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Car hire in Portugal with SIXT

SIXT has you covered for car hire in Portugal, with locations in all important cities and regions, from Lisbon, Porto and Faro, to the Azores and Madeira. We're at all the tourist hubs, like airports, train stations and hotels. You can take full advantage of all our features in the country, especially our affordable prices on luxury vehicles. Our model range is tailored for the narrow streets of some of Portugal's major cities, as is also diverse enough for you to pick up a 4x4 or convertible to driving around the country's coastal or rural areas. 

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Take a closer look at the car hire models on offer and you'll find hatchbacks and economical city runarounds, estate cars for cruising, SUVs and 4x4s for families and adventurous types, and convertibles in which you can enjoy the temperate Mediterranean climate of Portugal. With SIXT, car hire in Portugal also assures you of reputable brands like Audi, BMW and Mercedes. You can book these cars for one-day hire, all the way up to long-term hire for an extended stay. You also choose from a variety of extras, like children's car seats and a sat nav to guide you around the country. 

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Portugal car hire FAQ

How old do I have to be to hire a car in Portugal?

You need to be at least 19 years old to hire a car in Portugal and have held your licence for at least one year. The majority of car categories are available to drivers under 25, however you will have to be over 25 to book certain cars.

When booking online or on the SIXT app you'll be able to filter which cars are available depending on your age. If you are under 25 a young driver surcharge will apply.

Is it worth hiring a car in Portugal?

Having your own hire car can be extremely valuable in Portugal, especially when looking to explore more rural areas, the Douro Valley wine region as well as the popular Algarve with its many picturesque beaches. Likewise on Madeira your own hire car will allow you to explore the entre island at your will.

Can I hire a car without a credit card?

Yes, all major debit cards are all acceptable forms of payment. Please make sure the credit or debit card you use is in the driver's name and is present when collecting the car at the branch in Portugal.

Can I book a one-way car hire?

Yes you will be able to pick your hire car up from one branch in Portugal and drop it off at another. This is only possible on the mainland as one-way bookings are not possible between the mainland and Madeira or the Azores.

What do I need to hire a car in Portugal?

In order to hire a car in Portugal you'll need a valid licence, which you've held for at lease one year, as well as a valid passport. Your UK licence continues to be valid in Portugal as a tourist. If you move to Portugal then your UK licence will only be valid for 90 days before needing to be exchanged.

Can I drive my hire car outside of Portugal?

You are able to use your hire car in Spain as well as many other other European countries. Please inform us of your plan to use your hire car outside of Portugal when you book as foreign usage fees may apply.

Best places to visit in Portugal

  • Évora: As a world UNESCO Heritage site people flock from all over the world to visit this ancient place filled with structures dating as far back as the 2nd Century. It has retained much of its roots and historical charm with its traditional ways and tasteful market culture.   
  • Obidos: This is one of the oldest cities in the country, where you can walk the centuries-old cobbled streets. It was once a place just for the queens of Portugal but now open to the public its regal structures and famous museums will move any visitor.  
  • Porto: The vibrant city of Porto is for maritime lovers with its incredible waterfront. Tastings at the old local cellars are a treat. The buildings are painted with vibrant colours and it has some of the best seafood restaurants in the country right by its harbour. 
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Summer in Portugal

Summer outdoor activities in Portugal are plentiful, thanks to its long coast line. Head for the Algarve for the best beaches. In the Azores region you'll find the Lagoon of the Seven Cities, uniquely placed in the bowl created by the craters of an extinct volcano. Otherwise take a drive north to Portugal's national park, the Peneda-Geres. 


Craig W.

Very good experience with a 2-week rental. Pickup was fast and friendly despite being very busy, the car was reliable, and drop-off was quick and friendly also. A Sixt staffer did a joint inspection and signed off there and then that there was no damage; other companies are increasingly skipping this step then charging customers for damage later - it's happened to me twice in the past year and I will never use either company again. I'm glad Sixt has not given into this short-sighted trick to get revenue.

Conny O.

No hassle at pickup or return. Employees are prompt and polite. great experience

FotkAlp Cascais / L.

We are expats in Cascais. We've needed rental van to help us move our stuff. None of the other 'Big Rental Companies' or local ones have helped, had availability or even picked up their phones.


As a last hope we've tried Sixt and it was absolutely amazing. I did not expect this professional, smooth and friendly service.


We had Bruno as a rep. helping us, he was fluent in English , friendly and made it very easy and quick for us.


The van was very modern, new and comfortable for long drive.


When we returned the van manager of Bruno welcomed us and made it very quick to hand out the keys.


This was absolutely thrilling and happy experience for us and from now on when we need a car, Sixt is the only one we will choose.

Alex K.

Today we encountered a reservation problem caused by our travel agent.

Thanks to the extremely nice, patient, and efficient staff at the Boa Vista Sixt branch, the problem was quickly solved. Fantastic customer experience.

Nicola S.

Thanks a lot Helena for the friendly service! Car was 1A!

Mustafa A.

Nothing was wrong. Very professional from beginning to end.

Kerstin D.

Extremely friendly and helpful guy at the counter who did everything to help us and succeeded. I recommend to rent a car there fully.

Carlos F.

Pretty awesome experience overall . Pick up was a breeze , car was in good shape , staff was friendly and helpful ( not pushy ) and drop off was easy as well. I’ll def rent with them again

Catherine B.

Helpful staff. Very quick pickup and drop-off

Easy access from the arrival section at the airport, but some waiting time before served. Sixt representative was very nice, had good language skills (English) and gave a lot of tips and "must do" advices.

rodrigo c.

Excellent service best rental car company I've used: smooth experience, no time waiting and really customer service support all the way. Good work 👍

Lubomír H.

Everything was smooth. There were no issues communicating in english and the contract was both in english and portugese and it had detailed list of damaged parts of the car. To be sure make a video of the car status. Everybody was nice to me and there were no problems.

Jonathan Da S.

Quick and easy to get on the road with Sixt. Duarte is very friendly and helpful, arranging a smaller car to suit my needs. No problems at all, the prices are a little high all round at the moment but I will be happy to use Sixt in this location again next time.

Chris P.

Good price, good car and very helpful team - was concerned reading some reviews but was pleasantly surprised with how smooth our rental went - even changes were not a problem - thank you for your assistance Supervisor Ramos 😉

Manfred H.

My flight artived 2 hours late, but they were working over time at the Lisbon airport SIXT station (until 1:30 am rather than midnight), to make sure I'ld get my car. So, when you are planing on renting a car after arrival, make sure you enter your flight details. I was really impressed !

Erwan P.

I was a bit concerned after reading some reviews. But my experience was very positive. The staff was helpful and not pushy when doing the check in. I also got my car quickly. They were very thorough at pointing out all the damages on the car at the beginning and marking it on the sheet. It's definitively more involved that in North America. But then I had no issues when I brought the car back (at a different location).

The car was very recent and the model matched what I ordered. Surprisingly, the large car I got (Renault Megane Sports Tourer) didn't have a rear view camera, but I blame Renault for that!

I'd recommend getting the toll option (i.e. transponder) as I found many toll roads with only an automated option to pay.

Stephane “Festouille” S.

Super accueil et service au top...

Flaviu P.

Great service, very respectful and helpful staff. I had full insurance.

Angelo C.

It is the best car rental I have had until today. excellent attention. very kind. we had many problems with our flights and they were very fair in adjusting the contract. for my next rental, sixt will always be the first option.

Why Rent With Sixt?

Why Rent With Sixt?
  • New Cars - On Average 3 Months Old
  • Premium Fleet Of German Cars
  • Car Hire Made Quick And Easy
  • Friendly 24/7 Customer Service
  • Free Cancellation When You Pay On Arrival
  • No hidden costs or credit card fees

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