Car Rental in Lisbon
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Why rent a car in Lisbon?
Lisbon is a great place to experience by car. Whether traveling its neighborhoods, going over the 25 de Abril Bridge or exploring the small beach towns nearby, having the independence of your rental is your best bet to experience everything this majestic city has to offer.
One-Way Car Rentals in Lisbon
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Lisbon and drop off in another city include:
- From Lisbon to Porto - 796 offers from $6.45 per day
- From Lisbon to Faro - 409 offers from $6.45 per day
- From Lisbon to Seville - 36 offers from $50.97 per day
- From Lisbon to Madrid - 36 offers from $74.23 per day
- From Lisbon to Coimbra - 94 offers from $20.95 per day
Top ways to enter Lisbon
- Lisbon Airport: Portugal’s largest international airport hosts flights to and from all the world continents.
- Porto Airport: Located about three-hour car ride away from Lisbon, Porto Airport is another good way to enter Portugal and then head to the nation’s capital.
- By land: It is possible to rent a car in another location and then drive to Lisbon. Large international airports near Lisbon include Faro Airport in Southern Portugal, as well as Madrid Airport and Santiago de Compostela Airport in Spain.
- By public transportation: It is also quite convenient to enter Lisbon by train or bus. You can then pick up your rental car at locations like Oriente Railway Station or Apolonia Railway Station.
Lisbon is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and has a very mild climate. Even at night in winter (between December and February) the air temperature rarely drops below 9°C (48°F). The summers, on the other hand, can get very hot.
The main language spoken in Lisbon is Portuguese, so it’s useful to learn at least a couple of phrases before you go - the locals will appreciate it! English is also quite well known, especially by people working in the service industry, and French and Spanish can also be heard.
Top destinations and activities
- Baixa and Chiado: Anyone who has visited before will tell you that Lisbon’s biggest attraction is Lisbon itself. Drive up to the city centre, find the perfect parking spot via Empark and dive right into one of the most fascinating cities of Europe. Stroll through the old shopping district of Baixa, take in some culture at Museu Colecção Berardo or one of the countless small art galleries, appreciate remnants of stunning and enigmatic Moorish architecture, eat like a Portuguese in Chiado area and enjoy truly authentic music at a local Fado club. Or try out one of the countless other things this unique place has to offer.
- 25 de Abril Bridge: The best way to make your entrance into Lisbon is by driving over the majestic 25 de Abril Bridge. Considered by many the Europe’s answer to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, this beautiful landmark offers views of Tejo river and the panoramic beauty of the Portugal’s capital. If you arrive early, it’s worth driving back here later for a spectacular sunset.
- Belém. One of the charming parts of Portugal’s capital has history, monuments, and stunning architecture on every step of the way. Easy to reach by car or on foot, Belém attracts visitors with such landmarks as Torre de Belém of the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery, and Padrão dos Descobrimentos or the Monument to the Discoveries.
- National Archaeological Museum. One of the largest and most interesting museums in the country, Lisbon’s Archaeology Museum has a wide variety of exhibits dedicated to the different ancient cultures that inhabited what is now Portugal, as well as classical civilizations from around the world. Just like some of the aforementioned attractions, the museum is in the Belém district.
Traffic and parking
- You can only enter the roundabout after giving way to cars already on it.
- The car documentation and insurance always has to be inside a vehicle.
- Drivers can only use a mobile phone if it is a hands free or an earpiece.
- The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.2 for novice drivers.
- Safety cameras are in use.
- On-street parking is available in the center of Lisbon. In the red zone, parking costs €1.60/hr ($1.9/hr), with a maximum stay of 2 hours. In the yellow zone, parking costs €1.20/hr ($1.42/hr), with a maximum stay of 4 hours. In the green zone, parking costs €0.80/hr ($0.95/hr), with a maximum stay of 4 hours.
- There are numerous car parks in the city center where parking costs €15-45 ($18-53) per day. A better option might be heading south of the city center where parks like Santa Apolónia, Docas and Docas Ponte charge around €5-6 ($6-7) per day. Look up more information about parking in Portugal on Empark.
- When parking in a street, your car must be parked facing the direction of travel.
A lot of motorways in Portugal are subject to toll fees. See the official site for maps and prices.
Ideas for day trips
- Sintra: A trip to Portugal won’t be complete without visiting Sintra. Its spectacular castles of Castelo dos Mouros and Palácio de Pena are less than half an hour trip from Lisbon. There are always many visitors, so the drive around Sintra will be slow, but that only adds to the experience. Do note that most streets here are one-way only. Continue onwards to the spectacular Cabo de Roca, the westernmost point of the continent of Europe.
- Serra de Arrabida: On of the most scenic drives in the whole country is just southeast of Lisbon, in Serra da Arrabida national park. The road, Estrada de Escarpa (N379-1), winds through steep limestone hills offering gorgeous vistas of ageless cliffs, stunning beaches and turquoise waters.
- Nazaré: If you’re feeling truly adventurous, head north of Lisbon - in 90 minutes you will reach the beach town of Nazaré where the record for surfing the world’s highest wave was set. It is a beautiful and wild place where the Atlantic ocean comes in its full force. The charming Peniche is also on the way, offering more beginner-friendly surfing waves. On your way back, catch your breath in the town of Obidos - park outside its historical fortress, visit the bookshops and sample delicious jinja right on the street. Or visit one of the tiny beach villages where tasty bifanas, fish soups and bolinhos de bacalau are always on menu.
- Cascais. One of the most popular day trips from Lisbon, Cascais is a lovely beach town on the mouth of the Tagus River. Its scenic location made it the favorite holiday home of Portuguese kings; nowadays, it attracts visitors with its beaches, parks, and churches, as well as the Boca de Inferno, or Hell’s Mouth, an impressive chasm in the coastal cliffs. Cascais is half an hour’s drive west of Lisbon and only 20 minutes south of Sintra, so both destinations can be visited on the same trip. The neighboring Cascais-Sintra Nature Park is also very much worth a visit.
Most popular cars
The most popular rental type in Portugal is Economy, with Compact and Mini also quite frequent choices.
The most popular rental car in Portugal is the VW Polo, closely followed by the Ford Fiesta and the Fiat 500.
For more about traveling around Portugal with a rental car, check out our complete guide.
- Alentejo. Southern Europe is nothing without its wine traditions and Portugal is no exception. The wine region of Alentejo makes for a great trip, not only for its excellent local produce but also this land’s endless horizons, rural guest houses and slow pace of life.
- Northern Portugal. One of the most beautiful cities not just in the country, but arguably the whole of Europe, Porto is one of the highlights of any trip to Portugal. About three hours north of Lisbon, it is different in look and atmosphere, but just as fun to explore. Porto also offers access to the rest of the northern part of the country known for its green, mountainous landscapes, excellent wines, and Peneda-Gerês, Portugal’s only national park.
- Algarve. If you are restless for a road trip, head south of Alentejo and you will soon reach Algarve. Do visit the world-famous beaches and charming coastal towns like Portimao, Albufeira, and Lagos, but don’t miss out on going inland to visit lesser-known but breathtaking mountain roads and nature reserves.
Car Rental Prices in Lisbon
- Convertibles - from $13 per day
- Station wagons - from $15 per day
- Large cars - from $17 per day
- Medium cars - from $7 per day
- Vans - from $49 per day
- Premium cars - from $34 per day
- Small cars - from $5 per day
- SUVs - from $8 per day
- Compare rates
- Book your rental car well in advance
- Know your fuel and mileage requirements
- Consider visiting in March - according to our statistics, March is the cheapest month for renting a car in Portugal, more than 50% cheaper than the yearly average.
- Check out our list of the best rental companies in Lisbon.
Top 20 Cities near Lisbon
Almada Car Rentals from $88.59 per day11.9 km / 7.4 miles away
Parede Car Rentals from $12.10 per day21.4 km / 13.3 miles away
Sintra Car Rentals from $21.58 per day22.9 km / 14.2 miles away
Estoril Car Rentals from $35.06 per day23.9 km / 14.9 miles away
Cascais Car Rentals from $18.48 per day26.6 km / 16.5 miles away
Setubal Car Rentals from $12.10 per day33.8 km / 21.0 miles away
Santa Cruz Car Rentals from $69.68 per day45.9 km / 28.5 miles away
Caldas da Rainha Car Rentals from $32.12 per day71.0 km / 44.1 miles away
Evora Car Rentals from $18.48 per day108.1 km / 67.2 miles away
Leiria Car Rentals from $18.48 per day112.5 km / 69.9 miles away
Coimbra Car Rentals from $14.92 per day171.1 km / 106.3 miles away
Portimao Car Rentals from $26.79 per day188.9 km / 117.4 miles away
Lagos Car Rentals from $18.48 per day189.1 km / 117.5 miles away
Alvor Car Rentals from $24.00 per day189.8 km / 117.9 miles away
Carvoeiro Car Rentals from $57.51 per day194.8 km / 121.0 miles away
Armacao de Pera Car Rentals from $18.48 per day197.0 km / 122.4 miles away
Albufeira Car Rentals from $17.40 per day202.4 km / 125.8 miles away
Vilamoura Car Rentals from $24.00 per day208.0 km / 129.2 miles away
Quarteira Car Rentals from $22.89 per day209.3 km / 130.1 miles away
Aveiro Car Rentals from $12.10 per day212.1 km / 131.8 miles away
Top 16 Locations near Lisbon
Lisbon Airport Car Rentals from $5.04 per day
Lisbon Prior Velho Car Rentals from $7.58 per day1.6 km / 1.0 miles away
Oriente Train Station Car Rentals from $29.74 per day2.6 km / 1.6 miles away
Lisbon Alameda Car Rentals from $18.48 per day3.7 km / 2.3 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $7.25 per day4.5 km / 2.8 miles away
5.7 km / 3.5 miles away
6.3 km / 3.9 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $17.40 per day202.4 km / 125.8 miles away
Faro Airport Car Rentals from $10.20 per day219.8 km / 136.6 miles away
267.8 km / 166.4 miles away
Porto Campanha Railway Station Car Rentals from $20.26 per day268.6 km / 166.9 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $20.26 per day269.0 km / 167.1 miles away
Porto Boavista Car Rentals from $31.92 per day269.0 km / 167.1 miles away
Porto Airport Car Rentals from $9.06 per day278.1 km / 172.8 miles away
Porto Santo Airport (Madeira) Car Rentals from $80.68 per day907.2 km / 563.7 miles away
Madeira Airport (Funchal) Car Rentals from $40.51 per day964.8 km / 599.5 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Car Rental Information
|Car rental locations||14|
|Popular suppliers||BeRent, Drive on Holidays, Klass Wagen, Turisprime, CRC Car Rental Company|
|Popular car categories||Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Station wagons|
|Lowest price||$5 per day|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|BeRent||Volkswagen Polo||5||2||Small cars|
|BeRent||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|
|Klass Wagen||Volkswagen Polo||5||1||Small cars|
|Turisprime||Volkswagen Polo||4||1||Small cars|
|Record-go||Seat Ibiza||5||2||Small cars|
|CRC Car Rental Company||Peugeot 208||5||2||Small cars|
|CRC Car Rental Company||Renault Captur||5||3||SUVs|
|Drive on Holidays||Volkswagen Polo||4||2||Small cars|
|Cheap rent||Fiat Panda||5||3||Small cars|
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