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Private cars in Barcelona, a city of pedestrians and pedestrian streets, can be more trouble than they are worth. Public transportation is the easiest way to get around town. Drivers can be very aggressive, gas is expensive and cheap parking is nearly impossible to find. And driving in the Barri Gotic is quite dangerous due to its small, curvy streets, which tend to be packed with residents as well as the lost tourists staring down at their maps.
If you must rent a car, know that to drive legally in Spain, you must be over 18. An International Driving Permit is recommended. However, to rent a car from many rental agencies, you must be 23 years old.
To get the cheapest prices on a rental car, book it before you leave your home country. Rental cars with automatic transmission cost almost twice as much as standard manual transmission, and automatics can be difficult to find. To find a cheap rental car in Barcelona, we recommend booking through Auto Europe. EuroCheapo has partnered with Auto Europe to offer the cheapest prices on rental cars in Spain and throughout Europe. (Read more about cheap car rentals in Europe.)
A good value for a three-day economy car rental in Barcelona will run around $210. To view car rental rates in Barcelona for a specific date, click here.
Some rental packages have unlimited mileage, others don't. Some have insurance against theft or collision. Others don't. Be sure to ask. Sometimes paying cash makes a difference in insurance coverage. You should also check to see if your credit card carries any rental car insurance.
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Welcome to EuroCheapo’s guide to cheap hotels in Barcelona and throughout Europe.
If you’re looking for ways to make a visit to this artsy, edgy and “Gaudi” city affordable, we’re ready to help!
Find the perfect budget hotel
Our Barcelona correspondent Regina has hunted down the best inexpensive accommodations in the city center. All of our “Editor’s Picks” hotels are clean, central and cheap. And if they’ve got something special that screams “Barcelona!,” all the better.
• Search for your dates in the box above to see available hotels.
• Click through to see a list of our recommended cheap hotels.
Our guide to Barcelona on a budget
We have more than hotel advice, of course! Explore the articles in our city guide to find ways to save while visiting Barcelona, including museum passes, cheap eats and public transit.
Also, our Barcelona blog is frequently updated with information about upcoming events that are free and cheap, shopping tips and much more.
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