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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

Smart Fortwo

2 Adults, 3 Doors

From 55.00 EUR/day
Smart Fortwo

7 Days rental at 385.00 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Smart Fortwo

2 Adults, 3 Doors

From 55.00 EUR/day
Smart Fortwo

7 Days rental at 385.00 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Citroen C1

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.57 EUR/day
Citroen C1

7 Days rental at 424.00 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Citroen C1

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.57 EUR/day
Citroen C1

7 Days rental at 424.00 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Citroen C1

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.57 EUR/day
Citroen C1

7 Days rental at 424.00 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Citroen C1

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.57 EUR/day
Citroen C1

7 Days rental at 424.00 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Citroen C1

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.57 EUR/day
Citroen C1

7 Days rental at 424.00 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Citroen C1

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.57 EUR/day
Citroen C1

7 Days rental at 424.00 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Citroen C1

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.57 EUR/day
Citroen C1

7 Days rental at 424.00 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Seat Arona

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 68.68 EUR/day
Seat Arona

7 Days rental at 480.81 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Arona

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 68.68 EUR/day
Seat Arona

7 Days rental at 480.81 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Arona

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 68.68 EUR/day
Seat Arona

7 Days rental at 480.81 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Daihatsu Terios

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 70.67 EUR/day
Daihatsu Terios

7 Days rental at 494.73 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Daihatsu Terios

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 70.67 EUR/day
Daihatsu Terios

7 Days rental at 494.73 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 81.11 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 567.83 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 81.11 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 567.83 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 81.11 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 567.83 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 83.63 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 585.47 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 62.71 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 438.97 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 62.71 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 438.97 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.71 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 445.97 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Ibiza

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 65.79 EUR/day
Seat Ibiza

7 Days rental at 460.57 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 208

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 68.79 EUR/day
Peugeot 208

7 Days rental at 481.58 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 208

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 68.79 EUR/day
Peugeot 208

7 Days rental at 481.58 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Clio Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 68.99 EUR/day
Renault Clio Estate

7 Days rental at 482.98 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 75.05 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 525.39 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 79.28 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 555.00 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 168.52 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series Estate

7 Days rental at 1179.64 EUR from 22/08/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 168.52 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series Estate

7 Days rental at 1179.64 EUR from 22/08/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 168.52 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series Estate

7 Days rental at 1179.64 EUR from 22/08/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 168.52 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series Estate

7 Days rental at 1179.64 EUR from 22/08/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 168.52 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series Estate

7 Days rental at 1179.64 EUR from 22/08/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 176.59 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series Estate

7 Days rental at 1236.17 EUR from 22/08/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 176.59 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series Estate

7 Days rental at 1236.17 EUR from 22/08/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volvo S60

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 180.34 EUR/day
Volvo S60

7 Days rental at 1262.38 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volvo S60

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 180.34 EUR/day
Volvo S60

7 Days rental at 1262.38 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Audi Q2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 107.50 EUR/day
Audi Q2

7 Days rental at 752.56 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Audi Q2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 107.50 EUR/day
Audi Q2

7 Days rental at 752.56 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Audi Q2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 107.50 EUR/day
Audi Q2

7 Days rental at 752.56 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Audi Q2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 107.50 EUR/day
Audi Q2

7 Days rental at 752.56 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Audi Q2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 107.50 EUR/day
Audi Q2

7 Days rental at 752.56 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Audi Q2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 107.50 EUR/day
Audi Q2

7 Days rental at 752.56 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Audi Q2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 107.50 EUR/day
Audi Q2

7 Days rental at 752.56 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 3008

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 118.07 EUR/day
Peugeot 3008

7 Days rental at 826.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 3008

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 118.07 EUR/day
Peugeot 3008

7 Days rental at 826.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Transporter

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 190.33 EUR/day
Volkswagen Transporter

7 Days rental at 1332.32 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Transporter

9 Adults, 5 Doors

From 190.33 EUR/day
Volkswagen Transporter

7 Days rental at 1332.32 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Alhambra

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 233.54 EUR/day
Seat Alhambra

7 Days rental at 1634.80 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 236.31 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 1654.19 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 236.31 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 1654.19 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Kodiaq

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 237.50 EUR/day
Skoda Kodiaq

7 Days rental at 1662.50 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Kodiaq

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 237.50 EUR/day
Skoda Kodiaq

7 Days rental at 1662.50 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Kodiaq

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 237.50 EUR/day
Skoda Kodiaq

7 Days rental at 1662.50 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Kodiaq

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 237.50 EUR/day
Skoda Kodiaq

7 Days rental at 1662.50 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  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  2.06/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)
 Cael
5
8.8/10
739
€ 55.00
€ 96.40
€ 278.40
 Rodavante
6
8.3/10
300
€ 66.70
€ 139.54
€ 245.85
€ 245.85
 Guerin
27
8.0/10
10,267
€ 93.49
€ 117.70
€ 145.74
€ 250.82
 Sixt
23
7.6/10
7,276
€ 117.27
€ 130.67
€ 164.77
€ 277.34
 Enterprise
15
7.6/10
282
€ 69.42
€ 108.09
€ 148.70
€ 89.17
 Sadorent
12
7.6/10
1,238
€ 68.68
€ 107.50
 Avis
31
7.5/10
1,582
€ 78.92
€ 103.61
€ 149.93
 Thrifty
10
7.4/10
812
€ 124.46
€ 116.42
€ 157.14
€ 249.99
 Hertz
53
7.3/10
2,567
€ 98.57
€ 70.67
€ 170.00
€ 278.57
 Europcar
75
7.2/10
72,522
€ 95.80
€ 106.99
€ 213.89
€ 247.89
 Budget
28
7.0/10
2,794
€ 60.57
€ 102.64
€ 122.97
 Drive on holidays
2
6.6/10
515
€ 98.27
€ 118.81
€ 132.45
 Interrent
6
6.0/10
259
€ 90.90
€ 114.66
 Turisprime
3
5.6/10
286
€ 73.83
€ 105.55
€ 172.65
 Goldcar
6
5.4/10
2,138
€ 80.26
€ 104.43

Car rental agent statistics in Portugal

  • 9.1/10
    Highest rated agent:
    CAEL
  • 4.1/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    TURISPRIME
  • 104,851
    Total number of reviews in
    Portugal
  • 70
    Most Locations in Portugal:
    EUROPCAR
  • 14
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 45
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Portugal

ItemPercent
January€ 47
February€ 36
March€ 39
April€ 53
May€ 58
June€ 68
July€ 139
August€ 112
September€ 61
October€ 52
November€ 40
December€ 58
ItemPercent
January€ 30
February€ 25
March€ 28
April€ 36
May€ 38
June€ 42
July€ 95
August€ 81
September€ 39
October€ 32
November€ 27
December€ 42
ItemPercent
January€ 85
February€ 74
March€ 78
April€ 100
May€ 100
June€ 107
July€ 225
August€ 176
September€ 113
October€ 99
November€ 89
December€ 111
ItemPercent
January€ 54
February€ 46
March€ 49
April€ 71
May€ 67
June€ 80
July€ 233
August€ 192
September€ 71
October€ 63
November€ 46
December€ 81
ItemPercent
January€ 79
February€ 112
March€ 112
April€ 152
May€ 158
June€ 168
July€ 222
August€ 205
September€ 158
October€ 96
November€ 74
December€ 122
ItemPercent
January€ 24
February€ 19
March€ 21
April€ 31
May€ 30
June€ 35
July€ 81
August€ 66
September€ 34
October€ 30
November€ 21
December€ 34
ItemPercent
January€ 82
February€ 66
March€ 73
April€ 95
May€ 96
June€ 109
July€ 201
August€ 161
September€ 99
October€ 88
November€ 74
December€ 107
ItemPercent
January€ 57
February€ 43
March€ 44
April€ 67
May€ 66
June€ 78
July€ 206
August€ 157
September€ 89
October€ 59
November€ 47
December€ 69

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
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

Nov , 2021

€ 1.53

€ 1.72

Oct , 2021

€ 1.54

€ 1.72

Sep , 2021

€ 1.48

€ 1.67

Aug , 2021

€ 1.45

€ 1.66

Jul , 2021

€ 1.46

€ 1.68

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
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
Nov , 2021 1.53 1.72
Oct , 2021 1.54 1.72
Sep , 2021 1.48 1.67
Aug , 2021 1.45 1.66
Jul , 2021 1.46 1.68

Car rental price statistics in Portugal

  • € 385.00
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 843.73
    Highest daily price:
    Porsche Taycan
  • 4,774
    Total cars available
     
  • 293
    Most popular model:
    Renault Megane Estate
  • 297
    Location with most cars:
    Lisbon - Airport
  • € 55.0 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    CAEL - Lisbon - Downtown

FAQs about car hire in Portugal

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

Car hire in Portugal starts from just €55.00 per day for a (mini) class car from Cael. The average price to hire a car in Portugal is just €187.40 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Portugal is a Porsche Taycan car for a (special) class from Sixt costing €843.70 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 29 car hire companies across the country. With over 119 car hire locations and 46,134 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Portugal.

Who is the best car hire company in Portugal?

Based on over 104,851 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Portugal Is Europcar who score on average 7.2/10 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 24 car hire companies and 297 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Portugal?

Current fuel prices in Portugal are €2.064/ltr for petrol and €1.797/ltr for diesel as of 6 June 2022, it’ll cost on average €83 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €72 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?

Cael is the cheapest car hire company in Portugal offering a (mini) class car such as the Smart Fortwo for as little as €385.00 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Portugal?

The most popular car hire category in Portugal is the Renault Megane Estate available from 8 car hire companies in over 91 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