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    Portugal Car Rental FAQs

    Your Portugal Car Rental Questions Answered

    With over 60 years of experience and more than 20,000 car rental locations in Portugal and around the world, Auto Europe is equipped to answer all of your Portugal car rental questions. If you have a question that we haven't answered here please call us toll-free at 1-888-223-5555 and one of our award-winning representatives will be happy to help.

    What type of car is best for vacationing in Portugal?

    The answer to this really depends on how you plan to spend your time in Portugal, and how many people you're traveling with. If you plan on spending most of your time in a major city, it may be best to stick with a compact or mid-sized vehicle. If you're planning on taking long day trips and exploring a variety of locales, then a full-size or luxury car may be a better choice. If experiencing Portugal's beautiful natural landscapes is one of your highest priorities, renting a motorhome, or even a sprinter van rental is an excellent choice.

    Will I take possession of my rental at the airport?

    Most rental car companies have desks within airport terminals, but this may not always be the case. Inquire with Auto Europe for details about picking up and dropping off your rental vehicle at the Lisbon Portela Airport or elsewhere in Portugal.

    How old do I have to be to rent a car in Portugal?

    In order to rent a car in Portugal, you must be at least 21 years of age. However, be aware that drivers under 25 years of age may be subject to a young driver fee.

    Do I need a credit card to rent a car?

    Yes. Credit cards are required to rent vehicles in Portugal. Rental companies will typically place a hold on the value of the deductible for the vehicle that you select, and this will be refunded after the car is returned.

    Can I take my rental vehicle outside Portugal?

    Most car rental companies allow renters to travel to other European cities without any additional charges, but certain restrictions may apply. For example, it may not be possible to take a luxury vehicle to Italy, or to travel to certain Eastern European countries. For specifics, contact Auto Europe.

    Do I have to return my rental car to the same location?

    This is not necessarily the case. Many rental companies will allow you to return your rental car to their locations in European cities outside Portugal, but be aware that one-way rental fees may apply. More information is available on our one-way car rental page.

    Do I need GPS while driving in Portugal?

    Auto Europe offers GPS rentals, and while they're certainly not required, many drivers find that renting a GPS unit makes their visit to Portugal much more enjoyable. GPS rentals include maps for the country in which the rental originates. Additional maps are typically available for a nominal fee.

    Can I extend my car rental while I'm in Portugal?

    Yes. If you'd like to keep your car for additional days, simply contact Auto Europe at 00-800-223-5555-5, and we'll arrange to have your rental extended.

    What should I do with my paperwork?

    We recommend that you keep any paperwork you receive with your rental car and your fuel receipts securely stored in a convenient location. Having your paperwork handy may make it easier for us to assist you if you have any questions while driving in Portugal.

    What if I find a better deal on a rental car in Portugal?

    Auto Europe offers a best-rate guarantee. If you find a lower rate for a comparable rental, simply complete our Guaranteed Best Rate form, and we'll beat it.

    What kind of insurance do I need?

    All of our Portuguese car rental rates include unlimited liability and fire insurance. You may also want to consider purchasing supplemental insurance, such as collision damage waiver, or personal bodily injury insurance. More information is available on our Portugal car rental insurance page.


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