Car Hire

If you want to hire a car for your sightseeing adventures around Lagos, the best and most easy option is to do it while you are at Faro Airport; all car rental guiches are open from 7AM to midnight. Nevertheless, you can still find some rental options if you are at one of the major cities or tourist hubs like Lagos, Albufeira, Faro, Tavira, etc. Here is a list of contacts at the International Faro Airport (FAO).

Rent a Car Online and Pick It Up at Faro Airport

RentalCars.com
This is one of the most convenient options to rent a vehicle for your holidays in Lagos and around the Algarve.

Europcar rent-a-car Europcar
(+351) 289 889 447

Avis/Budget rent-a-carAVIS / Budget
(+351) 289 889 456

Enterprise rent-a-car Guerin / Enterprise
(+351) 289 800 883

Hertz rent-a-car Hertz
(+351) 219 426 300

Lagos Car Parking

Most parking in the Algarve is pay and display, meaning you will have to buy your parking ticked and leave it visible inside your car. There is a vast array of car parking options nearby the city centre in Avenida dos Descobrimentos (waterfront road) with two entrances, one near the courthouse and another at the back of city walls. If you feel lucky there is an option for free car parking near the marina but the number of car spaces is very limited.

Useful Informations for Driving in Portugal

  • In Portugal we drive on the right side of the road and the steering wheel is on the left side o the car;
  • Usually cars have a manual gearbox and Diesel is much cheaper than Petrol;
  • A full European or British licence is needed to rent a vehicle, with both paper and photo licence required at the rental desk along with a credit card for a deposit;
  • Your driving licence should be kept with you at all times when driving.
  • Ensure inside the car you have a full set of safety gear, including a reflective jacket, warning triangle, spare tyre and replacement bulbs for your lights. These are all legal requirements;
  • Child seats and seatbelts are compulsory;
  • In most areas there is zero toleration for alcohol while driving. And the law is really though on this — in some cases you might be criminally charged.
  • The main A22 motorway that runs from east to west along the coast is a toll road. Ensure you have change for the toll booths.