Lisbon airport car rental made easy

Lisbon is an enchanting European city, rich in culture and charm, blessed with a temperate climate all year round, making it ideal for a weekend getaway at any time. With so many things to see, from beautiful palaces to fascinating museums, it’s advisable to hire a car from Lisbon Airport to make sure you can pack everything in the short time you’ll be there.

With a check-in desk in the arrivals hall, Auto Jardim is probably the most convenient Lisbon airport car hire company to use if you are traveling with children, the elderly or the infirm. They offer a wide range of vehicles from economy cars to passenger transport and offer optional extras such as child and baby safety seats. Passenger insurance costs EUR 4.50 per day and drivers between the ages of 21 and 25 must also pay additional insurance, required by law, which is EUR 4.00 per day.

Close to the airport are the 6 alternative car rental companies at Lisbon Airport. These are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Each varies slightly in what they are willing to include in the quoted price and you should check when making the booking. For example, with Avis and Hertz, VAT, unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver and theft cover are included in the quote.

On the other hand, Sixt, which does include unlimited mileage and damage insurance, requires you to pay for additional insurance to protect against accidental damage to the vehicle or theft. However, Sixt’s advantage is with 16 offices all over Portugal. If you have a problem while exploring or decide to go for a miracle, the car can always be returned to another drop-off location. And their wide range of vehicles includes the beautiful little Alfa Romeo Spider!

They all offer a variety of extras, which must be booked in advance, such as safety seats, luggage racks and navigation systems, and offer well-maintained cars that are generally less than 8 months old. The smaller car category has a minimum rental age of 21 and most require the driver to have held a driver’s license for at least a year. While for the larger luxury cars the age limit rises to 25 years.

Some car rental companies make deals with the airlines to give their passengers discounted rates. For those flying into Lisbon from the UK, BMI Baby and TAP Air Portugal have teamed up with Hertz to offer discounts on car hire at Lisbon Airport. Another way to save money is to join one of the many loyalty card programs that the car rental companies offer. These give you access to favorable rates, booking priority and speed up the check-in process, and many more benefits.

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Don’t forget to bring a valid credit card with you when booking car hire at Lisbon Airport as debit cards are often not accepted and even though you are on holiday, don’t let yourself down when it comes to following the traffic rules of the country.