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Car Rental Portugal

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Portugal

Portugal is one of the top holiday destinations in Europe, and hiring a car can really help you get around more quickly and conveniently, giving you an easy way to get from the beach or your hotel to a variety of tourist hot spots.

Hertz Car Rental has more than 60 branches throughout Portugal, with many in major cities such as Lisbon, at airports and in major resorts including Albufeira and Faro. So whether you want to head off on a few days out or simply get from the airport to your hotel, Hertz Car Rental makes it really easy.

Rules and regulations for driving in Portugal

You should bear in mind the following rules when driving in Portugal in order to stay safe and enjoy driving:

• Drive on the right, overtake on the left.
• It is not permitted to turn right on a red light.
• Everyone within a vehicle must wear a seatbelt.
• Even a single drink in Portugal can take you over the limit, as there is a low blood alcohol limit and compliance is strictly enforced.
• Speed limits are enforced by radar traps in unmarked police cars so be aware of any changes to the speed limit.
• If you break down, you should put out a warning triangle to notify other drivers, and wear a reflective jacket if you are trying to repair your car.
• The green lanes on the motorway are exclusively for drivers with an automatic toll collection device.
• You can be fined €600 for using a mobile phone while driving.
• There is a fine of €300 for throwing litter from your car.

 

Driving in and around Portugal

Special attractions

Petrol heads should definitely schedule in a visit to the Autódromo Internacional Algarve, where you can watch races, try your hand at go karting, visit the off-road park or enroll in the racing school. With a range of courses and track days to choose from, it’s the perfect day out for car lovers.

If you fancy something of a driving holiday, Portugal is home to some classic road trips. One of the best is the route from Porto to Faro along the Atlantic Coast takes in some amazing surf spots and resorts.

Quick information

Minimum car rental age: To rent a car from most vehicle groups, you need to be at least 25 years old in Portugal, with the following exceptions:
• You need to be at least 26 to rent Group R6 (BMW R 1200 GS or similar), Y6 (BMW F 700 GS or similar) or Z6 (BMW R1200 RT or similar.)
• You have to be 30 years or older to rent from Group A6 (BMW X3 or similar), B6 (Mercedes E220 or similar), C6 (BMW 420d or similar), E6 (BMW 50 Touring GPS or similar), F (Mercedes C220 or similar), F6 (Mercedes S350 or similar), G6 (BMW X5 xDrive or similar) or H6 (Porsche 911 Carrera Cabrio or similar).

Average speed limits: The average speed limit in Portugal is 50km/h in towns and built-up areas, and 120km/h on motorways.

• Toll roads and costs: Many motorways in Portugal incur tolls. Hertz can provide you with an electronic toll tag for an additional charge of €1.85 per day (up to €18.45). We will then pay the toll fees on your behalf so you don’t have to worry. Otherwise you will need to pay at the toll booth, or at a post office or payshop.

Required documents:

You will need to supply to following documents to rent a car in Portugal:
• EU citizens will require a copy of their passport and driver’s licence, which should have been held for at least one year. If you are renting a premium car (Groups A6, B6, C6, E6, F, F6, G6 or H6) you should have held your licence for at least two years.
• Renters with a UK driver’s licence (excluding Northern Ireland) will need to provide a print out of their Licence Summary. Hertz will view this as valid for 30 days from the date generated.
• Non-EU citizens should be able to show the same documents, as well as an International Driving Permit (IDP).
• Customers with driving licences issued by the People’s Republic of China who wish to rent a car in Portugal must also have an official Hertz Certification Form issued by Hertz China on Hertz notepaper with a Hertz China Corporate Seal.
• For renters who hold a driver’s licence issued in Vietnam, you will also need to show an authorised translation that has been approved by the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport in order to rent a car in Portugal.

• Refuelling at petrol stations: It’s easy to find petrol stations in Portugal, with many open long hours or even 24 hours.

• Travelling with children: Child seats in Portugal are mandatory for children up to 12 years or 150cm in height. Hertz offer child seats to rent for an additional charge.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.