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One of the Algarve’s most beautiful resorts, Lagos has breathtaking beaches, charming clifftop restaurants and whitewashed villages.

Hiring a car is the best way to see the sights and take in the bays, trails and conservation areas across the region. And if the Algarve’s 33 golf courses appeal, a car tees you up for some of Europe’s most scenic rounds.

Lagos is a fantastic base to explore the Algarve by car. You’ll have no trouble finding car rental companies along or in the vicinity of Av. dos Descobrimentos.

From big name brands like Europcar to smaller independent firms such as Marina Rent-a-Car, you’ll be spoiled for choice. But don’t forget to compare prices between companies to ensure you get the best deal.

Car hire companies in Lagos include:

  • Avis / Budget: (+351) 282 761 374
  • Europcar: (+351) 282 763 203
  • Luzcar: (+351) 282 761 016
  • Lagorent: (+351) 917 892 619
  • DailyRent: (+351) 965 775 698
  • Marina Rent-a-Car: (+351) 282 764 789
  • SunCars: (+351) 911 831 330

Exploring the Algarve is a whole lot easier with some wheels at your disposal. A hire car gives you the freedom to discover beautiful beaches and picturesque villages that would otherwise be unreachable.

Two roads run across the region from east to west; the A22 (Via de Infante) is a toll-paying highway while the EN125 is the national road. Take either and head to the Algarve’s rugged west coast, or make your way inland to discover the verdant hills of Monchique.

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Fast facts

What age do you need to be to hire a car in Lagos?

In most cases the minimum age is 21. However, some companies may make exceptions with a deposit or premium insurance, so best to shop around. All drivers under the age of 25 will incur a daily young driver surcharge.

What side of the road do they drive on?

In Portugal they drive on the right.

Do you need a credit card to hire a car?

Most rental companies require a credit card, though some may accept Visa and MasterCard debit cards. Check with your provider before booking.

Do you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to hire a car in Lagos?

You do not need an IDP to drive in Portugal if you have a photocard driving licence issued by the UK.

Driver requirements

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Lagos?

You’ll need a valid driving licence (typically with at least one year of driving experience), a credit card in the driver’s name and an additional photo ID such as a passport.

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

It’s often cheaper to rent a car off site, if less convenient. But if you compare hire companies online in advance you’re likely to get a good deal for airport pickup.

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

Yes, many rental companies offer one-way car hire. However, the service often carries an additional fee.

Is it easy to find parking in Lagos?

Parking in the Old Town is difficult due to its narrow one-way streets. However, there are some free car parks outside the Old Town walls including Parking Lot Lagos off R. da Gafaria, Lagos Parque de Estacionamento de Lagos behind the marina and Aparcamiento Subterráneo on Av. dos Descobrimentos.

Are there any scenic driving routes near Lagos?

The Algarve has no shortage of scenic drives. We recommend the windswept and interesting westward journey from Lagos to Cape St Vincent. The landscape may feel like you’re driving to the ends of the earth, but the drive is only 38.5km (24 miles). You’ll pass dramatic coastline, ancient megaliths and beautiful villages to stop in for lunch.

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