Lisbon Airport is serviced by seven car hire companies, allowing visitors to this beautiful hilly city on the southern coast of Portugal to choose from some of the most reputable names on the car rental market. The benefits of hiring a car here are numerous, not least the chance to cruise along the glistening Portuguese coastline in comfort – and perhaps even a touch of style too, if your budget can stretch to it.
Red tiled rooftops in Lisbon (Photo: Svetlana Cekic via Flickr)
Car hire at Lisbon Airport is available from Europcar, Avis, Budget, Guerin,, Enterprise, Hertz and Goldcar. All of these company’s desks are open from 6am until 1am every day, and can be found in the airport terminal’s arrivals area. Turn right when you come through customs and you’ll find them at the far end of the hall. The queues never tend to get too busy, so you should be able to pick up your car in no time at all. Just be sure to have your passport, driver’s license and a form of ID to hand to speed up the process.
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To help visitors to Lisbon choose the hire car company that’s best for them and their needs, we’ve put our heads together at TravelMag.com to come up with our top recommendations. To reach our verdicts, we did a number of searches across several dates and durations of stay and scoured the results for the best deals. We’ve split our findings into a few categories – Best value, Best for Families and Best for luxury cars – so that all bases are covered. After your trip, we’d love whether you found our advice useful!
Guerin’s fleet of cheap cars is excellent, with basic but comfortable vehicles including a Peugeot 107 and Seat Ibiza available for around £130 for a week’ stay – even during busy popular periods of the year. Previous customers have also left consistently good reviews on the quality of their cars as well as the general level of service. And for extra convenience Guerin also offer access to a key-box for drop-offs, so you can bring your car back at any time of day.
Europcar claim to have the biggest fleet with the biggest variety of vehicles in Portugal – but it is their selection of large, family-sized cars that really caught the eye during our research. The Renault Megane Estate and the Ford Focus Estate – both providing exceptional boot space and passenger comfort – are ideal for those travelling with kids and the extra luggage that entails. Europcar offer a choice of daily, weekly, monthly, short and long term car hire.
To experience Portugal’s southern coast in utmost style, you might want to consider upping the budget for a luxury car hire. Hertz offer a superb range of high-end sedans and sports cars, including the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 4-Series and the Ford Mustang Cabrio. For something truly extravagant, how about cruising along in a Porsche 911 Carrera? But be warned, this iconic car comes with a serious price tag. Hertz also have a policy of no cancellation or amendment fees and come with a best price guarantee, meaning they’ll refund the difference if you find a better rate for the same car.