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Barcelona Airport Car Hire - Award-Winning Car Rental Deals

Pre-book your Barcelona Airport car hire, with prices starting from just £3.50 per day with FREE cancellations*

Image of Parc Guell, Barcelona

At less than a two hour flight from the UK, Barcelona is ideal for both short breaks and longer holidays. Rich in culture, with a glorious climate, stunning architecture, grand sporting heritage and buzzing nightlife, it's no wonder this vibrant city welcomes over 8 million overnight visitors annually.

Pre-book with Holiday Extras' award-winning car hire and save up to 20%. We compare all the top car hire companies to find the best deals for you. By choosing Barcelona International Airport as your pick up point, you can collect your hire car almost as soon as you land. You can then set off to explore all that this wonderful city and region of Spain have to offer.

As well as cheap prices, we can also bring you a large range of cars. From small hatchbacks, to SUVs or people carriers for family groups, Holiday Extras will have a vehicle to suit your needs!

To make your trip even more hassle-free, we also offer big savings on total protection insurance. All our rates are price-checked and provide extensive cover, including:

  • Damage and theft excess
  • Damage protection for all mechanical and exterior parts of the car
  • Cover for any immobilisation, admin and towing charges
  • Free cancellation and amendments

Easy booking process

  • Search - Enter your travel dates in the field above and click search to compare
  • Select - Select your choice of hire car
  • Book - Pay using our secure payment system
  • Confirm - You will be sent your confirmation by email

Hassle-free process

As soon as your payment has been authorised, you will receive a confirmation email with your booking reference number. We've also created a useful checklist with all you need to know about our car hire before you fly.

If you wish to speak to an advisor, our friendly, specialist car hire team are on hand to assist on 0800 804 7362. Our online help facility is also available to help you here with any queries you may have.

Upon Arrival at Barcelona International Airport

When you arrive at the airport, have your confirmation email to hand with your booking reference number. All the main car hire companies have desks in the Arrivals hall at both Terminals 1 and 2. Once you have confirmed your booking details, you will be able to collect your keys. Some car hire companies will accept payment for bookings without a credit card - i.e. with a debit card, but it is advisable to check this with your provider before you travel.

See the sights

You are truly spoilt for choice with places to visit in Barcelona. Take a stroll along La Rambla - the city's foremost promenade and enjoy the delights of the mime artists and flower stalls. Marvel at the remarkable architecture of Antoni Gaudí from the colourful Parc Guell to the magnificence of his unfinished cathedral - La Sagrada Familia. Sample tasty tapas in the Gothic quarter and traditional Catalan cuisine in the restaurants on the sea-front at Barceloneta.

Away from the centre of Barcelona, make the most of your Barcelona car hire to explore the beautiful beaches of resorts such as Sitges and Castelldefels, which are less than an hour's drive away. The spectacular mountain nature reserve of Montserrat is also worth a visit, as it boasts amazing views and displays a statue of the patron saint of Catalonia.

Other helpful extras

If you only need transport to your resort, then Holiday Extras provides cheap airport transfers from many locations, including airports to ensure you get to your destination as easily as possible.

We also offer holiday insurance, so you know you're covered, should any problems arrive whilst on holiday.

If you're flying from a UK airport, we could help you save up to 60% on other extras such as airport parking, airport hotels and airport lounges, too.

*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at Barcelona Airport (BCN). Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to change according to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.

Driving in Barcelona**

Driving abroad can seem a daunting prospect, so we've put together the following useful information to give you the low-down on speed limits and driving laws in Barcelona:

  • Left hand drive - Drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left.
  • Minimum age for car hire - Drivers must be at least 25 years of age and have held a full licence for at least 3 years.
  • Seatbelt - Spanish law requires all car occupants to wear a seatbelt.
  • Travelling with children - Children under 12 and measuring less than 135cm must travel in the back of a vehicle, unless the appropriate car seat/restraint is fitted.
  • Petrol stations - Some petrol stations require you to pay in advance before use, particularly at night time. Self-service stations will often have multilingual pump settings, allowing you to see instructions in English.
  • Use of mobile phones - It is illegal to use a mobile phone in Barcelona while driving. If you are caught using a mobile phone whilst at the wheel, you could be liable for a hefty fine. Hands-free devices that do not have headphones or earphones are permitted.

Road Safety Laws in Spain

Speed limits

  • Motorways - 120kph/74mph
  • Out of town/rural roads - 90kph/56mph
  • Urban areas - 50kph/31mph
  • Residential zones (where indicated) - 20kph/12mph

Always stick to the speed limits, as the Spanish police can issue fines for going as little as 1kph over the limit.

On-the-spot fines

The local police in Spain often issue on-the-spot fines. Visitors must pay these immediately, otherwise their vehicle may be impounded.

Fixed and mobile speed cameras are commonplace throughout Spain and in Barcelona. If you are caught speeding, then you will be liable for an on-the-spot fine.

Drinking and driving

Drink drive laws are strict in Barcelona and in Spain as a whole. The blood alcohol limit is 0.05% and 0.03% for those who have held a full driving licence for 2 years or less. Police have the authority to stop anyone for a random breathalyser test, or a saliva test if they suspect you are under the influence of drugs.

It is important to note that drinking alcohol or taking drugs and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.

Driving licence

Important Information - Changes to the UK Driving Licence

In general, UK licences are accepted in other EU countries, however, if you are travelling to Spain, we recommend that you obtain an International Driver's Permit (IDP) as a precaution.

Driving Safely in Spain

Joining a dual carriageway or motorway - It can sometimes be tricky to merge into traffic from an entry slip-road in Barcelona. You may have to stop at the end of the slip road and wait for a space in the traffic.

Flashing headlights - If another driver is flashing their headlights at you, they are requesting you give them right of way.

Use of horns - In urban areas it is illegal to use your horn. If you do so, you could incur an on-the-spot fine. Horns are only permitted in an emergency and you are advised to flash your lights instead.

Headlights - Dipped headlights must be used in poor visibility conditions during the day as well as at night.

Parking - It is prohibited to park within 5m of a bend or junction. Blue parking zones known as Zona Azul or Zona ORA are indicated by signs. You can usually park in them for a maximum of 2 hours during the day, but there is no restriction overnight between 8.00 pm and 8.00 am.


**This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.

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