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Hertz car hire in Barcelona

Thanks to its cultural treasures, amazing architecture and delightful delicacies, Barcelona is one of Europe's most popular destinations. Situated on Spain's Mediterranean coastline, this energetic city offers you a whole host of things to do, from spending an afternoon relaxing on its sandy beaches to wandering around some of Europe's finest museums.

As the famed capital of the country's northern Catalonia region, Barcelona is a renowned European leader in both leisure and business – but whatever your reason for visiting, we've got everything you need to get from A to B. Whether you're planning to take in the scenic views from Montserrat, or meet with commercial connections, you'll find the perfect vehicle for your needs in our collection.

And with branches conveniently located across the city – including at El Prat Airport and Sants Railway Station – collecting your hire car in Barcelona is simple.

 

Pickup Locations Barcelona

  • Barcelona El Prat Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0700-2400

    Address: El Prat Airport

    Phone: 902 011 959

  • El Prat de Llobregat-Mas Blau 2 Business Park

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1930, Sa-Su 0800-1600

    Address: Av. de les Garrigues 1-3

    Phone: +34 93 378 87 64

  • Sants Railway Station

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0700-2200, Sa-Su 0700-2100

    Address: C/ Viriat 45,
    Return: Continental Parking, 5 Floor, C/ Numancia 7

    Phone: 902 998 707

  • Diagonal-Sarria

    Opening hours: Mo-Th 0830-1330 1600-1800, Fr 0830-1330 1600-1900, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

    Address: Av. Diagonal 622

    Phone: +34 93 410 10 34

  • Hotel NH Hesperia del Mar

    Opening hours: Mo-Th 0830-1330 1600-1800, Fr 0830-1330 1600-1900, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed. New location name effective 1 December 2018: Hotel Hesperia del Mar.

    Address: Espronceda, 6

    Phone: +34 93 356 11 39

  • Cornella de Llobregat - Calle Tirso de Molina 25

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1300 1600-1900, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

    Address: Calle Tirso de Molina 25

    Phone: +34 937823142

  • Barcelona, Cornella de Llobregat - Calle Tirso de Molina 25

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1300 1600-1900, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

    Address: Calle Tirso de Molina 25

    Phone: 34-937823142

  • Barcelona, Sabadell - Joaquim Blume 8

    Opening hours: Mo 0900-1400 1600-1900, Tu-Fr 0900-1300 1600-1900, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed.

    Address: Calle Joaquim Blume 8

    Phone: 93-7104445

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Driving in and around Barcelona

Car Hire Barcelona

Exploring such a vibrant area couldn't be easier, with Barcelona offering fantastic road networks for both inner-city drivers and those looking to explore further afield. With a hire car you will be able to navigate your way easily to the must-see spots up and down the coastline, as well as inland.

Circling around the city you'll find the B-20 and B-10 roads – the former in the west and the latter in eastern Barcelona – which will help you take in the city and access wider Spain.

Head south out of the city on the C-32, before joining the AP-7, and you'll enjoy a coastal drive towards Tarragona – an area famed for its golden beaches, you'll be there in an hour from Barcelona. Following the E-15/AP-7 south from here will lead you to another one of Spain's major cities, Valencia. A trip up the AP-2 will see you pass through Lleida and onwards to Zaragoza, Spain's Aragon capital.

Regarded as Spain's commercial base, you'll find Sabadell a 30-minute drive in your hire car out of Barcelona. Take the B-10 east, before joining the C-58 north. You may have to pay toll charges if you drive on the Autopista (the motorway – roads labelled with A or E). These fees will vary, so do check online to find all the details.

While you're driving in the city, Avinguda Diagonal should act as a point of bearing. From here, you can easily find your way to attractions such as La Sagrada Familia and Camp Nou. Two of the city's other major roads are found in the north of the city - Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Avinguda Meridiana, which will take you to the Nou Barris and Sant Andreu areas.

With a population of more than 1.5 million, large areas of the city are pedestrianised. One-way systems are in operation on the city's central roads to help with the flow of traffic – La Rambla and Placa de Garriga i Bachs being two major examples.

Speed limits vary throughout Spain. On motorways the maximum is generally set at 120km/h (74mph), falling to 100km/h (62mph) on roads with more than one lane in each direction. The limit on ordinary roads is 90km/h (55mph). These are all reduced when driving through towns and cities, with a limit of 50km/h (31mph) or as low as 20km/h (12mph) in residential areas.

Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to sit in the front passenger seat of the car.

A quick guide to Barcelona

Car Hire Barcelona

Beaches, culture, history and fine foods – Barcelona is a city that certainly has plenty to offer during your stay. From the Gothic-inspired architecture of yesteryear to the contemporary artworks of the 21st century, there are many ways to enjoy yourself here.

Sporting hotspot

In recent years, the city has excelled in sport – FC Barcelona has created a dynasty in world football with its silky style of play. If catching Barca live is on your agenda, you won't be disappointed, as you'll get to see superstars of the global game grace the Camp Nou turf. You can explore FC Barcelona's history and their breath-taking ground on one of the club's stadium tours.

In keeping with the city's sporting heritage, you can visit Barcelona's Olympic Park. Located in Parc Montjuic, you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you leisurely stroll around the venues of one of the most successful Olympic Games to be held in Europe.

Art and architectural highlights

Away from the city's sporting heritage, Barcelona is famed for its pioneering approach to architecture in the modernist era, mainly thanks to the iconic Antoni Gaudi. You'll find Gaudi-designed buildings across the entire city, but you won't want to miss seeing La Pedrera, Casa Batllo, Park Guell or La Sagrada Familia. Away from Gaudi, the Catedral de Barcelona is a must-see if you're a fan of Gothic architecture.

If you're wanting to soak up some fine art, look no further than the Museu Picasso. Situated on Carrer de Montcada, you'll find a comprehensive array of works from the Cubist movement on display here. Look out for the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona during your visit too – the distinctly modern building is a hub in the lively Raval area.

A taste of Catalonia

Barcelona is also famed for its golden beaches – a hotspot for tourists and locals alike thanks to the city's almost year-round warm climate. You'll find Barceloneta Beach is the most popular and houses an array of cultural landmarks and restaurants for you to enjoy.

La Rambla, an atmospheric boulevard in the heart of Barcelona, is a must-visit during your stay. You'll find the busy strip lined with street performers – from magicians to human statues, all looking to entertain spectators – as well as a range of shops selling everything from boutique items to the more unique. From here, you'll easily find the Boqueria Food Market too, famed for its fresh Catalonian produce and delicacies. Pull up a seat at a cafe here, listen to the locals and feel like a true Catalan.

And sticking with the theme of food, Barcelona homes some of the best restaurants you'll find in Spain. Being on the coastline has given the city a reputation for having fine seafood eateries – you can enjoy a whole host of these off Passeig de Joan de Borbo, in the east of the city. For an authentic taste of Spanish cuisine, you can try a range of tapas restaurants in the Old Town and Barri Gotic.

Of course, if your travel plans are taking you further afield, Barcelona is exceedingly well-placed on the continent, with major roads running throughout Europe and connecting with the Catalan capital. Further up the coast on the E-15 route you'll enter southern France and be able to share in more of the Catalan culture in Perpignan; while the laidback likes of Montpelier and Marseille are just around the horn.

For a complete change of scenery you'll love what's on offer in the snow-capped peaks of Andorra, just three hours north on the A-2. Car hire in Barcelona makes it possible to see the very best of the Catalan capital and beyond.