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from £3 /day
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from £7 /day
PortoRead more aboutPorto
from £10 /day
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from £25 /day
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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

Having arranged suitable transportation, you will be able to take in the whole of the country. 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. Portugal holidays have something for every type of traveller.

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.