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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Mini
FIAT 500 or similar
FIAT 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$1.32 / per day
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Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Micra or similar
Nissan Micra
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$1.33 / per day
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Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$1.37 / per day
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Barcelona Train Station Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$2.07 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Compact
VW Golf or similar
VW Golf
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$2.19 / per day
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Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$2.26 / per day
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Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$2.35 / per day
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Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Record-go
$2.38 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 01:39 on 2019-11-21. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Spanish
Currency
EUR
Country code
34
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$19.73 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 - 100 km/h
56 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.9

Why rent a car in Barcelona?

Barcelona is a great destination. A true world city, it has plenty to offer in terms of culture, history, and atmosphere. Having your own ride will let you explore its different neighborhoods, as well as the rest of Catalonia region.

Barcelona Car Rental

Top ways to enter Barcelona

  • Barcelona El Prat Airport: Barcelona’s main airport is one of the largest in Europe and offers flights to countless destinations not only in Europe, but also Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
  • Girona-Costa Brava Airport: Serving Girona, Catalonia’s second city, Girona Airport is just 74 km (46 mi) north of Barcelona and is favored by low-cost airlines.
  • Reus Airport: Small, cozy, and mostly busy during summers, Reus Airport is located in Tarragona Province and is about an hour and a half’s drive away from Barcelona city center.

Useful city facts

  • The home language of Catalonia is Catalan, still the first tongue of many Barcelona natives. While Catalan is related to Spanish, the two languages are not mutually understandable, and retains a much stronger French influence. Spanish is also understood and spoken by practically everyone in the city. The general knowledge of English is high.
  • Climate. Although Barcelona is further north than many other cities in Spain, its location on the Mediterranean ensures it enjoys warm and mild winters. The summers, on the other hand, can get very hot, and getting properly hydrated is important.

Top destinations and activities

  • Gaudí Architecture: The unique ideas of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí can be observed throughout the city in buildings of which La Sagrada Familia is just the most famous one, but by far from the only example. Barcelona is a metropolis of arts, and works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso can also be seen in the city galleries.
  • La Rambla: Barcelona’s beating heart and main tourist attraction, walking La Rambla is the most Barcelona thing you can do. Proceed at a leisurely pace as you appreciate the food market, the street artist performances, and the general atmosphere.
  • The rest of the Old City: Although La Rambla is also part of Ciutat Vella, there is so much more of it to explore, from the unique Barri Gotic neighborhood to the Naval Museum and the Contemporary Art museum of Barcelona.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Speed limits - 50km/h (31mph) in built-up areas, 90km/h (56mph) on most standard roads, 100km/h (62mph) on standard roads that are either one-way roads, roads with more than two lanes for at least one direction of traffic and roads with shoulders more than 1.5m wide, and 120km/h (74mph) on motorways (called autovías in Spain).
  • The car documentation and insurance always has to be inside a vehicle.
  • The driver and all passengers are required to wear seatbelts.
  • Children up to the age of 12 and measuring less than 135cm travelling on the front seat of a car must be seated in a child restraint system adapted to their size and weight.
  • Unnecessary use of audible warning devices (horns) is prohibited
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers
  • The emergency number is 112.
  • There parking areas in Barcelona can be generally divided into three parking types: free parking, the Green Area and the Blue Area. Do note that some paid parking areas may become free during the weekends.
  • The Green Area (Àrea Verda) can be recognized by green painted lines. The price will vary depending on the location. You cannot park in Green Area for more than 1 or 2 hours.
  • The Blue Area (Àrea Blava) is a paid parking area for everyone, with time limit varying between 1 and 4 hours depending on the place. If you want to park here, you must purchase a ticket at the machines on the sidewalk and place it in a visible area of your car.
  • There are also free parking opportunities in Barcelona. Although many are not in the city centre, you may find a lot of them convenient. Some examples are: the subterranean parking of supermarket La Maquinista (Calle Potosí, 2), the area next to Parc Ciutadella (Calle de Ramón Turro), Montjuic area close to Fundación Miro and area around Calle Icaria
  • There are also many paid car parks in Barcelona, varying in price and proximity to city centre. Look up the on that might suit you the best on the official website.

Toll roads

Most of the roads inside the country are toll-free. Toll roads are called ‘carretera de peaje’. On maps and road signs, all toll roads have to include a letter P after the road type. The payment method may vary depending on the road, but most will accept cash. Regardless of the region, the average estimated price is €9.5 ($11.25) per 100km by car. See the official website for prices and more information.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Castelldefels: Located in the southern suburbs of Barcelona, the beaches of Castelldefels are popular with everyone from football stars to foreign travelers and natives of Barcelona
  • Inland Catalonia: The rest of Catalonia and especially the inland parts are where you’ll find farms, vineyards, and small towns, giving you the opportunity to truly enjoy the Catalan culture.
  • Costa-Brava: Similar in appearance to beaches of Barcelona, but more cozy and relaxed, Costa Brava, or the Wild Coast, is an amalgamation of beach restaurants, small coastal towns, like Lloret de Mar, and opportunities for water sports.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Spain is the Ford Fiesta, but travelers tend to also choose the Fiat 500 and the Ford Focus a lot. The most popular car types are economy, compact and mini.

Further destinations

  • Provence and Southern France: If you’re still craving more beach, the iconic Provence is France’s most famous destination after Paris, from little villages next to the azure Mediterranean waters to large cities like Marseille and Nice.
  • Valencian Community: Located next-door to Catalonia as you go south along the coast, the Valencian Community is home to unique culture, cuisine, and wine traditions, and boast the best paella in the whole of Spain. The region is also famous for the Costa Blanca including the resort city of Benidrom with its beaches and nightlife. 
  • Madrid: Spain’s capital and Barcelona’s rival is different in atmosphere, but just as fascinating thanks to its busy cultural and music life, interesting history, and monumental architecture.
  • Aragon: Lying west of Barcelona and centered around Zaragoza, its capital, Aragon offers beauriful villages in its hillsides and valleys and numerous outdoor sports activities in its mountains. 

Car Rental Prices in Barcelona

  • Station wagons - from $42 per day
  • Large cars - from $45 per day
  • Medium cars - from $29 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $55 per day
  • Premium cars - from $97 per day
  • Small cars - from $20 per day
  • SUVs - from $47 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Barcelona:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Barcelona is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 28% cheaper than the yearly average and 51% cheaper than renting in July.

Top 20 Cities near Barcelona

  1. Madrid Car Rentals from $2.91 per day
    483.1 km / 300.2 miles away
  2. Malaga Car Rentals from $0.04 per day
    766.0 km / 475.9 miles away
  3. Alicante Car Rentals from $0.10 per day
    403.6 km / 250.8 miles away
  4. Seville Car Rentals from $0.22 per day
    809.3 km / 502.9 miles away
  5. Valencia Car Rentals from $2.89 per day
    295.6 km / 183.7 miles away
  6. Bilbao Car Rentals from $4.96 per day
    466.8 km / 290.1 miles away
  7. Granada Car Rentals from $4.19 per day
    680.1 km / 422.6 miles away
  8. 883.3 km / 548.8 miles away
  9. A Coruña Car Rentals from $19.18 per day
    887.7 km / 551.6 miles away
  10. Girona Car Rentals from $0.78 per day
    87.9 km / 54.6 miles away
  11. Santander Car Rentals from $12.70 per day
    539.2 km / 335.1 miles away
  12. Jerez Car Rentals from $1.53 per day
    865.7 km / 538.0 miles away
  13. Asturias Car Rentals from $3.97 per day
    711.6 km / 442.2 miles away
  14. Murcia Car Rentals from $0.48 per day
    475.9 km / 295.7 miles away
  15. Vigo Car Rentals from $25.14 per day
    893.3 km / 555.1 miles away
  16. Valladolid Car Rentals from $16.16 per day
    578.8 km / 359.6 miles away
  17. Zaragoza Car Rentals from $12.29 per day
    252.3 km / 156.8 miles away
  18. Almeria Car Rentals from $4.76 per day
    626.6 km / 389.3 miles away
  19. Pamplona Car Rentals from $15.09 per day
    348.5 km / 216.5 miles away
  20. 860.9 km / 534.9 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Barcelona

  1. 10.5 km / 6.5 miles away
  2. Girona Airport Car Rentals from $0.78 per day
    77.6 km / 48.2 miles away
  3. 79.9 km / 49.6 miles away
  4. Reus Airport Car Rentals from $33.33 per day
    85.3 km / 53.0 miles away
  5. 87.3 km / 54.2 miles away
  6. 255.9 km / 159.0 miles away
  7. 301.8 km / 187.5 miles away
  8. 305.6 km / 189.9 miles away
  9. Pamplona Airport Car Rentals from $15.09 per day
    348.7 km / 216.6 miles away
  10. 405.5 km / 252.0 miles away
  11. 414.0 km / 257.2 miles away
  12. 466.1 km / 289.6 miles away
  13. Bilbao Airport Car Rentals from $4.96 per day
    466.8 km / 290.1 miles away
  14. Murcia Airport Car Rentals from $0.48 per day
    486.3 km / 302.2 miles away
  15. Madrid Airport Car Rentals from $2.91 per day
    489.7 km / 304.3 miles away
  16. 493.1 km / 306.4 miles away
  17. 497.5 km / 309.1 miles away
  18. 499.3 km / 310.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Barcelona?

Car rental prices in Barcelona vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Barcelona
$27.20
January
$43.06
February
$59.68
March
$34.14
April
$45.69
May
$44.09
June
$62.59
July
$41.73
August
$35.08
September
$36.97
October
$39.67
November
$39.87
December
The best month to rent a car in Barcelona is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $27.20). This is 36% cheaper than the yearly average and 57% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $62.59 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Barcelona?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in September, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in June, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Barcelona
6
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
4
June
8
July
5
August
10
September
4
October
6
November
5
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Barcelona?

While travelers visit Barcelona year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is May, and the least popular is September.
Barcelona Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
95%
January
98%
February
99%
March
117%
April
151%
May
115%
June
144%
July
133%
August
22%
September
47%
October
95%
November
84%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
Centauro Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Centauro Ford Focus 5 3 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Record-go Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Opel Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Ok Rent A Car Renault Clio 4 2 Small cars
Ok Rent A Car Opel Zafira 5 2 People Carriers / Vans
Ok Rent A Car FIAT 500 2 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Ireland
Nissan Juke
August 26, 2019
We didn't spend any time in Barcelona this trip. Have been before and it is a must see city.
Ukraine
VW Golf
August 10, 2019
There's no need to drive in Barcelona as it's quite hard to park and expensive too. You can get anywhere by walking, subway, or in rare cases, taxi or Cabify. If you want to drive from Barcelona down south, then having a car would be a great benefit. You'll be able to get to much more places compared to taking a train or bus. We drove from Barcelona all the way down to Cartagena with stops on the way.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Panda
May 10, 2019
I would only recommend renting a car in Barcelona if you can tolerate very narrow roads, and extremely limited parking.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
November 28, 2018
You need a car only if traveling outside of Barcelona. Car is not needed in the city itself. If you do decide to rent a car, make sure you have parking spot included with your hotel or rental apartment at no additional charge. Rent a small car - most parking spaces are very tight.
Ireland
Ford Focus
October 7, 2018
Travelled to Tossa de Mar and the Pyranees. Catalonia is a wonderful country
United States of America (USA)
Fiat 500
September 5, 2018
Spain is great, and I wish I could live there. Our country is exhausting hahahaha
Canada
Ford Focus
August 11, 2018
Barcelona is amazing, Tossa De Mar - is an excellent beach/sea experience, I would also recommend to see Girona and Begur - medival cities
Spain
Opel Zafira
July 21, 2018
Don't rent a car to move inside Barcelona, but if you need want to get outside of the city, do so! It's very quick to escape Barcelona and be in gorgeous beaches or mountains.
Switzerland
BMW X3
June 20, 2018
Do not leave luggage inside the car if you go shopping or park. They usually don't have alarms, so robbers can break a tiny glass, open the door and steal anything in under a minute. Make sure to hire an insurance on your own.

Top 18 Suppliers for Barcelona in 2019

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.3
+34871180192
Aeroport T1, 08820, Barcelona
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+34935219095
Aeropuerto Del Prat, 08820 El, Barcelona
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.1
+34935219095
Aeropuerto El Prat Terminal 2, C-32B, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
+34935219095
Aeropuerto El Prat Terminal 2, C-32B, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.8
+34902105055
Aeropuerto El Prat, Terminal 1, 08820, Barcelona
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+34911505000
Aeropuerto El Prat, Terminal 1, 08820, Barcelona
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+34902108495
Aeropuerto De Barcelona, El Prat, Barcelona, 08820
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+34902108495
Aeropuerto De Barcelona
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.4
+34931931844 / +34966360360
Poligono Mas Blau II, Carrer Alta Ribagorca, 30, 34 08820, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Record-go
Record-go
Excellent 8.2
+34931128227
Ctra. Antigua de Valencia km 4,3, salida 190, 08830 Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona
Ok Rent A Car
Ok Rent A Car
Excellent 8.1
+448435081118
Carrer de Muntades, 2, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.7
+34965233169 / +34918344064
C-32B, 18, 08820, Barcelona
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
911501183
Aeroport del Prat Terminal 2
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.5
+34965233169 / +34918344064
Barcelona–El Prat Airport, C-32B, 18, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.2
+34965233169 / +18778223872
Barcelona–El Prat Airport, C-32B, 18, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.1
+34965233169 / +34918344064
Barcelona–El Prat Airport, C-32B, 18, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7
+34965233169 / +34918344064 / +34965233425
Barcelona–El Prat Airport, C-32B, 18, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona

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