What you should know before hiring a car in Porto
|Porto city centre|
|Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO): 7 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Porto: practical information
Where to rent a car in Porto
Industrial, buzzing, totally cultural, that's Porto. Already booked cheap tickets from London to Porto? Great! Now let's take a look at affordable car hires in Porto too for all those great road trips you'll want to take while on your trip. If you're arriving to Porto via the airport, grab your rent car in Porto from there! The rent-a-car centre in the airport is open daily from 7:00-midnight and includes A.A. Castanheira, Auto Jardim, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Guerin and Sixt.
If you only need a one way car hire in Porto for just a day or two, why not rent a car from the city centre? Hertz, Atlantisrent, Avis, Guerin, Aiva-Aluguer, etc. are all located in the city centre, in and around the area of Santo Ildefonso. Looking for a car hire from Porto's train station? There are no car rental companies located at Porto's station, but nearby on Rua do Pinheiro and Praca do General Humberto Delgado.
Driving in Porto: parking and other tips
Driving is tricky in Porto. Road conditions vary too, from paves to cobble-stoned and back again which makes not only driving hard, but navigating as well. The tourist district of the city is a maze of small streets and quick-tempered drivers. Parking is also scarce depending on the neighbourhood.
Ideally if you will have a rent car in Porto city then you should book hotels in Porto that have parking facilities. There are only seven in the city centre and most of them are in the Boavista area.
Road trips from Porto: what to do, what to see
When summer hits, it's time to get out of the city and head to the beach with your discount Porto car hire! Gaia is to the south of Porto and has a number of great beaches: Miramar, Granja and Aguda to name a few. These otherwise sleepy Portuguese cities liven right up when the weather gets warm. Enjoy a glass of wine on a restaurant patio or take a bottle with you down to the beach while on holidays in Porto.
Take a boat trip along the Duoro River, a great day trip that provides some magnificent views! The banks of the Douro are part of UNESCO's World Heritage Sights and are preserved for their beauty. Don't take our word for it, see for yourself! Start off in Porto and then travel further inland, following the river. You won't be disappointed by the small Portuguese places along the way.
Gerês National Park
Gerês National Park is also not too far from Porto and is known for its great scenery. If you're hoping for a little hiking and maybe even some wildlife spotting, then definitely check out this park. It's less than one hours drive to the north via the A3. If you want to stay overnight, there are six different camping sights located around the park.