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Given the relative compactness of the city and its efficient network of public transport, you might not feel the need to hire a car in Barcelona. However, if you want to explore a little further afield, arrange to rent a car at Barcelona Airport (BCN) and make the most of Catalonia and beyond.

Language: Spanish | Currency: Euros (€) | Avg. Flight time: 1 hr 54 mins

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Barcelona?

You can hire a car from the age of 18 in Spain. However, each rental company has different minimum age rules and most require you to have held a full licence for a year. There is no legal maximum age limit, but some companies don’t hire to those over 75.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Barcelona?

To hire a vehicle in Barcelona, you will need a valid full driving licence that you have held for at least a year, your passport and a debit or credit card with funds to cover the cost of the rental and the security deposit. You may also need proof of ID, such as a utility bill. If you hold a UK licence, you do not need an International Driving Permit to drive in Barcelona.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Barcelona?

No, car hire excess insurance is not mandatory in Barcelona, but without it, you will face a much higher premium if you have an accident or damage the vehicle. You can buy excess insurance at the rental desk of many companies but policies from independent providers are usually cheaper. Compare online for the best deal.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Barcelona?

Yes, it is possible to rent a car with a debit card in Barcelona. However, many providers still require a credit card, so do check before you arrive. Whatever card you use, ensure you have enough funds to cover the rental and security deposit costs.

Which rental companies are available at Barcelona Airport?

The following car hire companies have desks at Barcelona Airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Centauro, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Goldcar, Hertz, InterRent, National, Record Go, Sixt and Thrifty. All car hire desks are in either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2B.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Barcelona?

It is almost always cheaper to hire a vehicle away from the airport. However, with so many options available at Barcelona Airport, you can usually find a great deal, especially if you compare online in advance.

Can you rent a car in Barcelona and drop it off in another city?

Yes, many providers offer one-way rental between Spanish cities and even some island locations. However, expect an additional fee if you’re not dropping off at your pick-up point.

Can you rent a car on the same day in Barcelona?

Yes. Many providers hold stock for same-day rental. Check online or call your chosen provider before you arrive.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Barcelona?

Yes, most rental providers hire vehicles to 21-year-olds. However, most rental companies add a ‘young driver surcharge’ for under 25s.

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