If you’re likely to stay within Barcelona city centre, we wouldn’t recommend hiring a car. If, on the other hand, you’re thinking of planning a day trip to the small towns along the Costa Brava or the Costa Daurada, or discovering inland Catalunya, which is full of great spots, charming towns and many must-see places, then hiring a car is definitely the best option.
Having a car at your disposal will allow you to go on these little trips to all of these places that are slightly further away from Barcelona. And if you’re after a short break of a few days in and around Catalunya, you’ll be able to see the larger cities such as Girona, Tarragona and Lleida as well as the smaller towns that aren’t so well connected via public transport.
How to hire your car
The requirements for people to hire a car in Barcelona and in the rest of Spain are the same for a Spanish citizen as for anyone holding a driving licence from other member states of the European Union. You will need to present your original driving licence, which must have been valid for at least two years, and the driver must be at least 23 years old.
If you’re a citizen of a country outside the European Union and haven’t passed the driving test in accordance with the Geneva or Vienna Conventions, you’ll need to gain an international driving licence in the country in which you reside.
So that you can search for the different models of car available for hire, below we have given you details of some of the car hire companies that have offices in Barcelona. We have also included a reservation tool, in which you can see what offers are available with some of the main companies.
Car hire companies in Barcelona
Although you can arrange your hire car directly in any of the companies’ offices, we recommend reserving in advance online. By doing so, you’ll ensure that the type of car you need will be available, and you’re likely to save money too.
Where to hire a car?
All the major companies have offices in various locations throughout Barcelona, so that you can choose which office suits you best. Below we have given you some of the locations in which you can hire a car in Barcelona and throughout the rest of Catalunya.