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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Centauro
$17.57 / per day
Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Mini
FIAT 500 or similar
FIAT 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • No
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$17.71 / per day
Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$19.80 / per day
Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Compact
Fiat 500 L or similar
Fiat 500 L
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Centauro
$22.97 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Compact
VW Golf or similar
VW Golf
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$24.88 / per day
Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$25.52 / per day
Barcelona Train Station Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Centauro
$27.42 / per day
Barcelona Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$27.61 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel information

Language
Spanish
Currency
EUR
Country code
34
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$40.49 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 - 100 km/h
56 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Barcelona?

Barcelona is a great destination. A true world city, it has plenty to offer in terms of culture, history, and atmosphere. Having your own ride will let you explore its different neighborhoods, as well as the rest of Catalonia region.

Barcelona Car Rental

Top ways to enter Barcelona

  • Barcelona El Prat Airport: Barcelona’s main airport is one of the largest in Europe and offers flights to countless destinations not only in Europe, but also Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
  • Girona-Costa Brava Airport: Serving Girona, Catalonia’s second city, Girona Airport is just 74 km (46 mi) north of Barcelona and is favored by low-cost airlines.
  • Reus Airport: Small, cozy, and mostly busy during summers, Reus Airport is located in Tarragona Province and is about an hour and a half’s drive away from Barcelona city center.

Useful city facts

  • The home language of Catalonia is Catalan, still the first tongue of many Barcelona natives. While Catalan is related to Spanish, the two languages are not mutually understandable, and retains a much stronger French influence. Spanish is also understood and spoken by practically everyone in the city. The general knowledge of English is high.
  • Climate. Although Barcelona is further north than many other cities in Spain, its location on the Mediterranean ensures it enjoys warm and mild winters. The summers, on the other hand, can get very hot, and getting properly hydrated is important.

Top destinations and activities

  • Gaudí Architecture: The unique ideas of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí can be observed throughout the city in buildings of which La Sagrada Familia is just the most famous one, but by far from the only example. Barcelona is a metropolis of arts, and works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso can also be seen in the city galleries.
  • La Rambla: Barcelona’s beating heart and main tourist attraction, walking La Rambla is the most Barcelona thing you can do. Proceed at a leisurely pace as you appreciate the food market, the street artist performances, and the general atmosphere.
  • The rest of the Old City: Although La Rambla is also part of Ciutat Vella, there is so much more of it to explore, from the unique Barri Gotic neighborhood to the Naval Museum and the Contemporary Art museum of Barcelona.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Speed limits - 50km/h (31mph) in built-up areas, 90km/h (56mph) on most standard roads, 100km/h (62mph) on standard roads that are either one-way roads, roads with more than two lanes for at least one direction of traffic and roads with shoulders more than 1.5m wide, and 120km/h (74mph) on motorways (called autovías in Spain).
  • The car documentation and insurance always has to be inside a vehicle.
  • The driver and all passengers are required to wear seatbelts.
  • Children up to the age of 12 and measuring less than 135cm travelling on the front seat of a car must be seated in a child restraint system adapted to their size and weight.
  • Unnecessary use of audible warning devices (horns) is prohibited
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers
  • The emergency number is 112.
  • There parking areas in Barcelona can be generally divided into three parking types: free parking, the Green Area and the Blue Area. Do note that some paid parking areas may become free during the weekends.
  • The Green Area (Àrea Verda) can be recognized by green painted lines. The price will vary depending on the location. You cannot park in Green Area for more than 1 or 2 hours.
  • The Blue Area (Àrea Blava) is a paid parking area for everyone, with time limit varying between 1 and 4 hours depending on the place. If you want to park here, you must purchase a ticket at the machines on the sidewalk and place it in a visible area of your car.
  • There are also free parking opportunities in Barcelona. Although many are not in the city centre, you may find a lot of them convenient. Some examples are: the subterranean parking of supermarket La Maquinista (Calle Potosí, 2), the area next to Parc Ciutadella (Calle de Ramón Turro), Montjuic area close to Fundación Miro and area around Calle Icaria
  • There are also many paid car parks in Barcelona, varying in price and proximity to city centre. Look up the on that might suit you the best on the official website.

Toll roads

Most of the roads inside the country are toll-free. Toll roads are called ‘carretera de peaje’. On maps and road signs, all toll roads have to include a letter P after the road type. The payment method may vary depending on the road, but most will accept cash. Regardless of the region, the average estimated price is €9.5 ($11.25) per 100km by car. See the official website for prices and more information.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Castelldefels: Located in the southern suburbs of Barcelona, the beaches of Castelldefels are popular with everyone from football stars to foreign travelers and natives of Barcelona
  • Inland Catalonia: The rest of Catalonia and especially the inland parts are where you’ll find farms, vineyards, and small towns, giving you the opportunity to truly enjoy the Catalan culture.
  • Costa-Brava: Similar in appearance to beaches of Barcelona, but more cozy and relaxed, Costa Brava, or the Wild Coast, is an amalgamation of beach restaurants, small coastal towns, like Lloret de Mar, and opportunities for water sports.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Spain is the Ford Fiesta, but travelers tend to also choose the Fiat 500 and the Ford Focus a lot. The most popular car types are economy, compact and mini.

Further destinations

  • Provence and Southern France: If you’re still craving more beach, the iconic Provence is France’s most famous destination after Paris, from little villages next to the azure Mediterranean waters to large cities like Marseille and Nice.
  • Valencian Community: Located next-door to Catalonia as you go south along the coast, the Valencian Community is home to unique culture, cuisine, and wine traditions, and boast the best paella in the whole of Spain. The region is also famous for the Costa Blanca including the resort city of Benidrom with its beaches and nightlife. 
  • Madrid: Spain’s capital and Barcelona’s rival is different in atmosphere, but just as fascinating thanks to its busy cultural and music life, interesting history, and monumental architecture.
  • Aragon: Lying west of Barcelona and centered around Zaragoza, its capital, Aragon offers beauriful villages in its hillsides and valleys and numerous outdoor sports activities in its mountains. 

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Barcelona:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Barcelona is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 28% cheaper than the yearly average and 51% cheaper than renting in July.

Top 20 Cities near Barcelona

Malaga Car Rentals from $6.43 per day
766.0 km / 475.9 miles away
Madrid Car Rentals from $15.23 per day
483.1 km / 300.2 miles away
Alicante Car Rentals from $10.13 per day
403.6 km / 250.8 miles away
Seville Car Rentals from $16.84 per day
809.3 km / 502.9 miles away
Valencia Car Rentals from $12.25 per day
295.6 km / 183.7 miles away
Bilbao Car Rentals from $26.48 per day
466.8 km / 290.1 miles away
Girona Car Rentals from $19.23 per day
87.9 km / 54.6 miles away
883.3 km / 548.8 miles away
Granada Car Rentals from $26.19 per day
680.1 km / 422.6 miles away
Jerez Car Rentals from $12.94 per day
865.7 km / 538.0 miles away
Santander Car Rentals from $26.75 per day
539.2 km / 335.1 miles away
A Coruña Car Rentals from $22.21 per day
887.7 km / 551.6 miles away
Almeria Car Rentals from $48.10 per day
626.6 km / 389.3 miles away
Vigo Car Rentals from $38.94 per day
893.3 km / 555.1 miles away
Asturias Car Rentals from $18.60 per day
711.6 km / 442.2 miles away
Reus Car Rentals from $33.57 per day
78.0 km / 48.5 miles away
Valladolid Car Rentals from $35.40 per day
578.8 km / 359.6 miles away
860.9 km / 534.9 miles away
Zaragoza Car Rentals from $22.91 per day
252.3 km / 156.8 miles away
Cadiz Car Rentals from $34.98 per day
896.6 km / 557.1 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Barcelona

10.5 km / 6.5 miles away
Girona Airport Car Rentals from $19.23 per day
77.6 km / 48.2 miles away
79.9 km / 49.6 miles away
Reus Airport Car Rentals from $33.57 per day
85.3 km / 53.0 miles away
87.3 km / 54.2 miles away
255.9 km / 159.0 miles away
301.8 km / 187.5 miles away
Valencia Airport Car Rentals from $12.25 per day
305.6 km / 189.9 miles away
Pamplona Airport Car Rentals from $46.91 per day
348.7 km / 216.6 miles away
405.5 km / 252.0 miles away
Alicante Airport Car Rentals from $10.13 per day
414.0 km / 257.2 miles away
466.1 km / 289.6 miles away
Bilbao Airport Car Rentals from $26.48 per day
466.8 km / 290.1 miles away
Murcia Airport Car Rentals from $11.28 per day
486.3 km / 302.2 miles away
Madrid Airport Car Rentals from $15.23 per day
489.7 km / 304.3 miles away
493.1 km / 306.4 miles away
497.5 km / 309.1 miles away
499.3 km / 310.3 miles away

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Barcelona?

Car rental prices in Barcelona vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Barcelona
$27.40
January
$43.37
February
$60.11
March
$34.38
April
$46.02
May
$44.41
June
$63.04
July
$42.03
August
$37.55
September
$39.58
October
$40.16
November
$40.16
December
The best month to rent a car in Barcelona is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $27.40). This is 37% cheaper than the yearly average and 57% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $63.04 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Barcelona?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in July, travelers rent a car for an average of 8 days in June, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Barcelona
6
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
4
June
8
July
5
August
6
September
5
October
4
November
5
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Barcelona?

While travelers visit Barcelona year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is July, and the least popular is September.
Barcelona Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
91%
January
94%
February
96%
March
112%
April
122%
May
110%
June
139%
July
128%
August
74%
September
80%
October
74%
November
81%
December

Our Customers Reviews

May 10, 2019
I would only recommend renting a car in Barcelona if you can tolerate very narrow roads, and extremely limited parking.
October 7, 2018
Travelled to Tossa de Mar and the Pyranees. Catalonia is a wonderful country
September 5, 2018
Spain is great, and I wish I could live there. Our country is exhausting hahahaha
August 11, 2018
Barcelona is amazing, Tossa De Mar - is an excellent beach/sea experience, I would also recommend to see Girona and Begur - medival cities
July 21, 2018
Don't rent a car to move inside Barcelona, but if you need want to get outside of the city, do so! It's very quick to escape Barcelona and be in gorgeous beaches or mountains.
June 20, 2018
Do not leave luggage inside the car if you go shopping or park. They usually don't have alarms, so robbers can break a tiny glass, open the door and steal anything in under a minute. Make sure to hire an insurance on your own.

Top 17 Suppliers for Barcelona in 2019

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.3
0034 871 180 192
Aeroport T1, 08820, Barcelona
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
935219095
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR, AEROPUERTO DEL PRAT
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.1
0034 935 219 095
Aeropuerto El Prat Terminal 2, C-32B, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
0034 935 219 095
Aeropuerto El Prat Terminal 2, C-32B, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.8
0034 902 105 055
Aeropuerto El Prat, Terminal 1, 08820, Barcelona
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
0034 911 505 000
Aeropuerto El Prat, Terminal 1, 08820, Barcelona
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0034 902 108 495
Aeropuerto De Barcelona, El Prat, Barcelona, 08820
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.4
0034 931 931 844 / 0034 966 360 360
Poligono Mas Blau II, Carrer Alta Ribagorca, 30, 34 08820, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Record-go
Record-go
Excellent 8.2
0034 931 128 227
Carretera antigua de Valencia , km 4.3 exit 190, 08830, Orage building
Ok Rent A Car
Ok Rent A Car
Excellent 8.1
0044 08 435 081 118
Carrer de Muntades, 2, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.7
0034 965 233 169 / 0034 918 344 064
C-32B, 18, 08820, Barcelona
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
911501183
Aeroport del Prat Terminal 2
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.5
0034 965 233 169 / 0034 918 344 064
Barcelona–El Prat Airport, C-32B, 18, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.2
0034 965 233 169 / 001 877 822 3872
Barcelona–El Prat Airport, C-32B, 18, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.1
0034 965 233 169 / 0034 918 344 064
Barcelona–El Prat Airport, C-32B, 18, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7
0034 965 233 169 / 0034 918 344 064 / 0034 965 233 425
Barcelona–El Prat Airport, C-32B, 18, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona

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