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Located in the south of Europe and sharing a border with Spain, Portugal has the same beautiful beaches and vibrant cities that make its neighbour such as popular holiday destination, yet it boasts a unique character and culture that is all its own.

Hiring A Car In Portugal

Car rental in Portugal is the most practical means for travellers to get around. The best way to find cheap Portugal car hire is to book early. After browsing Portugal hotels and booking up, arrange your Portugal car hire pre-travel and you should be able to get a better deal. That being said, there are many rental agencies in Portugal which offer competitive prices so finding car hire in Portugal on arrival should not pose a problem either.

Places To Visit In Portugal

Portugal is flush with places to visit - and it's all the more handy with a car at your disposal! Start your trip down south at the Algarve, with its Atlantic beaches, clifftop villages and legions of eateries serving fresh seafood prepared traditionally. Further north you'll find the country's capital, Lisbon. With its cobblestoned alleys, Gothic architecture and views galore from its seven hills, it's captivated visitors for centuries. Other must-visits? Porto, Portugal's second-largest city. With wide boulevards lined with trees, incredible Baroque architecture, and the river Douro lazily flowing through its centre, it's fast becoming a popular tourist destination - get there while it's hot! Beach lovers should head to Cascais, where they'll find a buzzing beach resort and historical town centre, while Peniche, north of Lisbon, is a surfer's dream!

There are beaches in the Algarve to rival any you might find in Spain, particularly along the southern coast where the water is warmer. The Viana do Castelo affords some stunning views of the Portuguese countryside, where you can find many an excellent golf course. Sagres offers the chance to stand on the far end of the continent, whilst Lisbon and Albufeira are where you will find the best nightlife. Setubal serves up historical sights (with a healthy helping of local speciality muscatel). Portugal holidays have something for every type of traveller.

Cheap Car Hire in Portugal

Portugal is a beautiful and varied country - from the dramatic coastline of the Algarve, to the vineyards of the Douro Valley and historic Lisbon, there's plenty to see and do. Choose cheap car hire in Portugal, and save time and money on your next visit! By booking online before you depart, you can lock down a good price and spend more on Portuguese tarts and port!

Where to Hire a Car in Portugal

For a small country, Portugal certainly packs a punch in the number of destinations it offers for visitors to explore. This abundance is reflected in the ease with which you'll find somewhere to hire a car. If you're starting in Lisbon, you won't struggle to find all the big car hire names at its airport, ready to sling you a vehicle. But if you only need a car a little later on in your holiday, there are plenty of options in the city. Likewise, Porto's airport has plenty of car hire companies to choose from, and the city centre is dotted with options - making a trip to the Douro Valley easy! Down on the Algarve, it's not difficult to find a car to hire. In cities without airports, like Lagos and Albufeira, there are car hire companies in the main tourist drags, while in Faro airport you'll have more than enough choice.

Top Tips for Car Rentals in Portugal

  • Organise to pick your car up from the airport, so you are able to hit the ground driving once you arrive.
  • Be sure to check if your hotel offers free parking, or can recommend a cheap alternative nearby, otherwise parking fees could add to your costs significantly.
  • Don't forget to drive on the right-hand-side of the road in Portugal.
  • Book your Portugal car hire as far in advance as possible - there will be a wider variety of vehicles to choose from, and you'll likely save money.
  • Make the most of your car hire by starting at the bottom of the country, near Faro, and driving north along the coastline, stopping at Lisbon, before finishing up in Porto.

  • General Advice on Hiring a Car

    When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Portugal, and any additional charges.

    Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Portugal. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Portugal!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.