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    Portugal Car Rental Driving Information

    Driving Overview

    Driving in PortugalGeneral Information
    With a car rental in Portugal arranged by Auto Europe will allow you to tour the astounding cities of Lisbon, Faro and Porto or explore the majestic coastline. Whatever it is you plan to do while in Portugal allow Auto Europe to come along to ensure you make the very most of your Portuguese vacation. However before your trip to Europe, please make a point to read the information below as it will provide insight on driving and renting a vehicle in Portugal.

    To rent a vehicle in Portugal through Auto Europe you are required to be a minimum of 21 years old. If you happen to be 21-24 years old some suppliers will impose a young driver surcharge of about $14.50 CAD per day or $150 per rental. Many of the suppliers that we work with require you to have had your driver’s license for at least 1 year. In the event you are traveling with children under the age of 12 years or smaller then 1.5 meters in height they are required to sit in the back seat of the vehicle in a child car seat or booster that is appropriate to their size. Find more information on car rental accessories available for your next trip.

    Speed Limits
    The speed limits in Portugal are: city 50 km/h, open roads 90 km/h and 120 km/h on the highway. Speed limits are heavily enforced and severe penalties can result to those who fail to oblige.

    Rules of the Road
    Vehicles in Portugal are required to travel on the right hand side of the road. When entering a roundabout the vehicles that are already in the roundabout have the right of way.

    Gas & Diesel
    Many Portuguese gas stations are open 24 hours and accept many international credit cards. Regular unleaded gas costs about $7.43 CAD per gallon with diesel costing about $5.87 CAD per gallon.

    Many highways in Portugal will require you to pay a toll, many of which are determined by the vehicle category and the distance you traveled.

    In Portugal vehicles are required to park on the right side of the street and in the direction that traffic is traveling. Do not park within 18 meters of an intersection, 15 meters from a bus stop or 3 meters from a tram stop as is restricted in Portugal

    Insurance Information

    Car Rental Insurance in PortugalGeneral Information
    If beginning your rental in Portugal the insurance guidelines of Portugal will be in effect for the entire duration of the rental even in the event it is returned to a different country. Specific insurance information can be found in the terms and conditions area of your rental voucher.

    When renting a vehicle in Portugal with Auto Europe your rental rate will automatically include all necessary insurances. Below we have gone into detail what insurance is required to be on your vehicle rental and what other options are available to your through Auto Europe and the local suppliers.

    Required Coverage
    Fire and third party liability insurance are included on all rentals commencing in Portugal booked through Auto Europe, as they are required. Third party liability provides insurance coverage to people and property outside of the rental vehicle that may be damaged or injured by the rental vehicle. Third party liability coverage can range from 50 million euros up to an unlimited amount depending on the car rental supplier. Fire insurance provides coverage to the rental vehicle in the event is damaged due to a fire and most of the supplies that we work with will cover an unlimited amount.

    Optional Coverage
    Collision damage waiver and theft protection are option on car rentals taking place in Portugal. Auto Europe gives you the option to purchase these insurances ahead of time at an advance purchase discount by offering them on all inclusive rental rates in Portugal. CDW and theft will almost always have a deductible that you are responsible for in the event anything happens to the rental vehicle. in Deductible amounts in Portugal can range from $1,390 up to $4,000 CAD. Super CDW is an optional insurance that is usually offered locally to help reduce the amount of the deductible; it can cost about $16 CAD per day up to $35 CAD per day and is available with select suppliers only. Personal accident insurance (PAI) is another optional insurance that is available locally, which will provide death and disability coverage to the driver and passengers of the rental vehicle. PAI costs approximately $10 CAD per day up to $12 CAD per day depending on the rental supplier. Optional insurances are provided through certain supplies only and prices can change without notice at anytime. If you elect to decline CDW and theft to take advantage of insurance coverage through your credit card please check with the card issuer to learn the specifics of your coverage.

    Rental Restrictions

    General Information
    Auto Europe would like to make sure that you are fully aware of any restrictions that may apply to your car rental in Portugal. If you are intending to rent a luxury vehicle, 4x4, large van or automatic there may be travel restrictions due to insurance regulations on those particular categories. At this time we would like to ask for you to take a moment and make sure the vehicle you intend to rent will be suitable for your travel needs. If you have any questions regarding the vehicle category you’re intending to rent please contact our friendly staff 24 hours a day by calling us toll free at 1 888 223 5555.

    Restricted Countries
    Vehicles that are rented in Portugal through Auto Europe are restricted from travel to: Africa, Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and the Ukraine.

    Rental Car Restrictions in PortugalNote: Some specific vehicle categories may be restricted from traveling into Italy. Many vehicles are also restricted from traveling to island locations.

    One-Way Rentals
    International one-way car rentals are available at an additional fee. Domestic one-way rentals are offered with most being free of charge. Minimum rental lengths may apply and not all categories are permitted.