Renting cars in Barcelona
For many visitors to Barcelona getting around the city is not the biggest problem they will encounter. Barcelona has a first-class metro system, some lines of which are completely automated, an ever-expanding tram network, an efficient, if so intuitive to use bus service and a mountain of the iconic black and yellow taxi-cabs. However, Barcelona is a comarca, or region, as well as a city and if, as every visitor should, you wish to see what lies beyond the surrounding hills of Collserola or along the coastline from the city you will need to rent a car or other suitable means of transport.
To rent a car in Barcelona is fairly straight forward, all the big players, Hertz, Avis etc exist in the city together with a plethora of national and local companies all vying for your euro. But if you are one of the growing number of eco-leaning, slightly green tinged travelers you’ll be pleased to know that to rent an electric car in Barcelona is also an increasingly available service. Most rental companies will be able to provide a hybrid vehicle as a matter of course and there are fully electric vehicles like the Renault Twizy available to rent in Barcelona if you know where to look.
In the city’s tourist areas of Port Vell, Raval, Barri Gotic and El Born you will see many “rent electric Barcelona” signs and you can find your choice of personal vehicle. From an electric scooter or skate-board to electric bike rental all the way up to a fully electric Renault Twizy you can hire them individually or even experience in a guided tour where you will be taken to some of the best sights which Barcelona has to offer. You can even escape the city centre and take part in the Hollywood Hills experience of Barcelona as offered by the company Tourisimo from their base in the barrio of Gracia, close to Park Guell. With Tourisimo you’ll drive a Twizy following a local guide up the hills at the back of the city and stop for views, photos and selfies with the whole city of Barcelona as your back-drop. If you prefer to stay within the city centre electric power-assisted push-bikes are becoming a real phenomenon and in an increasingly electric powered and ecologically conscious Barcelona more and more visitors and residents alike are taking advantage of its very agreeable climate these machines provide a cheap, easy and above all eco-friendly way to get around. Visit our gallery now!
The Renault Twizy is very well suited to a city like Barcelona, with the narrow streets and lanes of the older quarters to the, impossible to find place to park, newer areas. To rent a car with a standard combustion engine makes sense if you want to travel outside the city, but if not, renting electric for Barcelona itself is a perfect choice. The Twizy, for example has a range of around eighty kilometres and can easily reach and exceed the speed limits anywhere within the city boundaries. It is easy to drive in traffic due to its diminutive size and as with all electric cars in Barcelona it enjoys parking privileges which its fossil fuel powered cousins do not. So, whether it’s an electric bike rental or you prefer to rent an electric car, the non-polluting option seems an easy way to go. To rent in Barcelona you can rent a bike, rent an electric bike, rent a car, rent an electric car or do the most practical thing of all and rent a Renault Twizy, the choice is ultimately yours.