Where to park in Barcelona

We are in the second most populated city in Spain and the one that receives the most tourists, so parking in Barcelona is really difficult. Most parking spaces are regulated by the City Council, so they are not free. It is important to know the timetables and rules to avoid getting a parking fine in Barcelona.

Failure to comply with parking regulations in Barcelona (parking in unauthorised areas, parking in blue or green zones without paying the corresponding fee or parking for longer than allowed) results in parking fines ranging from 60 to 200 euros. Incorrectly parked vehicles can be towed away by a tow truck and taken to a municipal vehicle depot. To retrieve the vehicle from the depot, the traffic fine and a local council tax must be paid.

The best alternative to avoid parking fines in Barcelona is to use free parking spaces in areas away from the centre or to leave the vehicle in closed car parks, which have cheaper rates for all-day parking and are monitored.

In Spain, on-street parking spaces are delimited by coloured lines. Depending on the colour, parking spaces are either free or paid, so it is important to know the parking regulations in Barcelona, as each city has its own regulations.

White zone: free parking in Barcelona

There are eight areas where you can park for free in Barcelona: Montjuic, La Sagrera, Pedralbes, Poble Sec, University of Barcelona, Guinardó, Westfield La Maquinista and near the beaches. White parking areas are becoming increasingly scarce in Barcelona and they all have one thing in common: they are far from the most visited areas and the centre. Leaving your car in these parking areas also means giving up the surveillance and security offered by guarded car parks (private car parks). It is also important to bear in mind that after 20:00 many paid on-street parking areas become free of charge.

Blue zone parking

To park in Barcelona’s blue zone, there are a few basic rules to bear in mind: parking hours are from 9:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Friday. In the city centre, payment hours are extended to Saturdays, and around Barcelona’s beaches you must pay every day of the year. The blue zone parking signs limit the maximum parking time to one or two hours. Payment is made at parking meters, which are usually visible every few metres.

Green zone in Barcelona

Parking spaces marked with green lines are intended for residents in Barcelona, but in practice they function like the blue zone. The main difference is that they are more expensive, with the aim of encouraging tourists to choose other parking areas. The maximum parking time is one or two hours, depending on the parking sign. To park in these zones it is necessary to pay at the nearest parking meter. Parking in Barcelona’s green zone is free on Sundays. From Monday to Saturday parking is free between 20:00 and 08:00 hours.

Exclusive parking zones for residents

In Barcelona there are 3,000 parking spaces exclusively for residents. In the Barceloneta and Born neighbourhoods non-residents cannot use these spaces. In the rest of the neighbourhoods these parking spaces can be used free of charge between 20:00 and 08:00 hours.

Yellow lines and loading and unloading zones

Only lorries, vans and goods delivery vehicles may park in the DUM parking spaces, which are marked by yellow lines. These spaces cannot be used by cars and private vehicles.

Motorbike parking in Barcelona

There are numerous parking spaces for motorbikes in Barcelona. They can be used freely and free of charge 24 hours a day by motorbikes and mopeds. They are regulated with white lines on the road, but their size and signs clearly differentiate them from car parks.

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