The Challenge

Hitchhike as fast as possible from the heart of Europe to Barcelona and win a trip around the world!

Hitchhiker Lifter
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How to participate?

Gather a team of 2 or 3 adventurers.
Pick your starting location (Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris), and think of a strategy to get to Barcelona as fast as possible with only your thumb :)


The Big Prize

300 teams will compete for the ultimate prize:
A trip around the World. All members of the team will receive enough airmiles to visit every continent of the world. At least 6 stops per person are included in the ticket.


Five Stages

The Race to Barcelona will be split up into 5 different stages. At the end of every stage every team’s time will be recorded and even people at home will be able to see the daily ranking on our website.

The end of every stage is always a unique location such as castles, river banks, beautiful beaches and medieval cities. Participants will be able to camp on site and parties will be hosted for all hitchhikers. Every morning, teams will receive the daily instructions on how to get to the next stage.



There will be checkpoints on every stage and along the route. On some of these world famous landmarks you will be able to win time bonifications!

Checkpoint Photo
Checkpoint Photo

The Jerseys

Just like in the most famous races of the world, jerseys will be awarded to the daily champions. The yellow jersey will be attributed to the fastest team of the day. The green jersey goes to the best performing team during the challenges, and the polka dot jersey goes to the craziest team of the day

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The Wall of Fame

The winners of previous editions...

General Info


We foresee a camping spot on unique places at the end of every stage. It is required that every participant has his or her own camping material (tent + sleeping bag). The locations will always be on a splendid place. On previous Barcelona Express we have stopped at huge castle domains, river banks, beautiful beaches and also historical cities.


All teams receive a GPS tracker. This way the organization knows where the teams are located at any time.

Because hitchhiking is not without risk, we would like to give you the following advice:

>> Choose a safe hitchhiking spot, do not recklessly jump in front of car along busy roads! Never let somebody drop you off at the side of the motorway: it's illegal, and you'll never be able to catch a ride from such a spot! It's better to drive a few kilometers in the wrong direction, it might be your lucky shot!

>> We have an emergency number. This is featured on every stage briefing in the morning, but please save the number in your mobile phone and make sure you always have some battery left.

>> Always write down the license plate of your ride on your hitchhike control sheet before getting on board, or take a picture of it, take also the name and phone number of the driver! This immediately creates a sense of control.

>> For slightly less talented hitchhikers, a list of train and bus hours is provided every day, to get you to the arrival place. Those who are forced to use this public transport will of course get the last time of the day (= arrival will be set at 8 pm).

Returning home from Barcelona is not included. We encourage everyone to hitchhike back :) Otherwise the airport is less than 2 miles away from the camping.



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