Car hire in Barcelona Spain

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with more than 1.5 million people, and also the capital of Catalonia. Parking inside Barcelona destinations is costly (EUR 2 per hour, or EUR 20 per day) and the spaces are harder to navigate, as you will find several classes of public parking zone, with complex rules for each class. There is a myth that cars with French license plates are rarely towed, but you probably shouldn’t trust this.

Using a driving map is important – plan a route before setting off. Navigating with a typical tourist map is often misleading: most streets are one-way; while left turns are fewer than rights (and are also unpredictable). For example, you may find a technically two-way road, but one direction only accepts less traffic.

These are free parking zones inside Barcelona

  • At Moll de Sant Bertran (or south-west of Museu Maritim)
  • Outside of term time, near Universidad.
  • Somewhere near Guell Park.

The local authority advises that you should use a car only at suburbs, for example, on Les Planes, Sant Just Desvern, Sant Celoni and Sant Feliu de Codines. Car rentals can be found around Aeropuerto de Barcelona, in Viladecans, and Downtown Barcelona.

Cheapest car hire in Barcelona with may cost you about EUR 35 (for example, Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 207) and a SUV is about EUR 300 (for example, Nissan Pathfinder)