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Car Hire in Portugal


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Europcar in Portugal

Regularly topping travel polls, Portugal is a multifaceted country to visit. While beach and golf breaks in the Algarve are still popular during the high summer months, cities like Porto and Lisbon are fashionable city break options. With this new wave of tourism into the country, there’s never been a better time to visit Portugal by car. Choose Europcar for your Portugal car hire to uncover the layers behind this vibrant holiday destination. 

Europcar has 88 rental stations across Portugal where you can pick up your hire car or van. Among the most frequented locations are Lisbon, Faro, Porto, as well as Ponta Delgada - a stunning island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.

Europcar car hire specific offers and benefits in Portugal

To get the most out of your car rental, you can get access to the multiple benefits when you hire a car in Portugal with Europcar.

The Portuguese coastline is made for travelling in style. Through Selection luxury car hire customers can have a holiday with the latest models. Decided on a BMW or Mercedes? You can also enjoy fantastic rates on the latest Selection models in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

Maximise precious holiday time with Online Check-In. By filling in your documents and credit card details beforehand, you can save valuable time at the check-in desk. Just a signature or two, and you’ll be on your way. 

Europcar Privilege programme is our free international loyalty scheme, with four tier levels: Privilege Club, Privilege Executive, Privilege Elite and Privilege Elite VIP. Our loyalty programme will enable you to earn rewards by renting with us in over 140 countries worldwide. Privilege membership allow you to get a free weekend hire once 3 car hires are made on public rates.

Driving in Portugal

In Portugal, cars drive on the right hand side of the road and overtake on the left. Overtaking on the right can incur immediate and heavy fines. Be aware that when you pay for petrol using a credit card, there’s often a €0.50 charge.

The national speed limit is 120 km/h on motorways, 90 km/h on main roads and 50 km/h in urban areas. If you get caught committing a driving offence, you will get an on-the-spot fine. Remember to keep your passport with you when you drive, as the police often check the ID of foreign drivers. To rent a car in Portugal, you just need an EU driving licence.

Where there are trams on the road, make sure to give way for passengers getting on and off. 

Parking spaces in Portugal are indicated by blue road markings. For some paid parking zones, you need to obtain a blue parking disc from police stations, otherwise you can pay using a public machine.

Vehicle hire in Portugal

Europcar Portugal makes car or van hire stress-free, whether you are looking for a smaller rental like a Renault Twingo or Fiat 500 or to van hire with a Mercedes Vito. Or perhaps a class above, in one of our luxury models: our fleet includes Audi A3 Cabrio and Volvo XC90.

What not to miss while driving in Portugal

Bordered with Spain and the Atlantic Ocean in southwestern Europe, Portugal is a melting pot of different cultures that have influenced the country over the last millennia. Specific strains of Baroque and Gothic architecture have given the country spectacular buildings including, the Santa Maria de Alcobaça monastery, Lisbon’s Palácio Nacional de Sintra and the Jardim do Palácio de Cristal - enchanting botanical gardens with an unrivalled view of Porto. Major cities have a thriving food and drink scene with Michelin-starred restaurants and food markets like the Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon.

We are proud to be European leaders in car rental. To find out more about the Europcar car hire experience, be sure to visit our car rental page!

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Car and van hire at Portugal is made easy with Europcar.

Friendly service, new cars and low prices are part of our every day offer. Whether you are hiring a car for business or pleasure, or you need a car or van, Europcar has the right hire car at Portugal for you.

Europcar is looking forward to serving you at its car hire branch: Portugal. Remember to always bring your driving license, valid credit card and additional proof of identity (such as a passport if you are hiring abroad).

Europcar’s Green Programme: At Europcar, we understand the environmental impact of car hire. That’s why we have wholeheartedly embraced a sustainable development programme and are proud to be the first car hire company at Portugal with certified commitments.