A Simple Overview Of Car Hire In Barcelona

If you are visiting Barcelona and would like to hire a car during your stay, you have several options in terms of location that you can collect your car. If you are flying into Barcelona, then obviously one of the best places to collect your car will be Barcelona Airport. If you are visiting Barcelona but are travelling to Barcelona by other means of transport and would like to hire a car for a few days during your stay, you can either collect your car from one of the Car hire companies’ offices in the centre of Barcelona or on the outskirts in the town you are visiting. Many car rental companies offer a drop off service and will drop the car off at your accommodation if you ask them to

Car Hire In BarcelonaChoosing the right collection point for your car hire is simply down to your own requirements, personal needs and situation.



Car Hire Barcelona Airport

As we mentioned earlier on this page, if you are flying into Barcelona Airport and wish to hire a car, then the most convenient place to collect your car would be from the airport once you arrive. Car hire from Barcelona Airport is a very popular option with passengers landing at the airport as it provides them a quick and reliable form of transfer from the airport. It also means that you have transport as soon as you arrive at Barcelona Airport, throughout your stay and it will provide you with airport transfer to Barcelona on your return.

Car Hire Companies At Barcelona Airport

There are several car hire companies that are located at Barcelona Airport (El Prat)  and these can be found inside the airports main Arrivals Lobby. The following car hire companies all have desks at the airport.

Avis – Located in both Terminal T1 and Terminal T2 B

Enterprise Atesa – Located in Terminal T1 – Terminal T2 B

Europcar – Have desks in both Terminal T1  and Terminal T2 B

Hertz – Have office in Terminal T1 and Terminal T2 B

Sixt – Based in both Terminal T1 and Terminal T2 B

Car Hire Barcelona Train Station

It is possible to hire a car for the Sants railway station in Barcelona and there are several car hire companies located in the train station. All the car rental companies in Sants train station in Barcelona are next to each and they are situated at the back of the station.

The car hire companies that have offices in the Sants train station in Barcelona are: National, Atesa, Avis and Europcar.


Car Hire Near Barcelona Cruise Port

The closest place to hire a car near the cruise port is from Sant railway station in Barcelona.

As we mentioned earlier, hiring a car from Barcelona Airport not only provides you with transfer to and from the airport but it means that you have transport for the duration of you visit. This then allows you to explore the many wonderful towns, cities and villages that are located close to Barcelona and further afield. Many people who visit Barcelona only get to se the sights that are located in the city centre and whilst these are the main attractions in Barcelona, tehre are still a wide variety of other attractions located close by.


Car Hire Barcelona Cross Border

If you are hoping to hire a car in Barcelona and intend to cross the border into another country, you should check that you are insured to do so. If not, you could be aksed to pay an additional charge


Barcelona to Andorra

A popular destination for passengers hiring a car at Barcelona Airport during the Winter months is Andorra. Andorra is one of the most popular Spanish ski resorts and many people choose to fly into Barcelona Airport and then hire a car and drive from Barcelona to Andorra. The distance from Barcelona to Andorra is approximately 200klm (125 miles) and takes roughly 2 hours 30 minutes depending on traffic.

Tip: If you are hiring a car from Barcelona Airport and intend driving to the Andorra or any other of the ski resorts in Pyrenees, ensure you have snow chains in the car. This will be an additional charge as snow chains will not be issued with a car hired from Barcelona Airport. This is simply because the majority of cars hired from Barcelona will not be driven to ski resorts.


Places To Visit When You Hire A Car From Barcelona Airport

There are many great places located close to Barcelona that are worth visiting, especially if you have taken advantage of car hire. The many towns, villages, museums and beaches are just to name a few. Driving along the coastline provides you with some great scenery and if you drive further inland, you will experience the many sights of the countryside. The following short list are just a few of the places that are within easy reach of Barcelona and that you can visit during your stay when you have a car.

Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is well worth a visit if you have time and is full of bustling resorts, wonderful coves with crystal clear waters. The Costa Brava has lovely sandy beaches that stretch along the coastline along with some great restaurants and bars to enjoy a relaxing day.


40klms from Barcelona you have the popular fishing village of Sitges. Stitges has grown in popularity over the years and is now a popular attraction with people from all walks of life.

Vilanova i la Geltrú

Just along the coast from Sitges is the working port of Vilanova i la Geltrú. Vilanova i la Geltrú has a number of fish restaurants along with beaches and other tourist facilities.


You may or may not have heard of Besalu but if you have rented a car from Barcelano and have a little spare time, Besalu is definately worth a visit. The beautiful medieval village of Besula is located in Catalonia and dates back to the 11th Century. Besula is located approximately 130 klms from Barcelona and takes about 2 hours by car depending on traffic.


Located 100 klms South of Barcelona is Tarragona with its medieval cathedral and cloister.

Port Aventura

Port Aventura is a popular theme park that is just outside Salou and close to Tarragona just 100 klms from Barcelona. Porta Aventura is great for people of all ages, especially families with small children.

Sant Sadurní d’Anoia and Vilafranca del Penedès

If you enjoy your wine, then the region of Penedès will be of interest. Here you will find wine museums which offer wine tasting. Not the best idea if you are driving but your passengers will be able to take full advantage!


The birthplace of Salvador Dalí is home to the Teatre-Museu Dalí which is one of most visited museum in Catalonia.


The sacred mountain is also the shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat and home of the Montserrat Monastery. Montserrat is a popular destination with visitor to the region for many reasons.

Sabadell And Terrassa

The textile towns of Sabadell and Terrassa offer museums with exhibits from past industries.

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