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It’s true if you’re visiting Lisbon, the city’s great public transport system will suit the majority of peoples requirements. However, some of you may wish to explore further out and enjoy the freedom of independent travel. Some isolated villages, vineyards and nature parks are only accessible by car and of cause if any member of your group has mobility issues car hire is the best option for getting around.

If you purchase your flight online you'll most likely be offered car-hire as part of a package but how can you be sure you're getting the best deal? However, booking your deal at MADABOUTLISBON.COM in advance is always preferable to leaving it to the last minute.

To get the best prices and guarantee the car of choice it pays to take some time in the comfort of your own home to lock down the best option for you before travelling. Make sure you consider each option carefully to avoid any unwanted surprises. Take the worry out of the process and secure the best deal.

Although generally more expensive than inter-city, airport pick-ups are by far the most popular location for collecting your vehicle. Car rental companies at Lisbon Airport each have a desk at arrivals (Chegadas). Just lookout for the car-hire company livery.

Another viable option for pick up is from Oriente Train Station (Gare do Oriente) train station, ideal if you're arriving in Lisbon by train. You can also take the metro from the airport there if lugging bags around isn't a problem for you. Car rental companies also have offices in central Lisbon which is an option if you're happy to brave the traffic. When signing your contract you'll most likely be asked if you want to Activate the Via Verde electronic toll system used on some Portuguese major highways. The cost is only around €1.50 a day and allows you to avoid the toll booths via dedicated lanes. Portuguese roads are safe, generally in excellent condition and fun to drive on.

Renting a car and driving in Portugal offer unparalleled flexibility to explore the country's diverse landscapes and charming towns. Whether you're planning a leisurely road trip or seeking off-the-beaten-path adventures, here are essential tips for a safe and enjoyable driving experience:

Rental Car Booking:

•  Reserve your rental car in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure the best rates and availability.
•  Compare prices and terms from different car rental companies to find the most suitable deal for your needs.
•  Know whether your rental pickup is on or off the airport premises, and plan accordingly.

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Documentation: Ensure you have a valid driver's license and carry your passport and rental car documents at all times while driving.

Insurance: Verify the insurance coverage provided with your rental car and consider purchasing additional insurance for peace of mind.

Vehicle Size: Choose a car size suitable for the roads you plan to travel, considering the narrow streets in historic towns.

Road Rules: Familiarise yourself with Portuguese road rules, including driving on the right-hand side of the road.

Speed Limits: Observe posted speed limits, especially in urban areas and on highways.

Toll Roads: Be prepared for toll roads and consider options like electronic toll devices or temporary toll passes.

Parking: Look for designated parking areas or garages in city centers, and follow parking signs and regulations to avoid fines.

Road Signs: Pay attention to road signs, which may differ from those in your home country, and familiarise yourself with common signs before your trip.

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GPS and Navigation: Consider using GPS or navigation apps for route guidance, but be cautious of outdated or inaccurate information.

Refuelling: Petrol stations (posto de gasolina) are widely available, and most accept major credit cards.

Rest Stops: Take regular breaks on long drives to stay alert and enjoy the scenery.

Emergency Numbers: Familiarise yourself with emergency numbers, with 112 being the general emergency number in Portugal.

Understanding the types of roads, road signs, and essential driving tips will help you navigate Portugal's roads with confidence and make the most of your journey. Whether you're cruising along the highways or exploring scenic routes, safe travels await in Portugal!