Car Hire in Barcelona
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Get around Barcelona, Spain and explore what it can offer through car hires. Hiring a car in Barcelona is ideal for business trips or if you are staying at a hotel that is outside of the city centre. It is also a great option if you are planning to drive along the coast to go to other beach resorts. Car hire providers in Barcelona will be able to assist you in moving around the city and nearby locations.
Where to hire a car in Barcelona
Some of the car hire companies in Barcelona, Spain are Avis, Sixt Rent a Car, Hertz, DotTransfers, and EuropCar.
Car hire companies operate at Terminals 1 and 2 of Barcelona Airport. You can rent a car there directly or reserve online. Aside from the car hire desks at the airport, the car hire providers also have various locations within Barcelona.
The main pick-up point for car hire is the airport, though there are also pick-up and drop-off points in different districts and most major towns in Barcelona. Sixt and Hertz have offices within Sants Estació, Barcelona’s main railway station. At the city centre, pick-up and drop-off points are located at the District of Sant Andreu, Ciutat Vella District, and Eixample District.
What to expect when hiring a car from Barcelona
As with all other cities in Europe, Barcelona in Spain has large traffic jams. In some areas, the streets can be very narrow. In general, it is easier to drive outside the city borders. Driving in Barcelona requires a detailed map. It is also important to note that there are many one-way streets. Expressways in Spain are called “autopistas” and are identified by the letter A.
When it comes to parking in major destinations in Barcelona, prepare to shell out more money as it can be expensive. Also, it is hard to drive around since you have to be aware of the different classes of public parking spaces. However, there are free parking areas near Moll de Sant Bertran situated southwest of Museu Maritim, an area near Guell Park, as well as near Font Magica.
Getting to your destination
A trip to Barcelona is not complete without visiting Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular building and an important landmark in the city.
The main access is on C/Marina, in front of the Nativity facade. It is a 10-minute drive from the city centre via Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes. Since it is a top tourist destination in Barcelona, be prepared for its long entrance queues. It is advised to buy tickets in advance.
Barcelona is also known for its beaches. Beach season starts around March to November, with the period of May to September as the high season.
Go to Barceloneta Beach which is about a 10-minute drive from the city centre via Laietana. It is a very popular beach destination so it can be crowded during the summer months.
If travelling with kids, make sure to visit Barcelona’s funfairs and theme parks. One of which is the Tibidabo Amusement Park located at the top of the mountain. It is the oldest amusement park in Spain and the second oldest in Europe. The park offers a lot for younger family members, while adults can have a good time with breath-taking views overlooking the city. There is also a church called Temple de Sagrat Cor, a Neo-Gothic structure with a bronze statue of the Sacred Heart.
From the city centre, drive via Carretera de Sant Cugat for about 30 minutes and you will reach the Tibidabo Amusement Park.