121CarHire.com Portugal is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies. As a customer, you can always reserve your hire car through us at a competitive rate.
Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in Portugal.
Portugal is best explored by rental car. 121CarHire.com has over 122 pick-up locations in Portugal. This means there is always a pick-up location close to your destination.
Occupying a corner of the Iberian Peninsula and flanked on two sides by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is both a popular destination for beach-goers and lovers of the countryside. With friendly locals, good hospitality and a deep-rooted culture which is best seen in out-of-the-way villages.
There are international airports in the capital Lisbon, as well as in Porto and Faro, with flights mostly arriving from within Europe. Portugal is connected to Spain by rail and you can get to main towns by train and bus. Public transport is not great, however, so having a car is a must for taking in remote places.
Lisbon Portela Airport and Faro Airport have the best options for renting cars in Portugal. All major airports have taxi and bus transfers available but hiring a car often works out cheaper, plus it will give you the freedom to explore during your stay. We have great prices for rental companies like Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Budget who all supply car hire in Portugal. Remember, for the cheapest prices and best choice of cars you need to book in advance. If you are visiting the Algarve to play on the many golf courses here, make sure the car capacity will accommodate your clubs.
There are highways across the country and the quality of the roads is generally good. Despite the bad reputation of Portuguese drivers, getting about the country by car is a must to access its beauty spots. All major locations have excellent access roads, many of which have tolls, while secondary roads need to be negotiated with care.
Driving is on the right. You must keep your driving license on you at all times when driving, seatbelts must be worn throughout the vehicle and, on the spot fines will be issued if caught using your mobile phone.
The cities of Lisbon and Porto have a lot to offer and the coast and the mountains near to both cities are also worthwhile visiting. The Marvao, near the Spanish border and to the east of Lisbon, is a particularly fantastic drive, as is the Algarve on the south coast. Other must-do drives with car rental in Portugal include the World Heritage Sintra, the Venice of Portugal' (Aveiro), and the island of Madeira.
June to August is the peak summer season and the best time to visit, although Portugal has nice weather year-round. Average summer temperatures reach the upper 20s (°C), with highs on the Algarve well into the 30s (°C). The Braga (Easter) week in March/April and the Festa de Santo Antonio in Alfama in June are interesting events.
The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).