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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Faro, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Surprice
$6.18 / per day
Faro, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Surprice
$6.25 / per day
Faro, Downtown Car Rental
Economy Elite
Seat Ibiza or similar
Seat Ibiza
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Surprice
$7.30 / per day
Faro, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Surprice
$9.30 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Faro, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Surprice
$10.78 / per day
Porto, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Surprice
$10.87 / per day
Porto Airport Car Rental
Mini
FIAT 500 or similar
FIAT 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Ok Rent A Car
$10.97 / per day
Porto Airport Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Drive on Holidays
$11.51 / 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
Currency
EUR
Country code
351
Average car rental length
6 days
Economy car rental price
$38.39 / 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.
  • Aveiro: A city dating back to pre-Roman times, Aveiro is known for its canals (and like Venice, gondalas traveling through them), art noveau archetectirue and its cathedrals. The beaches nearby aren't bad either. 

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 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 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.

Top 20 Most Popular Cities in Portugal

  1. Car Rental in Lisbon from $13.27 per day
  2. Car Rental in Porto from $10.87 per day
  3. Car Rental in Faro from $19.84 per day
  4. Car Rental in Madeira from $41.04 per day
  5. Car Rental in Porto Santo from $36.18 per day
  6. Car Rental in Albufeira from $28.16 per day
  7. Car Rental in Almada from $29.61 per day
  8. Car Rental in Lagos from $24.14 per day
  9. Car Rental in Cascais from $25.20 per day
  10. Car Rental in Viseu from $20.88 per day
  11. Car Rental in Portimao from $28.16 per day
  12. Car Rental in Braga from $28.17 per day
  13. Car Rental in Setubal from $15.70 per day
  14. Car Rental in Vilamoura from $28.16 per day
  15. Car Rental in Coimbra from $28.17 per day
  16. Car Rental in Aveiro from $24.02 per day
  17. Car Rental in Leiria from $28.17 per day
  18. Car Rental in Quarteira from $34.73 per day
  19. Car Rental in Estoril from $15.70 per day
  20. Car Rental in Tavira from $54.56 per day

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
$23.44
January
$20.54
February
$19.00
March
$30.89
April
$32.09
May
$39.18
June
$60.64
July
$51.73
August
$47.48
September
$42.10
October
$61.76
November
$60.18
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Portugal is March — prices start from $19.00 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 53% cheaper than the year’s average and 69% cheaper than renting a car in the month of November (when prices start at $61.76 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
8
March
7
April
8
May
8
June
8
July
6
August
6
September
6
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 October.
Portugal Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
101%
January
97%
February
98%
March
111%
April
130%
May
114%
June
151%
July
126%
August
73%
September
49%
October
72%
November
77%
December

Our Customers Reviews

July 12, 2019
I love the Algarve. Have neen going there for years. Anywhere along the Algarve coast is a joy and a.pleasure. beautiful.
June 24, 2019
It is worth to rent a car in the central Portugal instead of using their very expensive buses with no good connections between the places.
June 16, 2019
We would recommend a car for seeing Portugal for sure. Get a via verde pass as well for sure. Don’t drive inside Lisbon and Porto.
May 9, 2019
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has been designed long, long time ago and no petrol cars were created. Personally, I hate traffic, bad driving and impatient drivers. Please try to use public transport within Lisbon if possible. Their metro is old but is fast and connects easily most of the areas where you wanna go. In general Portugal is good due to good food, is cheaper if compared to the rest of Europe and people are friendly.
May 6, 2019
Madeira is great to visit by car. It gives you flexibility and the possibility to reach more remote places. Maybe I would recommend a somewhat more powerfull engine to climb the quite steep hils/mountains. I had a 1 liter petrol car and had to make quite some distance in first gear and watch out not to be below 2000 rpm.
April 23, 2019
That’s a very good rental, good value for money, I do recommend it!
April 21, 2019
We love Portugal and visit it a number of times a year , The lakes ,vale do lobo lovely long walks on the beach stopping at the beach bars for refreshments.
April 12, 2019
Make sure the car you rent is powerful with a good sized engine as there are some VERY steep hills! Air conditioning was a bonus but not absolutely necessary as it doesn't get as hot as other drier countries/islands.
April 5, 2019
We know Portugal quite well and liked the Fiat Panda very much. Overall, other than the problems with pick-up and delivery, the car was good.
April 4, 2019
First time to Portugal we didn't have GPS so we should have invested in a detailed map of the Algarve.....we were lost a few times but ended up in some nice places we might have never seen!
April 3, 2019
Good roads, love Portugal and will be returning in October
April 2, 2019
We absolutely loved Sintra. Porto was also amazing.
March 29, 2019
WE DROVE TO PORTO, EVORA, MONSARREZ,TAVIRA,LUZ,SAGRES ,AND ALJEZUR AND LOVED ALL THOSE PLACES
March 24, 2019
We do not frequent Lisbon, we have no need, too busy and built up , like any city. You want to see the real Portugal, stick to Central Portugal, or the north of the country. When renting a car, I think it is easier on the brain if you choose a company with offices off Airport. Also if you are concerned about your blood pressure, avoid the A1 from Lisbon north during the rush hour, although from my experience, it last more than an hour. We have a holiday home on the west coast and head in that direction as soon as practicable.

Top 20 Suppliers for Portugal in 2019

Movyng Rent A Car
Movyng Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.8
Specific Rent
Specific Rent
Exceptional 9.2
Rodavante
Rodavante
Exceptional 9.2
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
EPI Rent a Car
EPI Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.1
Best Deal
Best Deal
Exceptional 9.1
Resolvcar
Resolvcar
Excellent 8.9
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.9
SADORENT
SADORENT
Excellent 8.8
Drive4Fun
Drive4Fun
Excellent 8.8
AUSOCAR RENT-A-CAR
AUSOCAR RENT-A-CAR
Excellent 8.8
Yes Car Hire
Yes Car Hire
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
Airauto
Airauto
Excellent 8.5
Golfauto
Golfauto
Excellent 8.5
PAA RENT
PAA RENT
Excellent 8.5
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5

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