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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! Expedia.co.uk 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.




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