Parking your car in Barcelona can be a problem if you don't plan in advance. Although the city centre does have a large number of parking facilities the car parks fill up quickly or have limited spaces. You'll also find that it's difficult to find a car park space in the city centre if you just turn up on the day.
We explain how you can find the car park you need, whilst ensuring your is car secure, and that your space will be reserved and available for you need it.
Barcelona bus terminal has a large car parking facility and is a popular location to park.
The other advantage of using this car park is there is a metro stop right outside the bus station which gives you ready access to the entire city via the metro underground system.
Estación de Nord (Barcelona Nord Station)
Metro Arc de Triomf (Red Line, L1) or Marina (Red Line, L1).
Estación de Nord can be found at the junction of Carrer de Napols and Av de Vilanova. The car park has security monitoring 24 hours per day 7 days per week.
If you are driving a foreign plated car then bear in mind that these cars are often targeted for robbery. Even when driving make sure that your doors and boot are locked. If there is slow-moving traffic it has been known for thieves to pop open the boot or open a door and run off with the contents. The same is true for open windows. If you can reach in and grab something of value then ensure to have your windows wound up to prevent this.
To give you some peace of mind it is best parking your car in a car park with 24/7 security surveillance. Your car will be much safer when you park your car in an official car park.
There are hundreds of car parks all around the city centre, so how do you know where they are and find out which car parks are nearest to your hotel accommodation or a particular Barcelona attraction?
The simplest way to find a car park in Barcelona is to use the Barcelona parking locator map. This parking map will enable you to not only find the nearest car park to any location in Barcelona but it will also enable you to compare rates and facilities between different neighbouring car parks to ensure you get the best deal. The map also shows you the nearest metro underground stop which can be useful if you want to "park and ride". This can be very helpful for you to plan and organize your trip if you are intending to get around the city centre by car.
Once you have identified the car parks you will visit you can then reserve your car park online in advance of your trip. This is advisable if you are thinking of parking anywhere in the city centre e.g. La Rambla or Plaza Catalunya or if you are parking near a popular attraction like the Sagrada Familia because car parks fill up quickly in the city centre. When you make an online advanced reservation for your car park space you are guaranteed that your place will be reserved for you.
How to find car parks that offer the most competitive rates?
There are many small car parks in the city and many of these offer very competitive rates compared to other larger well known car parks. By using the Barcelona car park map you can compare the rates of different car parks in the same area ensuring that you will find the best deal saving you money.
Car Park Locator Map
Below you will find a link to a car park locator map for Barcelona city centre. You can find the car park you need anywhere in the city from around 140 car parks. Car parking prices of each car park can be seen at a glance to help you find the best rates. You can then click on the car park of interest to get more details about it and then book your car park space to ensure your space is reserved.
Perhaps you just want somewhere secure and low cost to leave your car whilst you explore the city? You may want to leave your car there for more than just a few days without paying a small fortune in parking fees. But how can you do this? To find out how visit our page on how to find cheap long term car parking in Barcelona.
If you park in a non-designated car parking area you'll almost certainly receive a ticket or have your car towed away.
This happened to a friend of mine who lives in Barcelona. She parked a car in a restricted area for only 20 minutes or so only to find that her car had been towed away when she got back.
At first we thought her car had been stolen but then we rang the car impound and found it had been towed away. It cost €175.00 to have her car released and there are additional charges per hour if the car is not picked up within a certain time frame. You will also have a horrible sticker stuck right across your windscreen that takes an age to remove.
If your caught out and found that your car has been towed see our detailed information on what to do if your car is impounded in Barcelona.
If you intend to park your car in Barcelona then it can be a little troublesome. However if you follow the tips above you could find that your parking experience might not be all that bad after all.