Car hire Portugal

Cheap Car Hire Portugal

There’s no doubt about it, Portugal is rich… rich in sunshine! When it comes to sunshine, this country has almost 3000 hours per year; not to mention 850km of beautiful sandy beaches to enjoy them on. This alone is a rather strong reason for investing in some cheap car hire, Portugal style; and exploring the spectacularly sunny landscape! 

Of course, there’s more to Portugal than just its golden shorelines. The country has a wealth of fascinating historical cities; and choosing economy car hire Portugal enables you to explore as many or as few as you wish. The capital city of Lisbon, located on the banks of the River Tejo, is an obvious favourite with visitors; as are the cities of Porto, Nova de Gaia, Matosinhos, Braga, Cascais, Coimbra, Guimaraes, Setúbal, Maia, Gondomar, Funchal, Viana do Castelo, Leiria, Viseu, Aveiro, Sintra, Ponta Delgada, Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde, Loulé, Évora, Faro, Portimao, Castelo Branco, Vila Real, Bragança, Covilha, Lagos, Alenquer etc.

Economy car hire Portugal – Driving facts

If you’re planning to invest in economy car hire Portugal, it’s important to know the local rules of the road. All vehicles must drive on the right-hand side, and it’s imperative that you and your passengers wear seat belts at all times. As with most other European countries, it’s also against the law to use your mobile phone when you’re driving, unless you have hands-free equipment or a special earphone. 

If you’re planning to choose cheap car hire Portugal, you’ll need the following documents in your car at all times: 

  • Personal ID
  • Driving license
  • Motor insurance certificate
  • Vehicle registration or equivalent
  • Vehicle logbook (livrete – Portuguese) or equivalent

Other handy driving information

On certain motorways in the country, it’s likely that you may have to pay a toll. The sign for the motorway is ‘A’; for example ‘A15’ or ‘A16’. The speed limits for cars (without a trailer) and motorcycles is as follows: 

  • 50 kph - in built-up areas
  • 90 kph - on normal roads
  • 100 kph - on roads restricted to motor vehicles
  • 120 kph - on motorways


If you’re booking cheap car hire Portugal and you encounter any problems on the road, you may need to use a telephone. The telephone code of Portugal is 351. This means that, if you call a Portuguese telephone number, you have to dial the international access code 00; then the country code 351 and finally the number you require. In the country there are many public telephone boxes for you to use. You can pay for phone calls with either coins or a card. Card can be bought at post offices, some kiosks and news-stands.

The rules on smoking

Since 1 January 2008, smoking is now prohibited in enclosed public spaces (government buildings, work places, public transport, healthcare establishments, laboratories and pharmacies, schools and other educational establishments, indoor sports facilities, museums, shops selling food and drink, indoor car parks, concert and theatre halls, libraries, hotels, and service stations). In some restaurants, bars and discotheques you may find an assigned smoking area, where you are permitted to smoke.


The official currency in Portugal is euro (€).


When you’re choosing economy car hire, Portugal, it’s a good idea to be aware of public holidays, as this can have an effect on the levels of traffic on the roads. Here’s a helpful list of the major holidays throughout the year. 

  • New Year’s Day - 1 January
  • Freedom Day - 25 April
  • Worker’s Day - 1 May
  • Portugal Day - 10 June
  • Feast of the Assumption - 15 August
  • Immaculate Conception - 8 December
  • Christmas Day - 25 December
  • Moveable public holidays: Good Friday

Public safety

For the most part, Portugal is a safe place to explore. However, as with any location, there are opportunist thieves; and pick-pocketing can be an issue in tourist areas and on public transport. 

Car Hire Portugal

Hiring a car in Portugal is an excellent way to explore the country, and experience the best of what the cities and countryside has to offer. If you’d like further details on economy car hire, Portugal; simply get in contact with the Papa Car team today. 


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