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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).


Book Barcelona Airport Express Bus Online

Aerobus Express Bus To City Centre
30 min from/to airport T1
45 min from/to airport T2
Last minute bookings with instant confirmation
E-tickets – No cash
Face mask mandatory on board


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Book Your Barcelona Airport Taxi Online

Private Premium Taxi Transfer
Door to Door transport
Taxi sanitized after each transfer
Instant confirmation, bookable up to 30 min before
E-tickets – No cash
Face mask mandatory on board


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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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