain have special rates if it is after 9.00 PM or before 8.00 AM.

The venue is "Hotel Melia Zaragoza" in Cesar Augusto Ave., 13 (coordinates: N +41º 39' 4.89" / W -0º 53' 10.57").