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How Does the Zona Azul Parking Zone in Barcelona Work?

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Written by Daniella

Sometimes parking in Barcelona can be a bit of a chaos, and that is why the Barcelona City Council has created a Parking Ordinance to regulate car parking on the streets of Barcelona.

If you have travelled to Barcelona by car to stay at your tourist accommodation, and you need to know more on the Zona Azul parking zone in the city, this article by ShBarcelona provides you with basic and important information.

So pay attention and avoid fines!

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What is the Zona Azul?

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Barcelona has two options within their parking regulations: the Zona Azul (blue zone) and the Zona Verde (green zone). Today we will be sharing information about the blue parking zone, and this zone allows you to park your car after purchasing a parking ticket at the parking meter for the time indicated on the ticket.

Basically, the blue zone regulates urban car parking for visitors (non-residents).

The blue zone can be recognized by its blue lines on the asphalt, and the green zone is marked with green lines. The green zone is for residents.

Parking meters have been positioned strategically, enabling drivers to obtain their receipt or ticket easily. The ticket must be placed in a visible spot inside the car.

The purpose of the blue zone is to promote a high turnover of cars in urban areas with services, like commercial zones, hospitals and schools. This way prolonged parking is not possible, and this means more drivers can enjoy the same parking spot during the day. In total, Barcelona has about ten thousand blue zone parking spaces.

Timetables in the Zona Azul

Time limits within the blue zone in Barcelona coincide with the amount of traffic in the city. Depending on the area you are in, the schedule is as follows:

Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday to Sunday (including public holidays) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Please be aware that schedules may change depending on the season, parking near the beach or parking at an event. Always check the timetable indicated on the signs located at every parking area.

Tariffs in the Zona Azul

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There are four different tariffs, A, B, C and D, and the height of the tariff is directly related to the demand for parking in this area. Zone A is, therefore, the most expensive zone, and this tariff is applied to busy areas in the city, such as Ciutat Vella, Passeig de Gràcia and some parts of the Avinguda Diagonal. The others tariffs are a bit cheaper, depending on the traffic density in the neighbourhood. Tariff D is the cheapest. Tariffs are as follows:

Zone A: Maximum parking time: 1 or 2 hours, depending on the zone. Price: 2.50 €/hour

Zone B: Maximum parking time: 2 hours. Price: 2,25 € / hour

Zone C: Maximum parking time: 3 hours. Price: 1.96 €/hour

Zone D: Maximum parking time: 3 hours. Price: 1,08 € / hour

Always check and confirm both the tariff and maximum allowed parking times on the signs and parking meters of your parking location.

Map of the Zona Azul areas in Barcelona

The Barcelona City Council has provided a map of the blue and green zones in Barcelona. Click here for more information.

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The parking meter in the zones

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How to use a parking meter in the blue zone in Barcelona can sometimes be a mysterious and time consuming element, when trying to park your car. As you must be able to use the parking meter to legally park your car and avoid a ticket, here are a few tips on how parking meters work and how to use it:

You can pay by card or insert coins. If you want to use coins, you must first click on the corresponding tariff button and introduce the coins until you have reached the required time.

When having done so, click on the ticket button and place the ticket inside your car. It must be clearly visible from the outside to avoid any fines. If you have made a mistake, cancel the ticket and start over.

Another option is using Smart Ticket. Choosing this option means you do not have to place a ticket inside your car. The big difference with the previous payment method lies in the fact that you will have to enter the registration number of your car once you have selected the ticket button. You will then ask for the ticket again as to obtain proof, but you will not have to return to your car anymore to display a ticket.

Paying by card is very simple. Once you have selected the corresponding fee for your parking area, you insert your card, wait until you are asked to remove the card, extract it and then select the time. The last and final step is printing the ticket.

Good to know: If you have received a fine for exceeding the time limit, you have the option of cancelling it at the same parking meter you collected your ticket before, provided that the exceeded time on the ticket is not more than half of the time that you have already paid.

Have you parked in the Zona Azul parking zone in Barcelona? Any advice?

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Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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