Car Hire at Faro Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
Located in Portugal, Faro is a city and municipality that offers Ria Formosa, Barreta Island, Vale do Lobo, Cathedral of Faro, and more. Enter the city via Faro Airport and travel through its streets with the assistance of the car rental companies that provide service from within and around the airport.
Where to hire a car at Faro Airport
Car rental providers that operate from within the airport grounds of Faro Airport include Europcar, Sixt Rent a Car, Rodavante, Avis/Budget, Guerin/Enterprise, Hertz, and Goldcar. When getting in touch with these providers, call Europcar at +351 291 524 633; Sixt at (+351) 291 523 355; Rodavante at (+351) 291 524 718; Avis/Budget at (+351) 291 524 392; Guerin at (+351) 291 522 249; Hertz at (+351) 219 426 300; and Goldcar at (+351) 291 523 689.
What to expect when hiring a car from Faro Airport
Drive around Faro Airport and its surrounding areas, some of the roads that serve the immediate area are R. Cruz da Mestras, R. do Alportel, R. Aboim Ascensao, N125, and N125-10, among others. Driving in Faro is on the right hand side of the road, with car rental both in automatic or manual transmission. Also, as a general rule, it is always a good idea to have an International Driver’s Permit or IDP at hand, along with the local driver’s licence, especially if the local driver’s licence comes in a language other than the local language of the Faro, Portugal. The petrol stations nearby Faro Airport include BP, Carrasquinho & Filhos, and Intermarche Combustivel, among others. Also, when renting cars in Faro, search for providers that have a “fair fuel” or “full to full” capacity to ensure you only pay for the fuel you use and not be charged expensive petrol charges at the rental desk (especially by the cheaper rental companies).
Driving around Faro Airport
Out of Faro Airport, the nearest major city and municipality is Faro, Portugal. Faro isn’t very friendly to drivers with its limited parking slots within the city centre. The parking stations that are close to the restaurants and shopping malls within the area cannot be used for free. Although, there is always the option of taking advantage of the free parking station occupying a sizable area next to the shipyard where tour boats leave from.
Getting to your destination
Some of the destinations that can be reached from Faro Airport include Lisbon, Porto, and Coimbra to name a few. When getting to these well-known stops within Portugal, please refer to the driving instructions provided below. Please be advised that driving to and from these destinations require a satellite navigation device or a detailed map, if available. The instructions have been simplified to work as a quick reference when needed.
Lisbon offers great stops like Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Sao Jorge Castle, and Lisbon Oceanarium, to name a few.
Driving to Lisbon from Faro Airport, starting from N125-10, IC4, and N125-4, get down A22 for 11 minutes or 11.5 kilometres. Next, take A2 to Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo/Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo in Lisboa, then exit from R. Joaquim António de Aguiar for two hours, 12 minutes or 265 kilometres. Lastly, drive down Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo then take R. Gomes Freire to Campo Mártires da Pátria for six minutes or 1.7 kilometres. Please be advised that when following this route from Faro Airport to Lisbon, there are a good number of toll roads and partial toll roads along the way.
Get to Porto, Portugal for Its Clerigos Church, Palaciao da Bolsa, Dom Luis I Bridge, and Serralves, among others.
When getting to Porto from Faro Airport, drive on A22 starting form N125-10, IC4, and N125-4 for 11.5 kilometres or 11 minutes. Also, follow down A2, A13, and A1 to get to N14 in Porto, just take the exit that heads to Carvalhido/Prelada from A20, this will take around 540 kilometres for four hours and 22 minutes. Also, go down N14 and take R. Acácio Lino and R. Sousa Pinto to Av. Conselho da Europa for 1.3 kilometres or three minutes. This route also has partial toll roads and regular toll roads. The total travel time from point A to point B has been approximated at around four hours and 34 minutes for 553 kilometres.
The city and municipality of Coimbra offers Portugal dos Pequenitos, Biblioteca Joanina, and Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, in addition to many more.
Get to Coimbra from Faro Airport by driving down A22 starting from N125-10, IC4, and N125-4, then down A2, A13, and A1 from N1 then take the exit that will get you to S.ta Clara/Zona Comercial from A-31/IC2. Also, take Av. da Guarda Inglesa to R. Coelho da Rocha. There are a few toll roads and partial toll roads along the way, with the trip lasting approximately three hours and 38 minutes for 440 kilometres from point of origin.