Car Rental in Praia da Vitoria

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Praia da Vitoria, Portugal - Azores Islands
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Lajes Terceira Airport
Mini Elite
Smart ForTwo or similar
Smart ForTwo
  • 2
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$23.35 per day
Lajes Terceira Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
$65.62 per day
Lajes Terceira Airport
Economy
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
United Rent A Car
$74.25 per day
Lajes Terceira Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$104.69 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Lajes Terceira Airport
Intermediate
Kia Optima or similar
Kia Optima
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$113.05 per day
Lajes Terceira Airport
Standard Van
Citroen Jumpy or similar
Citroen Jumpy
  • 9
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Angrauto
$114.15 per day
Lajes Terceira Airport
Oversized Van
Opel Vivaro or similar
Opel Vivaro
  • 9
  • 6
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Way2Azores Rent
$155.90 per day
Lajes Terceira Airport
Full-size SUV
Jeep Compass or similar
Jeep Compass
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
United Rent A Car
$88.96 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:06 on 2024-07-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Portuguese
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+351
Average car rental price
$92 per day
Average car rental length
4 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h or 50 - 62 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5 / 10

Why rent a car in Praia da Vitoria?

Terceira is a great place to visit. The island is home to large protected areas, volcanic formations, and Angra do Heroísmo, a historical city which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although Terceira has plenty to enjoy, you can travel between any two points on the island within an hour or less if you get a rental car. After enjoying Terceira, you can do some island-hopping and visit its Azorean sisters. 

Praia da Vitoria

One-Way Car Rentals in Praia da Vitoria

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Praia da Vitoria and drop off in another city include:

  • From Praia da Vitoria to Angra do Heroismo - 22 offers from $11.68 per day

Top ways to enter Praia da Vitoria

  • Lajes Airport: The only airport on Terceira, Lajes might be small, but it is well-connected. In addition to flights to and from other islands in the Azores, mainland Portugal, Spain, and the Netherlands, it also hosts flights to a number of cities in the USA and Canada, including a connection with Oakland in California. The airport handles about 650,000 travelers every year. Located 20km (12 miles) northeast of Angra do Heroismo, it can be reached in about 20 minutes.
  • By ferry: It is possible to fly to another international airport on one of the nearby Azores islands and then take a ferry to Terceira. Some of the islands are directly connected to Pico while from others, you might need to take two boat rides. Some airports near Terceira include São Jorge Airport on São Jorge, Graciosa Airport on Graciosa, and Ponta Delgada João Paulo II Airport on São Miguel. It is important to check the ferry schedule in advance as the services are much more frequent during the spring and summer months. It’s easiest to take ferries to other islands within the same central island group (including São Jorge, Faial, and Pico). Long-distance ferries between Terceira and São Miguel or Terceira and Pico only run during the summer months.

City facts

  • Terceira enjoys a mediterranean climate with humid subtropical and oceanic influences. The average high temperature is 25°C (77°F) in July, the warmest month, and 16°C (61°F) in January and February, the coldest months. Terceira is also one of the driest of the Azores islands, having an average of only 29mm of precipitation in July. It gets significantly more humid in autumn and winter, with an especially large increase every December.
  • A volcanic island that is still active to this day (although there have been no eruptions since 2000), the island of Terceira is located over the Terceira rift, a meeting place of the European, North American, and African tectonic plates. The island has many impressive volcanic landscapes such as the Cinco Picos Volcanic Complex, Santa Barbara Volcanic Complex, and Guilherme Moniz Volcanic Complex, some of which can be accessed by visitors. 

Top sights and activities

  • Angra do Heroismo. Angra do Heroismo is often considered the most beautiful city in the Azores. The city was established in 1478, and during the war time in the early 19th century, Angra even served as the capital city of Portugal. Nowadays, the city is famous for the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, one of Portugal’s most impressive churches, and has plenty of other historic attractions - all of Angra do Heroismo is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The largest settlement and the center of Terceira, it is located on the south-central coast and can be easily reached from anywhere else on the island.
  • Algar do Carvão. A deep lava cave, Algar do Carvão was only discovered in 1893 but was created thousands of years ago. The otherworldly beauty of the cave and mineral formations of stalactites located inside it make it a unique place to visit. Located some 11km (6.8 miles) north of Angra do Heroismo, the cave takes 15 minutes to reach.
  • Underwater Archaeological Museum. Over centuries, many ships have found their sad end in the restless waters of Angra do Heroismo. The museum, opened in 2006, gives visitors a chance to explore the wrecks and anchors as well as the surprising marine life that have found home among the sunken ships.  A real underwater gallery available for those ready to snorkel, it is one of the most unique museums of the Azores. Known as Parque Arqueológico Subaquático da Baía de Angra do Heroísmo, it is located near the Terceira Mar Hotel in Angra do Heroismo. Besides the museum, there are many other scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities and schools on Terceira.

Traffic and parking

  • Like the rest of Portugal, Azores drive on the right-hand side of the road. 
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 90km/h (55 mph) on most motorways, 50km/h (31 mph) inside urban and built-up areas, and 20km/h (12 mph) inside the most so called ‘coexistence zones’ or areas where cars share the road with passengers. Fines for speeding are hefty. 
  • You can only enter the roundabout after giving way to cars already on it.
  • The car’s documentation and proof of insurance must always be inside the vehicle.
  • The Azores experience a lot of rain and fog which can significantly reduce visibility, so drive extra carefully during bad weather. The rain can also impact the quality of some rural roads and roads inside nature and protected areas. Being fully exposed to the ocean, the weather can change quickly or be very different depending on which side of the island you are, so it’s always worth checking the local weather reports before heading off. 
  • Azores have a lot of cattle (the islands are from where most of the Portugal’s milk comes from). Watch out for animals crossing the roads, especially in rural areas. 
  • Drivers can only use a mobile phone if it is a hands free or an earpiece.
  • There are many viewpoints in the Azores which are a great way to take in the stunning scenery. These are called ‘miradouro’ in Portuguese - if you see the sign for one and have time on your hands, make sure to follow it!
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.2 for novice drivers. Not respecting the limit can lead to large fines, a licence ban, and even imprisonment. 
  • The vast majority of rental cars in the Azores only have automatic transmission. 
  • Safety cameras are in use.
  • When parking in a street, your car must be parked facing the direction of travel.
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

There are no toll roads on Terceira, but some motorways are subject to fees on mainland Portugal. See Portugal’s official toll road site for maps and prices.

Ideas for day trips

  • Nature Park of Terceira. A large protected area, the Nature Park of Terceira takes up more than 20% of the island’s territory. The park consists of a surprising variety of different landscapes that include forests, a long shoreline, and even volcanic craters. Easily accessed with a rental car from anywhere on the island, the Nature Park of Terceira is a must-visit place for any lover of outdoors.
  • Praia da Vitória. A town of only 20,000 people, the Beach of Victory punches way above its size when it comes to both man-made and natural attractions. It is home to beautiful churches, fountains, and more than 10 forts. Praia de Vitoria’s many restaurants are famous for their seafood dishes as well as local cheese and wine. Praia da Vitoria also has some of Terceira’s nicest beaches, and many companies offer scuba diving and snorkeling. Located about 23km (14.3 miles) northeast of Angra, Praia da Vitoria can be reached in about 25 minutes.
  • Biscoitos. A small and picturesque village on the northern coast of the island, Biscoitos has a large number of both man-made and natural rock pools that are connected to the ocean. If the weather is nice, nothing beats enjoying your day by swimming in one. The village is also famous for its unique colorful chapels and wine museum - if your friend is driving, you can even sample the local production. Located just 16km (10miles) from Angra, Biscoitos can be reached in 20 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car on Terceira is the Ford Fiesta, although many travelers also go for the Citroen C1 and the Renault Clio. The most popular rental car types are economy, compact, and mini.

Further destinations

  • São Miguel. The largest of the nine Azores sisters, Ilha Verde, or the green island, has plenty to offer. São Miguel is home to Ponta Delgada, the only real city of the archipelago, but also has amazing hiking trails that let visitors explore the island’s volcanic lakes, craters, and woodlands. Other attractions and activities include horseback riding, visiting the natural hot springs, or going on a tour of local farms which produce everything from pineapples to tea, wine, and brandy.
  • São Jorge. Despite its central location, São Jorge is one of the least visited of the Azores Islands. The secludedness gives the island a more wild and rugged feel that is only strengthened by its dramatic coastal cliffs and calderas. Those who do make it to São Jorge love the island’s unique cuisine — notably, a famed Portuguese cheese is produced here. Another unique things to do is to hike to the fajãs, small plains at the foot of tall dramatic volcanic cliffs.
  • Pico. Like everywhere in the Azores, this island has impressive volcanic landscapes and rock formations, but everything seems to be bigger on Pico - Gruta das Torres, an impressive lava cave, is 5km (3 miles) long and the island is also home to Mount Pico which at 2,351 m (7,713 ft) is the highest mountain in Portugal. As if that wasn’t enough of a reason to visit, Pico is also home to scenic vineyards, windmills, and a whale museum.

Note: It is possible to take a ferry from Terceira to São Jorge, Graciosa, São Miguel, Pico, and other islands in the Azores, but it’s important to check the ferry schedule and book tickets in advance - some routes are not active during the winter months, so you might need to either fly or take connecting ferry rides.

While it is possible to take a rental car on some ferries, many rental car providers don’t permit it, so it’s important to ask them in advance. A better plan may be to drop off your car in Terceira, go as a foot passenger, and then pick up a new rental car at the port of your destination.

Car rental prices in Praia da Vitoria

  • Station wagons - from $83 per day
  • Large cars - from $83 per day
  • Medium cars - from $77 per day
  • Vans - from $91 per day
  • Small cars - from $23 per day
  • SUVs - from $88 per day

Money-saving tips

Boost your chances of landing a great rental car by following these tips:

  • Compare the 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 during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Terceira is the cheapest in November when renting a car is about 80% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 90% cheaper than renting in April. Enjoy your autumn holidays with a trip to the Azores!
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What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Praia da Vitoria?

Car rental prices in Praia da Vitoria vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Praia da Vitoria
$19.61
January
$14.67
February
$15.06
March
$26.64
April
$34.16
May
$61.68
June
$87.00
July
$106.37
August
$52.91
September
$25.75
October
$17.42
November
$18.42
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Praia da Vitoria is February (when prices average $14.67 per day). This is 63% cheaper than the yearly average and 86% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $106.37).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Praia da Vitoria?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in February, the average renter keeps their car for 5 days, and in January, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of rental days in Praia da Vitoria
4
January
5
February
5
March
4
April
4
May
4
June
4
July
4
August
4
September
4
October
4
November
5
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Praia da Vitoria?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Praia da Vitoria is September, and the least popular is January.
Monthly searches in Praia da Vitoria by pick-up date relative to the average
43%
January
63%
February
75%
March
90%
April
97%
May
152%
June
134%
July
160%
August
190%
September
92%
October
56%
November
49%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 1
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Ilha Verde, Way2Azores Rent, Angrauto, Autatlantis, Goldcar
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $23 per day
Cheapest supplier Ace Rent a car

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Ilha Verde Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Angrauto Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars
Ilha Verde Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Angrauto Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Angrauto Citroen C1 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Ilha Verde Hyundai i10 5 1 Small cars
Way2Azores Rent Citroen C1 5 2 Small cars
Way2Azores Rent Citroen C3 5 2 Medium cars
Autatlantis Volkswagen Up 5 1 Small cars

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Canada
Fiat Panda
January 2, 2024
Good hikes pleasant weather friendly people many things to see and do
Canada
Citroen C3
November 8, 2023
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Portugal
Opel Corsa
November 5, 2023
very enjoyable holiday, very friendly people
Spain
Opel Crossland X
October 16, 2023
In Terceira you can enjoy amazing landscapes doing slow drive
Canada
Renault Clio
September 18, 2023
Love the island, nature, hotel, friendly people, great food.
Canada
Hyundai i10
July 5, 2023
amazing island great food friendly people , by having a car been able to see many places it was great experience.
Israel
Peugeot 208
June 21, 2023
All of things
France
Citroen C1
January 3, 2023
Very beautiful and peaceful island. Very spectacular, stunning landscapes and very good inexpensive restaurants. We will definitely visit again.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen T-Roc
December 29, 2022
Most of the viewpoints on Terciera Island are worth going to. Angorio for a place to stay is recommended and very convienient.
Spain
Ford Fiesta
September 17, 2022
Visiting the inner part of Terceira was awesome. It has so many different landscapes to roam around, we really enjoyed our two days with the car.
United States of America (USA)
Renault Twingo
August 19, 2022
I attended two bull fights and several restaurants. I never had a bad meal or dull moment.
Spain
Ford Fiesta
July 17, 2022
A car is needed for a full visit to all Terceira wonderful places.
Hungary
Renault Twingo
June 19, 2022
We visited Terceira island. We went to Biscoitos, Praia da Vitoria, Algar do Carvao (lava tube/cave).
Slovenia
Opel Corsa
May 3, 2022
Maybe is for renting at souch a small islands as Azores is better to pick small car. There are no big and wide roads.
Canada
Renault Twingo
April 27, 2022
Loved Angra
Canada
VW Polo
March 22, 2022
Clean and professional
Portugal
Ford Fiesta
June 12, 2021
No problem car hire
United States of America (USA)
Renault Twingo
March 17, 2020
Scenic area good food
United States of America (USA)
Opel Corsa
August 9, 2019
Absolutely beautiful island, friendly people, great food
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Autatlantis
9.2 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Hertz
7.2 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
57
Total rental companies
15
Average daily price
$92.50
Lowest daily price
$23.35
Total cars available
87

Top 15 suppliers in Praia da Vitoria in 2024

Autatlantis
Autatlantis
Exceptional 9.2 / 159 reviews
1 location
$106 - $114
Wayzor
Wayzor
Exceptional 9.1 / 124 reviews
1 location
$124
Angrauto
Angrauto
Exceptional 9 / 287 reviews
1 location
$114 - $151
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 8.4 / 114 reviews
1 location
$79 - $101
Way2Azores Rent
Way2Azores Rent
Very good 8.3 / 180 reviews
1 location
$156
Ilha Verde
Ilha Verde
Very good 8.1 / 726 reviews
1 location
$161 - $233
AddCar
AddCar
Very good 8.1
1 location
$96 - $118
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 8 / 12 reviews
1 location
$23 - $145
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8
1 location
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.9 / 14 reviews
1 location
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.8
1 location
$66 - $108
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Good 7.7
1 location
Avis
Avis
Good 7.6 / 4 reviews
1 location
$142
United Rent A Car
United Rent A Car
Good 7.6
1 location
$70 - $280
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.2 / 12 reviews
1 location
$75 - $105
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