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Car hire in Barcelona

Car hire in Barcelona

Hiring a car in Barcelona is simple, use the search box to your left, enter the name of the airport or place you want to pick up your hire car from and Expedia will help you compare the prices of small, medium and large cars so that you can find the cheapest car hire deals in Barcelona. Alternatively, below you can check out some of the great deals on car hire we currently have for Barcelona.

Driving in Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital and the most populous city of the northern region of Catalonia. It is also the second largest city in all of Spain, behind the capital Madrid. This beautiful is famous for its architecture, thriving nightlife and views of the Mediterranean; Barcelona is a popular tourist destination all year long.

Car hire is a great way to experience Barcelona, allowing visitors to easily explore this beautiful city. The warm, pleasant climate means that the locals spend a lot of time outdoors, especially on the 5 km stretch of beach to the east of the city centre.

However, the dazzling beaches and views of the Mediterranean aren't the only reason for visiting Barcelona. With the convenience of a rental car, tourists can visit much of the surrounding region, Catalonia, an area rich in culture and tradition that cannot be found elsewhere in Spain.

Get the most out of Barcelona by renting a car and experience all this authentic city, and region, have to offer. Book your holiday today!

Cheap Car Hire at Barcelona Airport

Barcelona Airport is the second busiest airport in Spain, again after Madrid's Barajas Airport, but is the largest in the Catalonian region. Only 12 km from the heart of the city, Barcelona's only airport provides the ultimate in convenience for travelling to the city. Barcelona airport also serves a number of neighbouring tourist destinations in Catalonia, though Barcelona is by far the most popular tourist destination in the region. Serving over 29 million passengers every year, Barcelona airport maintains the busy tourism industry that is crucial to the economy of the region.

Being so close to the city centre, renting a car is the ideal way to get from the airport to the city. The drive northeast will take visitors quickly and easily to the heart of Barcelona. There are a number of routes available to visitors though none of them should take more than 30 minutes, even in traffic. Depending on the location of your hotel in Barcelona, motorways, B-10, C-31 and C-32 should all be considered. Before departing on your flight to Barcelona, it is worthwhile checking with your hotel for any recommended routes.

When deciding on renting a car from Barcelona Airport, visitors will have plenty of choice. Hertz, Avis and Europcar all have desk locations at Barcelona airport and there are also a number of car rental suppliers with locations in the city itself.

Car hire companies in Barcelona have extensive fleets of vehicles and will provide the perfect car to meet every holiday need. Whether it is a convertible to enjoy the Barcelona sunshine or a larger vehicle to transport the whole family around this beautiful region, travellers can rest assured that their needs will be met.

Car rental in Barcelona will not only get travellers from the airport to the city quickly but will also afford visitors the luxury of getting around the region easily too. Many of the main attractions in Barcelona are concentrated along the coast, whilst heading east into Catalonia uncovers a world of cuisine and culture that is unique to the area. By renting a car from Barcelona Airport, tourists will be able to enjoy the many great sights and sounds of this distinctive region of Spain.

Car Hire in Barcelona, The City

Driving in and around Barcelona is pleasant experience. The wide boulevards are lined with palm trees, the Gothic Quarter is the vibrant centre of Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times but the most famous is the unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882. Currently work is scheduled to be completed by 2026!

Barcelona is a fun city with a friendly atmosphere that thrives all year round due to the warm climate. Visitors should not be shy of parking their rental car in many of the car parks in the city although these often fill up early or have limited spaces. You'll also find that it's difficult to find a car park space on the streets in the city centre although not impossible. However, if you park in a non-designated car parking area you'll almost certainly receive a ticket or have your car towed away. This can ruin a holiday and incur a great deal of extra cost. If in doubt it is always best to ask your hotel concierge or preferred rental car provider for information or tips on parking the city.

Barcelona's main tourist attractions include its exciting nightlife but there are also plenty of museums, cathedrals and parks that should be visited too. Park Güell is a fairy-tale experience that reflects Gaudí's wild imagination, whilst the Palau de la Musica Catalana is awash with colour showcasing outstanding Modernista workmanship.

Festivals are also a staple of life in Barcelona. There are more festivals in the city than there are weeks in the year. September's Festes de la Mercè is a highlight that brings a great range of entertainment to the city streets.

Like all other major cities, Barcelona has a lot of traffic. However, since the Olympic Games were held in the city, almost 20 years ago, driving around the city and in the surrounding areas has eased congestion considerably. The layout of the roads in Barcelona, which form a grid, help visitors navigate the streets easily when driving around the city. Drivers in Barcelona also tend to be more patient than in other parts of Spain meaning that driving in Barcelona is a much more pleasant experience that in other parts of Spain.

Car hire in Barcelona is a great option to see this vibrant city. Tourists will enjoy small town but metropolitan feel of one of Spain's favourite tourist destinations. However, there is plenty more to the region that can easily be discovered with a rental car. Catalonia is a region full of magic and mystery, with a long history that has often put it at odds with the rest of the country. Exploring the region further, tourists will uncover a side of Spain not often experienced.

Barcelona is a thriving city that attracts millions of visitors every year. Explore this vibrant city with the convenience of car hire and you will want to go back time and again.

Book Barcelona as your next holiday destination and enjoy all this colourful region has to offer!