Car Hire at Barcelona Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Whether you’re planning a family beach holiday in Barcelona or taking in the architecture by Gaudi, you can find the best car hire at Barcelona Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Barcelona Airport
There are five car hire companies with desks at Alicante Airport: Goldcar, Enterprise, Atesa, Hertz, and Europcar. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Barcelona Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Galp Petrol Station located inside the grounds of Barcelona Airport open twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year. Upon entering the airport, take the ring road to the right that leads to the terminals. The petrol station will be on your right.
Driving around Barcelona Airport
Barcelona Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. It takes between thirty and forty-five minutes to reach Barcelona city centre from the airport. Simply, head south on the C-32b road to get out of the airport then merge with the C-31 road following signs for Barcelona. Check out our guide for things to do in Barcelona. Many of Spain’s roads are toll roads but most of the booths take credit and debit cards. Prices are higher during the summer and charged per vehicle regardless of the number of passengers. If you don’t want to pay any tolls you can get to most places by using the smaller N-roads.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Barcelona Airport.
Sandwiched between France and Spain, the stunning mountain region of Andorra makes a great family day trip from Barcelona.
It takes about 2 and a half hours to drive to Andorra on the N-1411. Free on-street parking is available in Andorra and can often be found in the narrow back streets. However, there is usually more traffic during the summer. Many hotels offer parking facilities.
With an aroma of orange blossoms, lush tropical gardens and sandy beaches; futuristic architecture, a passionate nightlife and some of the best paella in the country, Valencia is unforgettable.
Valencia is just over a 3 hour drive from Barcelona on the AP-7 road via Catalonia. Be sure to remember that the AP-7 is a toll road. During high season it can be difficult to find parking on the side-streets but many hotels and public car parks are available in the city. Look out for yellow or red zones which are no go parking areas. Blue zones indicate you can park at a charge and for a limited time. Charges are in force from Monday – Friday, 9am to 2pm and from 4pm to 9pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.
Girona This quirky, colourful Catalonian city is packed with museums and romantic cobblestoned streets that wind their way through the city like the river bank it perches on. Whether it’s rambling through La Rambla or enjoying a cosy couples dinner, Girona is an ancient city with a modern twist.
It takes about 15 minutes to reach the centre of Alicante using the N-332, or 16 minutes on the A-7. The N road is also the prettier option: it runs alongside the coast. Girona is just over one hour north of Barcelona by car via the AP-7 toll road. There are several free on-street parking zones in Girona. If there are no spaces available, there is also metered on-street parking marked by a blue zone and privately run car parks.