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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Lisbon Airport Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drive on Holidays
$2.15 / per day
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Lisbon Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drive on Holidays
$2.21 / per day
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Lisbon Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 2 doors or similar
Fiat 500 2 doors
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drive on Holidays
$2.38 / per day
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Lisbon Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drive on Holidays
$2.47 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Lisbon Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat Punto or similar
Fiat Punto
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drive on Holidays
$2.72 / per day
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Porto Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$3.30 / per day
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Porto Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$3.47 / per day
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Porto Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$3.65 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 21:57 on 2020-03-29. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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    Travel Information

    Language
    Portuguese
    Currency
    EUR
    Country code
    351
    Average car rental length
    7 days
    Economy car rental price
    $21.10 / per day
    Traffic direction
    Right-hand
    Speed limit out of town
    90 - 100 km/h
    56 - 62 mi/h
    Speed limit within town
    50 km/h
    31 mi/h
    Acceptable limit of BAC
    0.05%
    Rating
    8.7

    Why rent a car in Portugal?

    Portugal is a great place to explore by car. From cities like Lisbon and Porto to beaches of Algarve, historic attractions like Sintra, and surfing meccas like Penice and Nazaré, there are countless places to visit and explore, and having your own ride will allow you to go see them all during the same trip.

    This article is about the mainland Portugal and the Madeira island. For information about the Autonomous Region of Azores Islands, see the article of Portugal-Azores.

    Portugal Car Rental

    One-way Car Rentals in Portugal

    Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in Portugal and drop off in another country:

    • From Portugal to Spain - 336 offers from 52.43 USD per day
    • From Portugal to Germany - 48 offers from 162.56 USD per day
    • From Portugal to Italy - 24 offers from 163.08 USD per day
    • From Portugal to France - 24 offers from 163.08 USD per day

    Top ways to enter Portugal

    • Lisbon Airport: Portugal’s largest airport serves flights to and from nearly all European countries, as well as destinations in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
    • Porto Airport: Large, modern, and well-connected, Porto Airport is popular with low-cost carriers like easyJet and Ryanair. 
    • Faro Airport: Well-connected to the rest of Europe and especially active during summers, Faro Airport serves the southern region of Algarve.
    • Madeira Funchal Airport: Located on Madeira’s western coast, Funchal Airport connects the island not only to the mainland Portugal, but also to many destinations in Europe, and is served by more than 40 different airlines.
    • By land: If your rental car provider permits it, it’s possible to rent a car in a neighboring country and then drive to Portugal. Some large international airports near Portugal are Malaga Airport, Seville Airport, and Madrid Airport in Spain. 

    Top cities and places to visit

    • Lisbon: Portugal’s capital is often mentioned as one of the most interesting cities in Europe, and that’s for a good reason - its culture, food, and nightlife won’t let anyone leave disappointed.
    • Porto and the North: Different in looks and atmosphere from its large southern rival, Lisbon, Porto is just as fascinating. A metropolis of arts and architecture, it is the capital of Northern Portugal, a region worth exploring in its own right.
    • Madeira: Madeira is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean and an Autonomous region of Portugal. It is best reached by plane, but, once you land in its capital Funchal, getting a rental car is the best way to travel around Madeira to explore its fantastic volcanic landscapes and distinct culture.
    • Algarve: Portugal’s southernmost region is famous for its beaches, as well as charming little towns like Albufeira, Lagos, and Sagres on the Atlantic Coast. Traveling the roads less traveled that lead inland and higher up into the mountains to towns like Monchique can be just as rewarding. 
    • Sintra: Just a scenic 30 minutes drive away from Lisbon, the whole town of Sintra and its surrounding nature have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main attractions include Sintra National Palace and the Moorish Castle, as well as other monuments of architecture.
    • Aveiro: A city dating back to pre-Roman times, Aveiro is known for its canals (and like Venice, gondalas traveling through them), art noveau archetectirue and its cathedrals. The beaches nearby aren't bad either. 

    Most popular rental car

    The most popular rental car in Portugal is the VW Polo, but travelers also tend to pick the Ford Fiesta and the Fiat 500 a lot. 

    Crossing Borders

    Portugal has a land border with only one other country, Spain. Like Portugal, Spain is a member of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen Area, meaning that the entry requirements for Spain are the same as for Portugal. 

    Some car rental providers allow you to cross national borders and even drop off your car in a different country, while others don’t. If you’d like to cross a national border during your rental period, make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking a car. Learn more about cross-border rentals in our FAQ section. 

    Most popular types of rental car

    The most popular rental car type in Portugal is an Economy, followed by Compact and Mini.

    Top driving routes

    1. Porto - Lisbon (313 km / 194 mi) The distance between these two can be done in about three hours, although you might be tempted to stop in the historic city of Coimbra or make a small detour and visit Nazaré on the Atlantic Coast, one of the top surfing spots in Europe.
    2. Lisbon - Faro (278 km / 173 mi) It takes less than three hours to go from the capital to the largest city of Algarve. Knowing that you’ll be passing the wine-making region Alentejo on the way, however, might make you want to break up this trip into two or three days.
    3. Lisbon - Madrid (629 km / 381 mi) The capital of Spain, Madrid, is about six hours drive away from Lisbon, meaning you can have your breakfast in one and dinner in the other. On your way you’ll pass through the interior of Portugal and Extremadura in Spain, two regions that are sparsely populated and not frequently visited by tourists, but have lots of beautiful nature to explore. Note that you’ll have to cross a national border, so check with your car rental provider first to make sure they allow it.

    Car Rental Prices

    • Convertibles - from $81 per day
    • Station wagons - from $46 per day
    • Large cars - from $52 per day
    • Medium cars - from $40 per day
    • People Carriers/Vans - from $84 per day
    • Premium cars - from $111 per day
    • Small cars - from $25 per day
    • SUVs - from $46 per day

    How can I save money on my rental car?

    You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Portugal:

    • Compare rates of different rental car providers
    • Book your rental car well in advance
    • Plan your route before you go
    • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
    • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Portugal is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 50% cheaper than the yearly average and a whopping 66% cheaper than renting a car in November.

    Top 20 Most Popular Cities in Portugal

    1. Car Rental in Lisbon from $2.15 per day
    2. Car Rental in Porto from $2.98 per day
    3. Car Rental in Faro from $4.90 per day
    4. Car Rental in Madeira from $8.61 per day
    5. Car Rental in Albufeira from $7.47 per day
    6. Car Rental in Porto Santo from $27.41 per day
    7. Car Rental in Portimao from $24.37 per day
    8. Car Rental in Cascais from $14.62 per day
    9. Car Rental in Braga from $18.64 per day
    10. Car Rental in Setubal from $14.62 per day
    11. Car Rental in Coimbra from $18.64 per day
    12. Car Rental in Viseu from $18.64 per day
    13. Car Rental in Leiria from $18.02 per day
    14. Car Rental in Braganca from $18.64 per day
    15. Car Rental in Almada from $14.62 per day
    16. Car Rental in Lagos from $15.15 per day
    17. Car Rental in Aveiro from $19.19 per day
    18. Car Rental in Parede from $21.94 per day

    Map of Car Rental Locations

    Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Portugal?

    The cost of renting a car in Portugal depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
    Average Rental Price in Portugal
    $23.03
    January
    $20.17
    February
    $18.66
    March
    $30.34
    April
    $31.52
    May
    $38.48
    June
    $59.57
    July
    $50.81
    August
    $46.64
    September
    $41.35
    October
    $60.66
    November
    $59.12
    December
    The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Portugal is March — prices start from $18.66 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 53% cheaper than the yearly average and 69% cheaper than renting a car in the month of November (when prices start at $60.66 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

    What’s the average rental length in Portugal?

    The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 16 days. The shortest are in August — an average of 6 days.
    Average Rental Length in Portugal
    16
    January
    10
    February
    8
    March
    7
    April
    8
    May
    8
    June
    8
    July
    6
    August
    6
    September
    6
    October
    8
    November
    7
    December

    What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Portugal?

    Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Portugal. The most popular month is July, while the least popular is October.
    Popularity of Car Rental in Portugal by Monthly Searches
    101%
    January
    97%
    February
    98%
    March
    111%
    April
    130%
    May
    114%
    June
    151%
    July
    126%
    August
    73%
    September
    49%
    October
    72%
    November
    77%
    December

    Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

    Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
    Ok Rent A Car Renault Clio 4 2 Small cars
    Ok Rent A Car Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
    Drive on Holidays VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
    Centauro Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
    Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
    Turisprime VW Polo 4 1 Small cars
    Surprice Peugeot 108 5 1 Small cars
    Surprice Toyota Yaris 5 2 Small cars
    Drive on Holidays Volkswagen Up 5 2 Small cars
    Turisprime Peugeot 208 4 2 Small cars

    Our Customers Reviews

    Portugal
    Renault Clio
    February 26, 2020
    Lisbon is a beautiful city. You will find a big city with some features of a small one. This is unique in LIsbon. The food is incredible, the people are kind and the temperature is great!!
    Portugal
    FIAT 500
    December 10, 2019
    very cheap to rent a car in lisbon.
    United Kingdom
    Fiat Punto
    October 12, 2019
    We stayed in the area of Sao Bras De Alportel. Plenty of good restaurants reasonably priced no matter what your budget. Also try the chefs experience at Mar shopping where you will find the wonderful G's where we have eaten and enjoyed everything on his menu.
    United Kingdom
    Renault Clio
    October 9, 2019
    We didn't stay in Porto but drove a couple of hundred kilometres to the mountains. Beautiful countryside.
    Bulgaria
    VW Golf STW
    October 7, 2019
    In the last year I have used car rental by DiscoverCarHire.com for my trips and would like to recommend them as a reliable partner offering good value for the price.
    United States of America (USA)
    Nissan Micra
    September 29, 2019
    We did not rent a car to drive in Lisbon. We rented the car for exploring the rest of Portugal and a trip to Spain. We walked and used mass transit in Lisbon and that worked well. Lisbon also has very good taxi service at very fair rates. This use of the car was perfect for our needs.
    United Kingdom
    Peugeot 308 SW
    September 25, 2019
    roads are good and it's safe to drive but don't use Turisprime at any cost!
    United Kingdom
    Fiat Panda
    September 24, 2019
    Portugal and the Algarve is a fantastic place to visit have a holiday relax see history. From beach to fine art it has it all.
    Israel
    Mercedes Benz A Class
    September 23, 2019
    We drived from porto to lisbon throw many small places and it was great Definatly not recommend to drive in lisbon- no parking
    Canada
    Mini Cooper
    September 23, 2019
    Porto once in the city, the area is very walkable. We rented a car so we could also do trips to further destinations such as Sintra and Lisbon. A little of a hassle to find overnight parking spots in area we were staying in Porto but otherwise, great value to rent a car to explore more.
    Canada
    VW Polo
    September 18, 2019
    WOW WHAT A PLACE!! Portugal by far is my favorite place to visit! Food, wine, beaches and people were all wonderful and AMAZING!!!
    Ireland
    Opel Corsa
    September 12, 2019
    Driving on the motorway in Portugal was very straight forward. I drove from Faro to Praia da Luz and also visited Lagos. Both very beautiful areas.
    United Kingdom
    VW Polo
    September 10, 2019
    Close to airport easy access to motorway
    United Kingdom
    Renault Captur
    September 9, 2019
    Great to go to sintra and the coast nears cascade. Porto and the Duoro also fab.
    Canada
    Ford Focus
    August 23, 2019
    Great place to visit
    United Kingdom
    Fiat Punto
    August 20, 2019
    Do ensure you get a transponder included if using A22 toll road. Fines will ensue if you fail to pay for toll use.
    United Kingdom
    Ford C Max
    August 18, 2019
    Interesting city with very nice areas around it.
    Poland
    VW Polo
    August 14, 2019
    the best place in EU! We have als visited Porto and the South but Lisbon seems more attractive than others + its super easy do drive
    Norway
    Renault Twingo
    August 5, 2019
    Very satisfied as usual....has been 3 years now
    United Kingdom
    Seat Ibiza 5d
    August 5, 2019
    Rent a car being in the UK. Keep all papers with you. Apply for good credit card. Go small: small compact car is enough. Save money and eat lovely local food. Use even old satellite navigation: Roaming, battery charge, etc can be a challenge abroad.
    United Kingdom
    Seat Ibiza
    July 29, 2019
    It was much cheaper to hire a car for the 5 days than get a shuttle to our hotel. And it gave us alot more freedom, so seen more of the stunning country.
    United Kingdom
    Fiat Panda
    July 12, 2019
    I love the Algarve. Have neen going there for years. Anywhere along the Algarve coast is a joy and a.pleasure. beautiful.
    Portugal
    VW Up
    June 24, 2019
    It is worth to rent a car in the central Portugal instead of using their very expensive buses with no good connections between the places.
    United States of America (USA)
    Fiat 500
    June 16, 2019
    We would recommend a car for seeing Portugal for sure. Get a via verde pass as well for sure. Don’t drive inside Lisbon and Porto.
    Australia
    Opel Astra SW
    May 9, 2019
    Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has been designed long, long time ago and no petrol cars were created. Personally, I hate traffic, bad driving and impatient drivers. Please try to use public transport within Lisbon if possible. Their metro is old but is fast and connects easily most of the areas where you wanna go. In general Portugal is good due to good food, is cheaper if compared to the rest of Europe and people are friendly.
    Netherlands
    Citroen C1 2d
    May 6, 2019
    Madeira is great to visit by car. It gives you flexibility and the possibility to reach more remote places. Maybe I would recommend a somewhat more powerfull engine to climb the quite steep hils/mountains. I had a 1 liter petrol car and had to make quite some distance in first gear and watch out not to be below 2000 rpm.
    United Kingdom
    Ford Fiesta
    April 23, 2019
    That’s a very good rental, good value for money, I do recommend it!
    United Kingdom
    Opel Astra
    April 21, 2019
    We love Portugal and visit it a number of times a year , The lakes ,vale do lobo lovely long walks on the beach stopping at the beach bars for refreshments.
    United Kingdom
    Ford Fiesta
    April 12, 2019
    Make sure the car you rent is powerful with a good sized engine as there are some VERY steep hills! Air conditioning was a bonus but not absolutely necessary as it doesn't get as hot as other drier countries/islands.
    Canada
    Fiat Panda
    April 5, 2019
    We know Portugal quite well and liked the Fiat Panda very much. Overall, other than the problems with pick-up and delivery, the car was good.
    Canada
    Toyota Aygo
    April 4, 2019
    First time to Portugal we didn't have GPS so we should have invested in a detailed map of the Algarve.....we were lost a few times but ended up in some nice places we might have never seen!
    United Kingdom
    Chevrolet Spark
    April 3, 2019
    Good roads, love Portugal and will be returning in October
    United States of America (USA)
    VW Tiguan
    April 2, 2019
    We absolutely loved Sintra. Porto was also amazing.
    United States of America (USA)
    VW Touran 5+2
    March 29, 2019
    WE DROVE TO PORTO, EVORA, MONSARREZ,TAVIRA,LUZ,SAGRES ,AND ALJEZUR AND LOVED ALL THOSE PLACES
    United Kingdom
    VW Polo
    March 24, 2019
    We do not frequent Lisbon, we have no need, too busy and built up , like any city. You want to see the real Portugal, stick to Central Portugal, or the north of the country. When renting a car, I think it is easier on the brain if you choose a company with offices off Airport. Also if you are concerned about your blood pressure, avoid the A1 from Lisbon north during the rush hour, although from my experience, it last more than an hour. We have a holiday home on the west coast and head in that direction as soon as practicable.

    Top 20 Suppliers in Portugal in 2020

    Movyng Rent A Car
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    Exceptional 9.8
    Rodavante
    Rodavante
    Exceptional 9.2
    Specific Rent
    Specific Rent
    Exceptional 9.2
    EPI Rent a Car
    EPI Rent a Car
    Exceptional 9.1
    Best Deal
    Best Deal
    Exceptional 9.1
    Resolvcar
    Resolvcar
    Excellent 8.9
    Drive4Fun
    Drive4Fun
    Excellent 8.8
    AUSOCAR RENT-A-CAR
    AUSOCAR RENT-A-CAR
    Excellent 8.8
    Yes Car Hire
    Yes Car Hire
    Excellent 8.7
    AV Rent
    AV Rent
    Excellent 8.6
    Firefly
    Firefly
    Excellent 8.6
    Airauto
    Airauto
    Excellent 8.5
    Golfauto
    Golfauto
    Excellent 8.5
    PAA RENT
    PAA RENT
    Excellent 8.5
    Hertz
    Hertz
    Excellent 8.5
    Centauro
    Centauro
    Excellent 8.3
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    Bravacar
    Bravacar
    Excellent 8.2
    First Rent
    First Rent
    Very good 7.8
    Dollar
    Dollar
    Very good 7.7
    ValpiRent
    ValpiRent
    Very good 7.7

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