Car hire Lisbon Airport – Rent-A-Car in Lisboa
Lisbon Airport is located in the northern part of the capital of Portugal some 3 miles (5 kilometres) from Lisbon City Centre.
Cheap car hire in Lisbon Airport is easy to find. For the lowest rates on Lisbon Airport cars please check online search engines which usually offer the best rates.
The main airport in Lisbon is also known as Lisbon International Airport. In Portugal Lisbon Airport is often referred to as Lisboa Portela Airport, Aeroporto da Lisboa or Aeroporto da Portela.
Lisbon International Airport – LIS is one of the busiest airports on the Iberian Peninsular. Aeroporto da Lisboa is the main gateway to Portugal with more than 14 million passengers in year 2010, a number which is expected to increase.
Lisbon Airport is manged by ANA; the nationally owned operator of airports in Portugal, which also owns Faro Airport, Porto Airport, Beja Airport and the main civilian airports on the Azores Islands.
Terminals in Lisbon Airport
Lisbon Airport has only two terminals.
Terminal 1 is by far the busiest and largest handling all international flights.
Terminal 2 is for domestic flights only including the destinations Madeira and Azores Islands; both of which are Portuguese territories.
The airport is located close to the A1 motorway leading South over the Tejo river by the Vasco da Gama Bridge. See map of Lisbon Airport location.
Lisbon car hire in the airport
The arrival hall in Terminal 1 is located on the ground floor level 2.
See also: Map of Lisbon Airport.
A large number of rental car offices are located in the far end of the arrival hall close to Parking P1 area at Lisbon Portela Airport.
Hire cars in Lisbon Airport can be booked online for collection from early morning until late evening. If it is possble to carry out a booking for at specific collection time, the office will be open.
Car hire Lisbon Airport – prices in low season
In Lisbon Airport car rental rates are frequently amongst the lowest in Europe – especially outside the high season months of July and August.
It is by no means unusual to find a small car for hire in Lisbon Airport from as little as €90 per week using online booking. Prices can be as low as €70-75 a week for Lisbon car hire, when booking your hire car online, but rock bottom rates like these are rare.
For a medium-sized VW Golf class car the rental rate for a week with collection in Lisbon Airport is often available from approx. €110 in low season or sligthly more in the months of May, June and September.
Car hire Lisbon Airport – prices in July and August
With the large amount of tourists pouring into buzzing Lisbon in July and August, the demand for rent-a-car services in Lisbon Airport increases significantly.
It is higly advisable to book your hire car as early as possible for the summer months.
For a smal Ford Fiesta class supermini; frequently a Seat Ibiza, Huyndai i20, Opel Corsa og Renault Clio hire car in Lisbon Airport, expect to pay from €120 in July and August when booking online well in advance.
In July and August, a VW Golf class of hire car, often a Ford Focus, Seat Leon, Renault Megane or similar, is often available from €150 per week of Lisbon car hire.
For late booking a few days before holidays in August, there may be a limited number of cars available in Aeroporto de Lisboa hence prices tend to increase; sometimes to as much as €250-300 for even the cheapest of hire cars.
Rent-A-Car companies in Lisbon Airport
Car hire in Lisbon Airport is available from a large number of rental offices, all located in the same area in a low level walk through hallway close to the rental car parking.
You reach the rental car counters by turning right when entering the arrival hall from the gates in Portela Lisbon Airport. Signs to the hire car stands are plentiful.
From the rental counters there is a short walk to the large ground level parking area from where the car rental companies in Lisbon Airport operate their vehicles.
Car hire operators in Lisbon Airport include the following major international carhire companies:
- Avis Rent-A-Car Lisbon
- Europcar Lisbon / National Lisbon / Alamo Lisbon (joint office)
- Hertz Rent-A-Car Lisbon
- Sixt Auto Rent Lda
- Budget Lisbon – AA Castanheira
And in addition, the following well known local Lisbon rent-a-car companies:
- Auto Jardim
In Portugues the term ‘Rent A Car’ is often translated to Aluguer de Automóveis or Aluguer de Carros.
How to find Lisbon Airport in a hire car
Lisbon Airport is very easy to find.
The dual carriageway ’2nd Circular’ leads to the airport in Lisbon.
In Portuguese partidas translates into ‘Departures’. The Lisbon Airport departures exit (exit 3) from the main road is marked ‘Aeroporto – partidas’.
In order to reach the Lisbon Airport Arrivals – chegadas in Portuguese – you need to head for exit 4 and the sign posting ‘Aeroporto – chegadas’.
If you miss both airport exits from the main road and stick to the strict rules about not making U-turns on the 2nd Circular, you will eventually have to continue over the 10 miles long Vasco da Gama Bridge. The bridge leads to the other side of the River Tejo. This is best avoided and taking any other exit before the bridge is a better option.
Both exits to the airport from the main 2nd Circular/E2 road at Lisbon Airport southbound towards the A1 motorway are fortunately quite easy to spot.