Car Hire in Faro, Portugal

Car Hire in Faro, Portugal


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Rent a car in Faro with Europcar

The capital of the Algarve, Faro is often dismissed as a town for golfing and little else. But there is a lot that deserves a look in Faro. Bars serving up fine cocktails, restaurants offering plates of authentic Portuguese food, unique museums, plus a thriving student population keeps the nightlife buzzing.

Car hire in Faro allows you to discover the lagoons and islands in Ria Formosa Natural Park which span 60 kilometres along the coastline. Plus, enviable beaches with golden sands and awesome rock formations are best navigated by car.


The Europcar car rental experience in Faro

You can pick up your Faro car hire from two Europcar stations. One at Faro Airport and another at the Montenegro shuttle service in the airport.

Looking for something small to navigate the city in? Our fleet has numerous options for economy car hire, including the popular Fiat 500 and Renault Twingo. Larger groups and families can turn to the Nissan Qashqai and Mercedes Classe-A to travel in comfort and style.

Moving heavier loads? Europcar Faro also offers a large selection of van hire, with small and large models. Plus, Europcar gives you freedom to plan travel the way you want, which is why both car hire and van hire is available on a short or long-term basis.


Driving in Faro

In addition to your a valid driver’s licence from your home country, it is a good idea to have your photo ID or passport on you at all times when driving.

In Portugal, the national speed limits vary. In urban areas and towns like Faro, the speed limit is 50 km/h but this can change. On rural roads it is 90 km/h and 120 km/h across motorways. Speed limits around residential areas and schools are likely to lower to 40 km/h.

There is no parking available in the historic centre of Faro. One of the largest car parks in the country is in Faro. Estacionamento Pontinha-Faro has 600 spaces, over three levels and has eased a lot of traffic around the city centre. The car park is open 24/7.

There are several toll roads in Portugal, which can be paid with cash, credit/debit cards or an electronic system. There are several types of electronic tolls: Easy Toll, Toll Card, Toll Service and Via Verde Visitors. Via Verde and Easy Toll. Easy Toll is connected to your credit card and automatically charges when you pass through, Toll Card and Toll Service work using pre-paid vouchers, and Via Verde is a wireless device.


Discover Faro and surroundings by car

This coastline position means you should make the most of other attractions in the Algarve. They do not come bigger and better than Lagos with its dramatic Ponta da Piedade (only reachable by car or on foot), café-lined piazzas, and hedonistic nightlife. You can get to Lagos with the comfort of your hire car in an hour.

Around 17 kilometres by car from Faro, is Loulé; a big inland town with a charming historic quarter, Moorish castle ruins, and a Roman history. Artisanal traditions still exist in the form of several small textile boutiques and copper workshops to browse.  

Faro is also close to the Spanish border, with Seville (200 kilometres) two hours by car. 

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Visit Pego do Inferno waterfall

A well-kept secret, Pego do Inferno (Hell’s Pool) is a hidden waterfall in Tavira, just over half an hour from Faro centre. Named so due to a legend of a carriage that once fell in and was never recovered, locals said that anyone falling in the waters would go to hell. Once you arrive at the site, there is a walk to the waterfall. To refuel there is a small café at Pego do Inferno. This unique Faro attraction isn’t accessible without the help of a hire car.

Things to see in Faro

With bars playing live music, homely Portuguese tavernas, organic vegetarian restaurants, and pastelarias (bakeries) serving up those classic custard tarts, Faro knows how to eat and drink well. For sightseeing, there are two masterpieces. The Sé, completed in 1251 but rebuilt following the earthquake of 1755. What is left is a mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque features, plus some great views of the coast from the top. The double-toured Baroque church is noted for its fancy white and yellow facade and the Capela dos Ossos that lives within. Translating as Chapel of Bones, it is entirely made from the skull and bones of more than 1,000 Carmelite monks. Creepy, but mind-blowing. 

Visit the Municipal Museum

Faro’s city museum offers a glimpse at the past with its huge collection of treasures. Housed inside an impressive 16th century Renaissance building, visitors will see everything from 3rd century mosaics to domestic Islamic artefacts dating back to the 9th century. Works by local notable artist, Carlos Filipe Porfírio, are also on display, along with large rocks and plinths. Discover it all when you hire a car in Faro.