The airport of Barcelona-El Prat is the second busiest in the country and the most frequented of the entire Mediterranean coast. This makes it a very appetizing location for car rental companies, which receive thousands of tourists and business travelers every day.
It is located in the town of El Prat de Llobregat, 15 kilometers from Barcelona capital, so it is very easy and quick to reach the city or other towns in the province.
The facilities are divided into two terminals, T1 and T2, and are very large and with great distances. Always try to arrive in advance, because it is not quick to travel through such a large airport that is full of constant activity. Here you will find one of the most varied car rental offers in the area and the country, with companies of all sizes and prices in constant competition.
- How to rent a car inside Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
- How to rent a car outside Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
- What are the agencies and what is the total price of renting a car at Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
- Reviews from our clients who have rented at Barcelona-El Prat Airport
- How do I notify my rental agency if my flight to Barcelona is delayed or gets canceled?
- Where are the gas stations closest to Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
How to rent a car inside Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
Where are the rental offices inside the Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
Within the airport, car rental companies are located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, so you will not have problems whether your flight is national or international.
Of course, do not worry because some companies such as Sixt or Europcar have offices in both terminals. Check well which one is yours or choose the office that best fits with your flight since you make your reservation.
In T1, the car rental offices are located in the arrivals hall. Although the terminal is large, it is easy to find them. After picking up your luggage, exit through the front door and continue straight until you see the offices. They are behind the first line of coffee shops, to the right and left of the main hall.
In T2, the car rental offices are located on the 0 floor, in the arrivals hall. As soon as you pick up your luggage, on the left, you will find the offices of all the car rental companies.
These are all car rental companies that have an office inside the Barcelona-El Prat airport. In addition, we show you the opening hours of the rental offices and cost information on pickup and return outside these hours:
Keep in mind that the numbers that begin with 902 are not toll-free. They can charge you up to €2 per minute by calling from a Spanish phone and even more if you call from a foreign phone. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Where is it cheaper to rent a car inside Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
The variety of offices inside the airport is wide and with high competition so you can find prices of all kinds, even on the same car model. If you want to save even more, compare with the offices outside the airport, among which are the low cost range ones, but check well their conditions on card holds and insurance to confirm that it is a suitable option for you.
For example, renting inside the El Prat airport for three days, with basic insurance you can have a small Fiat 500 car with the Firefly company for €20 ... but a very high card hold of €1,055 *.
If you wanted a smaller card hold, without leaving Firefly the cheapest rent would be another similar model with full insurance, for €76 for the 3 days and a card hold of only €87 *.
* Prices calculated on 08/28/2017 for a 3-day rental of 2017.
Caution! Some rental companies, such as Cicar, only allow people who have a flight number to rent at the airport. Do not transfer to the airport thinking about a better deal from some of the agencies there, if you have not arrived there by plane. Always check with your agency first.
Which offices open earlier and which ones close later in the Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
Due to the constant flow of flights since a large volume of arrivals occurs early in the day, most of the offices open their doors early, at 7 o'clock in the morning, and remain open until midnight on a continuous schedule, except Firefly , which closes at 1 o'clock in the morning.
In Terminal 1, Sixt is the only office that offers a 24-hour service.
However, in all others it is possible to return and pick up the car outside normal opening hours. The bad thing is that you will have to have an extra supplement in the collection, between 36 and 60 euros, according to the company.
How to rent a car outside Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
Where are the rental offices nearby of Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
These agencies are located in the industrial estates around the airport, so they offer a free minibus for their clients, which leads them to their offices. This service works both ways, both at the time of picking up the vehicle and at the time of its return.
Normally, from T1, the minibuses leave from the parking lot G of the airport, at the end of the corridor.
From T2, the courtesy minibus stop is usually outside, between terminal B and C, on the sidewalk of the taxi stand.
We recommend that before starting your trip you contact us or the rental company to confirm that they include this service and in what exact place you should wait for the minibus (some pick you up inside the terminal).
These are all car rental companies that have offices outside the Barcelona-El Prat airport. In addition, we show you the opening hours of the rental offices and cost information on pickup and return outside these hours:
Where is it cheaper to rent in the surroundings of Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
Most of the companies with offices outside the terminals correspond to the low cost range, where you will normally face card holds of up to €1,000 if you do not get full insurance. Also, take into account that you will need to tranfer in minibus and that these offices have more queues (and sometimes outdoors, even if it rains or there are high temperatures).
For example, for a three-day rental, you can have a small Fiat 500 or Peugeot 107 with the Centauro company for the ridiculous price of €9... but an awful card hold of €1,105 *.
Adding insurance to all risks, the price for 3 days is still reasonable, €60, and the card lock is reduced to €55 *.
* Prices calculated on 08/28/2017 for a 3-day rental in 2017.
Which offices open before and which ones close later near the Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
The schedules are more varied than inside the airport, and there is no office that opens 24 hours.
Centauro and OK are the early risers, from 7 a.m., and Centauro is also the last to close, at 11 p.m.
If you see any interesting offers in the Avis office, keep in mind that it only opens in the morning and closes on Sundays. You will also find more time restrictions in the outdoor offices of Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty, so compare well between the interior and exterior offices of each company to make sure their opening hours fit well with your schedule.
In addition, it is not allowed to pickup after hours in all offices, and usually you will be charged between 30 and 60 euros extra, in some cases even for returns (as in OK).
What are the agencies and what is the total price of renting a car at Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
We have summarized below each car rental agency at Barcelona-El Prat airport. We provide you with information on waiting queues, card holds, minimum amount of franchise and insurance at all risk, and the cheapest car model:
|Car rental company||Waiting time||Deposit||Excess||Excess Reduction Coverage||Cheapest car||Car price per day|
|Alamo||10 - 30 minutes||€250||€800||€14.82/day||Toyota Aygo||€21/day|
|Avis||10 - 30 minutes||€143||€1,200||€14/day||Volkswagen Polo||€24/day|
|Budget||10 - 30 minutes||€143||€1,452||€14/day||Seat Ibiza||€20/day|
|Centauro||30 minutes - 1 hour||€55||€1,050||€21/day||Fiat Panda||€5/day|
|Cicar||10 - 30 minutes||€150||€0||€0||Ford Ka||€30/day|
|Dollar||10 - 30 minutes||€200||€550||€14,54/day||Seat Ibiza||€22/day|
|Enterprise||10 - 30 minutes||€150||€800||€14,82/day||Toyota Aygo||€23/day|
|Europcar||10 - 30 minutes||€300||€667||€24/day||Nissan Micra||€27/day|
|Firefly||30 minutes - 1 hour||€87||€1,000||€24.40/day||Opel Corsa||€3/day|
|Goldcar||30 minutes - 1 hour||€300||€1,200||€59.95/day||Ford Fiesta||€4/day|
|Hertz||10 - 30 minutes||€200||€550||€14.54/day||Opel Corsa||€26/day|
|InterRent||30 minutes - 1 hour||€1,000||€1,000||€24.40/day||Fiat Panda||€4/day|
|Keddy||10 - 30 minutes||€300||€300||€24/day||Volkswagen Polo||€24/day|
|OK Rent a Car||30 minutes - 1 hour||€600||€600||€20/day||Peugeot 208||€5/day|
|Olecar||10 - 30 minutes||€150||€150||€15/day||Volkswagen Up||€12/day|
|Sixt||10 - 30 minutes||€314||€650||€12.99/day||Opel Corsa||€20/day|
|Thrifty||10 - 30 minutes||€500||€605||€32.04/day||Opel Corsa||€22/day|
|WifiCar||10 - 30 minutes||€74||€290||€17/day||Hyundai i10||€18/day|
Reviews from our clients who have rented at Barcelona-El Prat Airport
How do I notify my rental agency if my flight to Barcelona is delayed or gets canceled?
First of all, keep calm. First resolve the situation with your airline, and then contact directly with the airport office of your rental agency. Remember to give them your flight number so they can check your information and wait for you to pick up the car.
If there has just been a delay in your flight, some rental agencies can wait between half an hour and two hours without any extra charges. From this margin, you will usually be charged a fee that ranges between 25 and 60 euros, according to the policy of each company.
We offer you the contact details for the El Prat airport, where you can find out about the flight situation or if you can not find the phone number of your rental agency.
Where are the gas stations closest to Barcelona-El Prat Airport?
Below we indicate you the nearest gas stations to the airport that open 24 hours a day or with very broad schedules, so you can refuel at any time before returning your car and compare prices between them.
Do not forget to always select the correct fuel (it may be different to the one you normally use and you may not realize it when you select it), and return the car with a full tank if you accepted that fuel policy in your rental contract.
If you return the tank half empty or with missing fuel your rental company will not be upset at all... they will be happy to add the missing fuel for you, as they will sell it to you up to twice the price of a normal gas station, and also charge you a penalty for their "extra service".
|Gas station||Address||Opening hours|
|BP||Calle de Frederica Montseny, 2, 08820, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona||Open 24 hours|
|Cepsa||Carretera C-31, Km. 191,8, 08820, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona||Open 24 hours|
|Galp||Avenida 11 De Septiembre, 08820, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona||From Monday to Sunday from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|Petrocat||Calle de Louis Blériot, 08820, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona||Open 24 hours|
|Petro Low Cost||Carretera Ca l'Alaio, 3, 08820, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona||Open 24 hours|