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Things to be Consider Hiring a Car at Lisbon Airport?

The most important thing to do before driving away your car is to give it a thorough inspection for any pre-existing damage. You need to be rigourous in doing this at Lisbon as the cars are kept in a covered area that is dimly lit. If you do find any, make sure you report it to the provider and they have documented it, otherwise they might charge you for it. Make sure you give the car back with the same level of fuel as when you hired it. This will prevent the company from charging you for it at an inflated cost.

Know the rules of the road in Portugal and stick to them. At all times, drive responsibly just like you would at home – no drinking and driving, no texting behind the wheel, and no driving tired.

Seven car hire providers have branches at Lisbon Portela Airport, all of which are found in the arrivals hall. While you can just roll up and book a car, you can save an amazing amount of money by booking in advance online.

Car Hire Companies at Lisbon Airport see below

Company Telephone Number
AA Castanheira/ Budget (+351) 219 942 402
Auto Jardim (+351) 218 462 916
Avis (+351) 218 435 550
Europcar (+351) 218 401 176
Hertz (+351) 218 438 660
National/ Alamo (+351) 218486191
Sixt (+351) 218 470 661

Driving costs and Potential Destinations

The average price of unleaded petrol in Portugal is €1.51 per litre. Using a medium-priced vehicle such as the Smart for Two, which gives 67 miles to the gallon, the approximate fuel cost per 10 miles would be €2.26.

If you do want to contact the company by telephone, then

Destination Distance Journey time Directions Video
Belem 14.8 km 17 minutes
Lisbon Oceanarium 3.7 km 9 minutes
Gulbenkian 9.5 km 16 minutes
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte 6.9 km 16 minutes
Chiado 8 km 22 minutes
Cascais Beaches 35.1 km 32 minutes
Lisbon Zoo 7.7 km 12 minutes
Alfama 8.1 km 21 minutes
Palace of the Marquises (Palacio Fronteira) 8.9 km 12 minutes
National Tile Museum 5.9 km 10 minutes

Before You Go

Certain conditions need to be met and documents shown in order to hire a car at Lisbon Portela Airport. In general, you need to be 19 and to have held your licence for at least one year. Some companies may impose a young driver’s surcharge for under 25s. A driver’s licence from your home country is often sufficient, but if from outside the EU, you’ll also need an International Driving Permit (IDP).

How to Buy Car Insurance

Normally, your car hire will come with some inclusive insurance such as a Collision Damage Waiver or Theft Cover. However, this is not enough to protect you should you unfortunately become involved in an accident, as you would still have to pay a hefty excess. In order to preclude this, you could buy some excess insurance directly from your provider, but it’s much more economical to purchase it from a separate specialist such as This would also protect you in case of damage to areas such as the tyres, undercarriage and windscreen.

General Information & Tips on Car Hire

Portela is Lisbon’s international airport, named after its nearby outlying parish. It has two terminals and two runways, and is one of the busiest airports in Europe with over 18 million passengers serviced in 2014. It is known as one of the most well maintained and friendliest airports, and as such has been nominated as Europe’s Leading Airport five years running by the World Travel Awards. It makes an excellent base from which to head into either the capital or the fascinating surrounding countryside. The airport has its origins in the Second World War when it was used by both Allied and Axis airlines. In the following years, it grew rapidly and now sits inside the urban metropolis of Lisbon which has grown around it. Of the two terminals, Terminal 1 is the older and larger, with shops and other services. It has two check-in halls with a total of 81 desks. The smaller Terminal 2 is reached via a free shuttle bus service and is mainly used by low-budget airlines.

Usefull Information

Lisbon Portela features information desks in the arrivals and departures halls, as well as a tourist information counter in the Terminal 1 arrivals hall.

Lisbon Metro: +351 21 350 0115

Carris buses: +351 21 361 3000

Aerobus: +351 21 361 3193

Lost property: +351 21 844 4530

Icaro Auditorium conference room: +351 21 150 3922

ABC Business Centre: +351 21 150 3922

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