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Car rental Porto airport

Car rental Porto Airport

Are you travelling to Porto for business, a city trip or a round trip through Portugal? Renting a car at Porto airport is always a good idea. HolidayCars can provide you with plenty of good options at this international airport. With 29 HolidayCars associated rental car companies we can always supply you with a car that suits your needs.
We’ve lined up some information and tips for you regarding Portugal, Porto and of course Porto airport.

Porto Airport

The airport first opened its gates in 1945 under the name Pedras Rubras Airport (meaning ‘red rocks’). In 1990 the airport was renamed after former prime minister Sá Carneiro, who died in an airplane crash in 1980.
Officially called Francisco Sá Carneiro airport, Porto airport (OPO) is located about 15 kilometers northwest from Porto's center. Porto airport has a single-terminal facility serviced by a number of main airlines covering domestic and international destinations. It is currently Portugal's third busiest airport in terms of aircraft operations and passenger numbers, right after Lissabon Portela Airport and Faro Airport. The usual check-in time for flights across European countries is 60 minutes. For domestic flights it is only 30 minutes. Porto airport is the base for TAP Portugal, the major Portugal's national airline, and is also served by Air Berlin, EasyJet, Lufthansa, Ryanair and Transavia.

Car hire Porto

So why would you consider car hire in Porto? We have made a list of fun activities:

Rent a car at Porto airport

Porto being one of the top tourist destinations, car rental at Porto airport is much favored among tourists. There are several companies that provide car rental at Porto airport, including A.A. Castanheira, Budget, Auto Jardim, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National Car Rental and Sixt. You can find their counters on the ground floor of the Arrivals Hall. In order to avoid paying too much with limited options of the available rental cars, it's wise to book car rental at Porto airport prior to your trip. Please note that by the time of pick-up, the staff at the car rental counter may try to sell you extra insurances for your rental car. If you rent a car at Porto airport with NoRisk Warranty from holidaycars.com, then you don't need any extra insurance, as it already covers your Personal Liability as well as damage to windows, tires and chassis.
The airport is located near the atlantic ocean, which is clearly visible from the terminal.
The airport is momentarily the second busiest in Portugal speaking in terms of aircraft movements. Lisbon Airport is Portugal’s busiest airport and Faro Airport is third on this list.

Facilities at Porto airport (OPO) include:

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Contact

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport
Pedras Rubras
4470 Maiav
Portugal

Airport codes

IATA airport code: OPO
ICAO airport code: LPPR
Tips and experiences for Porto airport

Our customers rated Porto airport with an average of 9.2 based on 66 ratings, and these are the most recent tips, experiences and highlights.

07-01-2020
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Beautiful city. Street parking can be difficult or expensive. Easy to walk everywhere or take transportation.
19-11-2019
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Renting a car in advance is always the best option. If you have children, make sure it is not cheaper to buy a child safety seat than to rent it. Photograph the car immediately after inspecting it and always take out insurance. In case of any accident, don’t hesitate to inform the rental company and take pictures of the damaged part of the vehicle. These tips help make your experience even better.
05-11-2019
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Porto is a lovely city with endless parts to explore. The airport like any city is situated further outside the city, but a $20 cab ride gets you into the more touristy area. You will always be walking up a hill which is great because it justifies all the delicious food and port wine you get to have! Tour a port distillery, take the funicular, ride a boat. The city is gorgeous and the people demonstrated the most hospitality I have ever experienced traveling in Europe. Excellent food, picturesque scenery everywhere you look. Loved it.
29-09-2019
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Definitely activate the toll device, the convenience was very nice and not expensive. GPS is the great for navigating in town, but for planning and orientation you can’t beat an old fashioned paper map. Phone signals come and go in rural areas, as well as cities with buildings blocking the signal-an actual GPS like a Garmin doesn’t rely on phone signals and is more reliable.
22-09-2019
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The representative for Drive On Holidays is not in a booth, it’s just a person standing near the other car rental services.
08-09-2019
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Some tips: there are lots of places to get food at the airport with plenty of options before and after security. The whole airport has WiFi, so that’s also great. The car rental companies are a 10-min walk from the airport (if they don’t have the transfer bus), which is something to note in advance. Likewise, some companies like Surprice and Europcar need you to check in at their desk offsite and not in the rental car area in the airport. Outside of the airport, there is A LOT to do in Porto! Check out the free walking tours, for example! There’s a rooftop bar at Porto Cruz if you want a beautiful sunset view and some great seafood places on that side of the river. Or have some fabulous food at Jimao’s Wine and Tapas Bar. Porto is a great city with lots to see, eat and drink, so spoil yourself and explore!
08-09-2019
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Check GPS has not been set to avoid motorways! Take boat trip up the Douro and kayak back down Try white port as well as red Take a Tuktuk tour along left bank in Porto Tram 28 in Lisbon is best way to see the old town Take the yellow boat tour from Lisbon and explore Belem. Your ticket gives you free rides on the historic teams and the airport shuttle!
25-08-2019
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Avoid gas rentals get a diesel. Gas is expensive in portugal and goes fast if your driving up mountains. I rented a peugout 208 . Must stop in porto at the douro river where all the port cellars are located. If your feeling holy. Go to Fatima. Beautiful place.
16-08-2019
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Porto airport is perfectly sized and easy to get in and out of. The light rail line allows one to get to the city quickly and inexpensively. There is sufficient bus lines to take travellers to most other nearby towns just outside the terminal that run frequently too. There is a fair amount of food places and shops outside by the ticket/checkin area but past security by the gates many more options exist with greater variety of offerings. All in all a great small airport.
16-08-2019
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I would definitely recommend leaving your luggage at the airport, if you go to Customer services at the airport you can leave your suitcases really cheaply for the day. Then get the Metro(under 5 euros round trip) down to Porto centre, you can get off at Trindade and wander round the centre of town, lots of history and great places to eat, and of course lots of lovely shops
27-07-2019
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Make sure you know where to walk to If car hire desk is off site. You will not need a car during your time in the city of Oporto. On your way out of the city check fuel prices so you know what’s a reasonable amount to pay. Beware the SatNav that takes you up narrowing roads - Find an alternative route. Make sure you check out the toll road situation - Via Verde is a real time saver. Keep to the speed limits.
24-07-2019
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I definitely recommend to everyone the route along the Douro River to Pinhao. Also visit any of the many wineries along this way. Who likes nature can visit the Alvao National Park (Vila Real). Who likes countryside can visit the small but beautiful village Montesinho (National Park Montesinho). Don't forget to take a dip on some of the many river beaches (praia fluviale), the water is clean everywhere. Portuguese in the countryside are friendly and happy to help you if any problem occurs, but older people have a problem with English.
23-07-2019
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Best travel tips from My experience to other people would be to be organized with your bookings of hotels and car rental. Don’t over pack. Shopping in Europe is great and if you don’t have something it’s an easy find. Pre plan your days of sight seeing so you don’t get frustrated. Just take your time no need to rush your on vacation. It’s to be enjoyed and taken in with great pleasure.
18-07-2019
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the airport is a bit chaotic, car rentals' location is not marked at all and you have to wait quite a while to collect your luggage
09-07-2019
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Avoid this place. International Hertz was great in other experiences, not this one or anyone through them.
09-07-2019
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Smaller easy to manage airport! Lots of rental car opportunities and easy to find. Signs are well posted and easy to follow.
04-06-2019
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Porto airport is a lovely and small airport. I only arrived in Porto airport as opposed to departing from. The car hire desks are just outside the baggage claim area, the place is clean and and you smell the sense of holidaying around the airport :)
24-05-2019
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Porto is a good airport to fly into .. Its smaller than Lisbon and fast to get out
22-04-2019
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Try local pastry, food and wines.. As for entire car rental bill, give it to someone else.
19-04-2019
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Always get full coverage for cars, you can control your driving but not others! Porto is an amazing city, don’t skip it! Stay along the river in Vila Nova de Gaia to have a prettier view and be with the wineries, best of both worlds! Take a river tour!! No need to book. Indulge and get a Franchesina for lunch! The Yeatman is a spectacular meal, go there.
10-04-2019
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If you need to get into Porto from the hire call place, you can jump on the train right outside.
02-04-2019
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Porto is a great city. Walkable and full of history
09-03-2019
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Relax, chill & remember that you are on holiday! Leave your stressful life at home.
21-02-2019
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Always remain calm and patient. Don't get frustrated. Remember your on vacation so act like it.
10-01-2019
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Fill-up: If you rented a car at Porto airport and you need to return it with a full tank, there's a Jumbo station just outside of the airport that's cheaper than most stations in town, takes cards (which the cheapest stations often don't), and doesn't require pre-payment (so you don't have to guess how much fuel you need). Tolls: Rhodium (at Porto airport) provides an automatic toll-paying transponder in the car, which enables you to use the "só aderentes" lanes at toll plazas. This saves SO MUCH time and hassle. Transmission: My better half usually insists that I rent an automatic so she can take turns driving, but the price differential was HUGE so I got a manual. Two years ago in Spain, I had no problem renting an automatic, so this is apparently a Portugal-specific thing. Fun fact: I actually tried to rent a manual (for practice) in Los Angeles before we left, and it's virtually impossible.
04-01-2019
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The surroundings of Porto have lots to offer, try to avoid the city center with the car. You can park in the amazing art deco parking garage in Rua Passo Manuel and walk from there. There are lots of places to visit outside of Porto. I would recommend driving up north. Head to Foz and have a coffee at Praia Da Luz and a short walk at the beach. Then head over to Matosinhos and have rent a surfboard and book some private lesson with Surfaventura - age doesn't matter, it will always be fun. After the water action head to Casa Serao, Porto best-kept secret for fish. Drive up north and visit the Alvão Natural Park. We always try to have at least one dinner at Esquina do Avesso in Leca. (The opened a second place next door). If you go south, visit Aveiro and the salt lakes.
17-11-2018
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Keep safe by hiding valuables. Try authentic Portuguese food. Fill up at Jumbo or Intermarche as cheaper fuel Hire a diesel car as much cheaper to refuel Motorways are much better to travel long distances if your limited for time. Safer way too Try explore Tras-os-montes.
14-11-2018
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Porto airport was efficient and I experienced no problems with the airport and its facilities.
09-11-2018
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Don’t rush handing vehicle back check account properly was double billed for tolls
04-10-2018
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Always research every hotel , car etc that you book reviews on Google mean everything
26-09-2018
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Very modern and efficient airport
28-04-2017
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Enjoy the city, nice restaurants to eat.
01-04-2017
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We had a fantastic service the holiday was wonderful the food the greatest.
22-03-2017
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I would recommend the river tour and in the city center
26-02-2017
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I recommend to visit Six Senses Duoro Valley....great retreat !
24-02-2017
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Porto is a great city to walk around and admire its beauty. Tourists should definitely visit the Sao Bento train station, the Portwine caves and the Dom Luíz bridge
09-02-2017
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Get familiar with the traffic laws and signs. Definitely get a gps. Sixt also rents them!!! Get a diesel car if it's a option. Better fuel economy and just as easy to find at stations.
16-01-2017
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I have not been in Porto this time. But it's a cool place.
03-01-2017
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Do not forget to wander through all the narrows streets of the center and get a little bit lost in its charm. In addition, seeing the sunset from the "Puente Don Luis I" (the main bridge, you won't miss it) is a Must! It was one of the most beautiful views. What's more, the crystal palace gives a perfect view of the city which is unforgettable.
02-01-2017
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go and enjoy the beautry of the country has to give you.
11-12-2016
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Andar à pé pelas ruas do Porto é a melhor forma de conhecer essa encantadora cidade.
29-08-2016
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Guimaraes Parc national pendel-geres
18-08-2016
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The beaches are amazing.fresh breeze and cool waters
12-08-2016
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Go to Coimbra- an amazing University city
08-08-2016
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If you're only in Porto a very small car is fine. If you're in the country, you'll need a slightly more powerful car to deal with the hills. There are plenty of hills.
05-08-2016
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Porto is a great city and also a good base for exploration of Northern Portugal and Galicia. Head to Guimaraes and Braga, a short drive to the north east, inland up the Douro or South to Aveiro, Coimbra and Nazare.
03-08-2016
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Harry Potter bookshop is a must-see.
29-07-2016
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Porto is great city, would recommend to everyone!
27-07-2016
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port houses, nice city to stroll around
20-05-2016
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Although I picked up the vehicle from Porto, Portugal I didn't stay there. I am fairly knowledgeable of the city and would always recommend a Francesinha and sightseeing the city. It is a beautiful city and the people are very friendly.
20-05-2016
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visit one of the wine / port houses
21-04-2016
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- learn some Portuguese
13-04-2016
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Go to the Ferreira port wine cellar and Ribeira for lunch and dinner. Porto is a beautiful city and very friendly
26-03-2016
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Very beautiful city
23-03-2016
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Estradas são maravilhosas especialmente as Autopistas, mas é fundamental a aquisição do aparelho de pedagio automatico pois simplifica a circulação do veículo. A não aquisição pode complicar muito o pagamento dos pedagios.
05-01-2016
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it's my home land
04-01-2016
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Restaurants in Leca da Palmeira
05-11-2015
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serra da estrela (mountains)
28-07-2015
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Nice city All the best
16-07-2015
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Good food and cheap life cost
13-07-2015
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Before leaving the car rental company, I take pictures with my smart/cellular phone of the fuel gauge which indicates the level of fuel in the tank, and also of any damage on the car as this can avoid unforeseen problems when returning the car.
08-07-2015
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O PORTO E UMA CIDADE MUITO BONITA COM MUITA HISTORIA .COMO O NORTE TAMBEM .VALE A PENA CONHECER.
29-06-2015
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nice walkable downtown and several bridges to walk back and forth to the port houses. shopkeepers and restauranteurs were extremely welcoming/friendly. beach/harbor nearby w/car or public transport. great seafood there. stay downtown if possible.
25-06-2015
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Traveled to other destination
23-06-2015
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experience the city & conutry
09-06-2015
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Foodsightseeing, the best way to explore a city