Car rental in Portugal

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Best destination

If you are planning for a holiday in Europe and have a low budget then the best place to visit is Portugal as it is one of the cheapest countries of Europe for accommodation and food. Furthermore, an icing to the cake would be to rent a car during your trip as that would be very cheap in comparison to other modes of transport. Don’t believe me? Well, then you should read this article till the end!

Budget friendly

Is it worth renting a car? 
Absolutely, because we offer innumerable car rental options so you can choose one as per your preferences and budget. You can make the most of your road trip itinerary by visiting those places where public transportation like buses and trains are not available. Some of these places are the Serra da Estrela mountain range and several hidden beaches in Algarve.

Convenient and cheap

To discover some of the most attractive places of Portugal, you will need at least two weeks travel time. The best way to explore this mesmerizing South European country is by using Auto Jardim and getting a proper car rental in Portugal as it is the most convenient and comfortable option. This country is inexpensive in comparison to the rest of Europe, so finding a cheap car hire will not be difficult. Moreover, Auto Jardim will always be available for help.

Many choices

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Using Auto Jardim, you can choose a minivan, compact car, SUV, luxury car, even rent a van, etc. depending on your requirements and budget. Ensure that you collect the “blue zone” parking disc for free of charge from the local motor club offices so that you can park your car without any worries. If you book your car in advance then you will be able to acquire cheap car hire deals too. Start making wonderful memories throughout your drive!

How to get started with car rental?

Step 1 - Confirmation

Once you select and book a car using our search or button, you will receive a conformation mail instantly to the email address that has been provided. In case, the car hire company is not confirming the availability of the requested car then you will receive an email regarding this and temporarily block the money on your payment card. Once the car has been confirmed, payment will be accepted and email will be sent with all details. Until the car is confirmed and booked, you can cancel booking at any time.
As soon as the car is booked, you need to deposit certain amount to cover liability charges, fuel, etc. For making the deposit, you should present a valid credit card with available funds, which is in your name. When you return the car, the deposit will be refunded to the same credit card in accordance with the fuel and renting policy.

Step 2 - Pick up

Some car hire companies do not offer 24-hours rental services. So, if you are booking a pick-up car service from Portugal airport during the non-working hours, then you will receive an email at the time of booking. Mostly, car hire companies provide such services for an additional fee. Also, if your flight has been delayed due to some reasons, you might be charged extra for it. Also, the counter staff may refuse to hand over the car to you if you do not arrive on time, do not provide valid documents, are not eligible to rent the car, and do not provide credit card details.

Step 3 - Drop off

At the time of booking, you will be charged for a 24-hour period. 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. Extra items like child seats, roof racks, etc. can be easily selected. However, please note that such items will be charged additionally depending on the car hire company’s policies. Late drop-offs will also be charged extra. So, it is advisable to always stick to the pick-up and drop-off timings that are mentioned on your eVoucher. In case, you are dropping the car early or picking it up late then you will not receive any refund for the same.
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Things you should know

Peak Season

What are the top 5 locations in Portugal?


Capital of Algarve region, Faro is a coastal town where you can enjoy lots of sunshine, sea-food, beaches, and pristine golden sand. The easiest way to go beach hopping is by finding car rental Faro. If your flight is landing in Faro airport then you should rent a car and take it from Faro to have a convenient trip from airport to the hotel and then to the beaches.


Lisbon is the city where you can enjoy the nightlife of Portugal and admire its beautiful architecture in daytime. The best way to explore the place is by doing car rental Lisbon. The car will let you explore the entire area at your pace and within your budget. Few must visit attractions of Lisbon are St. George’s Castle, Torre de Belem monument, and its collection of stunning beaches.


Your trip to Portugal will be incomplete if you do not add Albufeira to your itinerary. Famous for its wonderful weather, stunning beaches, cobbled streets, and traditional houses, Albufeira can be best explored by renting a car. Car rental Albufeira will make it simpler for you to visit its clubs, beaches, bars, and endless restaurants.


Surrounded with spectacular villas, museums, and forts, Cascais shows the real architectural grandeur of Portugal. To discover this amazing holiday destination to its fullest, you should car hire Cascais. By renting a car, you can easily access its many traditional streets, historical areas, restaurants, and beaches.


Azores is a group of nine calm and untouched islands, which are located far away from mainland Portugal. Traveling through these islands by renting a car is the best option as you will not find heavy traffic on the roads. Car rental Azores will let you discover these islands properly and peacefully.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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
All of the Portugal car rental companies have similar rates, however if you rent a car in advance using our site, you will have a much better price. And don't worry we will compare all the companies to get you the best rate.
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)
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.
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.
Camper van hire Portugal starting price is 65 $ / day, however people carriers starting price is 50 $ / day.
On average a rental car in Portugal costs $175 per week ($25 per day)
On average car hire costs $800 per month ($26 per day)
The price for one liter of petrol now reaches up to 2.2$ or 2 Eur. You should look the price here, for latest information.
Absolutely, just use our Auto-jardim Portugal offer to get the best car and price here.
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$.
On average it is 7-10 days. However, there are people who are renting cars just for a few days or even a full month!
Just like in other Western Europe countries the most booked car type in Portugal is Compact (Volkswagen Golf or Toyota Yaris etc.)
On average a rental car in Portugal costs $25 per day, however there are much cheaper and more expensive options
If you cancel after the free-cancellation period (which is quite long), you will be charged a cancellation fee. So you'll receive a refund any time, just the fee will be different closer to the car pickup date. The fee should be explained in the car's terms.
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 in 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

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