Access to IRAM Granada

Access to IRAM Granada

Access to the telescope for guest observers

Visitors are kindly asked to read the safety rules (see left). We strongly recommend using the regular IRAM shuttle to and from the telescope (see below).

Transport from the IRAM office to the telescope and vice versa

IRAM provides transport to and from the telescope. Fill in your name on the white board in the IRAM entrance hall and be in the hall 10 minutes before the departure of the transport. The driver will not wait for late comers. There is no scheduled transport on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.  If it eases travel arrangements, visitors can use the remote observing station from our Granada offices (contact W. Brunswig or M. Munoz). The duration of the transport is typically 1.5 to 2 hours.

From mid October till end of May transport may be delayed due to road conditions. During these months it is not 100% safe to assume that one can catch a flight that is leaving the same day as the transport down from the observatory. Sun glasses are useful. In winter, warm waterproof clothes and mountain shoes are required.

IRAM Transport Schedule

SUMMER SCHEDULE (typically May-November)

DAY

DEPARTURE GRANADA

DEPARTURE TELESCOPE

Monday

08:15

10:30

Tuesday

08:15

10:30 + 17:00

Wednesday

-

-

Thursday

10:00

17:00

Friday

08:15

10:30 + 17:00

 

WINTER SCHEDULE (typically November-May)

DAY

DEPARTURE GRANADA

DEPARTURE TELESCOPE

Monday

08:15

10:45

Tuesday

08:15

10:45 + 16:15

Wednesday

-

-

Thursday

 

10.00h in principle (eventual changes are announced on the entrance board, please check the evening before)

 

16:15

Friday

08:15

10:45 + 16:15

Visitors are asked to adapt their travel plans as much as possible to the IRAM transport schedule. If absolutely needed, transport by taxi can be organized by IRAM (contact: Javier Lobato). Note that this is only possible during the summer months when the road is open and requires a special permit from the authorities of the Sierra Nevada National Park.

As a rule, IRAM will reimburse the taxi to visitors who are entitled to a reimbursement of travel and lodging by IRAM and if the number of nights spent at the telescope or the IRAM residencia can be reduced by at least two nights; agreement by IRAM should be given beforehand (contact: kramer@iram.es).

Access by rental car is in general not possible for visiting observers due to tight National Park regulations, and for safety reasons.

Board and lodging

IRAM Granada provides accomodation in our residencia or a hotel provided we have received a completed "Confirmation of Travel Dates" form. If you did not receive one, contact Esther Franzin or Cathy Berjaud. If you arrive after office hours (Mo-Fri 9:00 - 15:00) the guard at the entrance of the garage next to the Bar Triunfo has a key for you, upon personal identification. Visitors not supported by IRAM are charged 35,60 € per night for accomodation in the residencia and 71,70 € for lodging and meals at the telescope (breakfast: 2,90 €, lunch: 16,60 €, dinner: 16,60 €, lodging: 35,60 €). Please settle your bill at the IRAM administration before leaving. We are sorry that credit cards are not accepted.

Insurance

IRAM has no health insurance for visiting astronomers. You should be insured by your own or via your institute. Since the Spanish Social Security System offers only a very basic care we recommend a travel insurance even if you are in a European social security system. We also recommend to obtain a mission permit signed by your institute (even if IRAM is paying the travel). This may help to claim your rights in case of an accident during travel or while at the observatory.