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Find cheap car hire in Lisbon Airport

For many tourists arriving to Portugal via Lisbon Airport, a hire car picked up directly at the airport is the most convenient way of travelling during their holiday. The airport is served by a large number of car hire companies and the steep competition between works in benefit of the customer: the prices of Lisbon Airport hire cars are often very accessible compared to other popular tourist destinations in Southern Europe, especially outside the peak season.

Ford Fiesta - economy car hire Lisbon Airport

Ford Fiesta – often cheap to rent at Lisbon Airport, often available from Europcar, Goldcar or Budget © Photo:

Due to its central location, Lisbon Airport is a perfect base for discovering the Lisbon Coast, allowing also easy access to both northern and southern Portugal. With the well-developed motorway network in and around the Portuguese capital, it only takes some 2.5 h to drive from Lisbon Airport to either Porto in the north or the sunny Algarve in the south. Lovely beaches of Cascais, in Greatest Lisbon area or the picturesque village of Sintra, are only a half an hour drive away from Lisbon Airport.

Convenient location and proximity to attractions - Lisbon Airport (LIS)
Lisbon Airport, officially referred to as Lisbon Portela Airport (or Aeroporto da Portela de Sacavém em Lisboa, in Portuguese, in 2016 renamed to Aeroporto Humberto Delgado) is located approx. 5 miles north of Lisbon historic quarters and only some 3 miles from the proper city centre. A variety of public transportation solutions, including metro, buses, airport shuttles and taxis, connect the airport to the city centre and car rental is not necessary if Lisbon is your main destination. Do consider, however, this option to explore the wealth of tourist attractions and places of interest in a short drive distance from the city, amongst the Queluz, Cascais, Estori, Sintra, Setubal, Costa da Caparica, Leiria, Obidos, Mafra and many, many more (please find the list of approximate road distances further below).

Lisbon Airport is situated next to the fairly new Expo district of the city, also known as Parque das Nações (purpose built for the Expo 98 World Fair) and close to the Vasco da Gama Bridge. The access from the airport to different areas of the city centre is well signposted. See Lisbon Airport location map.

Do take care, however, when driving back to the airport not to miss the exit from the main road, ‘2a Circular’ towards the airport’s Departures (Partidas in Portuguese), or Arrivals (Chegadas). Should you miss both exits, look to turn back at the nearest opportunity and take care not to head to the Vasco da Gama Bridge over the Tagus River – the bridge is over 10 miles long!

Find your way at Lisbon Airport terminals
Lisbon Airport, which in 2015 served over 20 million passengers, is managed by ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, the national airport authority, responsible also for Porto Airport, Faro Airport and Beja Airport in mainland Portugal, as well as for the main civilian airports of the Azores.

See ANA’s promotional video about Lisbon Airport:

Lisbon Airport facilities consist of two terminals. T1 is the main terminal of Lisbon Airport, handling the majority of international traffic. The arrivals hall is located in the lower level. See an overview map of Lisbon Airport and maps of the Terminals:

Terminal 2, located nearly a mile away from the T1  is a departure only terminal, handling domestic operations and flights from some of the low-cost airlines. Terminal 2 of Lisbon Airport does not have parking facilities. Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are connected by the airport curbside shuttle service.

Lisbon Airport car hire companies
The offices of all Lisbon Airport on-site car hire companies are located in a dedicated area in the arrivals hall (turn to the right after leaving the arrivals restricted area). There you will find rental desks of Europcar, Avis Rent A Car, Budget, Hertz, Sixt Rent A Car, Goldcar Rental and Enterprise/Guerin.

Very competitive rent-a-car deals are often available from the off-side Lisbon Airport car hire providers, amongst them Bravacar, Multiauto, Drive on Holidays, CAEL, JAP Rent A Car, Go Rent  or Interrent, which offers shuttle transfers from the airport to their rental locations.

The Portugues expression for car hire is aluguer de carros ou aluguer de viaturas.

Lisbon Airport car hire – book online for the best rates
With such a large choice of car rental companies, the easiest way of finding the best rent-a-car deals is often through internet search engines, such as Cartrawler. Cartrawler, intuitive and easy to operate, allows you to compare thoroughly car hire deals from many providers and to carry an online booking, last minute, or preferably, well ahead of your visit to Lisbon.

Try Cartrawler Portugal to compare rates for Lisbon Airport car hire now

Renault rental cars Avis Lisbon Airport
New Renault rental cars at Lisbon Airport (Avis Rent A Car fleet) © Photo:

Cheap car hire in Lisbon Airport in low season
Lisbon is a year round destination, great for a short city break or a longer getaway from the harsh northern European winters. In addition to almost guaranteed sunshine in spring and autumn (and with some luck also in winter) travellers visiting the Portuguese capital outside the peak season can benefit from very affordable prices of Lisbon car hire.

During the shoulder season (in Portugal it is roughly late February to early June and then late September to mid-November) rates for the cheapest Lisbon Airport hire cars in economy class usually start from around £50-60 for a week. It is a very reasonable price for a decent-sized, 5-door car, such as Ford Fiesta, VW Polo or Renault Clio, virtually always with unlimited mileage included in the rate.

If you are just one, or two persons travelling and with no much luggage, small city cars, for example Fiat 500, Fiat Panda or Ford Ka are available to rent from Lisbon Airport for even more attractive price.

Lisbon car hire in late November, early December, January and February (when the chances of a rainy weather and low temperatures are the highest) can get even cheaper: prices of economy hire cars to be picked up and return at Lisbon Airport starting from around £4 per day (on a weekly basis) are not uncommon. Do remember however, that bargains in Lisbon Airport car rental are hard to find during Christmas/New Year time when not only tourist, but mainly Portuguese living and working abroad travel massively to the homeland to spend the holiday season with family.

Find more information about Lisbon weather throughout the year.

The competitive car hire deals available through Cartrawler can be found not only in the cheapest rental classes, but in a wide range of car types, including also compact and full size classes, minivans and minibuses, SUV’s, convertibles and premium cars to hire from Lisbon Airport.

Ford Focus Estate rental car from Lisbon Airport
Ford Focus Estate - Goldcar car hire Lisbon Airport © Photo:

Lisbon Airport car rental in July and August - book in advance
While outside the high season prices of rental cars in Lisbon are amongst the lowest in Europe, do expect a significant increase in the cost of car hire services in the traditional summer holiday months of July and August. Lisbon receives over 4 million tourists per year, a great majority of them during the summer time. To make sure you avoid the most inflated rates book your Lisbon rental car for the summer well ahead of your holiday.

When booking a couple of months in advance, prices of the cheapest cars to rent from Lisbon Airport in July or August usually start from around £170 per week. Should you wait too long to book, the price can easily double.

Booking in advance is especially important when you rent a vehicle larger than a standard passenger car in Lisbon, for example a minivan or a minibus. Although Lisbon airport offers quite a wide choice of those large people carriers, in the summer time they tend to sell out fast.

Minibus hire Lisbon Airport Mercedes Vito
Drive on Holidays minibus rental Lisbon Airport © Photo:

Lisbon Airport - distances
Below are approximate road distances between Lisbon Airport and popular tourist destinations in Lisbon area:

  • distance from Lisbon Airport to Sintra (UNESCO World Heritage): 30 km / 20 mi
  • distance from Lisbon Airport to Cascais: 34 km / 21 mi
  • distance from Lisbon Airport to Estoril: 3o km / 20 mi
  • distance from Lisbon Airport to Troia: 26 km / 16 mi
  • distance from Lisbon Airport to Mafra: 36 km / 22 mi
  • distance from Lisbon Airport to Óbidos: 80 km / 50 mi
  • distance form Lisbon Airport to Ericeira: 44 km / 27 mi
  • distance from Lisbon Airport to Fátima: 120 km / 75 mi

Cheap car rental Lisbon Airport - book online with Cartrawler Portugal
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