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Barcelona Parking Guide: Discover the best options for parking in the Catalan capital and enjoy it without worries. Save time searching for parking in Barcelona with Parkimeter.
If you choose to spend your holidays in Barcelona or you are here for business and you have decided to come by car, parking in Barcelona, as in all large cities, has many restrictions. If you are going to stay in a hotel, you should know whether your hotel is one of the hotels with parking in Barcelona and what the parking price in Barcelona will be in order to make the best decision before booking. In most Barcelona parkings, the daily rates have regressive prices. The more days booked the daily price is reduced, that does not happen in the hotels. If you are absent-minded and you don't make a reservation for daily parking, keep in mind you can be charged for parking with per minute rate, which is much more expensive.
If you are coming for a few weeks, you may prefer to find a long-term parking in Barcelona of so-called lowcost parking or park and ride. This decision can be very commendable. If you have decided to not use your car so often, since, if it is not a nearby parking, you'll be spending the difference on public transport.
If you have decided to have a parking close to your residence, Barcelona is well-equipped with parkings, but it is not the same to find a parking close to Camp Nou, parking Sagrada Familia, parking Las Ramblas or parking Cruises which are very famous tourist sites and with chance of finding a "parking lot full" sign if you arrive without reservation, as it is to find a parking at parking diagonal mar shopping center, for example, that's usually more simple. It is therefore a good idea to book in advance with Parkimeter especially if you are looking for parking centre of Barcelona or parking near Barcelona Harbour.
As is the case in every big city, parking in the center of Barcelona is almost never easy: traffic, prohibitions, and roadworks make circulation very difficult and finding a parking space on the street practically impossible.
If you are visiting Barcelona for business or pleasure with your car, this is the article for you: you will find indispensable advice on where to park in the city center, which are the most strategic neighborhoods and places to park your vehicle and which areas are less suitable due to bans and restrictions.
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The best way to get a guaranteed parking space and avoid last-minute inconveniences is to book in advance a public parking space in the center of Barcelona. On the Parkimeter platform you can compare the various parking offers and prices according to your destination (neighborhood or place of interest in the city) and choose the most convenient one.
But which are the most central areas in the city of Barcelona? We list here some of the neighborhoods that are located in the city center and are strategic points for visiting Barcelona on foot.
The district of Eixample is the largest and most densely populated in Barcelona, but also the most central and suitable for finding parking.
In this area of Barcelona you will find several famous tourist attractions where you can find public parking very close by, such as the elegant Passeig de Gracia where you can stroll around admiring Casa Battlò and La Pedrera, masterpieces by Antoni Gaudi. At the end of Paseo de Gracia is plaza Cataluña, which is one of the most famous squares in Barcelona, where you can find plenty of shops and metro stops useful in case you want to change location.
The Ciudat Vella is the oldest quarter of Barcelona, and its historical centre. It comprises the Barrio Gótico, el Born and the Barceloneta.
Finding parking in this part of the city is quite complicated, so we recommend you book a public car park and secure your parking space. You should also know that parking in this neighborhood is among the cheapest you can find in the city of Barcelona.
A central and strategic point where you can find a public car park is Las Ramblas, the city's most famous promenade, a must if you are visiting Barcelona here. Here the most famous sites of interest, apart from the aforementioned street of course, are the Boqueria Market, where you can buy cured meats, sweets, fish or directly dine on typical Spanish and Catalan dishes, the Barrio Gotico where you can lose yourself in its streets and admire the beautiful Cathedral and Plaza Reial, and the Born district, where the Picasso museum is located.
If you still want to try and find street parking in Barcelona it is important to know that central areas are often jammed with traffic and parking spaces are limited and often full.
The green zones are for residents while the blue zones are pay parking areas with a time limit: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 20:00. One piece of advice we give you is to remember to obey all the rules of the road so as not to face heavy fines or worse, the removal of your car.
Rambla is a word of Arab origin that means stream. In fact, Las Ramblas were formerly a natural course gathering the water in the upper part of Barcelona city and flowing into the sea. That's why Las Ramblas end in the south, at the port of Barcelona, next to the Colón statue. To find a parking in Las Ramblas is quite impossible because of its shortage, if you don't book in advance. Next to the marina, there is the Barceloneta neighbourhood, a seafaring quarter where you'll find the best seafood restaurants in town. At the end of Paseo Juan de Borbón, near Barceloneta restaurant and Torre de Altamar, there is Plaza del Mar parking , the closest parking Barceloneta to the beach and the promenade.
Since its origin, Barcelona has been a commercial city. Fruit, vegetable and food markets have a long tradition in the city and are deeply rooted within the mediterranean culture. There are three markets that you should not miss: La Boquería, Mercat de Sant Antoni and Mercat del Born. The latter has turned into a history museum, since in its recent restoration it has been found the remains of Barcelona in the XVII century, still in a good condition.
If you are frequent local or high-speed train passengers, Parkimeter has parkings within a 2 minute walk from parking Barcelona Sants. At the other end of Barcelona Sants there is a bus terminal, but the most important one is located at the Estacion del Norte, an old train station that it was no more a half century ago.
If you are planning to go on a cruise, the cruise terminal is far to walk from any parking. Bear this in mind for your planning. The terminals are near Las Ramblas and next to the Avenida del Paralelo southern tip. If you are going to the Balearic Islands or to Italy, you can find a parking near the Barcelona Harbour to go walking until the corresponding terminal.
Barcelona city has 10 districts : Sants-Montjuïc, Ciutat Vella, Sant Martí, Eixample, Les Corts, Gràcia, Sant Andreu, Nou Barris, Horta- Guinardó, and Sarrià - Sant Gervasi. Because of the its distribution, you should know that to find a parking in Ciutat Vella, as the oldest part of the city, is very difficult, since there are not may car parks in this district.
In Parkimeter you will find the best parkings, both of important chains as Núñez y Navarro (NyN), SABA , BSM (Barcelona Serveis de Mobilitat), Continental Parking and also parkings that don't belong to chains, whenever monitored and with the highest guarantees.
If you are looking for the cheapest places to park your car in the city, we list here the main streets and districts with cheap parking in Barcelona: depending on your destination or place of interest, you can choose the car park most convenient for you.
One of the quarters with the cheapest parking ratings in Barcelona is undoubtedly the Gothic Quarter, one of the city's most touristy and atmospheric neighbourhoods and a strategic and central point for visiting other points of interest such as the famous Cathedral, the chaotic Rambla, El Born and one of the two main squares: Plaza Catalunya, which can be reached on foot along the Rambla.
The nearest metro stop is Jaume I, on the yellow L4 line, in case you want to travel further afield and reach other sights such as the beach (Barceloneta stop is very close) or if you don't feel like walking.
La Rambla is the most famous and touristic street in Barcelona, an essential destination if you are visiting the city and want to see the famous Boqueria market. Parking your car here is also very cheap and convenient, since you will find the Liceu stop of the L3 green metro, if you are planning to move. The tourist destinations close to these car parks are the same as the Gothic Quarter, as the two points of interest are very close.
Another district with cheap parking in Barcelona is the Raval, in the Ciudat Vella district and close to San Antoni. This district is the most multiethnic of all, colourful and distinctive.
The nearest metro stops are Parallel, on the blue 2 and green 3 lines, and San Antoni on the blue too.
To determine how much it costs to park in the city of Barcelona you must first take into account several factors: the season, so the period in which you are looking for parking (high or low season), the area and neighborhood of reference (more or less central) the parking time and finally the type of parking (on-street or public). That being said, as is the case in most metropolitan cities, parking, especially downtown, is always a fairly expensive choice, so it is important to inquire about the best options and avoid spending more than you have to. If the intention is to leave your car in a parking lot for longer than a day, we recommend preferring the more central areas: with Parkimeter you can park in a covered parking lot in the center of Barcelona, saving money and avoiding unpleasant inconveniences. The hourly rate starts at 2 € and the daily price (depending on the zone) starts at 12 €: definitely a cheaper choice than street parking!
Parking in Barcelona, as in all the most desirable cities, can be quite expensive, especially if you are not familiar with the regulations of regulated parking lots and their prices. The prices of on-street parking in Barcelona, as previously mentioned, are also very expensive when it comes to the central areas of the city, and above all they place time limits: the blue zone is reserved for paid on-street parking, and the price ranges from €1.50 up to €3.80 per hour, with a 4-hour parking limit. Saturdays are free parking days, so you can park without any problem. The green zone, on the other hand, is reserved for residents, With Parkimeter you will no longer have this problem: just reserve your parking space online and you will have total freedom to choose how long to park your car, saving on the price even based on the time you park. This is a smart choice especially if you plan to stay for several days in Barcelona.