It stands in the middle of the Llanada Alavesa, on the road that joins Madrid to the rest of Europe, via the A-1 highway. The city has always been a major stopping place on this important communications route and has acted like a bridge between Europe and the rest of the Iberian Peninsula. The city is less than an hour from Bilbao (60 Km), one hour from Pamplona (100 Km) and San Sebastián (100 km), two hours from Santander (160 Km), three hours from Zaragoza (250 Km) and less than four hours from Madrid (350 Km).
Vitoria-Gasteiz has been appointed by the European Commission as European Green Capital in 2012 and as Spanish Capital of Gastronomy in 2014.
By train: The train station is located in the city center, next to the Faculty of Pharmacy and the hotels agreed by the congress. There are regular lines departing and arriving Vitoria-Gasteiz everyday. You can check timetables and prices for train tickets here.
By bus: The bus station is located on the outskirts of the city. There is a tram departing to the city center every 15 minutes. You can check tram timetables here. The bus station is also conected to the city center by urban bus (lines 2A and 2B) with a 10 min. frequency (15 min. on saturday and 20 min. on sunday). Both the tram and bus stops are just in front of the station. Alternatively you can walk 5 minutes and take the bus line 8 straight to the University. You can check timetables and the itineraries for urban buses here.
From Bilbao airport: Bizkaibus line A3247 Bilbao-Airport is the service that connects the Bilbao Termibus with the airport . From Bilbao, they leave every 15 minutes from 05:15 to 22:00. Check here the timetable. From the airport, they leave every 15 minutes, from 06:15 to 00:00. Check here the timetable. On the arrivals floor there is a customer services desk and ticket office. There is a bus departing every hour from Termibus to Vitoria-Gasteiz bus station. You can check timetables and prices here.
From Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez airport: There are regular bus lines connecting Madrid airport to Vitoria-Gasteiz. You can check timetable and prices here. Additionally you can reach the Madrid Chamartín train station by train (check timetable here) or underground, taking lines 8 with transfer to line 9 and 10 (check timetable here)
From Vitoria-Gasteiz airport: There is a bus line for Ryanair passengers connecting the airport and the center of Vitoria-Gasteiz or the bus station on days with scheduled passenger flight. You can check timetable and prices here. Ryanair offers direct flights to Vitoria-Gasteiz airport from Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Tenerife Sur, Colonia and Milan-Bergamo.