About Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN)
Address: Aeropuerto El Prat *no Truck Return* Key Box At Parkig, El Prat Llobregat, El Prat De Llobregat, 08820
Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN), most commonly known as “El Prat”, is located 14 km (8.6 mi) southwest of central Barcelona, and served by separate international terminals. You’ll find a helpful and familiar roster airport rental car companies on the ground floor of Terminal 1, which handles the bulk of international, domestic, and regional flights. (Car rental desks for Terminal 2 are located in the main exit hall near the Customs offices.) Avis, Enterprise, and Europcar are among the leaders of airport car hire services at (BCN).
Barcelona is one of those places that calls for a vast range of opinions in terms of driving. For many people used to European driving conditions and regulations, Barcelona’s narrow streets and complicated grid system are said to be fairly easy to navigate. For people unfamiliar with the above sentence, Barcelona is manageable — as long as you avoid the city center.
Most importantly, the two things almost everybody can agree on is that (1) Barcelona is best experienced behind the wheel of a car; and (2) Parking is difficult and extremely expensive — even by European standards.
If you’re planning to rent a car from (BCN), whatever you purpose, you should familiarize yourself with some of the ins and outs of driving in Spain before hitting the road.
Choosing your car
Choosing your car for a visit to Barcelona doesn’t have to be difficult. Do you have a good idea about your plans? Do you have an itinerary? Obviously, Barcelona’s tight streets and cramped traffic conditions call for a compact Ford or a Fiat mini. If you’ve got a few companions in tow, and still want to do some proper sight seeing, a standard Renault seats five passengers with room for 3-4 suitcases, and doesn’t hog the road. Likewise, a Nissan SUV delivers rugged performance in a tight package. And larger groups and families should look to a Volkswagen 7-9 seater minivan.
Tips and advice
July and August are peak tourism months in Barcelona. However, starting in mid-August, many restaurants and stores will close for a month or so, as locals flee the city to avoid the brutal summer heat. That means driving is a bit easier, but finding a decent meal becomes a challenge.
It’s also during this Spanish vacation period (mid-August to early September), that Barcelona hotel prices go through the roof.
Highways in Spain are called “autopistas” and many charge tolls that can be paid with cash, credit card, or an electronic payment system, Via T. Ask your (BCN) airport car rental provider about renting a transmitter.
Whether it’s your first or 50th visit to Barcelona, a GPS is absolutely essential for trouble-free navigation.
Speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour. The Spanish speed limit is 120 km/h on autopistas (highways) and four-lane roads, 100 km/h on roads with more than one lane in either direction, and 90 km/h on two-lane roads.
Barcelona is a popular beach destination, but you’ll make the locals very happy by dressing appropriately in public. It’s inadvisable go cruising around town in board shorts and flipflops — and don’t even think about wearing beachwear at restaurants, churches, and tourist attractions.