Car Rental in Barcelona
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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.
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 € 6.98 per day
- From Barcelona to Malaga - 467 offers from € 6.98 per day
- From Barcelona to Valencia - 376 offers from € 6.98 per day
- From Barcelona to Alicante - 225 offers from € 6.98 per day
- From Barcelona to Seville - 438 offers from € 6.98 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.
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.
For more about traveling around Spain with a rental car, check out our complete guide.
- Provence and Southern France: If you’re still craving more beaches, 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. 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 beauriful villages in its hillsides and valleys and numerous outdoor sports activities in its mountains.
Car Rental Prices in Barcelona
- Station wagons - from $28 per day
- Large cars - from $43 per day
- Medium cars - from $25 per day
- People Carriers/Vans - from $48 per day
- Premium cars - from $116 per day
- Small cars - from $17 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 19 Cities near Barcelona
Malaga Car Rentals from $1.42 per day775.8 km / 482.0 miles away
Madrid Car Rentals from $29.30 per day482.8 km / 300.0 miles away
Alicante Car Rentals from $2.95 per day414.0 km / 257.2 miles away
Valencia Car Rentals from $6.20 per day305.6 km / 189.9 miles away
829.0 km / 515.1 miles away
Bilbao Car Rentals from $12.85 per day466.1 km / 289.6 miles away
Granada Car Rentals from $8.30 per day690.0 km / 428.7 miles away
Santiago de Compostela Car Rentals from $9.62 per day885.9 km / 550.5 miles away
Jerez Car Rentals from $14.02 per day875.1 km / 543.7 miles away
Girona Car Rentals from $12.51 per day77.6 km / 48.2 miles away
A Coruña Car Rentals from $20.70 per day889.8 km / 552.9 miles away
Santander Car Rentals from $17.88 per day539.6 km / 335.3 miles away
Asturias Car Rentals from $14.88 per day712.8 km / 442.9 miles away
Valladolid Car Rentals from $28.06 per day582.9 km / 362.2 miles away
Vigo Car Rentals from $21.75 per day896.8 km / 557.3 miles away
Zaragoza Car Rentals from $18.24 per day255.9 km / 159.0 miles away
Almeria Car Rentals from $21.77 per day636.9 km / 395.7 miles away
Cadiz Car Rentals from $17.78 per day905.9 km / 562.9 miles away
Benidorm Car Rentals from $9.44 per day369.7 km / 229.7 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Barcelona
Barcelona Train Station Car Rentals from $10.65 per day
Barcelona Les Cortes Car Rentals from $27.75 per day1.2 km / 0.7 miles away
Barcelona Rambla de Catalunya Car Rentals from $30.60 per day2.4 km / 1.5 miles away
Barcelona Airport Car Rentals from $8.89 per day10.5 km / 6.5 miles away
Barcelona Castelldefels Car Rentals from $25.83 per day16.9 km / 10.5 miles away
Girona Airport Car Rentals from $12.51 per day77.6 km / 48.2 miles away
Tarragona Train Station Car Rentals from $42.92 per day79.9 km / 49.6 miles away
Reus Airport Car Rentals from $12.51 per day85.3 km / 53.0 miles away
Girona Train Station Car Rentals from $22.01 per day87.3 km / 54.2 miles away
Figueras Railway Station Car Rentals from $22.21 per day120.1 km / 74.6 miles away
Castellon Airport Car Rentals from $26.75 per day217.9 km / 135.4 miles away
Zaragoza Train Station Car Rentals from $18.24 per day255.9 km / 159.0 miles away
Valencia Train Station Car Rentals from $14.93 per day301.8 km / 187.5 miles away
Valencia Airport Car Rentals from $6.20 per day305.6 km / 189.9 miles away
Pamplona Airport Car Rentals from $11.49 per day348.7 km / 216.6 miles away
Alicante Train Station Car Rentals from $11.98 per day405.5 km / 252.0 miles away
Alicante Airport Car Rentals from $2.95 per day414.0 km / 257.2 miles away
Bilbao Train Station Car Rentals from $12.85 per day466.1 km / 289.6 miles away
Bilbao Airport Car Rentals from $7.49 per day466.8 km / 290.1 miles away
Madrid Torrejon Car Rentals from $29.30 per day482.8 km / 300.0 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Record-go||Skoda Fabia||5||2||Small cars|
|Ok Rent A Car||Renault Clio||4||2||Small cars|
|Centauro||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|
|Goldcar||Fiat Panda||3||2||Small cars|
|Record-go||Seat Leon||5||2||Medium cars|
|Ok Rent A Car||VW Golf||5||2||Medium cars|
|Goldcar||VW Polo||5||1||Small cars|
|Goldcar||VW Polo||5||1||Small cars|
|Interrent||Fiat Panda||3||2||Small cars|
|Nizacars Rent A Car||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|