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.
To rent a car in Portugal, you just need an EU driving licence.
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.
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.