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Car rental Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, lying in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River. It is the seventh-most-visited city of Southern Europe, also the wealthiest in Portugal.

Explore Lisbon with the comfort of car rental

Public transport covers most of the city, but when you rent a car in Lisbon it can easily bring you to its nearby small towns, rural areas and some of its beaches that are hard to reach by public transport. Below is a great self-drive itinerary with car hire in Lisbon, taking about 9 days 8 nights, starting from Lisbon to Porto and back to Lisbon. If you make use of car rental in Lisbon, you can leisurely tour through the sunny plains of the Alentejo, the mountains of Beiras, the vineyard terraced slops of the Douro River Valley and Minho rich in history and tradition. Lisbon-Evora-Estremoz-Marvao (day1-day2)- Castelo de Vide-Sortelha- Belmonte(day 3)- Guarda, Viseu, Lamego and Amarante(day4)- Guimaraes, Braga, Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo(day 5)- Porto (day 6)- Aveiro and Coimbra(day 7)- Fatima-Batalha-Alcobaca-Nazare-Obidos-Lisbon (day 8- day9).

Some things to keep in mind parking your rental car

Car rental in Lisbon is popular among tourists, but parking your rental car can be a bit tricky. With narrow, winding streets built on steep hills, on-street parking spaces are rare in the city of Lisbon, especially in the popular downtown Bairro Alto, Baixa and Chiado areas. But there is a large network of underground multi-storey car parks available for a reasonable fee between 18:00-06:00 and during the weekends, which greatly benefits tourists using car rental in Lisbon. Roadside parking must be paid for at the parking meters designated by blue pavement signs. Many underground car parks have signs outside indicating the available spaces. It is usually paid at a cash desk or pay station before returning to the car and leaving. Never risk parking illegally as it would bring a fine and lots of procedural hassles, especially for the tourist using car rental in Lisbon.

Portugal's climate

With a subtropical-Mediterranean climate, Lisbon has warm summers and mild winters. The average annual temperature ranges between 17 °C to 21 °C during the day and 13 °C at night. Its summer lasts about 6 months, from May to October.

Sightseeing

A few of the most prominent tourist attractions include: Castelo de Sao Jorge , offering one of the best views of the city; Convento do Carmo, now an archaeological museum, displaying items discovered from across the world; Se de Lisboa, the cathedral of Lisbon, a mix of original Roman construction and later Gothic and Neoclassical styles; Maritime Museum, one of the best maritime museums in the world that tracks the history of Portuguese naval domination; Torre de Belem, the most iconic place in Lisbon, listed on the UNESCO world heritage list; Coach Museum car, displaying the world's largest collection of coaches and royal vehicles.

Events & festivals

The Lisbon Fish Festival, celebrating the huge gastronomic fish tradition of the city; Indie Lisboa, Lisbon's biggest film festival, aiming to launch and promote the new films and directors on the contemporary international scene; Jazz em Agosto , held in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's open-air amphitheater in August, is the stage for many renowned Jazz musicians and big feast for the Jazz fans.

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Tips and experiences for Lisbon

Our customers rated Lisbon with an average of 9.4 based on 20 ratings, and these are the most recent tips, experiences and highlights.

01-01-2017
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Wine and cheese. Lagos is a must. You will regret if you don't go to the caves there.
15-12-2016
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Lisbon is very friendly for driving (I prefer Waze navigation app), but it may be hard to find parking place in city center. Also, be ready to pay a few euros for ride on a highway or main bridges.
30-08-2016
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Also visit Cascais one day
30-08-2016
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Travel around because it is a beautiful country
27-08-2016
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Unless you know the city well, including places to park..... do not drive in Lisbon!!!!..... This is a "small" city and taxis are very inexpensive!!!
27-08-2016
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no special tips
25-08-2016
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sintra, cascais
25-08-2016
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One of the most beautiful cities in Europe
21-08-2016
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Walk downtown, its well worth.
20-08-2016
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it was all fun!!!!
19-08-2016
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Check out both the Vasco da Gama bridge and mall. Also don't miss out at the shrine at Fatima. There exists many beautiful scenic highways throughout the Portuguese countryside.
16-08-2016
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All Portugal!!!!
16-08-2016
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Guidare And marvao were wonderful
11-08-2016
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Beautiful country very slow and easy
10-08-2016
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Lots to do, lots to see. Great food and easy to get around.
09-08-2016
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Wow. So much to see and do! Lisbon is a wonderful city - full of culture and history but the real adventure is outside the city. Hiring a car allows you to travel around Portugal at your leisure and well worth it. Highlights are visiting Óbidos, Ericeira, Sintra, Tomar, Porto, Guimarães, Geres, Monsanto, Coimbra, Marvão, the Alentejo and the Algarve. You will miss seeing all of these amazing places if you dont hire a car! PLUS, don't miss visiting all the many small villages along the way. The people are warm and very proud of their country. Having a conversation with anyone, anywhere will show you how special Portugal is!
09-08-2016
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We liked Alfama district. Belem was also nice but very touristic. The city centre with narrow and steep streets is lovely.
05-08-2016
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Avoid Lisbon itself when driving. Use the metro.
04-08-2016
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Portugal and Lisbon are the perfect places to go on vacation in Europe nowadays: pretty, lots to do and to see, perfect weather, friendly people and safe. Very old and cultural country and beautiful beaches!
02-08-2016
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Easy to travel by car. Road are beautiful. In some cities, it's better to park outside the city cause the road are small and busy.