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What Our Customers Say:

  • 10 out of 10

    The service is good and quick. They had no diesel cars left, but we could choose from several gasoline cars. The only minus - too many scratches on all doors, roof ...

    2013-11-26
    Andrey
  • 10 out of 10

    It was a little unclear at first after coming through passport control in the arrival hall, but found the rental place very quickly, bus service ok. Service was excellent, very friendly person, taking the time to explain the contract. I knew about the full tank of petrol, which I don't like, but have to accept. Also the insurance was explained. The car hire was very cheap so I wasn't expecting too much, the car had a few marks on it, but was in perfect working order. Tires could do with a renewal soon. The car was clean, radio working,so all in all I was happy.

    2013-11-26
    Marijke Phillips
  • 10 out of 10

    Very good service.

    2013-11-27
    Frank Hemsworth
  • 10 out of 10

    Yes everything was good

    2013-11-27
    Susan O

A Quick Guide to... Faro Airport

If you are new to a country the last thing you want to be doing is relying on public transport or coaches. Public transport systems are hard to fathom if you do not know the language so the chance is that you will be guessing a lot, and that is not a good way to start your holiday. This means that hiring a car and obtaining a satellite navigation system is by far the easier and more convenient option. Furthermore, with a car, you can take in more sites because you have more time.

There are plenty of car hire companies located at Faro airport for you to consider. In fact, there are eight main car hire companies located on site, including; Auriga Crown, Autojardim, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Guerin, Hertz and Sixt. It is important that you book before you land in order for you to get the car that you want at the price you desire.

Map of Car Hire at Faro Airport

The car hire desks at Faro Airport are situated in two places. The bigger companies can be found inside the arrivals hall, but the smaller ones are in car park four which is about a three-minute walk from the airport.

It is vital that you check the opening times of the car hire companies though because you do not want to turn up and realise that you have to wait several hours before the company opens for business again. Here are six of them from the companies situated at Faro Airport.

From these car hire companies you can expect to rent a whole variety of cars from convertibles to big four by four vehicles that are ideal for larger parties. This is another reason why it is crucial that you use a car hire company before you leave to make sure you get the car that you want.

Auriga Crown, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Autojardim - Opening hours: 7 days a week from 06:00 - 23:59

Guerin - Opening hours: Weekdays 8:00 - 19:00, Bank Holidays 8:00 - 19:00.

Information for Younger Drivers

All of the providers on offer at Faro Airport have different regulations for young drivers in Portugal. In the majority of cases, drivers under the age of 25 will have to pay a surcharge, and some, like Hertz require drivers to be over 19 years old. You will tend to find that those under 25 are charged a lot more than those over 25, and this is why it is so important to check for the lowest price on a third party provider before leaving.

At the same time, if you are looking to hire a certain type of car like a vintage car or in some cases a large 4x4 you may have to be 30 years old to be able to rent the car. All drivers, regardless of their age need to have a full license in order to hire a car in Portugal.

Documents Required

If you are hiring a car in Portugal, then you need to have several documents to prove you can legally hire a car. Even if you book online you will be required to show the company your documents when you pick the car.

Every driver (the main driver and any additional drivers on the policy) will need their driver?s license (permit if you are from outside the EU), passport and the card used to book. Your party will also need a hard copy of your confirmation documents.

Insurance

Buying insurance with your cover is crucial, especially when you are abroad because the chances of an accident are increased because of different driving rules and the fact you are not used to how the car handles.

Generally, you will be offered a free insurance waver, which includes accidents and theft with every hire car. However, these policies will often have a huge excess (something like ?2,000) attached, which means that if you are involved in a minor accident with minimal damage, you would technically still be liable for the full damage to the car.

There is no need to worry because insurance provided by rental companies is often quite inexpensive, especially when you shop around with different providers. It is important that you check the excess that you will have to pay if you are in an accident and exactly what you are covered for because you do not want to be hit with any surprises. At the same time, do not be pressured into buying insurance that you do not want or need.

Car Hire Tips

Following these tips when you are renting a car at Faro Airport is crucial. When you receive the keys, you should check the interior and exterior of the car for any previous damage, however minor it may be. You should do this because sometimes companies miss the damage on vehicles when they check it before you rent. Therefore, if it is spotted when you bring the car back, even if you have not done it, the car hire company is within their rights to hold you accountable for it. If you do notice any interior or exterior damage, you need to tell the provider and get them to fill out a form that details that you are not liable for this damage. They will then keep a copy, and you will receive one as well.

In the majority of cases, you are required to return the car with a full tank of petrol/diesel. The terms and conditions of the car hire policy will usually state that the company can charge you for bringing back a car without a loaded tank. Furthermore, as they call it an inconvenience, they will often charge you much more than the regular price for filling up.

On any international journey, the most important thing is that all the potential drivers understand the laws of the road and the regulations. Do the cars drive on the right or left-hand side of the road? What is the national speed limit? Is the speed measured in kilometres or miles per hour? If you are not sure of the laws of the road, make sure you ask your car hire company once you have picked up the car.

Surcharge Fees

Even though these fees are disappearing, some places still charge a surcharge fee. This is generally calculated alongside your fees but could be an additional cost. Make sure you ask your provider if they charge you this fee, and if they do, how do they need it paid? In the majority of cases, if they do charge this fee, they will require you to pay it before you leave the airport after arriving.

SERVICE AT THE AIRPORT

One Way Car Hire

At Faro Airport, some of their car hire providers offer a one-way hire service. This allows you to pick your car up at the airport before dropping it off your car at a different location in the country. If you plan on doing this, you need to let your car hire company know in advance. If you do need this service, then a fee will be added onto your cost because eventually the car has to get back to the airport.

Online Check in and Self Service Kiosks

In order to save time you can check in online to save yourself filling out paperwork at the other end. The online check out is available with all of the main companies, but as of yet there are no self service Kiosks for car hire companies at Faro Airport.

Meet and Greet Service

In the main arrivals hall is a meet and greet service that will walk you over to the car park if you arrive late at night. If you turn up in the day, then finding it is not hard and any member of staff will be able to guide you there.

Faro Airport Directions

Faro Airport is located right on the south coast of the country. Connected by the A-22 onto the N-125 the airport is well signposted therefore this is not something you should worry about. If you are coming from a distance then head to Faro first. Then when you are here find the EN125 and follow signs to the airport.