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Discover Faro in a Rental Car

Beautiful beaches, a nature park and a historic walled city all await you in Faro, the Algarve region’s capital. The city is perfect for exploration on your own with its charming cobbled streets, Neoclassical architecture, vibrant cafes and pedestrian shopping streets. If you want to explore more of the Algarve–and you should–it’s best to hire a car.

Set out on the road and soon you’ll find some of Portugal’s finest vineyards, outstanding golf resorts, hiking trails and historic sights. There’s an easy-going vibe in Faro and across the Algarve–people are warm and friendly–giving the region an authentic Portuguese feel.

Faro Airport serves the entire Algarve region and is the starting point for most visitors. Some nearby destinations include Tavira, Estoi, Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Lagos.

Reserving Your Hire Car at Faro Airport

Since Faro is a very popular destination for holidaymakers, it’s a good idea to book your car hire from one of the companies located at the Faro Airport ahead of time. This is particularly important during the busier summer months.

You can choose from mini, economy and compact models ideal for 2 to 4 people, midsize, standard and full-size models for 4 to 5 people and vans for larger groups. Alternatively, an SUV may be a wise choice for more active travellers, while a convertible is an exciting choice for those who want to feel the sun on their face and the wind in their hair.

Car hire companies located at Faro airport include Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Budget and National, to name just a few. Make sure to reserve any accessory you might want, such as a navigation system or child seat, when you book your hire. Note that children under the age of 12 and below 150cm in height cannot ride in the front seat.

The car hire company should provide you with the car’s logbook, known as the livrete, and the registration documents, both of which are required by Portuguese law to be in the vehicle whenever it is being driven. Don’t forget to inspect your vehicle for previous damage before leaving with your rental.

To hire a car, select your pick-up and drop-off locations (Faro Airport is the most common pick-up location for visitors to the Algarve) and dates. You can also use Expedia’s filter tool to find the ideal car that meets your needs at the best price. You can then choose from the available offers and add any accessories you want to include. There are no hidden fees when you book with Expedia. The price you see is the price you pay.

Explore Faro and the Algarve Region

Start your Algarve holiday by spending some time checking out Faro’s many charms. You can even tour the city aboard a segway. You can also experience Faro’s lagoon and see the city from the water on a pontoon. Of course, Ria Formosa Nature Park, with its traditional fishing communities and migratory birds, is not to be missed.

Then, you can hop in your hire car in search of the many other destinations and attractions in the Algarve Region. For beach lovers, there’s Vilamoura, Santa Luzia, Albufeira and Praia da Rocha. If culture and history is your thing, head to Vila Real de Santo Antonio, which resembles Lisbon on a smaller scale, or to Lagos. Golfers will enjoy Vilamoura and Quarteira while surfers should head toward Sagres. Wine lovers can embark on a premium wine tour from Albufeira.

Find Answers to Your Faro Car Hire Questions

What is the speed limit in Faro?

Vehicles travel on the right side of the road in Faro, and speed limits are 50 MPH in town, 55 MPH on standard roads and 75 MPH on motorways and toll expressways.

Which documents do I need to hire a car in Faro?

You will need your hire confirmation if you booked online, credit card in the driver’s name and driving licence from your country of origin.

Do I need to fill the tank when I return my car?

Most companies require that you return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, but it’s always best to ask.

FAQs for car hire in Faro

What’s the best price car rental in Faro?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Faro.

What’s the average car rental price in Faro?

On average, car rentals in Faro are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Faro?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Faro?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.