Car Hire from airports and cities including the following main locations; Lisbon, Faro, Porto, Lagos. The Car Hire Group also provide car rental from smaller towns simply click on the image above to start.
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Booking & receiving your car hire voucher
Ordering your rental car is simple, just enter your car hire pick up & drop off locations, your dates and click the "Click to Quote" button. You will be shown several groups of cars all you have to do is select the group you're interested in. From here you will be shown all hire cars in that group along with the price for your rental period in GBP£. When you finally select the car you are interested in renting you will be then shown several options to the rental such as extra (baby seats, roofracks. cancellation cover etc..), just select any you require and continue. You will then be required to enter your own details such as address, flight number if required etc.. and finally you will be asked to enter your credit card details to pay securely online. You will receive your car rental voucher via email immediately with your unique booking reference number and all other booking details. If your car hire start date is sooner than this then don't worry we will be in touch via telephone to arrange safe and speedy receipt of your rental voucher. If you have any questions etc.. regarding your booking or any other aspect of our car rental site then please call our dedicated call centre helpline on 0800 358 1229 quoting Ref : 72004514 .
When you receive your voucher it will give full details of which fleet provider has been used and exact details of how and where to find their desk.
Driving in Portugal Giving way and priorities
You drive on the right side of the road in Portugal Except when otherwise indicated all vehicles approaching from the right have priority Roundabouts The driver already on a roundabout normally has the right of way Seat belts Safety-belts are compulsory in all circumstances. Crash helmets on motorcycles is compulsory.
Drink-driving Drinking and driving is severely controlled and limited to a restriction of 0.5 g/l - penalties are severe. The police have a zero-tolerance policy.
Speed limits Unless otherwise indicated urban limit is 50 km/h Rural roads other than those zones indicated are limited to 90 km/h Motorways are limited to 120 km/h Speed radar traps are quite common in Portugal, as are spot checks. Portugal has one of the highest rates of automobile accidents and fatalities in Europe. Portuguese driving habits, high speeds, and poorly marked roads pose special hazards. In continental Portugal, fines for traffic violations are substantial and usually must be paid on the spot. In the Azores, driving can be treacherous due to narrow cobblestone streets, blind curves, unprotected embankments, herds of cows in the countryside roads, and the high speeds of other drivers. In contrast to the continent, traffic violations are registered by radar and later forwarded to the offender via the postal service - payments are not made on the spot. Taxis do not have meters. The fare consists of a base fee plus a posted rate per kilometer traveled. Public buses are inexpensive. Bus services begin at 7 a.m. and generally operate until 8 p.m. depending on the destination. U.S. visitors to Portugal may drive with a valid U.S. driver's license for up to six months. For international driving permits, please contact AAA in the U.S. at tel. 1-800-222-4357. For specific information concerning Portuguese driver's permits, vehicle inspection and mandatory insurance, please contact the Portuguese National Tourist Office by telephone at 1-800-767-8842 or via the Internet at http://www.portugal.org.
If you break down If you break down or get a puncture you should move your vehicle as far out of the way as possible and then put your hazard triangle 50m. up the road. If you have to leave the car to find a telephone and the car is off the carriageway you might put the triangle in the back window to save it from being stolen. Unlike the UK, stranded women motorists in Portugal generally do not consider themselves at risk. Most roads have a hard shoulder if you break down.
Someones personal experience of driving in Portugal
Portugese drivers are usually in a hurry and although they don't have as many motorways as Britain, they pretend to. The roads in portugal are often bumpy with the occasional cave for the shocking upper-cut to the suspension. Travelling by day you'll have a wonderful tour of the Portugese way of life, as you drift through villages slower than walking pace. After a few days of this we vowed only to drive at night to avoid the awful traffic congestion problem, which invariably led to us getting completely lost. Signposts worthy of the Krypton Factor now have me believing, contrary to Roman belief, that actually all roads lead to LISBOA. Get a good map. Alternatively use the expensive "Peage" motorways for swifter journeys chomping up the landscape. Fuel costs can be as much as twenty percent cheaper than Britain!
Helpful Information:Portuguese National Tourist Office by telephone at 1-800-767-8842 or via the Internet at http://www.portugal.org
Frequently Asked Questions:
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The Car Hire Group:Our aim is simple - to provide all inclusive comprehensive airport car rental in Portugal. Along side this we also aim to provide anybody wanting to rent a hire car a hands on helpful approach and to ensure all questions relating to rentals are answered.