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Car Hire in Barcelona Driving & Mini Guide

Driving in Barcelona can be challenging at times, especially in the city center, but it's not necessarily "manic." Traffic conditions can vary depending on the time of day, and road signage is generally clear. Here's what you can expect when driving in Barcelona, along with some information about the distance to the airport and other places to visit by car:

1. Traffic in Barcelona:

  • City Center: Traffic congestion can occur in the city center, especially during rush hours. Barcelona is a major Spanish city, and it can be busy with vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians.

  • Peak Tourist Season: During the summer months and peak tourist seasons, Barcelona can experience more traffic due to the influx of visitors.

2. Road Signage:

  • Road Signs: Road signage in Barcelona follows standard international conventions. Most signs are in Spanish and Catalan, but you'll also find signs in English, especially in tourist areas. Signs are generally clear and well-marked.

3. Distance to Barcelona Airport:

  • Barcelona Airport (El Prat): The main international airport serving Barcelona, El Prat Airport, is located about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) southwest of the city center. The drive from the city center to the airport typically takes around 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.

4. Places to Visit by Car in Barcelona:

  • Park Güell: This iconic park designed by architect Antoni Gaudí is located a bit north of the city center. It's known for its colorful mosaics and unique architecture.

  • Tibidabo: Mount Tibidabo offers panoramic views of Barcelona and is home to an amusement park. It's about a 30-minute drive from the city center.

  • Montserrat: Montserrat, a unique mountain range with a famous monastery, is about an hour's drive from Barcelona. It's a popular destination for hiking and religious pilgrimages.

  • Costa Brava: The picturesque Costa Brava coastline, with its beautiful beaches and charming towns, is a little over an hour's drive north of Barcelona.

  • Sitges: This coastal town known for its beaches, nightlife, and cultural events is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Barcelona, and the drive takes about 30-40 minutes.

Tips for Driving in Barcelona:

  • Parking: Finding parking in the city center can be challenging and expensive. Many hotels offer parking facilities, so consider choosing accommodation with parking options.

  • Traffic Restrictions: Barcelona has implemented traffic restrictions in certain areas to reduce congestion and pollution. Be aware of restrictions such as low-emission zones and limited-access zones.

  • Safety: Be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists, and follow the rules of the road. Barcelona has designated bike lanes and pedestrian areas.

Overall, while driving in Barcelona can have its challenges, it's a viable option for exploring the city and nearby attractions. Just be prepared for city traffic, consider using public transportation within the city center, and plan your trips to avoid rush hours when possible.


Current Rental Rates in Barcelona

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 9.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 69.54 EUR from 20/11/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.44 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 73.12 EUR from 20/11/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Ka

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.57 EUR/day
Ford Ka

7 Days rental at 73.99 EUR from 20/11/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.59 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 74.15 EUR from 20/11/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.71 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 75.03 EUR from 20/11/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.75 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 75.26 EUR from 20/11/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.91 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 76.39 EUR from 20/11/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Ibiza

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 11.17 EUR/day
Seat Ibiza

7 Days rental at 78.20 EUR from 20/11/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 11.23 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 78.61 EUR from 20/11/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 9.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 69.54 EUR from 20/11/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.44 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 73.12 EUR from 20/11/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Ka

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.57 EUR/day
Ford Ka

7 Days rental at 73.99 EUR from 20/11/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.59 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 74.15 EUR from 20/11/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.71 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 75.03 EUR from 20/11/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.75 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 75.26 EUR from 20/11/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 10.91 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 76.39 EUR from 20/11/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Ibiza

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 11.17 EUR/day
Seat Ibiza

7 Days rental at 78.20 EUR from 20/11/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 11.23 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 78.61 EUR from 20/11/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW iX

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 114.56 EUR/day
BMW iX

7 Days rental at 801.96 EUR from 20/11/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Dacia Spring

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 130.66 EUR/day
Dacia Spring

7 Days rental at 914.66 EUR from 20/11/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 13.00 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 91.06 EUR from 20/11/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Tesla Model 3

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.25 EUR/day
Tesla Model 3

7 Days rental at 204.81 EUR from 20/11/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.79 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 194.57 EUR from 20/11/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Lynk & Co 01 Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 40.77 EUR/day
Lynk & Co 01 Hybrid

7 Days rental at 285.44 EUR from 20/11/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Useful to know about Barcelona

  • Barcelona is home to arguably Europe’s best football team Barcelona FC or Barca as they are popularly known.
  • Barcelona staged the 1992 Olympics accredited with being the first commercially successful Olympics.
  • Antoni Gaudi’s signature masterpiece the Sagrada Familia was begun in 1882 and STILL isn’t finished! Estimates for a completion date suggest 2026.
  • The National Geographic put Barcelona top of its list of World Beach Cities.
  • Barcelona is one of the most densely populated cities in Europe.

Best car rental companies in Barcelona

8.7
No.1: SIXT,
based on 4268 reviews
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89
18 min (average wait time)
8.6
No.2: FLIZZR,
based on 122 reviews
91
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89
22 min (average wait time)
8.4
No.3: EUROPCAR,
based on 4208 reviews
87
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21 min (average wait time)

Barcelona car hire information

  • 8.8/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Sixt EMEA Corporate
  • € 84.77
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 12.11
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 63
    Most Popular Type:
    Compact
  • 13
    Most popular model:
    Fiat 500
  • 182
    Total Cars Available
     

Average prices per day in Barcelona

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May€ 48
June€ 52
July€ 74
August€ 64
September€ 42
October€ 37
November€ 35
December€ 47
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January€ 34
February€ 31
March€ 34
April€ 42
May€ 41
June€ 44
July€ 60
August€ 53
September€ 35
October€ 30
November€ 29
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January€ 89
February€ 95
March€ 67
April€ 105
May€ 89
June€ 88
July€ 148
August€ 167
September€ 127
October€ 132
November€ 78
December€ 104
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January€ 68
February€ 55
March€ 61
April€ 69
May€ 64
June€ 67
July€ 102
August€ 93
September€ 62
October€ 58
November€ 51
December€ 62
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January€ 133
February€ 157
March€ 113
April€ 150
May€ 147
June€ 154
July€ 298
August€ 322
September€ 215
October€ 192
November€ 178
December€ 179
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February€ 28
March€ 27
April€ 34
May€ 35
June€ 38
July€ 57
August€ 49
September€ 31
October€ 25
November€ 28
December€ 34
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January€ 92
February€ 104
March€ 99
April€ 115
May€ 93
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July€ 152
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September€ 113
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November€ 75
December€ 125
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January€ 41
February€ 37
March€ 35
April€ 46
May€ 47
June€ 50
July€ 71
August€ 62
September€ 41
October€ 33
November€ 34
December€ 41

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