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 Portugal Car Rental Mini Guide

Portugal is an extremely popular tourist destination as visitors come from all over Europe to enjoy its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean and warm summer weather. Hiring a car in Portugal gives you the freedom to explore areas such as the Algarve and Faro at your own leisure and pace and means you do not have to rely upon public transport. Car hire in Portugal gets booked up very quickly so we recommend booking as far in advance as possible to ensure availability and cheaper prices.

Where can you hire a car in Portugal?
There are numerous car hire locations all over Portugal where you can pick up your car including Lisbon, Porto and Albufeira. If you are flying into Faro car hire is available from Faro Airport or direct in the city of Faro. The most popular locations to hire a car in Portugal are:

How to get the cheapest car hire in Portugal?

Car hire prices in Portugal can vary significantly and are dependent on the time of year, rental company and type of vehicle. Portugal have over 25 car hire companies competing for your business which helps to keep prices low.

Cheapest car hire in Portugal

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 9.02 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 63.17 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 9.02 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 63.17 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 12.63 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 88.47 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 12.63 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 88.47 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Adam

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 14.33 EUR/day
Opel Adam

7 Days rental at 100.32 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 14.95 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 104.67 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Adam

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 15.02 EUR/day
Opel Adam

7 Days rental at 105.18 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 15.69 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 109.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Adam

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 16.03 EUR/day
Opel Adam

7 Days rental at 112.25 EUR from 23/01/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 12.24 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 85.70 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 12.24 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 85.70 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 17.74 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 124.23 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 17.74 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 124.23 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 18.09 EUR/day
Citroen C4

7 Days rental at 126.63 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 18.09 EUR/day
Citroen C4

7 Days rental at 126.63 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 18.43 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 129.03 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 18.58 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 130.06 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 2008

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 19.27 EUR/day
Peugeot 2008

7 Days rental at 134.91 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 10.09 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 70.68 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 10.09 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 70.68 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 208

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 13.20 EUR/day
Peugeot 208

7 Days rental at 92.44 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 208

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 13.20 EUR/day
Peugeot 208

7 Days rental at 92.44 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 16.26 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 113.87 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 16.38 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 114.72 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 17.34 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 121.41 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 17.34 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 121.41 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 17.34 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 121.41 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 49.14 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 344.03 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volvo S60

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 54.18 EUR/day
Volvo S60

7 Days rental at 379.30 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 54.85 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 384.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 54.85 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 384.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 54.85 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 384.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 54.85 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 384.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 54.85 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 384.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 54.85 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 384.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 54.85 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 384.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Kadjar

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.06 EUR/day
Renault Kadjar

7 Days rental at 161.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Kadjar

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.06 EUR/day
Renault Kadjar

7 Days rental at 161.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Kadjar

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.06 EUR/day
Renault Kadjar

7 Days rental at 161.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Kadjar

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.06 EUR/day
Renault Kadjar

7 Days rental at 161.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Kadjar

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.06 EUR/day
Renault Kadjar

7 Days rental at 161.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Kadjar

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.06 EUR/day
Renault Kadjar

7 Days rental at 161.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Kadjar

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.06 EUR/day
Renault Kadjar

7 Days rental at 161.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Kadjar

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.06 EUR/day
Renault Kadjar

7 Days rental at 161.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Kadjar

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.06 EUR/day
Renault Kadjar

7 Days rental at 161.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.20 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 533.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Porsche Taycan

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 466.53 EUR/day
Porsche Taycan

7 Days rental at 3265.72 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 87.32 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 611.26 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Porsche Taycan

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 392.15 EUR/day
Porsche Taycan

7 Days rental at 2745.07 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Tesla Model 3

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 96.22 EUR/day
Tesla Model 3

7 Days rental at 673.54 EUR from 23/01/2023

  0 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Porsche Taycan

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 81.99 EUR/day
Porsche Taycan

7 Days rental at 573.94 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 51.01 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 357.09 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 48.10 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 336.70 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Porsche Taycan

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 466.53 EUR/day
Porsche Taycan

7 Days rental at 3265.72 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 112.49 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

7 Days rental at 787.47 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 169.49 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1186.46 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 103.80 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

7 Days rental at 726.60 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 57.90 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hybrid

7 Days rental at 405.34 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 143.99 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1007.97 EUR from 24/10/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 169.49 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1186.46 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 112.49 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

7 Days rental at 787.47 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 51.24 EUR/day
Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Hybrid

7 Days rental at 358.70 EUR from 23/01/2023

  6 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 169.49 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1186.46 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Portugal

  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Portugal, just like its neighbour Spain.
  • The alcohol limit to drive in Portugal is 50mg (0.05% BAC), significantly lower than the UK
  • Toll roads are prevalent in Portugal, various options are available to car rental customer, ask for details.
  • Fuel prices are similar to most of mainland Europe, expect to pay around €60 to fill the tank of an average hire car

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Portugal

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    90kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    EUR  1.82/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    EUR €

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    23

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Portugal

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Guerin
24
8.2/10
7,977
€ 22.88
€ 22.01
€ 37.51
€ 63.72
 Rodavante
6
8.1/10
442
€ 36.00
€ 58.23
€ 119.54
€ 119.54
 Enterprise
19
8.0/10
536
€ 17.87
€ 20.39
€ 25.01
€ 362.71
 Sixt
24
7.6/10
8,436
€ 17.34
€ 19.39
€ 23.06
€ 132.95
 Avis
31
7.5/10
1,366
€ 27.82
€ 42.34
€ 57.02
€ 99.27
 Keddy by europcar
57
7.4/10
1,536
€ 25.93
€ 39.53
€ 45.84
€ 111.74
 Europcar
76
7.4/10
61,061
€ 29.60
€ 45.40
€ 59.19
€ 64.49
 Sadorent - drivalia
8
7.4/10
816
€ 19.28
€ 22.46
€ 37.94
€ 82.95
 Hertz
37
7.3/10
1,343
€ 26.35
€ 40.11
€ 53.99
€ 91.92
 Europcar premium pickup
4
7.2/10
592
€ 58.76
€ 68.67
€ 86.12
 Key n go
4
7.2/10
451
€ 28.17
€ 31.89
 Ilha verde
16
7.0/10
982
€ 21.11
€ 43.36
€ 63.77
€ 76.78
 Budget
29
6.9/10
3,291
€ 25.06
€ 25.07
€ 30.34
€ 81.80
 Goldcar
6
6.0/10
1,477
€ 14.33
€ 18.43
 Surprice
6
4.8/10
460
€ 20.82
€ 28.33
€ 44.43
€ 55.16

Car rental agent statistics in Portugal

  • 8.9/10
    Highest rated agent:
    SIXT
  • 3.7/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    FIREFLY
  • 92,724
    Total number of reviews in
    Portugal
  • 54
    Most Locations in Portugal:
    EUROPCAR
  • 19
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 48
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Portugal

ItemPercent
January€ 51
February€ 36
March€ 39
April€ 53
May€ 58
June€ 68
July€ 139
August€ 112
September€ 72
October€ 62
November€ 49
December€ 58
ItemPercent
January€ 37
February€ 25
March€ 28
April€ 36
May€ 38
June€ 42
July€ 95
August€ 81
September€ 53
October€ 45
November€ 37
December€ 45
ItemPercent
January€ 93
February€ 74
March€ 78
April€ 100
May€ 100
June€ 107
July€ 225
August€ 176
September€ 121
October€ 108
November€ 93
December€ 110
ItemPercent
January€ 76
February€ 46
March€ 49
April€ 71
May€ 67
June€ 80
July€ 233
August€ 192
September€ 110
October€ 97
November€ 76
December€ 84
ItemPercent
January€ 107
February€ 112
March€ 112
April€ 152
May€ 158
June€ 168
July€ 222
August€ 205
September€ 189
October€ 118
November€ 121
December€ 149
ItemPercent
January€ 27
February€ 19
March€ 21
April€ 31
May€ 30
June€ 35
July€ 81
August€ 66
September€ 43
October€ 36
November€ 27
December€ 34
ItemPercent
January€ 92
February€ 66
March€ 73
April€ 95
May€ 96
June€ 109
July€ 201
August€ 161
September€ 109
October€ 100
November€ 82
December€ 112
ItemPercent
January€ 58
February€ 43
March€ 44
April€ 67
May€ 66
June€ 78
July€ 206
August€ 157
September€ 95
October€ 69
November€ 54
December€ 67

Select category to see average car hire prices in Portugal

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Portugal

DieselUnleaded
Dec , 2021

€ 1.50

€ 1.67

Jan , 2022

€ 1.61

€ 1.76

Feb , 2022

€ 1.68

€ 1.83

Mar , 2022

€ 2.00

€ 2.03

Apr , 2022

€ 1.88

€ 1.96

May , 2022

€ 1.80

€ 1.95

Jun , 2022

€ 1.80

€ 2.06

Jul , 2022

€ 1.99

€ 2.08

Aug , 2022

€ 1.83

€ 1.89

Sep , 2022

€ 1.83

€ 1.72

Oct , 2022

€ 1.75

€ 1.70

Nov , 2022

€ 1.88

€ 1.82

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Nov , 2022 1.88 1.82
Oct , 2022 1.75 1.70
Sep , 2022 1.83 1.72
Aug , 2022 1.83 1.89
Jul , 2022 1.99 2.08
Jun , 2022 1.80 2.06
May , 2022 1.80 1.95
Apr , 2022 1.88 1.96
Mar , 2022 2.00 2.03
Feb , 2022 1.68 1.83
Jan , 2022 1.61 1.76
Dec , 2021 1.50 1.67

Car rental price statistics in Portugal

  • € 63.14
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 580.83
    Highest daily price:
    Mercedes V Class
  • 5,326
    Total cars available
     
  • 260
    Most popular model:
    Renault Megane Estate
  • 433
    Location with most cars:
    Lisbon - Airport
  • € 9.0 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    BENERENT - Lisbon - Airport

FAQs about car hire in Portugal

How much does it cost to hire a car in Portugal?

Car hire in Portugal starts from just €9.00 per day for a (mini) class car from Benerent. The average price to hire a car in Portugal is just €70.90 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Portugal is a Mercedes V Class car for a (standard elite) class from Sixt costing €580.80 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Portugal?

We often have special offers on car hire in Portugal including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Portugal?

Car hire prices in Portugal are kept low thanks to the 34 car hire companies across the country. With over 111 car hire locations and 57,940 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Portugal.

Who is the best car hire company in Portugal?

Based on over 92,724 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Portugal Is Europcar who score on average 7.4/10 across all locations in Portugal.

What is the most popular car hire location in Portugal?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Portugal is Lisbon - Airport with 27 car hire companies and 433 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Portugal?

Current fuel prices in Portugal are €1.823/ltr for petrol and €1.879/ltr for diesel as of 7 November 2022, it’ll cost on average €73 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €75 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Portugal?

Speed limits in Portugal are in km/h and are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, 90 km/h on rural roads and 120 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Portugal?

Benerent is the cheapest car hire company in Portugal offering a (mini) class car such as the Fiat 500 for as little as €63.00 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Portugal?

The most popular car hire category in Portugal is the Renault Clio available from 12 car hire companies in over 81 locations.

Can tourists hire cars in Portugal?

Hiring a car in Portugal is an extremely popular choice for tourists and that is why we find year after year it is one of our busiest destinations. Whether you want to explore the Algarve and its beautiful coastline or find out more about Lisbon and its history and culture, then there is no better way to do it than being your own boss at the wheel. Rhino compares prices from hundreds of suppliers such as Avis, Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty to find you the cheapest price possible.

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Other Car Hire Locations in Portugal

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Car Hire Albufeira
€9.4
 
 
Mini 5 4 1 from €9.4 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €14.1 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €10.3 per day
Car Hire Faro
€5.7
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €5.7 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €10.9 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €6.2 per day
Car Hire Lisbon
€8.4
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €8.4 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €12.7 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €9.1 per day
Car Hire Porto
€6.3
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €6.3 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €10.9 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €6.8 per day