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Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, is located 4km west of Faro in Portugal. Faro has become one of the most popular destinations to visit in Portugal. Hiring a car at Faro Airport and take drives around the Algarve region and see what it offers. There are many great Faro road trips that you can explore with your car hire when landing at Faro.
Why rent a car in Faro
Check Orbitcarhire.com if you are looking for cheap car rentals in Faro Airport. Our team negotiates with all the major car rental companies to bring you exclusive car hire deals and the best price on a range of vehicles. We will always do our best to provide a service that will make your car rental in Faro Airport hassle-free. If you have any further questions about car rental at Faro Airport, you can also contact Orbit Car Hire, where we offer 24/7 customer support.
Where to pick up your Faro car rental
Picking up your rental car at Faro Airport is an easy process when booking with Orbit Car Hire. You will find brands such as AirAuto, Centauro, Europcar, Guerin, OK Mobility, Goldcar, and Enterprise to have rental kiosks inside the terminal. You will find your pick-up instructions on your voucher; you can also see them while searching for offers through Orbit.
Faro Airport has a tourist information desk located in the arrivals hall. The agents on the information desk will also be able to provide all needed information about all car rental companies in Portugal. So if you have any doubt after you land, walk to them and ask them for instructions on how to find your hired car in Portugal.
Faro Airport Terminal
The Portuguese airport has only one terminal, which you will find immediately after entering on the right-hand side. The check-in counters are also on the ground floor, next to an entrance leading to Faro city centre, from where all other flights depart. All passengers must pass through security before taking the escalators or lifts across the departures/arrivals floors. They take them directly to domestic terminals A and B for international arrivals or gate C for domestic flights.
There are two toll systems in Portugal. The traditional one is called Via Verde (Green Lane). These toll lanes are marked with green V signs. You can pay with cash, credit cards or prepaid cards while driving. To use a Via Verde lane, you must purchase or rent an electronic transponder or vignette at all CTT Post Office and Via Verde stores. Do not use the Via Verde lanes if you do not have the Via Verde transponder. Other roads have electronic tolls only, meaning there are no toll booths, and you cannot pay while driving. The devices placed at the beginning of these highways detect passing vehicles. They are marked with a black car with three expanding bars. Most car rental companies in Portugal have Via Verde transponders pre-installed in their vehicles. If you want to rent a car in Portugal, you should still check with the car rental company about how they work with both toll systems.
What car size do you need when visiting Faro?
When it comes to finding the right vehicle for your trip around the Algarve area, it can be good to know the differences between the car classes. Orbit is here to help you with your car hire at Faro Airport.
Mini: The Mini is always the smallest vehicle you can hire, so it is commonly referred to as a small car. Mini cars are ideal for three to four people if you are travelling a short distance. If you travel a longer length, it is better suited for a single driver or two people. (Example, Opel/Vauxhall Adam)
Economy: The Economy category is the second smallest car category you can rent after the Mini. They are perfect for city driving. For long-distance journeys, they are suitable for two or three people, and four people are ideal for four people. Economy Cars are the group above the Mini Cars and below the Compact Cars. (Example, Ford Fiesta)
Full-Size: A full-size car is the largest car that is not an SUV, lorry or van. It is often called a full-size sedan. These are cars with a larger boot compared to standard or mid-size cars. They are suitable for four to five passengers for long journeys. (Example, Audi A4)
Estate/Family car: Station waggons are also known as estate cars or station waggons. Station waggons have a larger boot for luggage compared to the luxury class and lower vehicle classes. They are ideal for five passengers with luggage travelling together. (Estimate, Peugeot 3008)
People Carrier/Minivan: A minivan can also be categorised as a people carrier. They are available for five passengers, seven passengers and nine passengers. Minivans have a larger boot than standard cars and offer more space for passengers. They are suitable for groups travelling together with more luggage and still looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle.
SUV: SUV stands for Suburban Utility Vehicles. In-car rental they offer a reasonable size that is suitable for rougher roads compared to standard cars. The chassis of the SUV is specially designed, and often they are equipped with AWD or 4x4. SUVs have a larger boot than regular cars. The SUV is usually driven on a paved road but can also go very well on medium-difficult roads. (Example, Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, Renault Trafic)
Convertible: In-car rental convertibles are cars that have a soft roof that can be folded down to drive without a roof. A convertible is perfect for warm destinations. They are suitable for two passengers travelling together. (Example, Fiat 500 Convertible)
Luxury/Premium: In-car rental, luxury cars are more expensive vehicles that offer more comfort than regular cars. They are perfect for people who want to travel in style. Luxury cars are made by high-quality brands and have the best features. (Example, Mercedes Benz C-Class)
For more information about differences in car classes, you can read our guide right here.
Find the best car hire at Faro Airport
The most popular hire car at Faro Airport is the Mini and Economy car category as they are the most suitable for driving through busy streets and cities. Quality companies such as AirAuto, Centauro, Europcar, Guerin, OK Mobility, Goldcar, and Enterprise Rent a Car offer Faro car hire with Orbit.
Popular hire cars are for example the Ford Focus, Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda.
Hire a car at Faro Airport (FAO)
Faro Airport is only 4km west of Faro in Portugal. The Faro International Airport is also known as Algarve Airport. With over 9 million passengers going to Faro Airport per year, it has become a vast and popular destination. Many low-cost airlines provide direct flights from the UK to Faro Airport, such as EasyJet and RyanAir.
Aeroporto Internacional de Faro
xx°Algarve Airport (FAO)
8006-901 Faro, Portugal
What you need to know about renting a car
Can you hire a car in Faro Portugal at 22?
Yes, you can hire a car at 22 years old. 21 is the minimum age (Minimum age may vary according to companies of car hire in Faro. A Young Driver fee will apply to drivers under 25 years of age. In order to hire a car, it is required that a driver has held a licence for a minimum of one year).
How much to hire a car in Faro?
Prices vary but roughly 5 – 14 £ / day (5 – 15 € / day). Most visitors collect their rental car at Faro Airport, also known as Algarve Airport, only 2.5 mi (4 km) west of Faro. Find the perfect car hire in Faro.
What car hire place to use in Faro?
The most popular place to hire a car in Faro is at the Faro Airport. It can also be the cheapest option to hire a car. You can also find car hire at Faro downtown or simply order hotel delivery with selected partners.
What time is car hire open in Faro?
Most car hire companies are open from 06:00-00:00 at Faro Airport. You will also find companies that provide out of hours openings if you need to pick up or return outside those times. For downtown pick up, the most common car hire opening hours are between 08:00-16:00
Which car hire is at the airport in Faro?
You will find all car hire companies offering pickups at the airport. Most major and best local car hire companies to have a kiosk inside the terminal. These are companies like AirAuto, Enterprise, GoldCar, Europcar, Alamo and AutoUnion.
Are there any hidden fees in my Faro car hire?
There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:
- Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
- One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
- The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
- Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not in relation to the regulation of the specific country),
- Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).
We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.
What is the cheapest rental car in Faro?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as VW Up, Fiat 500, and Peugeot 108 often provide the best prices.
What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?
Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.
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