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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Porto Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Opo rent
$1.35 / per day
Porto Airport Car Rental
Economy
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Opo rent
$1.41 / per day
Lisbon Airport Car Rental
Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • No
  • Man.
Bravacar
$1.43 / per day
Lisbon Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Bravacar
$1.52 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Lisbon Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat Punto or similar
Fiat Punto
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Bravacar
$1.63 / per day
Porto Airport Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Surprice
$1.86 / per day
Porto, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Surprice
$1.91 / per day
Lisbon Airport Car Rental
Economy Elite
Seat Ibiza or similar
Seat Ibiza
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Surprice
$1.91 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel information

Language
Portuguese,
Mirandese
Currency
EUR
Country code
+351
Average car rental length
6 days
Economy car rental price
$33.56 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 - 100 km/h
56 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent 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 Penice 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.

Portugal Car Rental

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 rental 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, getting a rental car is the best way to travel around Madeira to explore its fantastic 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.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Portugal is the VW Polo, but travelers also tend to pick the Ford Fiesta and the Fiat 500 a lot. 

Crossing the border

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 rental providers 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 in our FAQ section. 

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental 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 check with your car rental provider first to make sure they allow it.

How can I save money on my rental car?

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

  • Compare 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 on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Portugal is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 50% cheaper than the yearly average and a whopping 66% cheaper than renting a car in November.

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Portugal?

The cost of renting a car in Portugal depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Portugal
$23.73
January
$20.79
February
$21.31
March
$29.66
April
$32.75
May
$39.66
June
$61.39
July
$52.37
August
$48.07
September
$41.50
October
$62.52
November
$60.93
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Portugal is February — prices start from $20.79 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 50% cheaper than the year’s average and 67% cheaper than renting a car in the month of November (when prices start at $62.52 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Portugal?

Average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 16 days. The shortest are in August — an average of 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Portugal
16
January
10
February
7
March
9
April
9
May
8
June
8
July
6
August
6
September
8
October
8
November
7
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Portugal?

Discover Car Hire users search a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Portugal. The most popular month is July, while the least popular is November.
Portugal Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
101%
January
97%
February
98%
March
98%
April
115%
May
114%
June
152%
July
126%
August
73%
September
76%
October
72%
November
77%
December

Top 20 Most Popular Cities in Portugal

Car Rental in Lisbon from $1.43 per day
Car Rental in Porto from $1.35 per day
Car Rental in Faro from $2.89 per day
Car Rental in Madeira from $22.14 per day
Car Rental in Coimbra from $24.87 per day
Car Rental in Porto Santo from $36.06 per day
Car Rental in Albufeira from $6.05 per day
Car Rental in Braga from $24.87 per day
Car Rental in Almada from $13.54 per day
Car Rental in Cascais from $24.87 per day
Car Rental in Leiria from $24.87 per day
Car Rental in Quarteira from $6.05 per day
Car Rental in Lagos from $11.04 per day
Car Rental in Estoril from $14.77 per day
Car Rental in Viseu from $24.87 per day
Car Rental in Setubal from $13.54 per day
Car Rental in Montijo from $13.54 per day

Top 20 Best Portugal Suppliers in 2019

Golfauto
Golfauto
Exceptional 9.3
Movyng Rent A Car
Movyng Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.3
Specific Rent
Specific Rent
Exceptional 9.2
Rodavante
Rodavante
Exceptional 9.2
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
Best Deal
Best Deal
Exceptional 9.1
EPI Rent a Car
EPI Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.1
Airauto
Airauto
Exceptional 9
Resolvcar
Resolvcar
Excellent 8.9
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.9
SADORENT
SADORENT
Excellent 8.8
AUSOCAR RENT-A-CAR
AUSOCAR RENT-A-CAR
Excellent 8.8
Drive4Fun
Drive4Fun
Excellent 8.8
Yes Car Hire
Yes Car Hire
Excellent 8.7
ValpiRent
ValpiRent
Excellent 8.7
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
Guerin
Guerin
Excellent 8.6
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.6
AV Rent
AV Rent
Excellent 8.6
PAA RENT
PAA RENT
Excellent 8.5

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