Barcelona is promoting the progressive abandonment of the car in favour of improving mobility to benefit everyone, and relegating the use of the car to only when it is absolutely necessary. However, if you have no alternative to taking the car, you can share the journey with other users: you will save on fuel and environmental costs, reduce the occupation of public highways and enjoy your journey more. Also, seek to drive the least polluting vehicle possible and you will reduce the emission of particles and dangerous gases, as well as noise pollution, and benefit your health and that of everyone.
Reserve vehicle use for the occasions when it is unavoidable and use regulated city car parks efficiently, above or below ground. Car parking improvements substantially reduce traffic tensions and road indiscipline, improve the efficiency of the road system and make the best use of the available space. Check in advance and you’ll park more easily.
The city of Barcelona has various possibilities when it comes to parking your vehicle, under and overground.
> Network of 40 car parks and over 13,000 spaces designed for residents as well as businesses and visitors in all of the city’s districts. More information.
> Regulated street parking zones within the city’s urban plan. More information.
> If you come from outside Barcelona and you have no choice but to do so with a private vehicle, combine it with metropolitan public transport and park in the Park&Rides car parks near to rail or bus stations. You’ll avoid traffic jams and parking problems.
At the wheel, have a prudent and active attitude when you are driving. You live with other road users and you should respect and take care of them. Remember this advice:
- Pedestrians always have right of way.
- Wherever possible, travel on foot or by public transport.
- Always fasten seat belt.
- Do not use pedestrian areas and take due care when entering or leaving parking areas.
- Obey traffic regulations: road signage, traffic lights and speed limits.