Our Barcelona Airport car rental services are conveniently located in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Barcelona-El Prat Airport. If you are meeting us at Terminal 1, you can find us on the ground floor, just after the baggage claim. Alternatively, if you are arriving into Terminal 2, our team is waiting to meet you just after customs. We also have Avis car hire services in the city centre and at Barcelona Sants Train Station.
Spain’s second largest airport, Barcelona-El Prat Airport offers access to one of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities, and attracts some 47 million passengers a year. Further afield, the peaks of Montserrat and rugged beaches of the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada offer an indulgent glimpse into Catalonia’s wild and picturesque landscapes.
We offer flexible, one-way options, so you can pick up your hire car from Barcelona Airport and drop it off elsewhere at the end of your stay. Each of our car rental offices offers a 24-hour drop-off service, so your departure is as seamless as your arrival.
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The Roman colony of Barcino’s city walls -the remains of which can still be found in the old town - date back to the 4th century BC. However, it’s the striking Gothic architecture in Barri Gòtic, as well as the city’s intriguing modernist constructs around Eixample, that lend Barcelona its signature surrealist skyline. Late 19th-century works by legendary Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí are the star of the show, with the bizarre turrets of La Sagrada Família cathedral crowning Barcelona’s creative buzz.
Architecture aside, Barcelona has everything from a bar and restaurant-rimmed beach - host to many a music festival in summer - to a thriving arts scene. Museums are stacked with works by Barcelona-born Joan Miró, while its trendier quarters broadcast a thriving talent for street art. Foodies shouldn’t pass up an opportunity for a chilled aperitif - and tapas, of course -in the lively Las Ramblas market.
Summers in the city are sizzling, with August reaching peak temperatures of 31°C and La Barceloneta beach drawing in a flux of surfers and sunbathers. The weather in the Catalan city is always pleasant, though, making this a popular destination year-round.
Venture beyond Barcelona’s bustling bars and cafés, and serenity awaits. The Montserrat’s lofty peaks, overlooking the city from a cool hour’s drive inland, are a favourite among hikers and nature-lovers. If scaling its slopes on foot feels a little too strenuous, a sedate five-minute cable car ride will deliver you to the mountain’s main observation deck for yawning views across the city and beyond.
Sun-worshippers should make their way along the Costa Dorada, which aptly translates as ‘gold coast’. Sitges, a sleepy coastal town by day, erupts into a cacophony of conviviality come evening, its bars and restaurants humming with fiesta spirit. Explore the Costa Brava (‘wild coast’) north of Barcelona for private coves - you’ll certainly find them around the pretty horseshoe bays of Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc.
Girona is a 90-minute drive northeast of Barcelona and offers a cultural fix of a more genteel kind. Ascend 91 stone steps to explore its immense cathedral, which rose to popular fame in season six of Game of Thrones. If visiting in May, don’t leave without admiring the Temps de Flors, which carpets Barri Vell in a vibrant tapestry of flowers.
Hire car with Avis in Barcelona to access Catalonia’s vineyard-carpeted landscapes, golden beaches and pretty coastal villages.
A variety of vehicles and services are at your disposal when you choose our airport car hire. The following additional options are also available:
Avis Preferred: As well as the usual great service, members of our customer loyalty programme can take advantage of extra benefits such as upgrades, free additional drivers and car hire vouchers.
Out-of-hours return: We know that flights leave at all times of day and night, so if you need to return your vehicle outside normal opening hours, please just tell us in advance.
Breakdown assistance: We hope you’ll enjoy your trip without incident, but should something happen you'll find a toll-free number in your rental agreement or displayed in your vehicle for 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.
Satellite navigation: Winding mountain roads, narrow city streets, motorway signs in a language you don't understand. Hire a car with GPS navigation and none of these will be a problem; you can just relax and enjoy the drive.
Child seats: Don’t slack on safety just because you’re on holiday. Request child car seats when you book.
Snow chains and ski racks: Spain isn’t all sun, sand and sangria. If you’re driving in winter you’ll need chains for your tyres. Ski racks are also available on request.
Is it worth hiring a car in Barcelona?
Hiring a car in Barcelona means you can be sure to enjoy everything from the magnificent architecture and cultural attractions to the beaches and shopping. With a hire car you can also benefit from easy access to the many beaches, towns and places of natural beauty that lie beyond the city centre.
Can you hire a car by the day in Barcelona?
You can enjoy affordable rates when you book one-day car rental with Avis. Submit your trip details into the online booking form so you can see the available vehicles and their one-day car rental cost.
What is the best car to hire in Barcelona?
If you are staying in the city centre, you may feel more comfortable in a compact model that will be easy to park. Heading out of the city on a longer trip? Consider a snazzy convertible from our Prestige range or give your family a comfortable ride in an SUV or family-sized saloon.
What is the cheapest car to hire in Barcelona?
Avis offers a wide range of vehicles to choose from in Barcelona, including economical cars that suit all budgets. Book your hire car online, ahead of time, for the best rates.