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About Car Hire at Barcelona El Prat Airport

With miles of first-class Mediterranean beaches, the stunning architecture of Antoni Gaudí like Sagrada Familia Cathedral, lively nightlife, and superb cuisine Barcelona is rightfully considered one of the most exciting destinations not only in Spain but in the world. It's the crown jewel of Europe and an ultimate charmer of a city.

Barcelona El Prat Airport is the primary gateway of the city as well as the Catalonia region. It comprises two terminals that are interconnected by a free shuttle bus. Hiring a car in Barcelona gives you a chance not only to explore this sprawling megapolis at your own comfortable pace but also to go further by discovering the many wonders of the region. Spanish roads are great and the airport is easily accessible by car. The distance from El Prat Airport to Barcelona via the C-31 highway is just about 14km.

There is a great variety of car hire companies to choose from. Among them are the well-known names like Avis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Europcar, Hertz-Thrifty, Sixt and Budget. You have a wide choice of cars with different specifications that will suit any budget and need. Also, it is possible to book a car in advance and pick it up straight after arrival.

Car Hire at Barcelona Airport

Hiring a car in Barcelona provides you with the freedom to move around so it's always an awesome idea. You can also opt for car hire agencies in the city, there are a few local brands that offer cheaper propositions. When going with this option, make sure that the hire works best for your needs, check if there is insurance included, pay attention to the additional services, and know where the pick-up and return take place.

Driving in Barcelona

As Barcelona is a big city with more than a million inhabitants, the roads vary and the overall driving experience depends on where you are. Make sure you're using good navigation to move around and adhere to the rules at all times. These two things will make driving in Barcelona a pleasant and hassle-free experience. Keep in mind that the tourist areas such as the Gothic Quarter and Ciutat Vella tend to have very intense street crossings and narrow roads so prepare accordingly.

As for the parking, you can leave a car only on the spots with blue markings. If it's yellow, then parking is prohibited. As the places are limited in the touristic districts, it is advised to look for alternative choices nearby to avoid the waiting and stress of continuously searching for a place. Although Spanish drivers prefer to speed a lot, Barcelona is a bit calmer in that regard and commuting is quite accessible. Just don't break the driving rules and pay attention to the road. After all, nobody wants to deal with authorities while on the holiday.

Some extra tips to help you when driving in Barcelona:

Car Hire Agencies in Barcelona El Prat Airport

As an airport serving a big city frequented by tourists from around the world, Barcelona El Prat has a great selection of car hire companies for all tastes. Mostly, the companies have offices in both T1 and T2 of the airport. When booking beforehand check to which terminal you're arriving at and if there's an office of a company you're booking with. The distance between the terminals is substantial (5km) and taking a free shuttle bus takes some time. Firefly Car Hire and InterRent are only available in T2.

Worldwide-operating brands such as Hertz, Sixt or Avis provide all-ranging car hire services with a great choice of cars and different additional services to choose from. While it can be pricey at times, going with a well-known name can be easier and more straightforward. Also, if you have any problems throughout the hire, they have responsive support teams in place. You can as well choose local companies such as Record go and Niza Cars that might have more affordable rates.

Top Road Trips from Barcelona

The region of Catalunya is made for road trips. Roads here are in excellent condition and you can see a variety of landscapes within short distances. Start with what Barcelona offers by visiting the fantastic Art Nouveau Eixample neighbourhood and making a stop at scenic Barceloneta Beach. The car would be the best idea to reach the highest point of the city, a marvellous Tibidabo hill with the extraordinary vistas of Barcelona.

For some incredible seaside scenery take a trip from Barcelona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols along the sunny Costa Brava. You will pass world-class beaches, hidden coves and historic Catalan cities along the way. Lloret de Mar is an ideal Mediterranean holiday destination so make sure to spend some time there too.

Mighty mountainous panoramas await you in Montserrat, a towering mountain range just 60 kilometres from Barcelona. The magnificent Abbey of Montserrat is a must-see sight and hiring a car is the best way to reach it without hassle.

Frequently asked questions about car rental Barcelona airport

What's the best area to stay in Barcelona?
Eixample is one of the best neighbourhoods of the city featuring beautiful architecture, an amazing restaurant scene, many accommodation choices and a vibrant atmosphere. If you're a history buff, choose the Ciutat Vela (or the Old City). It has cosy narrow streets and all the major sights like the Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona, Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi and Bishop’s Bridge are close by.
What is the cheapest time to go to Barcelona?
Due to its cultural significance and unique architecture, Barcelona can be easily named as a whole-year-round destination. Still, winter and early spring would seem the best time to get it more affordable in the city. Also, this way you will avoid summer crowds. To save money and get an essential Barcelona experience, stir clear from the touristy areas such as La Rambla for food and drinks. Instead, explore the local-favourite neighbourhoods as Vila de Gràcia and Sant Gervasi - Galvany.
What is the best time to go to Barcelona?
Early autumn and late spring will generally be the best time to visit Barcelona because you'll get enough sun to profit from the beaches and there won't be as many crowds as during the summer.
Can you get around Barcelona without a car?
Barcelona's public transportation system is very convenient. You have a metro, suburban trains, a wide network of buses, light trams, funiculars and aerial tramways.
Tips and experiences for Barcelona airport

Our customers rated Barcelona airport with an average of 8.9 based on 62 ratings, and these are the most recent tips, experiences and highlights.

29-10-2021
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Check what terminal you arrive at, if you haven't got a chip passport the queue at T1 can be time consuming.
29-10-2021
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Nice airport. You can buy toblerone and milka at the duty-free. Not much more to say.
27-09-2021
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For morning flights from Terminal 2 I only arrive 1 hour before departure (having no luggage to check in). Have never had a problem.
16-09-2021
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I had a sports vacation. The best idea is to go to Andorra for skiing, after going back to Barcelona. First day hiking in Montserrat, second da running in Tibidabo mountains and finish with a run on the La Playa beach. All together a 5 days trip :)
15-09-2021
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Book in advance to get the best deals Always use holidays auto for better rates Always use booking for better hotels deals Look on TripAdvisor for what to visit and restaurant recommendations Let the locals guide you
17-07-2021
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Of course, you must visit La Sagrada Familia. Though I am not religious, this architecture is absolutely amazing with the symbology throughout and the absolutely stunning stained glass. I would also recommend Park Güell. It offers a wonderful view of the city and is simply a relaxing place to walk and talk. Finally, Montserrat cannot be missed. Great photo opportunities from the mountains, cable car, and funicular. And for those that like bouldering, plenty of climbing opportunities.
08-07-2021
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Watch out for protesters at the airport. But seriously, that was nuts. Still, other than that, the airport was nice, clean, and perfectly acceptable.
06-07-2021
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Avoid the city center because of the the protests which are going on, book a hotel far away from the city center, as we had booked a car from holidaycars.com , it was hassle free and a great deal on the last minute too, One thing I regret is that I Should have taken the full car insurance from the website(holidaycars.com) itself, it was much cheaper than the one which we bought at the counter .My advice it to buy insurance along with the car rental. It will work out better,money wise.
30-06-2021
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I had no problems with the Barcelona airport or any of the personnel there. My experience was smooth and happened in a timely manner.
03-06-2021
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Barcelona airport is one of the place to visit, driving a car in Barcelona and around is just a breath taking specailly to wards Girona, Platsja de Aro. They have nice roads down there. If you wish to go and rent a car, please do so! BUT, STAY AWAY FROM ALAMO by a mile and their sister groups (ALAMO/enterprise/national), they can turn a heaven into a hell. Time is a very precious in hectic life and you don't want to have a trouble on your special moments. Unfortunalely ALAMO and their staff -Zadkiel/Satkiel and Jack maanage to reject all my 3 creditcards just to cancel our reservation for a premium car, so they can rent the car to other customers (presumably through enterprise/or natioal) and get paid twice for the SAME CAR. In my humble opionion, these two guys should have never worked there, Zadkiel should answer how he managed to block my 3 credit credit to process the payment. No traveller should suffer what my wife and suffered in our 11th anniversery. Hertz saved us and i suggest if you reading this to book hertz, avis, sixt and other well established car rentals. AVOID Alamo BCN el prat Terminal 1, and you will thank me for sure.
01-06-2021
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For client needing assistance. Wheelchair service or availability from Carhire drop of location to check in desk.
19-05-2021
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Barcelona is a great city. Visit the sagrada familia. Eat tapas. Rent a bike. Visit the historical centre. And don't forget to go to the beach!
05-05-2021
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Ask for the total price to pay. They try to position the additional charges as an addition(e.g you paid 80€, they tell you final price is 120€. What they say is they will charge you additional 120€. Not the difference from what you already paid).
27-04-2021
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The airport is easy to navigate and the signs are all multilingual. Everything seems to have been recently renovated as the finishes are all very modern and clean. There are many varied spots for coffee, snacks, meals, gifts, news, etc. The signage for arriving and departing flights are numerous and easy to interpret. The check in desks were fully staffed and lines were minimal. All in all, I find this one of the best airports I travel through in europe. I especially like the artwork!
22-04-2021
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Decent airport - not particularly hard to find your way around. Be aware that some of the car pick up locations are in different areas to where the signs take you so take note of where yours is located!
07-04-2021
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French & Spanish motorways have lots of non fuel / non retail rest areas (unlike UK motorways). Service stations, like the UK, tend to be crowded and expensive. If you want to save a bit of money stop at a supermarket at the beginning of your trip and stock up on snacks & drinks and when you need to stop for a rest do it in rest area rather than a service station. They're much more tranquil and often have picnic areas.
24-03-2021
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Pay your trip with a visa card to get insurance cover and make sure you have insurance for car rental excess cover so that you don’t have to pay over the counter premiums iffered by rental companies
18-03-2021
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Make sure to use AENA's free wifi before heading out on your journey. There is lots to see around Barcelona, from the Sagrada Familiar to the Parc Guell. Keep in mind that France is only 3 hours away, with nothing but some of the world's most gorgeous beachfronts peppering the Mediterranean coastline. Figueres, Roses, Argeles-sur-Mer, Gruissan, and Narbonne-Plage are some of my personal favorites, before finally stopping in Collioure. If you're really in vacation-mode, avoid the highways and tollroads and go the scenic route, like D914!
18-03-2021
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Barcelona airport was great and customs was relatively speedy. Picking up our car from Europe car was fairly easy. We came in early so we did have to wait a little bit to get our car. With regards to Where to stay, I would recommend the Ramblas area which is close to all of the sides and excellent eating. In addition to the usual sites to see in Barcelona, we would recommend taking the cable car up to Montjuic from the harbor. Lastly, please make sure you book tickets ahead of time to see La Sagrada Família, As you may not get in if you simply walk up.
08-02-2021
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Car rental desks nearest the rental car park are at T2B. EasyJet are only airline flying into T2C which is a fair walk and poorly signposted to rental desks
04-02-2021
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A very large airport that needs some time to move around,so give yourself plenty of time to reach your gate.You can get a bus fromeither terminal to the centre of barcelona it takes about 30mins.Also buses to either terminal run every 3mins.
10-01-2021
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Before you leave uk make sure you are told where the rental office is and how to get to it- often this involves a bus transit so find out where the bus collection point is .
04-01-2021
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Better food options in T1 appear to be at one end of the main retail area; did not find them until after I had all ready eaten and was wandering around. Check in, customs, and security was well organized.
06-11-2020
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Bus transfers to the terminal 2 are regular. The bus transfer time was around 15 minutes from T1 to T2. The airport is clean but the toilets aren’t. Waiting time isn’t too bad at the car hire companies but we hired in February. The people at the information desk are helpful. The shopping is excellent.
20-10-2020
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Drive to the coast of Costa Brava
18-08-2020
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The airport is good. I have bought a sim card. And find another car rental in 20 minutes.
16-07-2020
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If ever you are flying with Vueling, go several hours ahead!
07-07-2020
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Enjoy the sun at the "marina rambla". Eat a lot of tapas/small dishes. Try Tapas 24 for the noisy hip version. For the more traditional version Don Alfonso is a cosy place. Get "cava-tipsy" at Can Paxiano. Go to the roof of Casa Mila (La Pedrera) at sunset.
28-06-2020
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Do the rules
27-05-2020
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Tube system very easy to navigate. great selection of bars and restaurants on every corner. Aquarium is a great day out. Markets are great to spend an afternoon in. Lots of seafood. Must try the churros. Visit to Sagrada Familia is recommended.
27-05-2020
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19-10-2019
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Interrent desk is outside Terminal 2b so if you come into Terminal 1 there is a short bus ride.
29-09-2019
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On returning the car it is very easy to get lost. My advice is to return the car to either of the two terminals and then get the transfer bus between the two terminals as it is a very regular service.
07-09-2019
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easy guidance, clean and spacy, fine selections of shops
27-08-2019
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This is s good arrival destination for Spain, since the airport was not overly busy when I arrived at 800 am. This meant queues at immigration were almost non-existent. Scourge bonus is that baggage claim areas were not crowded. I always enjoy extra space there so everyone can get a trolley close to the baggage claim belts. Be aware the salida (exit) signs are not evident near the baggage claim area. You need to look down rather than up, and you'll notice the arrows painted on the floor. OK so you can find your luggage and make your way to the exit, if you came from Madrid you probably notice the extra bonus is that the free wifi connection is the same at both airports, so you are convected automatically (bonus!)
26-03-2019
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Go to La Nationale - great food, great service and a wonderful atmosphere!
25-03-2019
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The most important thing is to realize which terminal you are arriving in and which you are leaving. Rhoduim is flexible if you pick up your car in Terminal 1 you do have the option to return it to Terminal 2. I would suggest staying the night before your return flight in a hotel near the airport that offers free shuttle service. Do your check in and then return your car to Terminal 1, even if you picked it up in Terminal 2. There is a gas station on the main road just before going into the airport where you can fill up. As a tip ask the cashier to turn the dispenser so you can fill it up and pay the exact amount. The signs are easy to follow for returning vehicles to Terminal 1. All hotels have their shuttle buses outside of Area G which is easy to get to from the rental car return area. So after dropping the car, take the shuttle back to the hotel. If you go to Terminal 2 you need to call your hotel to have them pick you up. This way in the AM you can relax and then just grab the shuttle for your return flight. I highly recommend Barcelona Airport Hotel or Salles Hotel Ciutat del Prat as I stayed at both of them. If you stay your 1st night at Salles Hotel Ciutat you can park your car on the street and then walk 10 minutes and take the train in to downtown Barcelona for 3.50 euro. Then use your car to drive to other places. Warning : there is NO parking anywhere near the Parc Guell unless you are lucky enough to find it on the street. (tix in advance too!)
18-03-2019
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Take a few extra days when visiting Barcelona and rent a car and head inland.Watch all the beautiful sceneries, all the wineyards and historical places. Why not stay a night or two in the amazing "Paradores", often breathtaking buildings turned in to hotels. You just got to love it !
14-12-2018
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Use the metro to get around Barcelona quickly and cheaply.
05-12-2018
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Check climate every morning in internet. It varies daily
23-11-2018
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There is so much to do and see in Barcelona!!! Amongst the to do list is to visit Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. These are works of a truly brilliant person with such great foresight. However, it's best to move around Barcelona city using public transportation and save the car for out of town trips. Barcelona traffic can be really heavy.
08-11-2018
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I have no comments to Barcelona as I din't see any of the attractions. I only went there because it had the airport nearest my destination outside Barcelona.
27-10-2018
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Love Barcelona. Have a burger from Bacoa on Barcelonetta, get out the food markets off la rambla and wander through the neighbourhoods like El Born and Gracia.
20-10-2018
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We flew via Barcelona to south France, but if anything I would recommend Barcelonete that we visited for some hours before our return flight.
26-09-2018
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Familiarise yourself with the toll system
16-09-2018
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People who wants to use rent a car services: I have heard stories regarding car parking, yes its a bit of hassle if you are staying within city or city center. Also remember that there are reserved parking for locals and if you park accidently than it will be towed away. So take your time and park securely, always take full insurance. Always take data pachage and roaming, google maps works best.
08-09-2018
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Barcelona is a amaizing city
23-08-2018
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Barcelona harbor area
30-04-2018
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You may have a nice hire car with every intention of looking after it, But as you will see from the Barcelona street parking options/styles and the very tight underground car parks, other road users may not have the same care and attention for their, or your car. Park sensibly.
28-04-2018
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Beach is a must. Loved the architecture Great food
24-04-2018
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3 days max for Barca
24-04-2018
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Take some time to also see Girona. a different experience...
30-03-2018
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Use sunscreen !
21-03-2018
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Plan any travel routes to ensure you take the best / most suitable roads. SAT NAV will get you to teh destination, but there are often route options, the toll roads are good.
17-03-2018
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Gaudí and Rambla
08-03-2018
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Use buses. Visit Ramblas and don't wear heels!
21-02-2018
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The beaches of Cadaqués, Roses, Empuriabrava, L'Escala, L'Estartit, Tamariu, Llafranc and Palmós
15-02-2018
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don't visit Rambla avenue at night. There are several drug dealers and prostitues at that time. visit Dali's house and cadaques bay at Roses which is 150kms north from barcelona.
14-02-2018
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Leave plenty of time to sightsee.metro was a bit confusing
02-02-2018
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take a day tour to skip lines
05-01-2018
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Once you have a car, go to Costa Brava. The villages there are simply gorgeous!
10-02-2017
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Too many to list, takes at least a year to see everything worth seeing in Barcelona :-)