Car rentals in Barcelona: All you need to know
You want a great vehicle to take you around Barcelona whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the top sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in Barcelona. CarRentals.com has gathered your most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Barcelona. Keep reading to find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
Where can I get a bargain car rental in Barcelona?
CarRentals.com makes it a cinch to book budget-friendly deals. Simply type in your travel dates and go through the variety of rental car companies, choose the top rental locations, and find the cheapest packages Barcelona has to offer. You should also:
- Compare the prices of vehicles
- Try to avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which can be more expensive
- Determine ahead of time the amount of fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and reserve as far in advance as you can
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Barcelona.
What rental companies have retailers in Barcelona?
From global names like Hertz and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to get an idea of which one is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Barcelona?
That all depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Barcelona. If you're having trouble picking the right car, make sure to look over our table below. We have compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for a little off-road excitement||Jaguar F-Pace, Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar|
|Full Size||Groups with suitcases and a need for space||Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Compact Car||Great for navigating and parking in big cities||Fiat 500, Nissan Versa Note, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Barcelona?
Normally, to rent a car in Barcelona you must be at least 21. However, you may find that there is an added charge if you are under 25 or for higher category vehicles in particular. Go through the supplier's terms to discover what any additional charges will be before you book your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Barcelona?
Insurance is always needed, no matter where you're renting a car. However, you could already be insured by your existing car or credit card policies. Keep in mind, those policies may not provide 100% coverage, and you'll need to add it on to your booking. Check ahead of time and, if it is necessary, you can just add it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to find an open gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle. Use as much petrol as you need and top it off when you return your car when you are done. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. If you only use half of a tank, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Several rental car companies provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to verify with them beforehand||You won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off location||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't need to refill the gas when you bring the car back||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to get some gas before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy should I get?
At CarRentals.com, we suggest a full tank policy. You pick up your rental with a full tank, and you should return it filled up. If you want to keep your expenses lower, fill up your tank before bringing the rental car. Stations near airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Barcelona?
Unlimited miles is a good option if you decide to do a bit of sightseeing or visit a lot of clients all over Barcelona. You can drive wherever you like and not incur additional charges. Read over your policy to find out if there are any limitations.
Before you drive off
Be sure you check a few items before you leave the car rental lot on your Barcelona adventure. It's worth the time to:
- Walk around the car and determine if there is any damage or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are navigating a new region
Book your Barcelona rental car today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Barcelona has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be driving between the great restaurants, world-famous landmarks, and all the amazing sites in Barcelona.