Faro Airport – cheap car hire for Algarve holiday
Faro Airport – FAO is Portugal’s third busiest airport (after Lisbon and Porto). Located approx. 2 miles west of Faro city centre, the airport is the major gateway to the popular tourist area of the Algarve, in southern Portugal.
Faro Airport is for many tourists the first stop of their Algarve holiday. © Photo: Find-cheap-car-hire.co.uk
In the last decade the airport has registered a significant growth, mainly due to a large number of new low-cost routes available from carriers as Ryanair, Easyjet, Norwegian, Jet2, Monarch or Germanwings. Charter airlines, amongst them Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines have also a strong presence at this only international airport in Algarve.
Faro Airport is also well connected to other major airports in Portugal, with daily flights to Lisbon and Porto, as well as frequent connections to Madeira and Azores islands.
Cheap car hire in Faro Airport
Car hire services in Faro Airport are usually considerably cheaper than in the airports of, for example, southern Spain.
Even in July and August, yet provided that you booked some time in advance, it is usually possible to rent an economy class car, such as Ford Fiesta or VW Polo from about £120 for a week. Small city cars (VW Up, Ford Ka or similar) are even cheaper – often from around £100 for a week, yet not the most comfortable if there are more than two people and/or considerable amount of luggage.
Outside of the high season prices of Faro Airport rental cars drop substantially. In mid-October, for example, when the weather in Algarve is still very pleasant and sea temperature comparable to the summer months, one week rental of an economy car is down to around £65.
Within the popular compact class (in Faro often represented by VW Golf, Ford Focus, Seat Leon or Fiat 500L ) the prices in the high season usually start form around £180 for a week of Faro Airport car hire. It is important to remember when booking a car within a certain class, that most car hire providers reserve the right to hand in any car with similar characteristics (size, number of door, equipment) to the one displayed to illustrate the offer. Only in the case of offers with “car model guarantee” you can be sure that the car you see while booking will be the same one you will pick up at the rental location.
If larger than a standard 5-seat car is needed in Faro, make sure to book well in advance. People carriers (minivans and minibuses) come in a short supply in the Algarve and early booking is the best guarantee of competitive price and availability. In the summer season a week of Faro Airport minivan hire usually costs from approx. £500.
Ford Galaxy - a popular rental minivan in Algarve
Great choice of car rental companies at Faro Airport
The affordable prices of Faro Airport car rental result from a steep competition between rent-a-car companies operating at the airport. Among the on-site car hire suppliers are all the major brands: Avis, Budget, Alamo, Europcar, Keddy, Sixt,Thrifty and Alamo. The desks of the on-site providers can be found directly at the terminal and in a designated roofed space just outside the terminal.
Counters of Faro Airport car rental companies in the terminal. © Photo: Find-cheap-car-hire.co.uk
Very competitive deals are often available from the off-site suppliers at Faro Airport, such as Drive4Less, Yor Car Hire, Discovery Cars, Drive on Holiday, Air Auto, International Car Yor Car Hire, Interrent, Cael or Mastercars. According to the new regulations at major Portuguese airports, car hire from the off-site providers is only possible when booked in advance.
Pick-up point for customers of Faro Airport off-site car rental companies. © Photo: Find-cheap-car-hire.co.uk
Customers who use Cartrawler search engine to book Faro car rental online will find the instructions regarding the pick-up procedures in the voucher sent by email after the booking. It is also possible to see in the Cartrawler offer descriptions whether the car is supplied by an on-site or an off-site company.
Cheap car hire Portugal – compare rental conditions
When looking for cheap hire cars in Portugal, please remember that the price alone, although important is not the only factor that may weight on a total cost of the rental.
Do take time to read the “Rental conditions” of each offer in order to be able to choose the one that works best for you and allows you to avoid extra chargers. Drivers under 25, for instance, should be aware that they might be subject to additional charge for young drivers. The age limit for drivers varies in different car rental providers; while some rent-a-car companies in Portugal will rent cars to 21 year olds at no extra charge, others will consider any customer under 25 a “young driver” and, therefore, apply a daily surcharge.
The excess amount on rental cars also varies a lot in Portugal. If you are not planning to take the excess insurance, check beforehand to what amount you might be liable in case of a damage to the car. The information about excess, as well as other factors which may increase the cost of rental – mileage and fuel policy, etc. - is included in the “Rental conditions”.