Car Hire in Lisbon
This information is correct as of July 2015.
When on a holiday, it would be such a waste to spend the whole trip in just one place! When you rent a car in Lisbon, you have the freedom to stray from the city and check out what else the surrounding areas have to offer. Look for Portugal's other hidden gems through independent travel. Allow Skyscanner to help you search for a car rental provider in Lisbon and look for your preferred vehicle. Make sure you book ahead to ensure the availability of the car!
Where to hire a car in Lisbon
Car rental providers in Lisbon include Sunnycars, Dollar, Hertz, Alamo, Thrifty, National, Goldcar, Budget, Geurin, Enterprise, Ofran, AutoEurope, Avis, Sixt, and Europcar. Most major car rental operators have service desks or offices at the airport and downtown. Other providers in Lisbon include Rent A Car Lisboa at R. Fialho de Almeida 1E, OLIVAUTO - RENT A CAR at Av. São João de Deus 37A, Auto Jardim at R. Luciano Cordeiro 4, Guerin Car Rental Solutions at Av. Álvares Cabral 45-B, AEROCOOPE - Aluguer de Autocarros, MiniBus e Carros com motorista at Lisbon Portela Airport, Hire Car 4 Less at Av. Berlim Loja38A, and Multiauto Rent at Av. Mal. Gomes da Costa 21.
What to expect when hiring a car from Lisbon
One must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid national driving licence in order to qualify to rent a car in Lisbon, and all throughout Portugal.
An extensive motorway network connects Lisbon to its suburb and the rest of Portugal. The most important roads in the city are the A9 outer ring road, also known as the CREL (Cintura Regional Exterior de Lisboa), and the inner ring road, known as CRIL (Cintura Regional Interior de Lisboa). Rush hour during the weekdays is from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.
Driving in Lisbon is considered to be a challenge, perhaps one of the most difficult European cities to drive in. Be wary of reckless motorists, busy traffic, and narrow streets with blind corners.
Getting to your destination
Sintra is a town in the Estoril Coast region, known primarily for the 19th century eclectic style Palácio de Pena or Pena Palace. Other major attractions are the medieval Sintra National Palace as well as 19th century estates. The town of Sintra and the surrounding mountains called Serra de Sintra are declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sintra is 28 kilometres away from Lisbon. Take the A37 motorway west and get onto the A16. Follow the signs to Sintra from there.
Ericeira is a seaside resort near Mafra. With over 40 beaches with good conditions in and near the area, Ericeira is a popular destination for surfers. It is home to the Ericeira Surf Clube, Portugal's first and largest surfing association.
Ericeira is accessible via A8 and A21, or via Av. Infante Dom Henrique, A8, and A21.
The city of Setúbal is situated on the northern bank of the Sado River estuary, once the most important centre for Portugal's fishing industry. It has a picturesque fishing port and can be a base point for visits to the Arrabida mountain, Troia, and the Sado river.
Setúbal can be accessed via A2 or via A12.