Rent a car in Barcelona-El Prat Airport - Costa Brava holiday car hire with Cartrawler Spain
Barcelona, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain is served by three international airports. Reus and Girona airports - although growingly popular due to a large number of low-cost routes - are located in a considerable distance from the city.
Barcelona-El Prat Airport - BCN, the second largest airport in Spain, is situated much closer to Barcelona, approx. 8 miles south-west from the city centre, in the municipality of El Prat de Llobregat.
Fiat 500, amongst the cheapest cars to rent in Spain.
Excellent railway and road connections allow a quick and easy access from the airport to Barcelona. In normal traffic conditions it only takes around 20 minutes to drive from El Prat to Barcelona. The airport is also connected directly to Barcelona metro system, via dedicated Line 9.
Tourists who decide to rent a car at Barcelona Airport will benefit from the well developed road network to travel also to other interesting locations and holiday resorts along Costa Brava.
Find below useful information and advice about easy and inexpensive Barcelona-El Prat car hire.
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Car hire companies at Barcelona Airport
Barcelona-El Prat car hire is available from on- and off-site car hire companies.
Car rental suppliers represented at the airport include well known brands such as Avis Rent A Car, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Enterprise Rent A Car, Thrifty, as well as the low-cost operations - Firefly, Interrent, Keddy and the extremely popular in southern Europe, Goldcar/Rhodium..
The desks of the on-site car rental agencies can be found in both terminals of Barcelona-El Prat Airport: in the Terminal 1 and in the B section of the Terminal 2 (Terminal 2B).
Internet search engines of car hire, such as Cartrawler Spain, will frequently display competitive quotes from Barcelona-El Prat off-site providers who deliver rental vehicles to the airport on meet and greet basis, or provide courtesy buses from the airport to their rental stations. Those companies - Auto Click, OK Rent A Car, Centauro and Nomad -are likely to come up amongst the cheapest car rental companies at Barcelona Airport.
Cheapest car hire Barcelona-El Prat - compare offers online
The easiest way to avoid overpaying for Barcelona Airport car hire is to compare prices from all the major suppliers at the location and, if possible, to avoid the busiest summer months when planning holiday in Costa Brava.
While, at the peak of tourist season in southern Spain it is difficult to find car hire offers cheaper than £130 - 150 for a 7-days car hire of a small (and not very comfortable) city car, such as Fiat 500, Seat Mii or similar, off-season prices of the same vehicle can drop to as little as £60 for a week, or even lower, as the car rental companies try to make any profit at all on their fleet surplus.
Seat Ibiza, a popular choice in the economy class car rental in Spain.
In September, for example, the weather remains very pleasant and reliable in Costa Brava, with temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius and the prices of all tourist services, including car hire, are much more affordable than in July or August.
Cartrawler search engine allows you to check prices from many different car hire companies at Barcelona-El Prat Airport and to compare rental conditions which may differ substantially from supplier to supplier. Each Cartrawler offer contains an exhaustive description of the rate details, including insurance coverage, the excess amount, optional equipment, fuel and mileage policies.
Fuel policy - car hire Spain
In order to avoid unpleasant surprises when hiring a car in southern Spain it is especially recommendable to verify beforehand the fuel policy of your offer.
While many regular clients of car hire companies in Europe are used to the most common pick-up full / return full policy, a great number of Spanish rent-a-car’s have slightly less transparent rules when it comes to fuel. It is very common, especially in the busy holiday season, when there is a short supply of hire cars in Costa Brava, that the applicable fuel policy is pick-up full / return empty, meaning that an amount of the tank worth of fuel will be added to the total price of the rental on collection. The car is delivered to the client with a full tank and should be returned with an empty, or as empty as possible tank, as there is no refund for the unused fuel.
Obviously, it is not always possible to use all the fuel before handling back the car, especially if the rented vehicle is from a larger class, than the most common Costa Brave hire cars: VW Polo, Opel Corsa or Seat Ibiza.
The pick-up full / return empty fuel policy is little beneficial to the client and so may be other variations of the fuel protocol you are likely to come across when renting a car in southern Spain.
In the estate car segment, the Spanish brand Seat is often a preferred choice in Barcelona Airport. Above, Seat Leon Stationwagon.
With Cartrawler, however, you have a possibility to analyze thoroughly the rental conditions before booking a car in Costa Brava.
Cheap flights to Barcelona-El Prat
The second largest airport in Spain and the seventh in Europe, serving over 47 million passengers per year, Barcelona El Prat offers a wide selection of routes, a large part of them served by low-cost carriers. The airport is a hub for the low-cost Spanish carrier Vueling, well established on the European market, as well as for the new budget airline, Level.
Ryanair, Easyjet, Norwegian and Wizzair are other low-cost carriers with a strong presence in Barcelona-El Prat.
Direct flights from the UK to Barcelona (BCN) are available from:
- British Airways – from London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Edinburg, Glasgow
- Easyjet – from Bristol, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Southend, Newcastle upon Tyne´
- Jet2 – from Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford
- Norwegian Air Shuttle – from London-Gatwick, Edinburgh
- Ryanair – Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Manchester, Glasgow-Prestwick
- Vueling – from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Cardiff.
Get around Barcelona-El Prat Airport - Terminals 1 and 2
Barcelona-El Prat is a very large airport, consisting of two terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, divided into three separate buildings - A, B and C.
There is a free airport shuttle service provided running regularly between the two terminals. Considering the distance and waiting time involved, allow yourself at least 30 minutes to transfer between the Terminal 1 and 2 of Barcelona-El Prat Airport.