Very pleased with the car however I only required half a tank of fuel so would have liked to have seen this carried over to my next hir...e by means of some sort of discount for returning with so much fuel
Auto Europe has come a long way since its inception in 1954, and it has become an integral part of the car hire industry, offering rental services in over 8,000 locations in 135 countries. We offer you the flexibility of picking up your car hire in Barcelona at any of our 21 pick up locations in the city, which include Barcelona Airport as well as numerous downtown locations and railway stations.
Geographic Information Barcelona is located in north-eastern Spain, in Catalonia. The city is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and boasts a mild climate all year round, with humid but mild winters and hot and dry summers. The temperature rarely ever goes below 0ēC, with average temperature in the winter ranging from 8ēC to 17ēC. Temperatures in the summer are around 25ēC to 28ēC. It is highly recommended that British tourists visiting during the summer apply copious amounts of sunscreen, as the sun can be very strong.
Barcelona Airport Official Name: Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) Address: Carretera del Prat de Llobregat, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain Official website:Barcelona - El Prat Airport Phone number: +34 902 40 47 04 Information office: There are two Tourist Information offices in the Airport, one in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 2B. They are open from 08:00am to 08:30pm, every day of the year except for December 25th and January 1st. They can be contacted through the phone numbers +34 93 378 8175 (Terminal 1) or +34 93 378 8149 (Terminal 2B), or through the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estación de Sants Barcelona Stans railway station is the main train station in Barcelona and is the city's main hub of inter-city and international train travel. The station is served by regional trains, as well as by AVE, Spain's high-speed trains. There are also suburban connections as well as a connection to Barcelona's Metro system. An AVE trip to Madrid is a little over two hours.
Passeig de Grācia The Passeig de Grācia station is more centrally located than Sants Station. It offers regional connections to other Spanish cities, such as Reus and Valencia, and it's also served by the Barcelona Metro.
Hotels in Barcelona As a major city and a popular tourist destination, Barcelona boasts countless hotels, hostels and B&Bs, and travellers are truly spoiled for choice. Here are some ideas:
Barcino 147 - Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 662 - 2° 1° 08010 Barcelona. Phone: +34 607 37 91 01. Centrally located.
Hostel One Paralelo - Calle Salva 62, Barcelona, Spain. Phone: +34 933 32 41 92. Great atmosphere and affordable prices.
Public transportation Barcelona is served by a vast and efficient subway network which covers most of the city. The subway runs from Monday to Thursday and on Sundays from 5am to 12am, on Fridays from 5am to 2am, and is open 24h on Saturday. The ticket machines usually have information in English, but any subway announcements are made only in Catalan.
There's a touristic bus (Barcelona Bus Turístic) which travels through all main tourist sites in the city, with audio information about each landmark. You can take a tour from beginning to end or get off at any destination you wish to visit and then get back on the bust later on.
Things to know when driving your car rental
Traffic and parking Spanish drivers are known for their aggressive style of driving, but Barcelona is usually not as bad as other Spanish cities (such as Madrid). Even so, we advise you to drive defensively, to always leave enough space between you and the car in front of you, and to drive slowly, particularly if you're not familiar with the area.
The Barrio Gótico area is not easy to navigate with a car, seeing as the streets tend to be rather narrow and with limited parking options. If you want to visit the Barrio Gótico, we would advise you to park outside and then to proceed on foot.
Parking in Barcelona is normally paid and there are meters along the streets, where you can pay for parking (you should then display the ticket on your dashboard). Spaces where parking is allowed are normally marked in blue and the maximum parking period is usually two hours.
Oftentimes, parking your car hire in Barcelona in a car park will prove a cheaper, safer alternative. There are some free car parks in the city, namely near the Vall d'Hebron and Zona Universitaria metro stations. Indoor paid car parks are considered more secure, however. The prices of paid car parks vary, with more expensive ones located closer to the city centre, and cheaper ones located closer to the outskirts.