Lisbon is a bewitching European city, rich in culture and charm, blessed with a temperate climate year round which makes it ideal for a weekend escape at anytime. With so many things to see, from magnificent palaces to fascinating museums, it is advisable to hire a Lisbon Airport Car Hire to make sure you are able to pack everything into the short time you are there.
With a check-in desk located in the arrivals hall, Auto Jardim is probably the most convenient Lisbon Airport Car Rental company to use if you are travelling with children, the elderly or in-firmed. They offer a wide range of vehicles from economy cars to people carriers and provide optional extras such as child and baby safety seats. Passenger insurance costs EUR4.50 per day and drivers between the ages of 21 and 25 must also pay an additional insurance, requested by law, which is EUR4.00 per day.
Situated inside the airport vicinity are the 6 alternative Lisbon Airport Car Hire Companies. These are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Each vary slightly in what they are prepared to include in the quoted price and you should check when making the booking. Avis and Hertz, for example, both include VAT, unlimited kilometres, collision damage waiver and theft protection in the quote.
On the other hand Sixt, which does include unlimited kilometres and indemnity insurance, requires that you pay for additional insurance to protect against accidental damage to the vehicle or theft. The advantage with Sixt though is with 16 offices around Portugal, if you have a problem while out exploring or decide to go for a wonder then the car can always be returned to a different drop off location. Plus their wide range of vehicles includes the gorgeous little Alfa Romeo Spider!
All offer a variety of extras, which should be booked in advance, such as safety seats, luggage racks and navigation systems, and provide well-maintained cars that are generally less than 8 months old. For the smaller category of cars there is a minimum hire age of 21 years and most require that the driver has held a license for at least a year. While for the bigger more luxurious cars, the age limit rises to 25 years.
Some car hire firms work out deals with the airlines to give their passengers discounted rates. For those flying from the UK to Lisbon, BMI Baby and TAP Air Portugal work in conjunction with Hertz to offer reductions on Lisbon Airport Car Hire. Another way to save money is to join up to one of the many loyalty card schemes that the car hire firms offer. These give you access to favourable rates, priority booking and speeds up the check-in process, as well as many more benefits.
Do remember when booking car hire at Lisbon Airport, it is necessary to bring a valid credit card as debit cards are frequently not accepted and even though you´re on holiday, don´t let your hair down when it comes to following the road rules of the country.