MWC 2017 Barcelona
GSMA 2017 Mobile World Congress Barcelona
MWC dates 2017: Monday 27th February to Thursday 2nd March 2017
MWC opening times: 09:00 to 19:00 daily except last day 09:00 to 16:00
MWC main location: Fira Gran Via exhibition centre Barcelona
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MWC17 Mobile World Congress Barcelona is one of Barcelona's top international business events and a very busy week for Barcelona in late February. The weather in February in Barcelona can be sunny and warm with high of 15C to 18C, but sometimes can also be chilly, damp and cold with day temperatures around 10C, so check the Barcelona weather forecast before you arrive.
Check out the MWC Agenda and to see what's on in Barcelona during MWC 2017 and to book tours of Barcelona visit our Barcelona events page and our Barcelona Tours page
2017 will be the 12th time that Barcelona hosts the GSMA MWC Mobile World Congress. The main venue for MWC is the Fira Gran Via trade area, which hosts most of the event.
At nearby trade fair area Fira Montjϋic you can find the 4YFN (digital startup event), the Women4Tech Hack_D_Gap Global Challenge and YoMo: The Youth Mobile Festival and Mobile Explorers Club.
Last years edition of MWC welcomed around 100,000 trade visitors, over 374 keynote speakers, 2200 exhibitors and visitors from 204 different nations in nine halls and outdoor spaces at both Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc trade fair areas.
The Global Mobile Awards recognized 40 amazing products, services, devices, apps and technologies.
Thousands of mobile entrepreneurs and start-ups attended the 4 Years From Now (4YFN) event at Fira Montjuïc.
Despite challenging economic times the world of mobile communication and smart phones is still a masssive growth industry and Barcelona is the beating heart of the mobile industry as host of the the most important event of the year.
MWC has confirmed that it will stay in Barcelona until the year 2023. For Barcelona the economic benefits for the city are estimated at over 400 million euros and 10,000 temporary jobs during the three day event.
Location MWC/GSMA 2017 Barcelona
The location of the 2017 MWC is the exhibition centre Fira Gran Via. The Fira Gran Via is located just outside Barcelona city centre between Barcelona airport and city centre. It is next to the Gran Via 2 shopping mall and an IKEA store.
Open map of Fira Gran Via exhibition centre or scroll down page for MCW address and directions of how to get to MCW 2017 exhibition centre.
This venue in Barcelona has with eight exhibition halls and 94,000 sqm all under the same roof and all halls will be in use for the MWC which also features 300 WiFi points during the fair. Scroll down this page for information about the MWC trade fair area, MWC maps, how to get there and for information about accommodation near MWC 2017 Barcelona trade fair grounds.
Metro Barcelona airport to MWC
The new Barcelona Metro Line 9 connects Barcelona airport terminals 1 and 2 to the station Fira which is at the Fira Gran Via and MWC17. From Fira Gran Via metro stop Metro line9 then connects with outer parts of the Barcelona metro network but not to the city center. The L9 metro line is a not a conventional high-speed direct metro line connecting Barcelona airport to the Barcelona city centre, like many other European cities have, but it is very convenient for business visitors at Fira Gran Via to get to and from Barcelona airport.
Hotels near MWC 2017
Hotels near MWC 2017. The Fira Gran Via exhibition centre is excellent, but apart from shopping malls and an IKEA, there are few attractions in this commercial area, so many MWC visitors also prefer to find accommodation in central Barcelona. There are a number of new and modern hotels and aparthotels close to the Gran Via exhibition centre which you can find on the links below.
The Fira Gran Via exhibition centre is quite close to the city centre by train or taxi, so you can also choose hotels in the centre of Barcelona. If you plan to go by public transport to the Gran Via exhibition area, but prefer to stay in Barcelona city centre, then you might want to consider booking hotels close to the street Gran Via in Barcelona so that you can take the L1 red metro line to Plaza Espanya and from the Plaza Espanya metro station you change on the same ticket to the FGC train to get to the FGC station Europa Fira which is the closest to the Gran Via exhibition area.
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The MWC is recognised as the world's premier event for mobile industry networking, business opportunities, and deal-making. Barcelona has been chosen as Mobile World Capital until 2023 making the city a permanent technological and cultural center with a goal boost and create new business opportunities and global awareness of the potential of mobile communications. We can recommend a visit to Barcelona Tech Talk for a complete list of MWC 2017 top events and parties.
The 2017 MWC will feature:
- A world-class conference featuring 300 prominent keynote speakers and panel discussions
- More than 1,500 exhibiting companies
- 4YFN (the fastest growing digital startup event)
- MWC Congress Party & Awards Celebration highlighting innovative mobile solutions around the world
MWC’s official party
The MMIX Party is MWC’s official party and is on Tuesday, 28 February at the Luz de Gas club in Barcelona with an exclusive performance from UK band Glass Animals. Tickets are free to all MWC attendees, but there is limited space, so register to attend and get your MMIX Party ticket in advance.
YoMo: The Youth Mobile Festival
4 day showcase. YoMo Barcelona welcomes 20,000 school children from 10 – 16 years of age from Catalonia and Spain to a showcase of science and technology.
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Event address & map
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How to get to Fira Gran Via Exhibition Centre Barcelona
Where is the Fira Gran Via trade show exhibition centre Barcelona? The Fira Gran Via exhibition centre is located in the Hospitalet de Llobregat area of Barcelona, which is just outside the city centre on the south side of Montjuic hill about half-way between Barcelona airport and the Barcelona city centre. It is 15 minutes by car from Barcelona city centre and 10 minutes from Barcelona airport. See how to get from Barcelona airport to city centre.
Address & map Fira Gran Via
Avinguda de Joan Carles I, 64, 08908, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.
The Fira Gran Via trade show area is the lower RED marker on the map below.
Open FULLSCREEN map Fira de Barcelona exhibition area
Fira Gran Via exhibition area and convention centre is located just outside the Barcelona city centre in the Hospitalet de Llobregat suburb of Barcelona which is about 7 km from Barcelona central Plaza Catalunya square and about 4km from Barcelona's other big exhibition area called Fira Montjuic. Both the Fira Gran Via and the Fira Montjuic are owned by Fira de Barcelona, who organise many of Barcelona biggest trade fairs and exhibitions. The Fira Gran Via area also has a convention and congress centre called the "Centre de Convencions Gran Via."
The Fira Gran Via trade fair buildings were designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito and are one of the most modern exhibition areas in Europe. The Fira Gran Via site has 240,000 square metres of exhibition space in 8 pavilions, a heliport with two helipads and one of the biggest roof photovoltaic plants in the world. Some of the biggest trade shows in Barcelona take place at the Fira Gran Via including the Barcelona International Food and Drinks Exhibition "Alimentaria" and the MWC Mobile World Congress and many more.
Hotels near Fira Gran Via
and Fira Gran Via convention centre
The Gran Via exhibition area is just outside the city centre in a suburb of Barcelona. The exhibition centre is excellent, but apart from shopping malls, there are few attractions in this industrial area, so many visitors also choose to stay in Barcelona. But there are an increasing number of new and modern hotels very close to the Gran Via exhibition centre, which you can find on the links below. The Gran Via exhibition centre is close to the city centre by train or taxi, so you can also choose hotels in the centre of Barcelona.
If you plan to go by public transport to the Gran Via exhibition area, but prefer to stay in Barcelona city centre, then you might want to consider booking hotels close to the street Gran Via in Barcelona. If you are close to the Gran Via street, then you can take the L1 red metro line to Plaza Espanya and from the Plaza Espanya metro station you change on the same ticket to the FGC train to get to the FGC station Europa Fira, which is the closest to the Gran Via exhibition area.
Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel 4 star
Hotel Porta Fira 4 star
Hotel SB Plaza Europa 4 star
Hesperia Tower 5 star
AC Hotel SOM by Marriot 4 star
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Getting to Fira Gran Via Barcelona
Distances: From Fira Gran Via to Plaza Catalunya in the city centre: 7 km / 20 minutes by taxi. From Fira Gran Via to Barcelona airport: 9 km / 15 minutes by taxi. From Fira Gran Via to Fira Montjuic exhibition area: 4 km / 8 minutes by taxi.
Metro line: L-9 Sud connects to metro stations "Fira" and "Europa/Fira. New Barcelona Metro Line 9 orange connects Barcelona airport terminals 1 and 2 to the metro station. The metro station Fira is directly underneath the Fira Gran Via trade area. From Fira Gran Via stop the new metro line then connects with outer parts of the Barcelona metro network. The new L9 metro line is a not a conventional high-speed direct metro line connecting Barcelona airport to the Barcelona city centre, like many other European cities have, but it is very convenient for business visitors at Fira Gran Via to get to and from Barcelona airport.
By FGC train (linked to metro system)
Nearest FCG Station: Europa Fira - then 5 minute walk
Europa Fira station is on any of S33, S8, R6, S4, R5 lines on Llobregat - Anoia line which you can take from
Connect via metro on Plaza Espanya the take FGC trains to FGC Europa Fira station.
Bus lines to Fira Gran Via: 65, 79, 125, L72, L80, L81, L83, L87
Night bus lines to Fira Gran Via : N1, N15, N16 and N17
Shuttle bus connection Plaza Espanya
For some events there might be free shuttle buses from airport or from Plaza Espanya.
Check with the organisers of the event that you are visiting.
How to get to Plaza Espanya by Metro:
Station: Pl. Espanya. Metro lines 1, 3 and FGC trains (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat)
How to get to Plaza Espanya by bus:
Bus lines: 79,13, 27, 38
Barcelona airport Aerobús has a stop at Pl Espanya
The Fira Gran Via is on highway C-31 Gran Via.
The Fira Gran Via site has 5,000 parking places
Disabled access. There are lifts available around the Fira Gran Via
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