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Hiring a car in Barcelona

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Car rental is not necessary if you're planning on staying in the city centre and don't intend to wander out of the city to areas around. Driving around the centre can be slower and more stressful than simply taking the metro system, which is clean and efficient. The roads in Barcelona can be quite congested and slow-moving in the centre.

Car hire in Barcelona may be necessary however if you are on business or have special needs. Barcelona has an excellent metro system that will take you to most of the sights, and parking spaces are limited in the centre. You will also find that the roads in Barcelona are often congested and rather hectic, making driving the most unpleasant experience in the city centre.

However hiring a car is a good idea if you're staying in a hotel that is not in the city centre and is not serviced by the metro system.

You could also consider hiring a car if you intend to leave Barcelona to see the surrounding area. e.g. Girona (ancient town north of the city), Penédes (wine region) or the Dalí Museum (Figueres).

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Nobody likes waiting around in long queues to get their COVID test. The Express COVID testing service we recommend only works by appointment ensuring that you get tested when you need to without having to queue. Getting your COVID test in the city centre before your flight or cruise offers many advantages over getting tested in the Airport or from a cruise liner. You have your certificates on time without a rush, you have time to correct inaccuracies on your certificate and you have time to re-arrange your flight or other travel plans if you should test positive. To learn more about how to get your COVID travel certificates valid for planes, cruises and other transport, follow one of the links below to learn more.


Hiring a car may also be advantageous if you want to drive along the coast to visit beach resorts other than the ones in Barcelona. If you don't want to hire a car, but still want to see these sights, you can catch one of the trains that run from Plaça de Catalunya or Barcelona Sants station in Barcelona city centre.

In summary, we advise not to hire a car unless you have special needs or will be making regular day trips from the city centre.

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