Listed below are the ten main car hire companies based at Faro Airport. They are all in one area just outside the terminal building. The airport has a great layout, the car hire companies are within a 2 minute walk of the arrivals hall.
You take the exit door BEFORE the meet and great area of the arrivals hall, follow the small ramp down and then up the other side and that’s it, you’re there!
We personally love hiring our own car when going on holiday. It gives you freedom to have a look around the area whenever you want. The beaches are amazing in Portugal, you could spend all day there, but if the weather´s bad, then you may want to take cover in one of the shopping centres which are spread out along the Algarve. There are some beautiful places to see and explore which you just won’t do in a taxi. Car hire can be so cheap, sometimes the same price as a taxi journey to your accommodation.
To save time in the queue, ask the non driver to collect the luggage.
Have your voucher ready, if there are any problems call the number.
If you are pushed for upgrades, think first, do you really need it?
Take your time to check the car for any scratches or damage.
Before setting off, become familiar with the car and if driving at night, make sure your lights are on.
Take care when collecting your car, don’t get distracted by people or leave your bags anywhere.
Make sure you check the petrol situation. Have you paid for a full tank? Do you need to return it full or empty? If you need to return it full, then the nearest petrol station is on the main road into the airport, about 1km before you get the actual terminal.
Ask how payment is to be made regarding electronic tolls. Most car hiring companies have already installed devices on their vehicles and the costs of using the tolls are added at the client’s bill.
Also handy to check about speeding / parking fines.
Driving tips in Portugal
Remember Portugal driving is on the Right Hand Side
Seat belts are compulsory.
Same rules to mobiles apply – no using whilst driving.
Children 12 years or younger and less than 1.5m tall are not allow in the front seat.
Keep your eye on the speed limits, max 120kmph on motorways.
Make sure you have all the paperwork you need on you.
Be sure to have the necessary triangle and reflective jacket in case of breakdown.