Europcar in Portugal
Regularly topping travel polls over the last couple of years, Portugal is a multifaceted country to visit. While beach and golf breaks in the Algarve like Faro or Lagos are still popular during the high summer months, cities like Porto and Lisbon are fashionable city break options. With small distance between town and touristic landmarks, there’s never been a better time to visit Portugal by car. Choose Europcar for your Portugal car rental to uncover the layers behind this vibrant destination.
Europcar has 88 rental stations across Portugal where you can pick up your car or van. Among the most frequented locations are Lisbon Airport, Faro, Porto Airport, as well as Ponta Delgada - a stunning island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.
Europcar car rental specific offers and benefits in Portugal
To get the most out of your car rental, you can get access to multiple benefits when you rent a car in Portugal with Europcar.
The Portuguese coastline is made for traveling in style. Through Selection luxury car hire customers can have a vacation with the latest models. Decided on a BMX X6 or Mercedes AMG GT?
Europcar Privilege Program is our free international loyalty scheme, with four tier levels: Privilege Club, Privilege Executive, Privilege Elite and Privilege Elite VIP. Our loyalty program will enable you to earn rewards by renting with us in over 140 countries worldwide. Privilege membership allows you to get a free weekend rental once 3 car hires are made on public rates.
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Driving in Portugal
In Portugal, cars drive on the right hand side of the road and pass on the left. Passing on the right can incur immediate and heavy fines.
To rent a car in Portugal, you just need a US driver’s license.
Be aware that when you pay for gas using a credit card, there’s often a €0.50 charge.
The national speed limit is 120 km/h on autoestradas (freeways), 90 km/h on main roads and 50 km/h in urban areas. If you get caught committing a driving offense, 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 streetcars 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 disk from police stations, otherwise you can pay using a public machine.