Car rental at the airport
At the internet you find many car rental companies. There are companies with their “own cars” where you rent directly (for example Sixt, Avis, Budget) . There are also broker companies who purchase “availability of cars” at the companies who owns the rental car (for example Sunny cars, etc.). In this case you rent your car at e.g. Sunny cars and pick them up at e.g. Sixt.
Sometimes you have to pick up the car directly at the airport, in other situations a few km outside of the airport. You can use their free shuttle bus from the parking to / from the airport. Attention in case of early / late flights. The shuttle bus is not driving always and outside some hours you need to organise a taxi yourselves. Please check before you book!
Advises: At the counters of the rental car companies, often are long queues. If you arrive one should already go to the counter while the other one is waiting for the suitcases. Besides pregenant women or families with small kids often can use the priority lane. Just try!
In case you rent a car directly at the companies with “own cars”, you organise your insurance with them. In the other case, you often can organise a cheaper all risk insurance directly at the broker, like Sunny cars where our customers have positive experiences.
Still you need to use your credit card with a quite high deposit for damages at the company that delivers the car. They also push often to add extra insurance, while this is not necessary.
Portugal has many highways with electronis toll, next to highways with toll gates. At the counter you have to decide to rent or not the electronic toll payment service. The fixed costs for usage are different at various car rental companies but not cheap. You are not obliged to take this service (but they will push you to take it). You can prevent to use toll roads or if you do not use the service and still drive toll roadsm, you can pay afterwards at the postoffice. If you forget to pay, the rental car company will charge you with the toll costs and extra administrative costs.
In case you leave Lisbon to Casa Cantiga, via A1, you have toll road with gates where you can draw a ticket and pay. You do not need the electronic toll service. Around Porto, you hardly have possibilities not to get highways without electronic toll.
Credit Card and drivers license
To rent a car at the airports you ALWAYS need a credit card and drivers license, both in the name of the driver of the rental car. Most companies also require that the credit card needs to have the same name as registered on rental contract as main driver.
If you do not have a credit card, use our local car rental service, described above
If you travel with small kids, child seats are required and can be rented at the car rental. Often this is expensive, while you also often can take your own child seats for free or low fee into the plain. Casa Cantiga also has some child seats available . They are from 3 years old and up to availability. Please make a request during your reservation!
Based upon our guests experiences, we advise you our local car rental service or in case of renting at the airport, use Sunny cars: