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Car Hire in Portugal

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Porto Airport
Economy
VW Polo or comparable
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Turisprime
£ 2.09 per day
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Porto Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
£ 2.33 per day
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Lisbon Airport
Compact
VW Golf or comparable
VW Golf
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • Man.
Turisprime
£ 2.63 per day
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Lisbon Airport
Economy
Fiat Punto or comparable
Fiat Punto
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
£ 2.68 per day
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Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Faro Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
£ 2.76 / per day
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Faro Airport
Mini
Volkswagen Up or comparable
Volkswagen Up
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Turisprime
£ 2.77 / per day
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Faro Airport
Mini
Fiat Panda or comparable
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
£ 2.83 / per day
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Lisbon Airport
Compact
Renault Megane or comparable
Renault Megane
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Turisprime
£ 2.90 / per day
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These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 06:17 on 2021-10-19.

Travel Information

Language
Portuguese
Currency
EUR
Dialing code
351
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
90 - 100 km/h
56 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why hire 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 Peniche 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.

If you want to know more about renting a car in Portugal, don't miss our complete guide.

Portugal

One-way Car Hire in Portugal

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

  • From Portugal to Spain - 336 offers from £ 40.10 per day
  • From Portugal to Germany - 48 offers from £ 124.31 per day
  • From Portugal to Italy - 24 offers from £ 124.71 per day
  • From Portugal to France - 24 offers from £ 124.71 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 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, hiring a car is the best way to travel around Madeira to explore its 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, gondolas traveling through them), art noveau architecture, and stunning cathedrals. 

Most popular hire car

The most hired 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 hire companies 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 on our FAQ section

Most popular types of hire car

The most popular hired 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 ask your car hire company in advance to make sure they permit it.

Car Hire Prices

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 34 per day
  • Station wagons - starting at £ 18 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 35 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 17 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - starting at £ 43 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 56 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 11 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 21 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

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

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

Top 13 Most Popular Cities in Portugal

  1. Car Hire in Lisbon starting at £ 3.89 per day
  2. Car Hire in Porto starting at £ 6.01 per day
  3. Car Hire in Faro starting at £ 2.66 per day
  4. Car Hire in Madeira starting at £ 7.18 per day
  5. Car Hire in Benfica starting at £ 10.53 per day
  6. Car Hire in Quarteira starting at £ 5.18 per day
  7. Car Hire in Albufeira starting at £ 5.63 per day
  8. Car Hire in Vilamoura starting at £ 6.95 per day
  9. Car Hire in Coimbra starting at £ 4.89 per day
  10. Car Hire in Aveiro starting at £ 5.58 per day

Top 19 Most Popular Destinations in Portugal

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During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in Portugal?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in Portugal fluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in Portugal
£ 17.61
January
£ 15.43
February
£ 14.27
March
£ 23.20
April
£ 24.11
May
£ 29.43
June
£ 45.55
July
£ 38.86
August
£ 35.67
September
£ 31.62
October
£ 46.39
November
£ 45.21
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in Portugal is March with prices starting at £ 14.27 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is November with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 46.39. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 31. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

How many days do people keep their hire cars, on average, in Portugal?

Hirers picking up a car in Portugal keep them for an average of 16 days during in January, while those picking up their cars in August keep them for an average of 6.
Average Hire 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 month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Portugal?

Though Portugal is popular for travellers all year long, the month for which the highest number of people search for a hire car is in July. in November is the month that sees the lowest demand for hire cars.
Monthly Car Hire Searches in Portugal Compared to the Yearly Average
97%
January
93%
February
95%
March
106%
April
124%
May
109%
June
145%
July
121%
August
70%
September
95%
October
69%
November
74%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Drive on Holidays VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Turisprime VW Polo 4 1 Small cars
Turisprime Volkswagen Up 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Record-go Seat Ibiza 5 2 Small cars
Autorent VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Peugeot 208 5 2 Small cars
Ok Rent A Car Renault Clio 4 2 Small cars
Record-go Fiat 500 Lounge 4 1 Small cars
Opo rent Volkswagen Polo 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 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.

United Kingdom
Fiat Punto
20 September 2020
Portugal is beautiful and we had a great time in Tavira!
Germany
Ford Fiesta 3d
25 August 2020
We didn't really need a car for most of the days. We needed a car to go to the accommodation and return to the airport. Perhaps we could have also managed the trip well without a car - but the car gives some good flexibility.

Top 33 Hire Companies in Portugal in 2021

Interrent
Interrent
Remarkable 9.5
+351291523689 / +351211451381
9100-105 Santa Cruz, Madeira, PORTUGAL
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
Carwiz
Carwiz
Remarkable 9.3
+351912165414 / +351918259936 / +351911920767
Aeroporto Lisboa Terminal 1, Rua Ary dos Santos 12 A Prior Velho
Working hours
Mon:09:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Alamo
Alamo
Remarkable 9.2
351291522248
CRISTIANO RONALDO AIRPORT,
National
National
Remarkable 9.2
+351218486191
HUMBERTO DELGADO INTL AIRPORT,
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.9
+351282424114
Edificio Beira Mar, Estr. da Rocha Loja 2 e 3, 8500-802 Portimão
Working hours
Mon:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Tue:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Wed:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Thu:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Fri:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Sat:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Sun:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
SADORENT
SADORENT
Outstanding 8.8
+351265539660
Rua Nova Sintra, Lt.18 - Loja Auto Centro,2910-039 SETÚBAL
Working hours
Mon:09:00-12:30; 14:30-19:00
Tue:09:00-12:30; 14:30-19:00
Wed:09:00-12:30; 14:30-19:00
Thu:09:00-12:30; 14:30-19:00
Fri:09:00-12:30; 14:30-19:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
Autorent
Autorent
Outstanding 8.8
+351965656765
Estrada do Aeroporto, N125-10, Montenegro, 8005-146 Faro
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.7
+351291706070
Rua do Vale da Ajuda, 52
Guerin
Guerin
Outstanding 8.6
+351232423794
Rua Capitão Silva Pereira, nº 167, 3501-908 Viseu
Working hours
Mon:09:00-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Tue:09:00-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Wed:09:00-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Thu:09:00-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Fri:09:00-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Sat:09:00-12:00
Keddy
Keddy
Outstanding 8.5
+351282424114
Estrada Da Rocha
Working hours
Mon:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Tue:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Wed:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Thu:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Fri:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Sat:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Sun:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.5
351218953915
Gare Do Oriente Comboios De Portugal
Working hours
Mon:08:00-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Tue:08:00-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Wed:08:00-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Thu:08:00-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Fri:08:00-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-13:00; 15:00-19:00
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 8.5
+351232435750
Avenida EuropaLote 126 Loja 2
Working hours
Mon:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Tue:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Wed:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Thu:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Fri:08:30-12:30; 14:30-18:30
Sat:09:00-12:30
Madeira Rent
Madeira Rent
Outstanding 8.5
+351291706070
Rua do Vale da Ajuda nº54, 9000-116 Funchal
Working hours
Mon:09:00-18:00
Tue:09:00-18:00
Wed:09:00-18:00
Thu:09:00-18:00
Fri:09:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-18:00
Sun:09:00-18:00
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.5
351291522248
Cristiano Ronaldo Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
Dollar
Dollar
Outstanding 8.5
+351219426300 / +351210413333
Madeira Airport, Funchal PT, 9100-105 Santa Cruz
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
Cael
Cael
Outstanding 8.5
+351963934811
N125-10 423, Faro
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Outstanding 8.5
+351229448686
Rua De Julieta Ulbaldina Miranda, Lt.5 - Crestins, 4470-441 Maia
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
CRC Car Rental Company
CRC Car Rental Company
Outstanding 8.5
+351210966330 / +351910628505
Aeroporto de Lisboa, 008, 1700-007 Lisboa
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.3
+351232423794
Av. Cap. Silva Pereira 167,3500-102 Viseu
Centauro
Centauro
Outstanding 8.3
+351291091570 / +351308810777
ER237 100, 9200-225 Santa Cruz
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Outstanding 8.3
+34902360636 / +8778223872
Faro Airport, Terminal 1, 8005-146, Faro, Portugal
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
Turisprime
Turisprime
Outstanding 8.2
+351913065615
N125-10 330, 8005-146 Montenegro
Working hours
Mon:09:00-20:00
Tue:09:00-20:00
Wed:09:00-20:00
Thu:09:00-20:00
Fri:09:00-20:00
Sat:09:00-20:00
Sun:09:00-20:00
Record-go
Record-go
Outstanding 8.2
Record-go
Record-go
Outstanding 8.2
+351910655783 / +351211334150
Rua Prof. Henrique de Barros 11, 2685-338 Prior Velho
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-20:00
Ok Rent A Car
Ok Rent A Car
Outstanding 8.1
+34902360636 / +351962739071
Edificio OK Rent a Car, Estrada do Aeroporto, Montenegro, Faro, 8005-146 Faro
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
Drive on Holidays
Drive on Holidays
Outstanding 8
+351289822394 / +351962247404
Portugal, R. Prof. Dr. Egas Moniz 16, 8005-146 Faro
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Great 7.7
+351291706070 / +351291706071
Rua Vale da Ajuda n 52
Working hours
Mon:09:00-18:00
Tue:09:00-18:00
Wed:09:00-18:00
Thu:09:00-18:00
Fri:09:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Interrent
Interrent
Great 7.7
+351289807233
Ed.Interrent - Av.do Aeroporto
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Great 7.7
+351289248062
Estrada do Aeroporto-Park 4, Row A, 8001-701 Faro
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-20:00
Opo rent
Opo rent
Great 7.6
+351961761966
Av. do Aeroporto 541, 4470-222 Moreira
RightCars
RightCars
Great 7.3
+351308811524
Rua Mártires de Timor Nº 28, Quinta do Figo Maduro,Lisbon,2685-331 Prior Velho
Goldcar
Goldcar
Great 7.1
+351211451595
On-Airport. Arrivals Terminal
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
Surprice
Surprice
Great 7.1
+351300509199
Madeira Airport, 9100-105 Santa Cruz, Madeira
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
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