World-wide brands Avis and Hertz are good car rental options that have rental outlets in downtown Barcelona and at the airport. Avis Preferred customers don't have to wait in line at either airport terminal and also earn rental points. Hertz Gold members enjoy similar perks. The websites for both companies usually offer discounts for car rental customers. Other options include Europcar and Sixt.Continue Reading
Europcar has rental counters at both the Barcelona Airport terminals and at six locations throughout the city, as of 2015. Occasionally the company offers daily and weekly rental specials. Sixt rental counters are also available in two terminals at the airport, at the Sants Train Station and at the cruise port. Sixt rents various vehicles, including compact cars and passenger vans. Its website also usually lists various discounts.
Car rentals tend to be less expensive if they are pre-booked before arrival. Prices between the rental firms, particularly for walk-in clients in the downtown core, don't vary that much. At the airport, all the rental counters are together, which creates more competition and perhaps lower rental rates.
Driving and parking in Barcelona can be challenging. It's easier to get transportation into town and then rent a scooter or an electric bike. Lonely Planet lists Cooltra and MondoRent for either of those options.Learn more about Geography