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Car Hire from Barcelona Airport

Car Hire at Barcelona – El Prat Airport

This information is correct as of June 2015.

Where to hire a car at Barcelona – El Prat Airport

Upon arrival to Barcelona through the Barcelona El Prat Airport, travellers will probably need to get their own vehicle, to easily move around the areas in and around the city. Both terminals of the airport have companies offering car rental services; Terminal 1 has its car rental services just after the baggage claim areas, while Terminal B has it at the main exit hall and after the custom services. Five companies, including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National Atesa, and Sixt, provide services to the passengers. It is advisable for travellers to book through the companies' respective websites, so that they may reserve the cars they want beforehand, and if they want cheaper prices. Prices sometimes go up when booking through the airport, so this is a thing to consider.

What to expect when hiring a car from Barcelona El Prat Airport

The Barcelona El Prat Airport is connected to main highways, including B-10, E-90, C-31, N-340, and Av. Diagonal. The airport is located within central Barcelona, in the area of El Prat de Llobregat in the Example district, east of the central business district. Traffic can be a problem when travelling around the city, since most roads have moderate-to-heavy sections that require a little patience. Although only 19.4 kilometres away, the city of Barcelona can be reached in no less than 30 minutes – primarily because of the heavy traffic situations on certain parts of the main roads. All drivers are expected to exercise prudence at all times, and are expected to follow the road rules and regulations. Should travellers need to refuel, there are at least six petrol stations that they can use upon exiting the airport facility. The nearest one is Petrocat, which is located right outside terminal. Others can be accessed through road 189, 190, and 192B.

Driving around Barcelona El Prat Airport

As mentioned above, the nearest major district from the airport is Barcelona. Barcelona is located some 19.4 kilometres away from the airport, and can be covered by driving through major roads such as the C-31, Gran Via de las Cortes Catalanas, Av. De la Granvia de l'Hospitalet, and others. Upon entering the city, travellers will be welcomed to bustling Barcelona, where all the major destinations are located. Restaurants, hotels, museums, theatres, and many others, are nestled within the city's tight streets and avenues. Parking spaces are a dime a dozen in the city, so looking for spaces to park should relatively be easy.

Getting to your destination

Barcelona is connected to several destinations, which can be accessed by road.

Famous for its nightlife scenes and historical destinations, Girona is a nearby city to Barcelona that can be the traveller's next destination.

Girona can be accessed from Barcelona by getting on B-10 from Exit 209, towards the AP-7 and C-65. Just continue to follow the C-65 road and Carrer Barcelona to Ronada Sant Antoni Maria Claret, to reach Barcelona. The journey should cover 102 kilometres, and will run a total of one hour and 15 minutes. Tolls are to be expected from this route.

Beaches and breeze – this is the new trend. Enjoy both with Spain's Tenerife, located just one hundred kilometres from Barcelona.

From Barcelona, you may reach Tenerife's beautiful beaches by getting on B-10 towards C-32 and E-15/AP-7. Take the exit 33 from E-1/AP-7, and then take Ctra. Reus to Carrer Tenerife in Tarragona to reach central Tenerife. Upon arrival to Tenerife, go for the water and visit its beaches.

A sunny port city in the Catalonia region of Spain, Tarragona is best remembered for its Roman heritage.

Reach Tarragona through roads B-10 going towards C-32 and N-340, and then through N-240 to the Av. De Roma in Tarragona. This route has tolls, so make sure to prepare for the necessary fees.

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