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When you book through Auto Jardim, you can ensure you have an easy and hassle-free experience each and every time. We work with top car hire companies in Portugal, such as Hertz, Dollar, and Avis, to offer you one of the widest ranges of vehicles online today.

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Your low-cost car rental in Portugal offers you the freedom and flexibility you need to get around this beautiful city. Enjoy exploring Lisbon and Faro, or head off the beaten track to see parts of the country that wouldn’t be possible to reach without your own vehicle. Book cheap car hire in Portugal today through our site to start your adventure!

Hassle free booking

Once you book a car you will receive a conformation email that the car is successfuly booked.
Some car hire companies may need you to deposit certain amount which you'll get back later.

Convenient pick up

Arrive on time and get the car from the pick up location you chose. Some car hire companies do not offer 24-hours rental services, however if the flight is being delayed most of the companies know that and figure out a way to hand out a car for you.

Convenient Drop Off

In case, you wish to extend the time after picking up the car, then you will have to pay additional fees to the car hiring company. Otherwise simply go back to the drop-off point and give back the car. If it's away from the airport most of the car rental companies drive you back to the airport.

Affordable Traveling

Once you find the cheapest car hire in Portugal on our site, you’ll also find that accommodation and dining out are very competitively priced here. Hiring a car offers you a cheap and easy way to get around while also enjoying full flexibility to go to the places you want without any fixed timetable.

Top things to know in Portugal


You’ll no doubt need to park your rental car in Portugal when you are out and about for the day. Look out for blue zone parking when you are in the towns you are visiting, which require you to have a parking disc to use. These can be picked up from the local police station or motor club.

Crossing the border

Many of the customers who find cheap car rental options in Portugal on our site consider using their vehicle for a European road trip. If you want to cross the border, you need to make sure you tell the car rental agency ahead of your trip.

Many of the companies we partner with will charge a small fee which will allow you to cross over to other European destinations, including Spain, France, Great Britain, and Germany. Of course, there’s plenty to do and see in Portugal, such as travel from Lisbon to Cascais and Sintra for one of our top days out.

Required documents

You will require an EU valid license and International Driver Permit to drive in Portugal.

Always carry the vehicle registration documents, third party insurance papers, your passport, driver's permit, and license while driving.

Also, driving is on the right side of the road. You will come across some roads with tolls, so ensure that your rented car has an Emovis tag. This tag will let you pay your motorway toll without stopping at the toll plazas.
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Car hire with Children

Are you visiting Portugal with your kids this summer? If so, make sure you remain in compliance with their laws surrounding cars and children. Children under 12 and those who are less than 5 ft in height will need to be sat in the back of the car with a child restraint.

Younger children under the age of three can sit in a car seat in the front of your vehicle, but you’ll need to disable the airbag. Make sure you add a car seat to your booking from the agency you use so that your child is safe and secure on your adventures.

Best Season

July and August are the peak touristy season of Portugal.

So, if you want to avoid the crowds and traffic, you should plan a road trip in the month of May or October.

Depending on the number of travel days, you should choose your destinations wisely.

Driving in Portugal

Driving in Portugal is easy as most of the roads are well-maintained.

Always carry a road map and GPS so that you reach your destination safely.

However, some villages on hills will have narrow roads. So, it is advisable to park your vehicle outside and explore on foot.

In case of an accident, call 112.

What are the road rules in Portugal?

  • You should be at least 18 years old, and should never drink and drive.

  • Seatbelts are compulsory and it is illegal to overtake on the right in free-flowing traffic.

  • Using headphones is illegal and you can use your phone only with hand-free system.

  • Keep an eye on the traffic signs that are located on the side or top of the road.

  • Follow them accurately so that the traffic can proceed safely and smoothly.

  • The national speed limits are 50km/h in residential areas, 90km/h on rural areas, and 120 km/h on highways.

  • If the weather conditions are bad, then you should reduce your speed considerably.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find the most frequently asked questions, so you don't have to look anywhere else for the right answers.
  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Portugal?

    It costs from 5$ to up to 100$ for a bigger car such as van or luxury one. Generaly it is not expensive to rent a car in Portugal even for a week or two.

  • What is the cheapest car hire in Portugal?

    In the winter when booking in advance you may find cheapest car hire for 1 £ or 1$ per day

  • What is the maximum speed limit in Portugal?

    In built-up areas 50 km/h (31 mph) Outside built-up areas 90 km/h (55 mph) or 100 km/h (62 mph) On motorways (maximum) 120 km/h (74 mph) On motorways (minimum) 50 km/h (31 mph)

  • What is the price of fuel in Portugal?

    The price for one liter of petrol now reaches up to 2£ or 2$.

  • How can you help me find the right car for rent?

    Absolutely, just use our Auto-jardim CTA button to get the best car and price.

  • Can I do a one-way rental from Portugal to Spain and vice versa?

    Most rental companies in Spain and Portugal will let you take their cars across the border. However, the price can be a bit bigger starting from 10$ a day.

  • How much is the average car rental duration in Portugal?

    On average it is 7-10 days.

  • Is it possible to do one way car hire in Portugal to another country?

    Absolutely! It's pretty common as well as convenient.

    Here are the most popular one-way car hire options for pickup in Portugal and drop-off in another country. You can also do that vice-vera:

    • From Portugal to Spain - from 40$ per day

    • From Portugal to Germany - from 130$ per day

    • From Portugal to Italy - from 130$ per day

    • From Portugal to France - from 130$ per day

    • From Spain to Portugal - from 40$ per day

    • From Germany to Portugal - from 130$ per day

    • From Italy to Portugal - from 130$ per day

    • From France to Portugal - from 130$ per day

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Portugal?

    The minimum age to rent a car in Portugal is 18 years old. The maximum rental age is 80 years old. However most of the companies require at least 1 year of driving experience.

  • Can I book now and pay later for my rented car?

    If you want this option you can easily do that, just make sure you use a valid credit card for the reservation. This is normal and many people do this practice as this is the most flexible option.

  • How much does it cost to hire a camper van and a people carrier van in Portugal?

    Camper van hire Portugal starting price is 65 $ / day, however people carriers starting price is 50 $ / day.

  • What is the cost for a week-long affordable car hire in Portugal?

    On average a rental car in Portugal costs $175 per week ($25 per day)

  • What is the cost for a month-long car hire in Portugal?

    On average car hire costs $800 per month ($26 per day)

  • What is the most booked car rental type in Portugal?

    Just like in other Western Europe countries the most booked car type in Portugal is Compact (Volkswagen Golf or Toyota Yaris etc.)

  • What is the average daily price for a car hire in Portugal?

    On average a rented car in Portugal costs $25 per day, however there are much cheaper and more expensive options

  • Can you hire a car in Portugal with a UK licence?

    Since 1st January 2021, if you have paper-style UK driving license, you may need an International Driving Permit to hire a car in Portugal. Also you do not need an IDP to drive here for periods up to 6 months.

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