Rent a car in Barcelona with Europcar
Barcelona hardly needs an introduction. The vibrant capital of Catalonia, with its long, sandy beach, winding Gothic streets, and buzzing bars and restaurants of Las Ramblas, has gained a well-deserved reputation for enjoyable city breaks. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a weekend away with friends or a family holiday, Barcelona truly has something for everyone.
If you want to explore more of what Spain has to offer, head north to the Costa Brava, or stay more local and explore the mountains behind the city. Ideally situated just a short distance from the French border and with regular car ferries to Ibiza and Majorca, hire a car from Europcar Barcelona and easily explore this unique city and its beautiful surroundings.
The Europcar car rental experience in Barcelona
There really is no shortage of options when it comes to car hire in Barcelona. With 14 branches in and around the city, including two at the Barcelona El Prat Airport and another at the central train station, you are sure to find a location that suits your needs.
If you are looking for something small for travelling to and from the beach, popular choices are the Fiat 500 or Nissan Micra. If you are travelling with a larger group or just need a bit more space then check out the Volkswagen Touran or Seat Alhambra.
Europcar Barcelona also offers a comprehensive selection of vans for hire. From the compact Peugeot Partner 3M3 to the Iveco Daily 10M3 you are sure to find what you are looking for.
Europcar Barcelona is completely flexible, allowing you to rent for days, weeks or even months at a time.
Driving in Barcelona
In the city the speed limit is 50 km/h, while country roads are 90 km/h and motorways 120 km/h.
Street parking in Barcelona is not recommended as it is highly regulated and you can risk having your car towed away. There are a number of multi-storey car parks available however, with prices starting at €2.80 per hour. Hotels often make their onsite car parks available to non-guests, generally at a cost of around €15 per day.
Discover Barcelona and the surrounding area by car
Tourism is the main industry here and with good reason. From the long sandy beach of Barceloneta, to the Sagrada Família cathedral, and eight World Heritage Sites, the city has no shortage of history, culture and entertainment. With a proud culinary tradition, you can sample local specialities such as fresh fish, iberico ham, manchego cheese and fat juicy olives, all of which can be picked up at any one of the local covered markets or sampled in the buzzing tapas bars of the Gothic quarter.
Surrounded by mountains and miles of unspoilt coastline, Barcelona is ideally situated for getting a taste of all that Catalonia has to offer. Head out into the countryside for the day, or travel onwards to the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca, or hug the coastline and venture south to Valencia, just 350 kilometres away.
One of the most iconic attractions in Barcelona, Parc Güell is located on the northern edge of the city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park designed by Antoni Gaudi is a first-class example of Barcelona modernism, with spectacular views over the city and the coastline. Full of ornate and mystical iconography, long stretches of mosaics and bright, colourful statues and sculptures, Parc Güell is not to be missed. Drive up to the park early with your Barcelona hire car and avoid the crowds.
Port Aventura, the largest amusement park in Spain, lies just 110 kilometres south of Barcelona. Boasting 42 rides and rollercoasters, two on-site water parks and the newly opened Ferrari Land, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained. There is ample on-site parking for €12 per day. And with the seaside towns of Salou and Tarragona close by, you can make the most of your trip with a hire car from Europcar.
Things to do in Barcelona
Home to the Picasso Museum, an impressive contemporary art museum (MACBA) whose forecourt is a skateboarding mecca, and the Joan Miró Foundation in the foothills of Montjuic, culture in Barcelona is second to none. Hop from museum to museum, enjoying local food such as anchovies, chickpeas and ‘bombas’ in between. If you really want to get a taste of life among the locals, drive out to the Camp Nou stadium and catch a Barca match for an atmosphere like no other.