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Why rent a car in Barcelona?

Instantly recognisable for its landscape of unique Gaudi architecture, Barcelona is a city alive with live music, dancing and plenty of delicious food. From sandy beaches, perfect for a leisurely stroll, to ancient architecture and the rolling Collserola hills, Barcelona has it all. With plenty of fascinating museums and galleries to explore by day, and a lively nightlife scene at night, you will be spoilt for choice for things to do.

A hire car is the best way to unlock the delights of this vibrant city, as well as venture beyond Barcelona to destinations such as Sabadell (a 40-minute drive), where the Sabadell Art Museum showcases a range of Catalan painting from the 19th and 20th centuries.

How to get to and around Barcelona?

Fly into Barcelona Airport and from there it’s an easy 24-minute drive into the centre of Barcelona. Girona-Costa Brava Airport is an hour and 10 minutes’ drive.

Beyond Barcelona, your hire car can take you to Terrassa (a 40-minute drive), where you can view the spectacular Masía Freixa – a striking modernist building constructed in 1896, inspired by the work of Gaudi. The Torre del Palau is also a popular destination, the remnant of a castle that once stood on the site, which functioned as a prison until well into the 19th century.

What brands are available?

Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Barcelona to suit every budget and requirement, from Inter Rent and Firefly to Sixt.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Barcelona

Barcelona is brimming with exciting things to do see and do. The Sagrada Familia, a landmark church designed by Gaudi, is a must-see for any visitor, as well as the Gothic Quarter (known as the Barri Gotic), which used to be a Roman village. As well as this, the Museu Picasso is a fantastic stop-off, housed in five medieval stone mansions which are almost as fascinating as the art itself. Home to more than 3,500 works by the iconic artist, the gallery paints a picture of the formative creative years Picasso spent in Barcelona.

Beyond Barcelona, the city of Badalona is a 20-minute drive in your hire car, where Badalona beach provides the chance to relax on the sandy shores of the Balearic sea. Founded in the 3rd century BC by the Romans, you can enjoy a taste of the city’s history at its Roman baths, or by visiting the 14th century Monastery of Saint Jerome of Myrtle.

Tips and tricks for driving in Barcelona

Remember to drive on the right-hand side and don’t be surprised if motorists flash their headlights at you before overtaking your car on the motorway. They are obliged to do it by law as a warning of their approach.

Ready to plan your Barcelona city break?

Feeling inspired to start exploring Barcelona and other parts of Spain? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best hire car, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

Get in the Driver's Seat

Your holiday should be spent having fun, not worrying! can help you discover the best rates on car rentals in Barcelona from the comfort of your own home; all you'll have to do is reserve a car online right here, and your rental car will be waiting on you. The online process is easy and will even allow you to choose the size of the car and additional accessories such as a car seat or GPS. Once you arrive in Spain, hiring a car at Barcelona International Airport (BCN) is easy: there are multiple companies available in both terminals. Pick up and drop off of vehicles is done on-site.

See Spain the Right Way

With your Barcelona car rental, you'll be off to experience all of the culture, dining, arts, and adventure that the city has to offer. Skip the hassle of dealing with public transportation and travel to Barcelona's top sites with ease in your rental car. Travelling to Barcelona Cathedral, the Royal Shipyard, the Monastery of Pedralbes, and the city's sixty parks in your rental car allows you to experience Barcelona as the locals do. With a history that covers more than 2000 years, you'll be able to experience all parts of the city's culture from a match at the FC Barcelona football club to a show at the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house.

Book your Barcelona rental car today and enjoy your holiday, or get anywhere in time for your business meetings. At Expedia, we understand that travelling can be a hassle if you are not well organized, which is why we provide a variety of car types to compare and choose from for all types of travellers. Your next cheap car hire in Barcelona is now just a few clicks away, at Expedia.

FAQs for car hire in Barcelona

What’s the best price car rental in Barcelona?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Barcelona.

What’s the average car rental price in Barcelona?

On average, car rentals in Barcelona are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Barcelona?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Barcelona?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.