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Living in Barcelona

Paid parking in Barcelona

It can be a real challenge to find a place to park your car in Barcelona. There is a shortage of spaces and an abundance of rules that make many people use public transportation instead of their own vehicles.

Do you want to have your parking guaranteed when you arrive?


barcelonaYou may have already noticed green or blue lines painted on the streets in certain parts of the city. The green zones are areas that are reserved for residents, so if you see a great parking spot and wonder why no one took it, it probably means it has a green line on it.

Blue zones, however, are zones where anyone can park. But don’t start lighting up those firecrackers yet, because the blue zone has a time limit of 4 hours and parking in a blue spot can cost you as much or more than using a public car park.

If you’re planning to come to Barcelona by car and spend the whole day, try to find a place in one of the several garages with special prices in the city.


Saba  is a company that offers car parking in various locations around town.

You can find a Saba car park in places like L’Illa shopping center (Avinguda Diagonal 545), Passeig de Gràcia (Diagonal, Gran Via with Aragó and Aragó with Rosselló), Arc de Triomf (Pg. Lluís Companys), Plaça Catalunya, El Prat de Llobregat Airport, among others.

If you are staying for long, you can buy Saba Tempo vouchers that come in 10 unit packs, allowing you to stay for 6h, 8h, 10h or 12h. Another option is the Saba multi-day card allowing you to park for a minimum of 7 consecutive days and a maximum of 30 consecutive days.


barcelonaWith more than 40 garages offering more than 13.000 parking spaces, B:SM  is the biggest car and motorcycle parking network in Barcelona.

You can find B:SM parking at La Boqueria, Estació Barcelona-Nord, Mercat Sagrada Família, Plaça del Fòrum, Rambla Poblenou, Wellington – Zoo, among many others.

If you need to use public parking a lot, you have the option of buying a prepaid ticket which allows you to save up to 35% in parking. 25 hour tickets cost 57,12€, 50 hour tickets cost 108,69€ and 100 tickets cost 198,83€.

If you need to park for a couple of days in a row, you can choose a 3 day card for 45€ or a 7 day card for 69€.

Parking Ya! 

If you are looking for a more permanent solution, Parking Ya!  may be a good option for you, since it allows you to purchase your own parking spot.

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