Lisbon is truly a spectacular city to visit, promising visitors incredible views from its seven hills, excellent and affordable dining and accommodation, and sumptuous nearby beaches. Be at your most mobile by booking a rental car in Lisbon with EconomyBookings.com. While you don’t need a car to explore central Lisbon, you will certainly want one to get out of the city and truly explore the natural and historical sights of Portugal. Here is a brief guide to driving in Portugal and to finding cheap car rental in Lisbon.
Lisbon is located in the Western European Time Zone, UTC+0, and observes Daylight Savings Time during the summer, UTC+1.
All drivers with a valid driver’s license are permitted to drive in Portugal, though you may be required to receive a Portuguese driver’s license if you stay in the country for a period of more than 6 months, depending on your country of origin. Drivers with licenses issued by countries in the European Union can use their domestic driver’s licenses in Portugal for the entire length of their validity. If your driver’s license has been issued without a photograph, it is required that you also carry an international driver’s permit with you at all times. Be sure to carry your passport, insurance paperwork, and rental car contract anytime you are driving your Lisbon hired car, should you be stopped by the police for any reason.
Rental cars in Lisbon are available in over 15 locations throughout the city. Car hire in Lisbon starts as low as €7 a day!
The price of rental cars in Lisbon varies depending on the season in which you book your car, with prices sinking in the rainy season, from November through March. However, you can still get excellent prices on car hire in Lisbon when you book your car at least one month in advance during the popular spring months. At all other times of the year, you can still often find excellent deals on auto hire in Lisbon when you book just weeks in advance of your arrival!
By far the cheapest location from which to book your rental car in Lisbon is at the Aeroporto de Lisboa or Lisbon Airport (LIS). At this location, car hire companies like Centauro offer unbeatable prices on economy rental cars, typically keeping these prices below €10 a day.
If it is inconvenient for you to pick up your rental car at the Lisbon Airport, rental car companies such as Keddy by EuropCar and Sixt routinely offer car hire for around €15 a day in numerous locations throughout Lisbon. These locations include:
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Lisbon is a challenging city to drive in, particularly if you are unaccustomed to narrow roads and erratic drivers. It is highly recommended to wait to pick up your rental car in Lisbon until you plan on leaving the city, as a car will often only slow you down, particularly in the city centre. But travelling to the sights of the area via car hire is highly recommended! You will certainly want to take a road trip out to nearby Sintra and its neighbouring mountain, Serra de Sintra, located around 40 kilometres west of Lisbon.
Speed limits in Lisbon:
The E1 and A6 motorways in and around Lisbon are tolled. Paying tolls in Portugal is fairly complex, so discuss the use of toll roads with your car hire company. Particularly ask them how they pass tolls along to you after you make use of tolled motorways.