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 Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$29.84 per day
Lajes Terceira Airport Car Rental
Mini Elite
Smart ForFour or similar
Smart ForFour
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$33.78 per day
Lajes Terceira Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$36.50 per day
Lajes Terceira Airport Car Rental
Compact
Renault Captur or similar
Renault Captur
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$43.74 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Lajes Terceira Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Autatlantis
$44.67 / per day
Lajes Terceira Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Dacia Duster or similar
Dacia Duster
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$57.28 / per day
Lajes Terceira Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Auris or similar
Toyota Auris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$58.61 / per day
Lajes Terceira Airport Car Rental
Compact
Renault Megane STW or similar
Renault Megane STW
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$59.94 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 21:37 on 2022-08-18. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Portuguese
Currency
EUR
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
351
Economy car rental price
$55.84 / per day
Average car rental length
2 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
90 - 100 km/h
56 - 62 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.6

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 Car Rental

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 US$ 10.82 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.

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 destinations 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 cave is very steep and not easily accessible. And though you need to book a tour, 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. 
  • 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 a day-trip

  • 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 wooden churches, unique cuisine, and simply being out in nature.
  • 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 $59 per day
  • Large cars - from $79 per day
  • Medium cars - from $300 per day
  • Vans - from $109 per day
  • Premium cars - from $135 per day
  • Small cars - from $62 per day
  • SUVs - from $239 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!

Top 10 Cities near Praia da Vitoria

  1. Ponta Delgada Car Rentals from $205.76 per day
    161.7 km / 100.5 miles away
  2. Horta Car Rentals from $26.84 per day
    146.1 km / 90.8 miles away
  3. Madalena Car Rentals from $26.84 per day
    129.2 km / 80.3 miles away
  4. Velas Car Rentals from $30.83 per day
    100.1 km / 62.2 miles away
  5. 15.7 km / 9.8 miles away
  6. 361.6 km / 224.7 miles away
  7. Vila do Porto Car Rentals from $30.83 per day
    254.6 km / 158.2 miles away
  8. Furnas Car Rentals from $216.47 per day
    184.2 km / 114.5 miles away
  9. Pico Car Rentals from $30.83 per day
    129.8 km / 80.7 miles away
  10. 112.0 km / 69.6 miles away

Top 13 Locations near Praia da Vitoria

  1. 6.5 km / 4.0 miles away
  2. 97.7 km / 60.7 miles away
  3. Velas Harbour Car Rentals from $30.83 per day
    100.1 km / 62.2 miles away
  4. Pico Airport Car Rentals from $26.84 per day
    122.0 km / 75.8 miles away
  5. Madalena Harbour Car Rentals from $30.83 per day
    129.8 km / 80.7 miles away
  6. Horta Port Car Rentals from $26.84 per day
    138.2 km / 85.9 miles away
  7. Horta Airport Car Rentals from $26.84 per day
    146.1 km / 90.8 miles away
  8. 161.6 km / 100.4 miles away
  9. 161.7 km / 100.5 miles away
  10. 162.3 km / 100.9 miles away
  11. 162.5 km / 101.0 miles away
  12. 254.6 km / 158.2 miles away
  13. 361.6 km / 224.7 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Praia da Vitoria?

Car rental prices in Praia da Vitoria vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Praia da Vitoria
$47.87
January
$58.01
February
$55.49
March
$100.89
April
$39.44
May
$52.26
June
$90.95
July
$51.70
August
$25.90
September
$20.59
October
$8.45
November
$12.03
December
The best month to rent a car in Praia da Vitoria is November (when prices for an Economy class start from $8.45). This is 82% cheaper than the yearly average and 92% cheaper than renting in April (when rental prices start at $100.89 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

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

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 7 days in October, the average rental period is 2 days.
Average Rental Length in Praia da Vitoria
7
January
4
February
5
March
5
April
4
May
4
June
4
July
5
August
4
September
2
October
2
November
6
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Praia da Vitoria is March, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Praia da Vitoria by Monthly Searches
220%
January
240%
February
261%
March
112%
April
57%
May
21%
June
26%
July
54%
August
33%
September
33%
October
88%
November
56%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Ilha Verde Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Ilha Verde Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Wayzor VW Up 5 1 Small cars
Wayzor VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
Autatlantis Toyota Aygo 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Angrauto Citroen C1 4 1 Small cars
Autatlantis Opel Corsa 4 1 Small cars
Europcar Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Ilha Verde Renault Captur 5 3 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

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

Spain
Ford Fiesta
July 17, 2022
A car is needed for a full visit to all Terceira wonderful places.
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.
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

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Wayzor
9.44 / 10
Lowest rated company
Goldcar
7.48 / 10
Total number of reviews
12
Total rental companies
11
Average daily price
$55.84
Lowest daily price
$5.51
Total cars available
58

Top 11 Suppliers in Praia da Vitoria in 2022

Wayzor
Wayzor
Exceptional 9.4 / 73 reviews
+351966595304 / +351966595165
Aeroporto de Angra do Heroísmo Lages - Praia Da Vitória, 9760-251 Angra do Heroísmo
Working hours
Mon:06:00-00:00
Tue:06:00-00:00
Wed:06:00-00:00
Thu:06:00-00:00
Fri:06:00-00:00
Sat:06:00-00:00
Sun:06:00-00:00
Autatlantis
Autatlantis
Exceptional 9.3 / 15 reviews
+351295515800 / +351296205340 / +351966122853
Aeroporto Lajes, 9760-251 Praia da Vitória
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
Angrauto
Angrauto
Exceptional 9 / 19 reviews
+351295512350
Angra do Heroísmo Estrada Regional da Ribeirinha, 6 Ribeirinha. Airport Às Pedreiras, Lajes
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
Ilha Verde
Ilha Verde
Excellent 8.9 / 351 reviews
+351295513722 / +351919555880
Aeroporto Lajes - 9760-251 Praia da Vitória
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+351255788199
Aeroporto Lajes
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
351295513722
Lajes Int Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.4 / 2 reviews
+351296205070
Lajes Airport,9700-130 Angra do Heroísmo
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.4 / 5 reviews
+351211451595
Aeroporto de Angra do Heroísmo Lages-Praia Da Vitoria, 9760-251 Angra do Heroísmo
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Rhodium
Rhodium
Excellent 8.2 / 8 reviews
+351211451595 / +351221450472
Aerogare Civil das Laje
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.9 / 10 reviews
+351910938748 / +351211451381
Aeroporto Internacional das Lajes, Aerogare Civil das Lajes, 9760-251 Lajes, Praia da Vitória, Azores PT
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.5 / 9 reviews
+351211451595
Ter On-Airport. Aerogare Civil Das Lajes
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
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