Lisbon Airport car rental - cheap online booking in LIS with Cartrawler Portugal

LIS - Lisbon Airport is by far largest Airport in Portugal. It is also known as Humberto Delgado Airport or amongst the Lisboetas as Portela Airport after the area of the capital, in which the airport is located.

Find cheap car hire in Lisbon Airport

The official name in Portuguese is Aeroporto de Lisboa and the flag carrier TAP is by far the largest airline in LIS.

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. 

VW Polo

VW Polo – often cheap to rent at Lisbon Airport, low cost available i.e. from Firefly, Interrent, Drive On Holidays, Drive & Go or Budget

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.

Due to its central location, Lisbon Airport is a perfect base for discovering the Lisbon Coast, allowing easy access to both northern and southern Portugal. With the well-developed motorway network in and around the Portuguese capital, it only takes some 2.5-3 hours to drive from Lisbon Airport to either Porto in the North or to sunny Algarve in the South.

The Lisbon Coast - full of attractions

To the west of Lisbon (some 35 km), you find the lovely beaches of Cascais and Estoril. Close to Cascais and easy to reach by the IC19 highway directly from the airport, the picturesque village of Sintra offers all its charms only half an hours drive away.

Lisbon Coast
Map of Lisbon and the Lisbon Coast

Close to city centre - Lisbon Airport (LIS) transport options
Lisbon Airport 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. See more about public transport in Lisbon including metro from the airport.

Private transfers can be ordered to any location in Portugal from Lisbon Airport. The driver will meet you in the airport at your arrival. We tested the service and it works well. Please see options for private transfers for any number of passengers (also minibus-service).  

Lisbon private transfers
Private transfers available from Lisbon Airport - at cheap rates

If you consider say a transfer from Lisbon Airport to Cascais, it will usually be cheaper than normal taxi rate to Cascais from the airport. In general, the longer the travel distance in a car, the more you save with private transfer (compared to taxi) in Portugal. 

Do consider, however, the car hire 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).

Car rental offers in Lisbon Airport - LIS
The choice is huge and prices are so low that some customers, sometimes, ask us if so low rates are really possible. They are!

In July and August, however, and in the festive seasons prices for car rental in Lisbon Airport climb up to levels sometimes 2, 3 or 4 times the low season rates.

If you are comfortable with a small vehicle, it it still possible to book extremely cheap car hire in Lisbon Airport, virtually all year round.

Toyota Aygo
One of best deals for a city car: Toyota Aygo with standard (surprise) rear camera - from Guerin Rent-A-Car, Lisbon Airport  © Photo:

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Find your way at Lisbon Airport terminals
Lisbon Airport, which now serves over 25 million passengers per year, 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. 

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. If you are flying low-cost out of Lisbon, your flight is likely to take off from Terminal 2. When arriving to Lisbon, you will always disembark in T1.

Terminal 2 of Lisbon Airport does not have parking facilities. Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are connected by the airport curbside shuttle service, with stops right in front of each of the terminals. The shuttle runs every 10 to 20 minutes and the ride takes approximately 3 minutes. Please not that it is not possible to walk between the terminals as a large part of the route is unsuitable for pedestrians. 

Lisbon Airport car hire companies - which are in the terminal building?
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, Payless, Keddy, Sixt Rent A Car/Flizzr, Goldcar Rental/Rhodium and Enterprise/Guerin/Drive4Less.

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, Drive & Go, Rent-A-Star (Mercedes & Smart cars) JAP Rent A Car, Surprise, Turisprime, Sadorent, Go Rent or Interrent, all of which offer either free shuttle transfer from the airport to their rental locations or meet & greet service. 

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

Lisbon Airport car rental companies
The car rental counters in Lisbon Airport - LIS © 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. In some months, fantasy prices of 20-30 euros per week is possible.

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 proove very cheap indeed, but it all depends on supply and demand. Very often, rates are the lowest when the weather is less sunny in Portugal.

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
Ford Focus Estate - very popular family estate rental and also useful for Golf-bags

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 5 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 £100-£150 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

Lisbon Airport car rental - cheap online booking in LIS with Cartrawler Portugal
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