Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) is the ESA center
that specializes in astronomy and space science.
It is located in Villafranca del Castillo, Villanueva
de la Cañada, close to Madrid in Spain,
and hosts the science operation centers for all
ESA astronomy and planetary missions together
with their scientific archives.
Please, be aware that ESAC is not easily accessible
with public transportation. Refer to the ESAC
Bus transport (free of charge) will be provided
on the meeting days between Madrid and ESAC
**For those of you that have requested to use the bus,
these are the times, pick up locations and destinations for 1-3 December.
Please note that the bus on Wednesday 3rd December will be going directly from
ESAC to Barajas airport, and not via the hotel:
1/12 08.30 from Hotel Principe Pio to ESAC.
1/12 19.00 from ESAC to Hotel Principe Pio.
2/12 08.20 from Hotel Principe Pio to ESAC.
2/12 18:45 from ESAC to Hotel Principe Pio.
3/12 08.00 from Hotel Principe Pio to ESAC.
3/12 13:45 from ESAC to Barajas Airport Terminal 1.
Hotel Principe Pio is a short walk, and approximately 600m, from Hotel Santo Domingo.
The location of Hotel Principe Pio can be found here
under the link titled Map.
Terminals 2 and 3 at Madrid/Barajas airport are walking distance from Terminal 1.
Terminal 4 is a short journey on the metro, or in a taxi, from Terminal 1.
in and departing from Madrid
Madrid can be reached by air through Barajas International
Airport. Useful references are:
Airport (Courtesy of AENA)
about transport to and from Madrid (Courtesy
of SoftGuide Madrid)
Information System of Madrid (Courtesy of
the Consejería de Transportes e infraestructuras)
Madrid Metro Map (Courtesy of the Metro de
is a Metro Station at the Barajas Airport that
will connect with the hotels
Airport to Hotels: Metro line 8 from "Barajas
Aeropuerto" to "Nuevos Ministerios".
Metro Line 10 from Nuevo Ministerio to Principe
A taxi is always a good (but more expensive) alternative.
ESAC/Airport: 50 - 60€