Guerin – a successful Portuguese car hire company
Guerin – also known as Guerin Car Rental Solutions Lda, is quite a well known car hire company in Portugal.
Guerin car rental background
The founder of Guerin was the late (1926-2011) Salvador Caetano.
Being an old school entrepreneur, Mr. Caetano was widely respected and was one of the most successful post-revolution businessmen in Portugal.
Caetano built his fortune from the ground up through a vast number of companies, but the importership established in 1968 of Toyota cars was the foundation.
In 1971, Caetano expanded the Toyota partnership with a light truck and van assembly plant in Ovar in the district of Aveiro north-vest of Lisbon. Later on, Caetano Group went on to make its own small minibuses, airport buses and urban buses; the latter of which are being sold in Britain.
All Toyota outlets in Portugal still bear the founders family name as do many other non-Toyota dealerships.
Previously (1983-2004), Caetano Group was the official BMW importer in Portugal. The company still have a number of BMW, Mini and BMW motorcycle dealerships under the name of Caetano Baviera and a few Mercedes dealerships under the Caetano Star brand.
The Guerin hire car operation was founded in 1989 and is based on the Caetano Group’s success within the automotive business in Portugal.
The Caetano Group also has a share in the Pepe Rent-a-car company in Spain.
Locations of Guerin offices in Lisbon
Guerin car hire offices are easy to recognize with their white logo on green background.
Often the Guerin car rental offices are very small indeed. With attention to cost the Guerin offices manages to offer competitive prices. Booking a hire car online in Portugal through any search engine will frequently, but not always, bring a Guerin supplied car up as the cheapest option.
Especially within the economy and supermini car hire segment, the market position of Guerin is strong and not only relying on tourism in Portugal.
Where to find Guerin in Lisbon
The largest Guerin car rental office is situated in Lisbon Airport in the main rental car area next to the arrival hall. This office operates normally from 06.00 in the morning to 01.00 at night.
In the Lisbon city centre you will find two additional Guerin offices at:
- Av. Álvares Cabral 45 (Santa Isabel area in Lisbon city centre)
- Av. Severiano Falcão, Nº3 (Alvalade area close to airport) – serves as Guerin HQ
The Guerin Lisbon city centre office normally close at 6 pm on working days as do most other Guerin city offices.
Where to find Guerin outside Lisbon
Guerin car rental has a very strong presence outside Lisbon.
The major Airports of Faro, Algarve and Oporto (Porto) are the most important Guerin offices outside Lisbon.
Holiday makers on the Lisbon Coast will find a Guerin office close to Hotel Cidadela in the holiday resort town of Cascais.
On the Algarve Coast, Guerin is present with city offices in Portimão, Tavira, Lagos, Albufeira and of course in Faro Airport.
On the Azores Islands you will find Guerin car rental in the main airport in Ponta Delgada on the largest island of São Miguel and 3 more offices are found on the Islands of Pico, Faial and Terceira.
On the Azores Island car rental, often, is considerably more expensive than on mainland Portugal.
In the city of Funchal on Madeira and in the Airport of Madeira, you will find Guerin offices too.
When booking car hire online, you do not need to worry about opening times. When a car is possible to book, the office will be open at your scheduled time of arrival.