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With golden sands and dramatic cliffs, you may never want to leave the beaches of the Algarve. But there's much more to Portugal’s southernmost region than sunbathing. Rent a car at Faro Airport and head inland to discover traditional whitewashed villages, dramatic Moorish castles, excellent golf courses and wild mountain scenery.

Language: Portuguese | Currency: Euro (€) | Avg. Flight time: 3 hrs

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Faro?

You need to be at least 18 years old to hire a car in Faro. However, each car hire company sets its own minimum age limit, so you may find some only rent cars to those over 21. You usually also need to have held a full driving licence for at least a year.

What do I need so I can hire a vehicle in Faro?

You need a valid driving licence, a credit or debit card and valid ID, such as a passport or ID card. Some rental companies also ask for proof of address, proof of insurance or a DVLA check code. Make sure you check with your car hire company before you travel.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Faro?

No, you don’t need excess insurance to hire a car in Faro, but it could be worthwhile. Having excess cover means you don’t have to pay a high excess fee if you damage the vehicle or get into an accident. You can buy excess cover from the rental desk or from a standalone third-party insurer, which is usually cheaper.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Faro?

Yes, many car hire companies in Faro accept debit cards, but some may require a credit card – check before you travel. Make sure you have enough funds on your debit or credit card to cover the booking and your deposit.

Which rental companies are available at Faro Airport?

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Goldcar, Guerin, Hertz, InterRent, National, Sixt and Thrifty all operate at Faro Airport. The major car hire firms have desks in the arrivals hall; smaller local companies are in the P4 car park just outside the terminal.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Faro?

Car hire companies inside the airport often have additional charges and taxes, so it’s usually cheaper to rent a car off site. There are still great car rental deals available at Faro airport though, so it’s worth comparing prices online and in advance.

Can you rent a car in Faro and drop it off in another city?

Yes. Many providers offer one-way rental between cities in Portugal. You may need to pay an additional charge or higher base rate if you’re not returning your vehicle to the original pickup location.

Can you rent a car on the same day in Faro?

Absolutely. You can rent a car on the same day by booking online or directly at the rental desk. Be aware that there may be limited availability and rental offices aren’t open 24/7, even in airports.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Faro?

Yes. You can hire a car in Faro if you’re 21 years old, but some companies may set a higher minimum age limit. Check with the car hire company before you book. Expect to pay an additional ‘young driver surcharge ’ if you’re 25 or under.

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