Founded in 1954, Auto Europe grew from its original inception as a 10-men operation in the US to a multi-national car hire company spanning offices in 4 continents and pick up locations in 135 countries. Thanks to our partnerships with both international and local car hire companies, we are able to offer our clients the best car rental deals all over the world. In Portugal, we offer our services in over 70 towns and cities, both in the continent, and in the Azores and Madeira. While Airport locations tend to be the most popular with travellers, we also offer car rental services in several downtown locations and railway stations, allowing our clients maximum flexibility when deciding where to pick up their vehicle. You can use the form at the top of the page to quickly and easily make a search for the vehicles we have available for car hire in Portugal.
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Currency: Portugal is part of the eurozone and, as such, the euro is commonly used. Pounds are not normally accepted. Portugal has one of the most advanced ATM networks in Europe and you can easily find ATM machines in towns and cities. Restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores also normally allow payment with credit or debit card; however, some impose a minimum purchase amount for anyone wishing to pay with a credit or debit card.
Time difference: Lisbon and Porto are on the same time zone as London, and so is Madeira. In the Azores, the time zone is GMT-1, making it one hour behind UK time. Daylight Saving Times apply both in the Continent, and in Madeira and the Azores, and run from the last weekend of March to the last weekend of October every year.
Dictionary Here are some commonly used words and phrases:
Hello - Olá Good morning - Bom dia Good afternoon - Boa tarde Good evening - Boa noite Where is the closest police station? - Onde fica a esquadra de polícia mais próxima? Where is the closest hospital? - Onde fica o hospital mais próximo? Where is the closest ATM machine? - Onde fica o multibanco mais próximo? Where is [location]? - Onde fica [location]? Can I pay by credit card? - Posso pagar com cartão de crédito? Can I pay by debit card? - Posso pagar com multibanco? How much does this cost? - Quanto custa? Thank you - Obrigado Keep the change - Pode ficar com o troco.
Electricity The voltage in Portugal is 220-240 Volts and the socket type is, as is common in Europe, the Europlug Type C or Schuko Types E and F. If your appliances have an English type of plug, you will need a power adapter to plug them in in Portugal.
Visa & Embassy Information Portugal is part of the Schengen Area, so British Nationals do not need a Visa to travel there. You will need only a passport, valid for the duration of your stay.
If you need consular assistance during your stay in the country, the UK keeps an Embassy in Lisbon and Consulates in Portimão (Algarve) and in Porto.
British Embassy in Lisbon Rua de São Bernardo 331249-082 Lisboa Portugal Email: email@example.com Telephone: +351 21 392 40 00 Fax: +351 21 392 40 21
British Consulate Portimão Edificio A Fábrica Avenida Guanaré8501-915 Portimão Portugal Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 808 20 35 37 (if calling from Portugal) Telephone: +351 21 395 4082 (from outside Portugal) Fax: +351 282 414 054
British Honorary Consulate Porto Travessa Barão de Forrester 864400-034 Vila Nova de Gaia Portugal Email: email@example.com Telephone: 808 20 35 37 (if calling from Portugal) Telephone: +351 21 395 4082 (from outside Portugal) Fax: +351 282 414 054
Age Requirements The minimum age to hire a car in Portugal is 18 years old and drivers must have held their license for at least a year (though both age limit and driver's license requirements may vary depending on the supplier and car category). Drivers younger than 25 may need to pay a young driver surcharge (paid locally).
Tolls With few exceptions, Portuguese highways are toll roads. In the older highways, there are toll booths where you can pay. The most recent toll roads, however, have a fully automated system, which requires drivers to either have the car fitted with a transponder, or to go to a post office or pay shop in order to pay for the tolls (which must be done within five days, but no sooner than 48h).
Most suppliers of car hire in Portugal already fit their vehicles with a transponder and offer clients the option to request its activation in exchange for the payment of a fee. You can find more information about this transponder in the Product Information and in the Terms, Conditions and Local Fees of the vehicles in our booking engine.
Road Rules and Petrol Stations
Cars in Portugal drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left.
The use of mobile phones while driving is forbidden, unless you use a hands-free kit.
The use of seat belts is mandatory for both the driver and any passengers.
Children younger than 12 years old cannot travel in the front seat.
The Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) legal limit in Portugal is 0.5 mg/ml, which is lower than in the UK. Furthermore, drinks served in Portugal tend to be stronger than those served in the UK. We strongly recommend that you do not drink and drive.
You can find petrol stations along Portuguese highways and in all cities and towns. Petrol stations are normally open from 8am to 8pm. In highways and in major cities, some petrol stations may be open 24/7.