Cheapest car hire in Portugal

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

Portugal car hire reviews

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Laws and rules of the road when driving in Portugal

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    R

    Road Driving Side

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    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

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    90kph

    Rural Speed Limit

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    120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    EUR  1.38/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    EUR €

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

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    23

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Recent customer reviews (average rating 8.1/10)

Natalia

Spain

6/10
Best price I co

Best price I could get on the web and there were no problems.

06/08/2019
G Gascoigne

 

6/10
the car was 1st

the car was 1st class unlike one I hired on my previous visit which was covered in scratches an bumps.

20/07/2019
Frederick Crous

 

4/10
We did not have

We did not have any problems with our rental, but we returned the car two days early and have not received any compensation on the rate.

21/07/2019

Compare car rental agents in Portugal

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Enterprise
19
8.8/10
216
€ 13.20
€ 18.73
€ 37.22
€ 36.11
 Alamo
5
7.9/10
272
€ 11.83
€ 15.01
€ 24.65
€ 33.95
 Guerin
28
7.8/10
7,904
€ 12.44
€ 20.76
€ 24.64
€ 36.94
 Hertz
58
7.7/10
2,849
€ 20.71
€ 27.14
€ 50.00
€ 52.50
 Sixt
20
7.5/10
5,383
€ 12.44
€ 15.79
€ 19.79
€ 31.99
 Keddy by europcar
68
7.5/10
13,522
€ 14.98
€ 20.13
€ 27.35
€ 30.95
 Europcar
77
7.3/10
33,345
€ 17.41
€ 24.19
€ 36.70
€ 36.90
 Budget
28
7.2/10
3,270
€ 17.68
€ 25.24
€ 31.74
€ 76.85
 Avis
38
7.1/10
2,650
€ 19.65
€ 27.14
€ 40.12
€ 50.00
 Drive on holidays
2
7.0/10
200
€ 11.55
€ 18.99
€ 37.23
€ 42.43
 Thrifty
25
7.0/10
2,236
€ 16.43
€ 22.85
€ 41.42
€ 46.49
 Sadorent
11
6.9/10
208
€ 13.42
€ 18.94
€ 34.34
€ 68.95
 Ilha verde
14
6.8/10
639
€ 5.88
€ 18.20
€ 55.84
 Goldcar
6
6.1/10
1,235
€ 8.56
€ 11.92
€ 39.64
 Interrent
6
5.2/10
480
€ 16.49
€ 25.26
€ 41.53

Car rental agent statistics in Portugal

  • 9.2/10
    Highest rated agent:
    MADEIRA RENT
  • 3.5/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    RHODIUM
  • 75,719
    Total number of reviews in
    Portugal
  • 75
    Most Locations in Portugal:
    EUROPCAR
  • 16
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 39
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Portugal



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

Fuel prices in Portugal

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Nov , 2020 1.22 1.38
Oct , 2020 1.21 1.39
Sep , 2020 1.20 1.38
Aug , 2020 1.24 1.40
Jul , 2020 1.24 1.40
Jun , 2020 1.20 1.38
May , 2020 1.16 1.32
Apr , 2020 1.15 1.25
Mar , 2020 1.23 1.26
Feb , 2020 1.37 1.51
Jan , 2020 1.44 1.55
Dec , 2019 1.39 1.50

Car rental price statistics in Portugal

  • € 31.78
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 452.03
    Highest daily price:
    Porsche 911
  • 6,234
    Total cars available
     
  • 393
    Most popular model:
    Renault Megane Estate
  • 381
    Location with most cars:
    Lisbon - Airport
  • € 4.5 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    WAYZOR - Azores - Ponta Delgada - Neat Hotel Avenida

FAQs about car hire in Portugal

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

Car hire in Portugal starts from just €4.50 per day for a (mini) class car from Wayzor. The average price to hire a car in Portugal is just €43.10 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Portugal is a Porsche 911 car for a (special) class from Hertz dream collection costing €452.00 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, Sixt is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Faro - Airport for €12.20 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Portugal?

Car hire prices in Portugal are kept low thanks to the 33 car hire companies across the country. With over 141 car hire locations and 54,980 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Portugal.

Who is the best car hire company in Portugal?

Based on over 75,719 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Portugal Is Europcar who score on average 7.3/10 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 25 car hire companies and 381 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Portugal?

Current fuel prices in Portugal are €1.38/ltr for petrol and €1.21/ltr for diesel as of 16 November 2020, it’ll cost on average €55 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €48 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?

Wayzor is the cheapest car hire company in Portugal offering a (mini) class car such as the Volkswagen Up for as little as €31.50 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 10 car hire companies in over 111 locations.

Why rent a car in Portugal?

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. Expect to pay as little as €5 per day for a small rental car during winter months when demand is low, but for the same car in peak summer months, €20 per day is more realistic. Compare car hire deals from leading rental agents such as Hertz, Enterprise and Thrifty against local car hire company deals from trusted suppliers like Guerin and Discovery.

Best time to book car hire in Portugal?

If you're visiting Portugal in the peak summer season, or around any school holidays, it's wise to book at least 4-6 weeks in advance, although we recommend as early as 3-6 months. The further in advance you book, the wider range of cars are likely and prices are less volatile. The closer to the time of travel you book, prices can vary hugely to reflect supply and demand.
 

Car hire in Portugal by region

Aveiro

Aveiro is a coastal region in the north west of Portugal famed for the namesake city built, like Venice on swampy land that was drained into a network of canals. Much of the architecture there resembles that of Venice too. The city is renowned for its splendid cathedrals as well as the beautiful and unspoilt beaches along the Peninsula de São Jacinto.

Azores

The Azores are Portugal’s piece of subtropical paradise. Way out in the Atlantic, they are warmed by the Gulf Stream and enjoy year round summer. The islands are unspoilt and timeless, covered by wild hydrangeas and dotted with tiny communities who make their living from the sea and tourism.

Beira Interior Norte

In the north east, this region faces Spain across the border and is the highest part of Portugal. The region is beautiful, crammed with stunning mountains, languid rivers, meadows bursting with wild flowers and fragrant pine forests all overlooked by imposing castles.

Beja

Beja region is often overlooked by tourists visiting the Algarve but aVilamoura of car hire locations towns and cities that retain their watchful stance from the time of the Moorish occupation. Vast citadels crown mountain tops looking down today on plantations of olives and vineyards.

Braga

In the North West of Portugal and with a small Atlantic coastline Braga is ruled by the city of the same name, acknowledged as the oldest city in the country. The region is proud of its Roman ancestry and the city of Braga hosts a Roman market when people role play Roman characters and the food and drink of the day are distinctively Roman in flavour too.

Braganca

Braganca is the far north eastern region of Portugal and has the country’s rugged and sometimes hostile environments. Famed for nine months of winter and three of summer, it’s divided into the ‘cold lands’ all above 300 metres, and the ‘hot lands’ where the Douro River flows, carving out the valleys and bathing the water meadows.

Castelo Branco

Bordering Spain and in the central eastern part of Portugal, Castelo Branco means ‘white castle’ and is so called because of the castle built by the crusaders in the 12th century near the city that has the same name. The region is thickly wooded by pine trees and in the summer sun, the dazzling green swathes give off a heady scent of pine.

Coimbra

Further north again, Coimbra is home to the speciality music style of Portugal called Fado, a melancholic style of ballad. The region is also renowned for stunning ecclesiastical architecture. The main city of Coimbra has a stunning waterfront location and a vibrant nightlife revolving around the life of the university.

Evora

Crammed with history and architecture, this region is bounded by the Algarve in the south and the Tagus River in the north. Visit stunning sights such as the six mile long Agua de Prata Aqueduct built in the 16th century and still in perfect condition today. Elsewhere, see the nearly complete Roman temple in the middle of Evora itself.

Faro

Best visited in winter for a true sense of its identity, it is a hotspot of partying, sun and sand during the summer months. If you get bored of the beach, drive inland and visit the villages of the rural Algarve, often completely untouched by tourism and full of friendly and welcoming locals.

Leiria 

Found on the coast north of the capital, Leiria is part of a region renowned for its cuisine; barbecued piglet, piquant cornbread and delicious fresh Atlantic fish. Round your meal off with the delicious pastries; originally made by the local convent. The region combines tranquil countryside with beautiful unspoilt beaches, offering the best of both worlds.

Lisbon

On the west coast, this is the capital of the country and a beautiful city of white limestone buildings overlooked by a hundred metre high statue of Christ. The centre of the city is a maze of cobbled streets oozing with old world charm.

Madeira

Madeira is a gardener’s paradise. Found far out in the Atlantic Ocean, it is a volcanic island of steep hills and soaring cliffs. Dark sandy beaches rise up to pretty whitewashed villages whilst the vines thrive on the rich soil to produce the cousin of port, the soft and sweet Madeira wine.

Porto

Portugal’s second city, a UNESCO Heritage Site and home to the delicious port wine. Spend some time in the wineries before follueda.

Portalegre

Right on the border with Spain in the centre of Iberia, Portalegre has changed hands many times over the centuries. It’s a land of rugged hills and forests and is ruled by the city of Portalegre itself whose huge cathedral looks out over the city and surrounding countryside.

Santarem

The region of Santarem is the hinterland of the capital and offers glimpses of old Portugal with an economy based on vines, cattle, horses and bulls. It’s a land of sweeping meadows watered by the Tagus and Alviela Rivers and gentle hills warmed by the Iberian sun.

Setubal

South of the capital and with the Tagus River flowing through it, Setubal region has the imposing Castle of Palmela for visitors to explore and admire, the wonderful sandy beaches of the Tróia Peninsula and the Serra da Arrábida with its soaring mountains, beautiful beaches and many dedicated picnic sites for the tourist.

Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo was once the most important port in Portugal from where famous explorers such as Da Gama and Magellan set sail. It had great importance which is why the streets are crammed with stunning buildings worthy of Lisbon. It’s been called the Mecca of Architecture and Portugal’s most beautiful city, enhanced by the sublime views out over the Lima River.

Viseu

The Viseu region occupies a high plateau between the Serra da Estrela and the Serra do Carmulo and is famed for the wine produced in the Dao Valley. Drive the road from Nelas to Viseu along valleys hemmed in by towering peaks for some of the most beautiful views in Europe.

Vila Real

In the central, northern part of the country, the region of Vila Real is noted for weather extremes with snow in winter and baking temperatures in summer. The countryside is rugged with stunning waterfalls such as the Agarez and dotted with palatial homes such as the Palacio de Mateus, after which the wine in the distinctive round bottle was named.

Portugal Mini Guide

Portugal is one of the most visited holiday destinations in Europe and is particularly popular with the British, Germans and the Dutch because of its excellent weather and comprehensive facilities. We have other great locations in Europe including Spain and France.

The most westerly country in mainland Europe, Portugal has an expansive coastline on the Atlantic Ocean and has been a perennial favourite with holiday makers across the globe looking for beautiful beaches and a temperate climate whilst offering great value for money.

Whether you plan to relax on the beach, enjoy the nightlife or take a walking tour while sampling wines at local vineyards, Portugal has something for everyone. This is due in part to the diversity of its landscape along the Iberian Peninsula which means that you can get from the mountains down to the beaches in almost no time at all.

Recently the country has promoted itself as one of the best golf destinations in the world and many people are coming to Portugal to play the sport on its fine courses. The Portugal Open is part of the European PGA golf tour circuit and takes place in April on the Quinta da Marinha Oitavos Golfe in Cascais.

The roads in Portugal are good and there is usually a way to get anywhere that you want to go without leaving a highway, though some of these do charge a toll. Some of the drivers can be dangerous to say the least and care should be taken especially around the major conurbations of Porto and Lisbon. We have rental locations for car hire at Lisbon Airport and also in the city centre for car hire in Lisbon, so check out our great rates.

The Algarve is another place where extra careful driving is advised. However, planning your journey well in advance by carefully studying a map and also trying to avoid rush hours can help to prepare you. You can also add on satellite navigation to your car hire booking, for extra peace of mind! Just keep an eye out for people impatiently attempting risky overtaking manoeuvres and beware that lanes discipline is not always followed.

Once you feel confident, get out and explore this wonderful country. As well as the main cities and The Algarve, which are fantastic destinations, there are a host of other places worth seeing such as Viana do Castelo, Braga, Guimarães, Coimbra, Tomar, Aveiro, Amarante, Braga, Bragança, Chaves, Lamego, Viseu, Vila Real, Lagos, Silves, Évora, and Angra. These are a very good bet during the high season summer months when the Algarve is at its busiest.

Hire a car in Portugal with debit card (without credit card)

If you need to rent a car in Portugal but don't have a credit card, it's not the end of the road. Some of the car rental agents we work allow you to rent a car in Portugal without a credit card. The table below shows which rental agents in Portugal allow debit card car hire;
 
Rental agent
Debit Card
Alamo (from EUR 41.09)
NO
Autocunha (from EUR 120.84)
NO
Avis (from EUR 49.37)
NO
Bravacar (from EUR 33.26)
NO
Budget (from EUR 35.34)
NO
Dollar (from EUR 33.50)
NO
Drive & Go (from EUR 35.30)
NO
Drive On Holidays (from EUR 35.29)
NO
Enterprise (from EUR 45.64)
NO
Europcar (from EUR 88.18)
NO
Firefly (from EUR 31.40)
NO
Flizzr (from EUR 41.07)
NO
Goldcar (from EUR 35.28)
YES
Guerin (from EUR 71.98)
NO
Hertz (from EUR 72.00)
NO
Interrent (from EUR 34.81)
NO
Keddy By Europcar (from EUR 71.96)
NO
Oporent (from EUR 32.30)
NO
Rent A Star (from EUR 37.07)
NO
Rhodium (from EUR 35.32)
YES
Sadorent (from EUR 96.88)
NO
Sixt (from EUR 45.59)
NO
Thrifty (from EUR 55.00)
NO
Turisprime (from EUR 30.96)
YES
*rates shown are indicative of a weeks rental in mid-season

Portugal Factfile

  • The Azores and Madeira which are archipelagos in the Atlantic are also part of Portugal
  • Portugal attracts around 13 million visitors a year which makes it amongst the 20 most visited countries in the world
  • One of the nation's favourite dishes is called 'bacalhau' and consists of dried cod.
  • The north of Portugal has its own unique martial art, Jogo do Pau, in which fighters use staffs to combat one or several opponents
  • Portugal is the world's leading producer of cork
  • If you're driving through Portugal you can travel without stopping on Portuguese motorways with an Emovis Tag

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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Fuel Prices in Portugal

  • Price of petrol in Portugal in November

    € 1.38/Ltr

    ($ 1.69/Ltr | 1.38/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Portugal in November

    € 1.21/Ltr

    ($ 1.48/Ltr | 1.21/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Portugal in November

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 55.20  ($ 67.60) | € 48.40  ($ 59.27)
Compact € 55.20  ($ 67.60) | € 48.40  ($ 59.27)
Full Size € 69.00  ($ 84.50) | € 60.50  ($ 74.09)
SUV € 82.80  ($ 101.39) | € 72.60  ($ 88.90)
Carrier € 96.60  ($ 118.29) | € 84.70  ($ 103.72)

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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