Rent a car in Barcelona

For many Dutch and Belgians, Barcelona is one of the favorite cities in Spain and in this beautiful city most tourists move around on foot or by public transport. However, after you have seen, for example, the Sagrada Familia, La Rambla, Camp Nou or Parc Güell in the city, it is also recommended to rent a car and explore the region around this Catalan city. There is plenty to do in the Barcelona region and most sights and attractions are within easy driving distance of Barcelona. A two-hour drive from Barcelona, Figueres is home to the Teatre-Museu Dalí, a museum in the birthplace of this eccentric artist and one of the most popular sights in Spain. La Roca Village is located about an hour from Barcelona and is a good destination for shoppers. In this outlet village you will find more than a hundred shops housed in shop buildings in a typical Catalan modernist style. Fifty kilometers inland from Barcelona lies Montserrat, where you can visit a mystical monastery and climb this spectacular rock formation. Wine lovers should definitely visit the Penedes wine region. The world famous cava, the Spanish alternative to champagne, comes from this area. You can reach this wine region after 30 minutes by car.

  • Car rental companies in Barcelona
  • Car rental requirements in Barcelona
  • Car rental at Barcelona and Girona airports


Car rental companies in Barcelona

All well-known car rental companies, such as Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, Sol-Mar, Avis and Europcar, are present in Barcelona at various points in the city. These companies have offices at Barcelona Airport, Girona Airport, Barcelona city center and Sants Train Station (Estacio Sants). It is recommended to reserve a car online in advance. This way you can compare prices at home on your laptop, tablet or smartphone and save a lot of money.
American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted at the car rental companies in Barcelona.

Car rental requirements in Barcelona

To rent a car in Barcelona you must be at least 21 years old and of course have a driver’s license and have held it for at least one year. Depending on the rental company, the minimum age may vary. At the car rental companies in Barcelona, ​​a novice driver (drivers under 25 years old) pays a surcharge. There is also a surcharge for holidaymakers over 75 years old who want to rent a car in Barcelona. The amount of this surcharge varies per car rental company, but is generally 5 to 25 euros per day, depending on the car you want to rent. If you, as a novice driver or an older driver, want to rent a car in Barcelona for a longer period of time, there is a maximum surcharge. If this maximum is, for example, 100 euros, then you no longer have to pay a surcharge per day once that maximum has been reached.
To drive a rental car in Barcelona you need a valid Dutch or Belgian driver’s license. It is not necessary to purchase an international driver’s license for Spain, your driver’s license is also valid in Spain. Another requirement of the car rental companies in Barcelona is a credit card to pay for the car rental.

Car rental at Barcelona and Girona airports

At Barcelona airport you will find car rental companies in both terminals 1 and 2 that offer rental cars at competitive prices. These companies are all located next to each other, so they are easy to find. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to drive from Barcelona International Airport to central Barcelona, depending on the time of day.
At Girona airport, also a popular airport with Dutch and Belgians because of the budget airlines that fly to this destination, you will also find various car rental companies that rent out cars at attractive rates. The road network around Girona airport is excellent and it takes around an hour and a half to drive to the center of Barcelona. The beaches of the Costa Brava can be found a half-hour drive from Girona airport.