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

In general, you have to be at least 18 to hire a car in Lisbon and have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months. Some operators set their minimum age requirements higher, typically from 21. Standard rental agreements generally start from 25, meaning 18–24-year-olds will incur a ‘young driver surcharge’ and be restricted to certain vehicles.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Lisbon?

At a minimum, you’ll need a full driving licence, a credit or debit card in your name, and another form of ID (a passport is the most reliable and practical). An International Driving Permit is not required if you hold a UK licence.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Lisbon?

When you hire a car in Lisbon, you’re not required to take out car hire excess insurance, as there will already be some sort of cover in place. However, as this tends to be quite basic, you’re ultimately still at risk of paying out a lot of money if you have to make a claim. In short, car hire excess insurance prevents that from being the case. A standalone policy is usually the most affordable option.

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

Yes, you can hire a car with a debit card in Lisbon, though credit cards are more widely accepted. Additionally, there may be certain restrictions and requirements if you opt to hire a car with a debit card, such as still requiring a credit card for the deposit.

Which rental companies are available at Lisbon Airport?

The following car hire companies can be found at Lisbon Airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Goldcar, Guerin, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, National, Sixt and Thrifty.

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

While you can certainly find some great deals at the airport, picking up a hire car off-site is generally cheaper. After all, airport pick-ups come with a ‘location-based surcharge’. Still, convenience may be a deciding factor.

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

Yes, one-way rentals are available in Lisbon. To find out what car hire companies cover your desired drop-off destination, use an online search and comparison tool. You typically have to pay more for a one-way rental.

Can you rent a car the same day in Lisbon?

Yes, it’s possible to find same-day rentals in Lisbon. Keep in mind that if you leave it to the day, there’s a chance that there’ll be no cars left to hire or, depending on the time, offices/desks may be closed for business. If possible, book in advance.

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

If you’re 21 years of age and keen to hire a car in Lisbon, you’re in luck as it’s the minimum age set by a number of operators in the city. As a ‘young driver’ – that’s anyone under the age of 25 – a surcharge will be added to your bill.

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