Barcelona Car rental return

Jul 19th, 2016, 01:03 PM
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Barcelona Car rental return

Hi, I'm returning a EuRopcar to Barcelona after driving from Ainsa in the Pyrenees, and staying on there for a few days at the Hotel Claris in Eixample. I'd prefer to return this to the Gran Via station and take a short taxi to our hotel, but I'm wondering how hard it will be to drive into the city about 4pm on a Friday in September to return it.

Would it be easier to return it to the airport location and then take a longer taxi ride to our hotel? Really appreciate some local knowledge here.
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Jul 19th, 2016, 02:57 PM
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3pm would probably be a lot easier. The convenience of driving in to the city, unloading everything at your hotel, and then returning the car would outweigh the traffic issue for me I think.

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Jul 19th, 2016, 07:32 PM
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I'm sorry I can't answer your main question, but if you are taking a taxi from the car rental agency to your hotel, you might want to keep your luggage with you -- it'll be easy enough to move with the taxi!
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Jul 25th, 2016, 05:27 AM
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thanks to Debbie and kea...we probably could get there by 3p...less traffic then? And, yes, we wouldn't drop our luggage first...just take with taxi.
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Jul 25th, 2016, 03:03 PM
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Driving in Barcelona on a Friday afternoon? Not something I enjoy doing. You'll be far better off dropping the rental off at the airport and taking a taxi from there. The cost will be about 30€ to the Claris.
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Jul 25th, 2016, 05:12 PM
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Europcar is 2.5 blocks from your hotel, that's why I mentioned dropping off your bags and then returning the car. Bagless, you would be able to walk to your hotel in 3 minutes.
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Jul 27th, 2016, 06:12 PM
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thanks again Robert and Debbie for your input. Robert, I'm leaning toward the airport to avoid driving into the city...however, since our hotel is so CLOSE to the car return, I sort of hate to pass that up.
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Jul 28th, 2016, 06:56 AM
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Barcelona is a series of one-way streets with fast moving traffic, so plan your route carefully. You should follow the Diagonal, turning onto Pau Claris, which will put you in front of the hotel. From there you go down to the Gran Via. The access to the Europcar location is on the parrallel street, also called the Gran Via.

If you miss the turn (heavy traffic) you'll have to go down the block to Balièn and swing back around onto the Gran Via, coming up on Roger de Lluria.

The walk from the dropoff location back to the hotel will be at least 15 minutes.
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Jul 28th, 2016, 09:23 AM
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Europcar is about 1 km or 6-7 blocks from Hotel Claris, and the blocks in that area can be long.
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Aug 12th, 2016, 07:19 AM
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Thanks to both of you again for the more detailed information. Still undecided...think I'll contact EuRopcar to see what they recommend.
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