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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$8.73 per day
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Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$9.01 per day
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Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$9.04 per day
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Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$9.48 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$9.62 / per day
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Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$10.03 / per day
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Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Rhodium
$10.10 / per day
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Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Nizacars Rent A Car
$10.16 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 13:23 on 2021-10-25. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Spanish
Currency
EUR
Country code
34
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
7.6

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

One-Way Car Rentals in Barcelona

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Barcelona and drop off in another city include:

  • From Barcelona to Madrid - 361 offers from US$ 8.10 per day
  • From Barcelona to Malaga - 467 offers from US$ 8.10 per day
  • From Barcelona to Valencia - 376 offers from US$ 8.10 per day
  • From Barcelona to Alicante - 225 offers from US$ 8.10 per day
  • From Barcelona to Seville - 438 offers from US$ 8.10 per day

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.
  • Maritime Museum of Barcelona. Fittingly located inside the Gothic building of the former Barcelona Royal Shipyard, the Maritime Museum is dedicated to the seafaring and trading history of Barcelona, two industries that made the city the metropolis that it is today. From early navigational instruments to reconstructed ships, it is a fascinating place to explore. Located near the coast in the very center of Barcelona, the museum is easy to access from anywhere in the city.

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
  • Lleida. Sometimes overlooked by foreign travelers, the inland parts of Catalonia can be fascinating to explore, especially if you have your own ride. The farms, vineyards, and towns are where the traditional Catalan culture continues to thrive. Lleida, the largest inland city and a fine destination in its own right, is about 160 km (100 miles) northwest of Barcelona and can be reached in about two hours.
  • Girona. Similar to the beaches of Barcelona, but of a more untamed flavor, the coastal area of Costa Brava is an amalgamation of beaches, small coastal towns, and opportunities for water sports. Girona, the largest city in the region is an hour’s ride northeast of Barcelona and also has one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in Europe.

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

For more about traveling around Spain with a rental car, check out our complete guide.

  • Provence and Southern France: From scenic coastal villages next to Mediterranean beaches and famous old cities like Marseille and Nice, the iconic Provence is France’s most famous destination after Paris. Ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit you crossing the border.
  • 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 beautiful villages in its hillsides and valleys, and numerous outdoor activities in the mountains. 

Car Rental Prices in Barcelona

  • Station wagons - from $27 per day
  • Large cars - from $41 per day
  • Medium cars - from $24 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $46 per day
  • Premium cars - from $112 per day
  • Small cars - from $17 per day
  • SUVs - from $46 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 19 Cities near Barcelona

  1. 776.1 km / 482.2 miles away
  2. 502.7 km / 312.4 miles away
  3. Alicante Car Rentals from $2.86 per day
    419.3 km / 260.5 miles away
  4. 833.8 km / 518.1 miles away
  5. Valencia Car Rentals from $14.43 per day
    307.5 km / 191.1 miles away
  6. Bilbao Car Rentals from $12.42 per day
    470.4 km / 292.3 miles away
  7. Granada Car Rentals from $8.02 per day
    695.7 km / 432.3 miles away
  8. Jerez Car Rentals from $13.56 per day
    880.9 km / 547.3 miles away
  9. 890.0 km / 553.0 miles away
  10. 82.0 km / 51.0 miles away
  11. Asturias Car Rentals from $14.38 per day
    716.2 km / 445.0 miles away
  12. Santander Car Rentals from $24.36 per day
    543.4 km / 337.6 miles away
  13. A Coruña Car Rentals from $21.01 per day
    897.2 km / 557.5 miles away
  14. Valladolid Car Rentals from $27.13 per day
    587.5 km / 365.1 miles away
  15. Vigo Car Rentals from $21.02 per day
    901.2 km / 560.0 miles away
  16. Zaragoza Car Rentals from $17.63 per day
    260.5 km / 161.8 miles away
  17. Cadiz Car Rentals from $17.19 per day
    911.7 km / 566.5 miles away
  18. Almeria Car Rentals from $21.05 per day
    642.4 km / 399.1 miles away
  19. Benidorm Car Rentals from $9.12 per day
    374.9 km / 233.0 miles away

Top 17 Locations near Barcelona

  1. 3.5 km / 2.2 miles away
  2. 5.8 km / 3.6 miles away
  3. 5.8 km / 3.6 miles away
  4. 15.8 km / 9.8 miles away
  5. 22.7 km / 14.1 miles away
  6. Girona Airport Car Rentals from $12.10 per day
    72.1 km / 44.8 miles away
  7. 81.8 km / 50.8 miles away
  8. Reus Airport Car Rentals from $12.10 per day
    91.0 km / 56.5 miles away
  9. 114.8 km / 71.3 miles away
  10. 223.7 km / 139.0 miles away
  11. 260.5 km / 161.8 miles away
  12. 307.5 km / 191.1 miles away
  13. 311.3 km / 193.4 miles away
  14. Pamplona Airport Car Rentals from $11.11 per day
    351.7 km / 218.5 miles away
  15. 419.3 km / 260.5 miles away
  16. Bilbao Airport Car Rentals from $7.24 per day
    469.7 km / 291.9 miles away
  17. Madrid Torrejon Car Rentals from $28.33 per day
    488.2 km / 303.4 miles away

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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
$28.51
January
$45.14
February
$62.55
March
$35.78
April
$47.89
May
$46.21
June
$65.60
July
$43.74
August
$35.80
September
$38.52
October
$41.65
November
$41.65
December
The best month to rent a car in Barcelona is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $28.51). This is 36% cheaper than the yearly average and 57% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $65.60 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 12 days in October, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Barcelona
6
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
12
September
4
October
8
November
8
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 March, and the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Barcelona by Monthly Searches
73%
January
339%
February
383%
March
45%
April
58%
May
44%
June
56%
July
51%
August
26%
September
27%
October
48%
November
49%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Record-go Skoda Fabia 5 2 Small cars
Record-go Fiat 500 2 2 Small cars
Ok Rent A Car Renault Clio 4 2 Small cars
Record-go Seat Leon 5 2 Medium cars
Record-go Toyota C-HR 5 2 Medium cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Nizacars Rent A Car Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Nizacars Rent A Car Opel Corsa 5 1 Small cars
Record-go Nissan Qashqai 5 2 SUVs
Goldcar VW Polo 5 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Fiat 500
October 16, 2021
Good car, great service.
United Kingdom
Skoda Fabia
September 28, 2021
Pleasure to drive but next time I would get an automatic
Poland
VW Golf
July 23, 2021
Was great
United Kingdom
Skoda Fabia
July 20, 2021
Used as daily runner between marinas
United States of America (USA)
Renault Clio
July 12, 2021
Barcelona had so much to offer. I can see us visiting many more times in the future.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota C-HR
July 7, 2021
1 tank of gas was enough for round trip from barcelona up to cadaques. Car felt good and handled well. sufficient speed and acceleration when needed. Clean
Romania
Mercedes Benz Vito
May 10, 2021
While on a short break in Barcelona rent a car and drive to Montserrat and Sitges. The first trip will take you into the heart of Catalonia, while the other will indulge you with breathtaking view similar to the Cote de Azur views. It's just magnificent.
Germany
Fiat 500
April 15, 2021
Tarragona!!! beautiful city!
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Juke
December 30, 2020
Not within Barcelona, but if you plan to drive outside of Barcelona
United States of America (USA)
VW Golf
October 19, 2020
Good to travel outside of Barcelona but not easy nor efficient in the city.
United Kingdom
Audi A3 Sportback S Line
August 11, 2020
Wonderful city and the surround region of Catalonia is amazing. Great roads even if you have to pay tolls for the best ones.
Spain
VW Polo
July 27, 2020
Best offer found on the net for a one-month car rental.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Juke
October 29, 2019
The driver who took us back to the airport refuse to help us with our luggage otherwise it was a good deal for the money
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
MINI One Cabrio
August 17, 2019
It's hard traffic for me in Spain. Difficult road junctions, easy to make mistake, long time to correct.
Argentina
Ford Fiesta
August 11, 2019
there are too much turist
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.
Spain
Opel Corsa
August 8, 2019
Hard to find parking in summer time.
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.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
June 10, 2018
A car is great for touring Spain. Barcelona has public transportation and I would not rent a car if only going there. Parking can be pricey is some cities.

Top 17 Suppliers in Barcelona in 2021

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.3
+34871180192
Rambla de Catalunya 74
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+34935210025
Carrer de Rivadeneyra, 3, Parking. Planta -1, 08002 Barcelona
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.1
+34933230701
CALLE DE MUNTANER 45,
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
+34933230701
CALLE DE MUNTANER 45,
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.8
+34902105055
Plaça dels Paisos Catalans, 1, 7, 08014 Barcelona
Working hours
Mon:07:30-22:00
Tue:07:30-22:00
Wed:07:30-22:00
Thu:07:30-22:00
Fri:07:30-22:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+340934743048
Motors, 144
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
902110275
Rambla Catalunya 40Return: Parking Saba Pg Gracia
Working hours
Mon:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+34902108495
Aeropuerto De Barcelona, El Prat, Barcelona, 08820
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
Nizacars Rent A Car
Nizacars Rent A Car
Excellent 8.5
+34937065967
Carrer de l'Alta Ribagorça, 20, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
935219095
Enterprise Rent A Car
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.4
+34935667228 / +34966360360
Carrer de Bejar, 63-73, Local 8, 08014 Barcelona
Record-go
Record-go
Excellent 8.2
+34931127767 / +34610540344
Carrer del Rossello, 9, 08029 Barcelona
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Ok Rent A Car
Ok Rent A Car
Excellent 8.1
+34902360636
Enric Bargés 17, 04014 Barcelona
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
911501183
Aeroport del Prat Terminal 2
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.2
+34902360636
Carrer d'Enric Bargés, 17 08014 Barcelona
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.1
+34965233169 / +34918344064
Barcelona–El Prat Airport, C-32B, 18, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7
+34918341400
Carrer de Viriat, 43, Barcelona, 08014 Barcelona
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:00
Tue:09:00-17:00
Wed:09:00-17:00
Thu:09:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
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