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Guide & Tips for hiring a car in Portugal| Penguin Car Hire

Q: How old do I need to be to hire a car in Portugal?


A: Drivers must be at least 19 to rent a car in Portugal and some companies will only hire vehicles to those aged 21 and over. In either case, you must have held your licence for at least a year.

Q: What kind of car will I be driving?

A: Most rental cars are manual drive. While automatics are available, there are fewer of them so it is sensible to book well in advance if you need one.

Q: What documents do I need to rent a car in Portugal?

A: You will usually be required to provide your driving licence (visitors from some countries will require an international driving licence), a credit card and your passport to rent a car.

Q: What is required to secure my booking?


A: Most rental companies will need your passport and a credit card to secure your booking.


Q: Do I need to bring a car seat for my child?

A: Booster seats or baby seats are required for anyone travelling in a car who is under the age of 12. Many hire companies will rent one out along with the vehicle.