Car hire in Portugal

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Turn on the engine and start discovering the landscape and artistic variety of Portugal. Drive on the Marginal, the national road connecting Lisbon to Cascais, or get lost among the narrow streets of the several old villages scattered all over. Leave the crowded beaches behind and go find a secluded bay in the Algarve region and admire the terraces of vines driving slowly along the Douro valley.

These are just some of the unforgettable experiences that you will enjoy by renting a car in Portugal. Renting a car is the best way to enjoy the landscape beauties of this country: take your time, make a stop to take photos whenever you spot a panoramic view, stop to grab something to eat at a traditional restaurant along the way.

In order to rent a car in Portugal you must be 25 years old. Some companies rent to drivers under the age of 25 charging an extra fee; some other companies have the minimum age of 30 years old without extra fee. Older drivers (over 65 or 70 years old, according to the company), may be charged an extra fee, too.

Where to rent a car in Portugal

Renting a car at the airport

Renting a car at the airport is usually the best solution, because it allows you to start your holiday as soon as you get off the plane. You won’t have to wait to take a shuttle bus or a taxi! Also, by renting a car at the airport you will be sure to find staff members who speak different languages.

At the airports of Lisbon, Porto, and Faro, you will find the following companies: Avis/Budget, EuropCar, GoldCar, Guerin, Hertz, Sixt. These same companies, along with the local company Rodavante, are available at the airport of Madeira, while at the airport of Ponta Delgada (in the Azores islands), there are Autatlantis, Ilha Verde, Hertz, and Varela Rent-a-car. EuropeCar is available at the small airport of Beja, in the Alentejo region.

Renting a car in Lisbon

According to the national tourism board, there are about a dozen international car rental companies in the city of Lisbon. Some of which have their offices in the city center. Be careful, though: unskilled drivers may have difficulty driving around the city center due to the many one-way streets and some very narrow or uphill streets. And it could be difficult to find a parking spot. An alternative that combines practicality to safety is to park the car at the hotel and use it to go on a day trip while moving around the city by public transportation or foot.

Renting a car in the Algarve

Renting a car along the coast is a very popular option: some of the most beautiful beaches can’t be reached by public transportation. In the Algarve region you can find car rental offices at Faro airport and in the city center of Faro, Albufeira, Lagos, Vilamoura and Portimão.

Renting a car on the islands

Renting a car on the islands of Madeira or in the Azores is very easy. Besides the companies available at the airports of Madeira and Ponta Delgada, you can find some international companies and several small local companies in all the islands.

Renting a car in other areas

There might be less options, but you can still rent a car in other areas of Portugal. Car rental offices are located in the Alentejo, in the region of Lisbon, in the central regions, in the Douro area (in Porto). Also in this case it is advisable to rent in advance.

Be careful!

The best way to save on your car rental is to book while you are still in your country through our search module: online rates are more convenient. Renting from the same agency once in Portugal will be more expensive.

Driving in Portugal

Driving a car in the best way to discover the beauties of Portugal

Driving in Portugal will be a beautiful experience. You will have the opportunity to admire some stunning landscapes, to go through different kinds of landscapes, from the isolated countryside to the cliffs along the coast, from lush vineyards to medieval villages and the wild coast of the south of the country.

Roads and speed limit

Within the last few years Portugal has launched a program for the modernization and conservation of the road network. Roads, bridges, tangential roads and highways have been renovated. If until a few years ago driving in Portugal was a real adventure, today tourists who choose to move by car will be pleasantly surprised.

Tips

Driving rules

The police is very strict about traffic rules and we advice you to respect them in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Car categories available in Portugal

The following models are some examples of the cars that you can rent in Portugal.

Mini
Car hire Mini in Portugal
  • 2-4
  • 1
  • 0
  • Examples: Fiat Panda, Fiat 500, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto
Budget
Car hire Budget in Portugal
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
  • Examples: Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa, Seat Ibiza, Citroen C3
Standard
Car hire Standard in Portugal
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
  • Examples: Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Audi A3
Station Wagon
Car hire Station Wagon in Portugal
  • 5
  • 3
  • 0
  • Examples: Opel Astra SW, Ford Focus SW, Golf SW
MPV
Car hire MPV in Portugal
  • 5-9
  • 3
  • 1
  • Examples: Volkswagen Touran, Opel Zafira, Ford Galaxy
SUV
Car hire SUV in Portugal
  • 5
  • 3
  • 0
  • Examples: Toyota RAV 4, Ford Escape, Jeep Renegade
Luxury
Car hire Luxury in Portugal
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
  • Examples: Mercedes Classe C, Mercedes Classe E, Audi A5
Convertible
Car hire Convertible in Portugal
  • 4
  • 2
  • 0
  • Examples: Ford Mustang, Audi A3 cabrio, BMW serie 2

Frequently asked questions about car rental in Portugal

Here are some quick answers to the most common doubts about car rental in Portugal.

To reserve a car in Portugal a credit card or debit card is sufficient. However, when you go to collect the car, you will need:

  • a credit card in the name of the driver. Debit and ATM cards are not accepted;
  • copy of the reservation;
  • a driving license valid for at least 12 months;
  • an identity document.

The car rental companies in Portugal allow to rent a car to all those who are between 21 and 70 years old. However, there is an additional cost for under 25 and for those over 70.

A car rental in Portugal always includes:

  • theft insurance;
  • limitation of liability for damage to the vehicle;
  • local, road and airport taxes.

Any extras or additional insurance coverage are separate.

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Why book with us?

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  • Free cancellation
  • No commissions
  • 24h Service - 7/7d
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  • Europcar
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  • Avis
  • National
  • Sixt
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