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  • Where to pick up your car

    There are over 25 car hire locations in Barcelona, and the most popular place to rent a car is Barcelona Airport (BCN).

  • Top car rental brands

    The most popular car rental brands in Barcelona are Firefly, Goldcar, Dollar, Centauro and Europcar.

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    Euro (EUR)

  • Average temperatures

    Warmest month: August (24°C)
    Coldest month: January (10°C)

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Hire a car in Barcelona

The capital of Catalonia is unconventional, exciting and vibrant.

The second city of Spain doesn't have any trouble getting visitors. In fact, Barcelona is the 3rd most visited city in Europe, after Paris and London. Gaudi's eclectic architectural playground, the city boasts hidden tapas bars, hipster neighbourhoods and the best city beach in the world (according to National Geographic). It's an extremely happy city, and there's great food everywhere.

Spain has the world's 5th-largest motorway network, even though it's the 52nd-largest country. This means it's a real pleasure to drive around, the road quality is good and most places are very accessible. Plus, hiring a car with easyCar couldn't be simpler. So, what are you waiting for?

Helpful advice

Driving age in Spain

Car hire companies have a range of restrictions on rental age, and this varies by country. If you're looking for car hire in Barcelona, the table below will give you a guide to some of the most popular rental agents in Spain. Most companies require at least one year's driving experience, but companies like Sixt do offer a select range of cars to drivers as young as 18.

Car rental agent Minimum driving age(s) (depending on car category) Young driver's fee (under 25s / per day)
Sixt 18, 21 or 25 Around €40,00
InterRent 19 or 25 €8,50
Rhodium 19 or 25 €7,95-€25,00
Hertz 21, 23 or 25 €27,83
Avis 21 or 25 €20,95 + VAT
Enterprise 21 or 25 From €20,00
Alamo 21 or 25 €20,00 plus + VAT
Europcar 21, 25 or 30 €18,08

Note: All car rental companies will add on an extra charge for drivers younger than 25 years old. Some offer a flat rate, others will stagger the pricing.

Which car hire supplier is right for me?

As one of the biggest car rental brokers in the world, we've helped millions of customers get the best deal on their car hire. One of the things that our customers find useful, is knowing which brands are going to offer them the best experience. The table below highlights the top six car hire brands in Barcelona by booking numbers and then by average rating.

Our most popular
suppliers
Our highest rated
suppliers
Firefly Alamo
Goldcar Dollar
Dollar Thrifty
Centauro Atesa
Europcar Hertz
Alamo Sixt

We hope this helps you make an informed decision when booking with easyCar. Whether you want to pay a bit more knowing that the company is really well-reviewed by our customers, or you want to pick a more popular budget brand, the choice is yours.

Info on car hire in Barcelona

Frequently asked questions about car rental in Barcelona

Should I rent a manual or an automatic?
Manual cars are going to be better value, as the country predominantly uses them. Automatics come at a premium. If you're comfortable driving a manual, you'll almost certainly get a better deal.

What's the difference between an autovia and an autopista?
The main difference is that autovias are free to use, whereas autopistas are toll motorways (the majority of the time these will be faster and newer routes). Generally speaking, trying to avoid the autopistas isn't worth the saving.

How do I pay the tolls?
Toll roads are called autopistas, so look out for roads beginning with AP on the map. When you get to the car hire desk, ask the representative about toll roads. They may offer you a device which you can put into the car to track the tolls you use, which you can pay at the end. Alternatively, the booths accept cash and card.

Where do I pick up my car from Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
Most of the car rental desks are located within the terminal building. A few offer a shuttle service to their collection point.

Car hire pick up locations in Barcelona

  • Where shall I pick up?

    There are plenty of pick up points in Barcelona, both at the airport and downtown.

  • How do I choose a supplier?

    We compare 19 car hire companies in Barcelona, so browse our results and use our filters to select the right one for your needs.

  • How far is the airport from the city?

    The journey by car is around 18km and takes about 35 minutes.

  • Which is cheaper – downtown or airport?

    On average, a car from Barcelona-El Prat Airport costs £17.90 per day, whereas a downtown hire costs £25.20 per day.

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When to visit

Best value months to visit Average cost per day of car hire in Barcelona
November£12.20
October£13.80
January£13.90
February£14.30
September£14.70

What's popular?

Frequently Asked QuestionAnswer
What is the most popular rental length in Barcelona?Six to seven days.
What is the most popular month to rent a car in Barcelona?August, where a hire car costs on average £18.40 per day.

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