There are several different car rental companies located within Barcelona Airport - Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National Atesa and Sol-Mar. In Terminal 1 (T1) each company has an office. In Terminal 2 (T2) each company has two offices - one located in T2B and one located in T2C. All of the car rental companies sit together in a row in each terminal, so they are easy to find. As Barcelona Airport is relatively small, the companies have cars that can be picked up within walking distance of the office.
It is often easier to book your car online as the telephone numbers provided by the car rental companies tend to be engaged or not answered for long periods.
This page will cover the contact details for car rental companies based in Barcelona airport, the opening hours and locations and things to consider when making a booking.
Tel: +34 90 210 8495
Fax: +34 93 298 3606
Tel: +34 90 210 5055 (T1 and T2)
Fax: +34 91 344 4924 (T1 and T2)
Tel: +34 93 298 3637
Fax: +34 93 298 3642
Tel: +34 93 521 9095
Fax: +34 93 298 3435
Tel T1: +34 93 478 8795
Tel T2: +34 62 078 1067
All of the offices are open from 07:00 - 00:00 midnight.
When making your booking it is important to consider any additional costs. Although the roads in Spain are not necessarily any busier than other roads in Europe, driving is sometimes a bit like being in a bumper car. Barcelona is also the European city with the second largest concentration of scooters and motorbikes, for this reason, both whilst driving and whilst parked, there is a possibility that your rental car may receive a bump. For this reason, you may wish to consider paying an additional insurance liability waiver to avoid paying the excess if your car is damaged.
Also, if you are planning to cover long distances in your rental car, this may affect the amount that you pay. Car rental companies in Spain often provide a mileage limit when you pick up the car. If you go over the amount of miles allocated to you, you will have to pay a surcharge for this. Sometimes the mileage limit is not particularly high, so there is a fair possibility that you will exceed it. Therefore, it is worth checking with the car rental company what the mileage limit is on the particular vehicle that you are renting.
There is no road tax in Spain - instead, there are toll booths along the motorways. This may prove to be an additional expense during your holiday - particularly if you will be travelling long distances and avoiding 'scenic routes'. This may affect your decision as to whether to rent a car rather than using public transport to get around Catalunya or Spain.
It is important to remember that car rental companies describe airports as 'Premium Pick Up Points'. This means that there is a surcharge for picking your rental car up from the airport. On arrival at the airport, if you head to the Tourist Information Desk they will provide you with a list of car rental companies in Barcelona itself.
Hiring a car is a good option if you plan on touring around areas of Spain. It is particularly affordable if there are a larger group of you travelling - sometimes working out at a similar price to a coach or a train. When booking your car, spend a bit of time 'shopping around' to find a company that are offering deals that are best suited to your needs - this may be a larger vehicle, extra mileage or useful pick up or drop off destinations.