The ALBA Synchrotron is located at Cerdanyola del Vallès, 15 km from Barcelona city centre. It is part of the Barcelona Synchrotron Park, devoted to become an international knowledge hub, next to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with more than 40,000 students and 3,500 researchers.


Carrer de la Llum 2-26
08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
Tel: +34 93 592 43 00
Coordinates: +41°29'12.38", +2°6'35.74" (41.486773, 2.109929)



ALBA is very close to the AP7 and the C58 motorways. From Barcelona city-center, you can reach the site by following the C58 road in approximately 30-40 minutes (depending on the traffic).



The closest airport to ALBA is Barcelona-El Prat International Airport. It is well connected to Barcelona city-center train stations: Barcelona-Sants, Barcelona-Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona-Catalunya. For more information, you can visit the AENA website or call +34 902 404 704. 

Girona-Costa Brava and Reus airports are also available. They are mainly operated by low-cost airlines and they are 45 and 70 minutes drive by car, respectively, to the ALBA Synchrotron.

To reach ALBA from Barcelona-El Prat airport you have basically two options:

  • Taxi: about 30-40 minutes depending on the traffic and around 40-50 €. Tell the driver to bring you to "Sincrotrón ALBA" or otherwise give him complete address (see above).
  • Public transport: first you need to go to Barcelona city centre (you can take Aerobus till Plaza Cataluña - 30-35 minutes - 5,90€). Second, you have to take a train till Cerdanyola del Vallès (RENFE) or till Sant Cugat or Bellaterra (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat) (see instructions below). This second journey is about 30-40 minutes and costs between 2-3 €. Finally, you need to take a bus from the train station till the ALBA Synchrotron - about 15-20 minutes and between 1-2 € (see complete instructions below).



As the site is close to Barcelona, you could plan to arrive by train at one of Barcelona's main train stations, Barcelona-Sants or Barcelona-Estació de França, and take the subway to Plaça Catalunya. From there, you have several options:

  • Take the line R4 with RENFE, the Spanish railway company, in the direction of Terrassa/Manresa and leave at Cerdanyola del Vallès station. Once there, two bus lines connect Cerdanyola del Vallès RENFE station with the ALBA site: line A4 Cerdanyola del Vallès-Sant Cugat and line B7 Cerdanyola del Vallès - Rubí. The bus stop for ALBA is called Sincrotró.
  • Take the train service S1 or S5 with Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), and leave at Sant Cugat station. Once there, take the A4 or B7 bus in the direction of  Cerdanyola del Vallès (line A4 Cerdanyola del Vallès-Sant Cugat or line B7 Cerdanyola del Vallès - Rubí). The bus stop for ALBA is called Sincrotró
  • Or take the train service S6 or S2 with Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), leave at Bellaterra station. From there, you can take the shuttle bus to Parc de l’ALBA.