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Algarve Car Hire

Low cost car rental at Faro Airport

We're a small family run business with specialist Algarve knowledge,  and renting hire cars from Faro Airport is something we know about. 
  • We know you want value for money but not poor cars.  We know you want to pay exactly what you are quoted.
  • We know you want to be able to talk to a real person if you have any questions. We know you want friendly staff at the airport.
So if that's what you want - what you really, really want - then read this page carefully to find out exactly what we offer and and then complete your online form. 
It's as simple as that!


Credit Card

Credit Card
Don't Have a Credit Card? ALL CLIENTS MUST NOW HAVE A CREDIT CARD. Payment is in cash at the airport but a credit card is needed as a security deposit FOR ACCIDENTS OR DAMAGE THAT DO NOT INVOLVE ANOTHER VEHICLE. However if you don't have a cc we suggest a PRE-PAID CREDIT CARD topped up with the amount of the excess & this will be held as the security deposit.
Please read insurance section before booking.


  • Payment is in full in cash in euros on arrival at the airport.

  • You must also provide a valid credit card in the name of the person booking and registered to the same address.

  • You must provide a valid mobile phone number on your booking form.

  • If there are any claims not covered by the CDW - see the 'CDW Explained' section for details - or you have not left the car with fuel - you will be given the opportunity to pay this in euros in cash at the airport before you leave or it will be charged against your credit card..

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What Our Customers Say

What Our Customers Say

They keep Coming Back!  We do the work, you turn up, you collect your car. Simple and straightforward with no fuss. So it's no surprise that our customers keep coming back.
But don't take our word for it - take theirs.

Sean O'Kelly from Ireland:  I visit the Algarve regularly and wouldn't dream of using anyone but Algarve-Rentals to handle my car hire at Faro Airport. I simply fill out the form with my flights details, wait for the personalised email and then it's simply five minutes to pick up my car. There are also lovely new cars available regularly.

Mike from Birmingham: I have a property in the Algarve and visits can be very last minute.  I've contacted Anne the day before and it is never a problem for her to sort it out.

Bob McDougall from London: I get a car twice a year and don't even have to fill in the booking form. I send Anne an email with my flight details and it is all done for me. We've built up a great customer/client friendship over the years on email!

Stephanie Redmond from Clonee in Ireland:  Since we found Algarve-Rentals for our car hire from Faro Airport I'd have no reason to look anywhere else.  Apart from the competitive prices and straightforward process at the airport it's great to know that there is a 'real' person at the end of the phone or email!

Noel O'Connor from Ireland: Hello Anne, Thank you so much for the ease with which it is to hire a car from Algarve-Rentals.Com. Everything was as you promised and it was a pleasure to do business with such a professional company. I will highly recommend you and your company to colleagues and friends.kind regards, Noel O'Connor

Susan Craigs: 
Hi Anne. Thank you for organising our hire car for us in March, everything was excellent.

Matt Barker from Crawley: 
Hi Anne. We have just come back from Portugal and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the great service you provided both here and in Portugal. The car pick up and drop off was easy, the car was great and the guys in portugal were fantastic. We are hoping to go again next year so will definately be using you again Kind regards. Matt Barker

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Insurance & CDW & Terms

Insurance & ADW Explained

Zero Excess - Avoid A Killer Bill!  Read below to find out what CDW really means and how it can affect your car hire in the Algarve. You could face a bill of up to 3,000 euros if you don't add it. Make sure you also read below for all terms.


First of all, CDW stands for 'Collision Damage Waiver'. So if you were involved in an accident you would be liable for part of the cost of the repair, the amount depending on the type of car. With our cars this ranges from 1,500-3,000 euros.
Now that's not a bill you'd like to be landed with on holiday.  
You can then 'waive' - get rid of - part of that extra charge by paying a little more for the CDW, taking the excess to ZERO**.

When we say NO EXCESS* with our displayed CDW insurance we mean that if the car is in an accident involving another car you are covered.

**HOWEVER, all car hire rentals worldwide have exclusions with your things that are you fault or normal driving mishaps - like a flat tyre.
Coded keys,  negligence ( this will mean an accident of your making in which no other vehicle has contributed to the damage made), undercarriage (if you think your car won't make it along that bumpy unmade track then don't chance it!!), tyres, windscreens etc.  
Zero excess is not a 'licence to kill' and you will find yourself being charged if you blatantly abuse the car!!  Please read the terms and conditions below. You are covered in the event of accident* (not of your making) or breakdown.

The excess - should you opt not to add the CDW - is:
Groups H & L: 1,500 euros
Groups D, M, F & J - 2,500 euros
Groups I & K: 3,000 euros

So here's what you CAN'T do:

Going into Spain
You can't take the car more than 100km outside of Portugal - that's approx the distance to Seville.  If you do plan to take the car into Spain then please talk to the rep at the airport to be clear on what you are covered for in the event of an accident or break-down as it will NOT necessarily be totally covered to the same extent it is in Portugal.

Fuel is not included!
The fuel that you use is obviously not included in our our published car hire rates! On arrival you will collect the car with an agreed amount of fuel by both parties. At the end of the car hire, return the car hire vehicle with the same amount of fuel or you will be charged the difference. There's a petrol station at Faro Airport.

Buying out the Insurance Excess:

Clients have the option of taking out an extra insurance to avoid the excess : €30 per week for groups H and L, €40 per week for groups D,M and J, €50 per week for groups I and K.
 On our site the insurance is included by default in the quote section - if you want to take the risk of getting a bill for up to 3,000 euros in a no-fault accident then uncheck the box for CDW.
However whether you take this insurance or not you will still need a valid credit card - when your booking is being processed at the airport - and this will be BLOCKED for the amount of the excess. If you don't have a normal credt card then simply contact a CreditCard provider and you can get a PRE-PAID CREDIT CARD. Simply top this up to the value of the excess.

Remember that purchasing the super insurance excess buy-out is not a "licence to kill" and you will still be responsible for items like tyres, wheels, wing mirrors, glass, lost coded keys, damage to the underside of the car hire vehicle, parking /traffic fines etc. and any damage caused by your own negligence.

Lost car hire vehicle keys:

Vehicle keys are chip-coded and are costly and timely items to replace. If you lose the car hire vehicle's key, you will be obliged to pay for its replacement (approximately EUR 150.00) plus any associated transport costs in connecting you with a new vehicle key. More importantly, your holiday car hire in Portugal may be seriously affected while you wait for a new key to be prepared for your car hire vehicle. Please take good care of the car hire vehicle key while you're on holiday.

Using the wrong fuel type for your car hire vehicle:

Putting petrol into a diesel car (or vice versa) requires the engine to be stripped down and cleaned. If you put the wrong fuel into the car, expect a hefty garage bill and several days with your car "off-the-road" while the car is repaired.  If you are not sure DOUBLE CHECK every time before you put it in!

Blow-outs are at your own risk and will be charged for:

If you have a puncture during the rental the car hire company will hold you responsible for the repair/replacement cost. All our cars are delivered with a roadworthy set of tyres which are inspected prior to each delivery. Please check them yourself before you drive away. Typically, bad parking or driving off-road are the most common causes of punctures during a rental period.

Off-road or negligent use:

Cars are rented for use on the public highways of Portugal only. They cannot be used off-road. Although a very rare occurrence, we'd like you to be aware that damage to the underside of the car hire vehicle when it happens is most often caused by negligent or off-road driving and is your responsibility. Any accident caused by the driver under the influence of alcohol/drugs, or when no other vehicle is involved is considered negligent use.

Traffic fines:
Traffic fines, speeding tickets incurred at the wheel of your car are at your own risk.

Vehicle glass & locks:
It is a sad reality that in most holiday resorts in Portugal, auto-theft is a day-to-day occurrence. If you park up the car hire vehicle with personal items inside and, as a consequence, the glass or locks are damaged in an attempt to steal your personal effects, you will be responsible for the associated repair costs to the car hire vehicle. We strongly recommend that you park the vehicle in supervised car parks/garages and never leave any personal item inside the car hire vehicle.

Damage to the vehicle's underside:
Damage to the vehicle's underside is the responsibility of the renter. Although a very rare occurence, damage caused by driving off-road, impacts from rocks or other items to the underside can cause considerable damage to the vehicle. If this situation arises, you will be responsible for the repair costs.

All of these are standard insurance 'no nos' - it's just that we let you know about them up front - with us there's nothing hidden and no surprises.

Failure to collect your car:
We don't charge for cancellations but if you simply fail to turn up you will be sent a bill.

Cancellation for other reasons:
We understand that cancellations are sometimes unavoidable and for clients who have booked in advance we don't charge a cancellation fee as we understand the circumstances probably suit them less than us! very late

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Algarve Car Hire Range

Car Type Air Con Power Steering Low Season Mid Season High Season
Group D : 5 Door LARGE HATCHBACK) 5 Door LARGE HATCHBACK) Renault Captur
Peugeot 2008

(Note: for a guaranteed standard size estate car select Group J or Group M).
Group H : 5 Door Family Hatchback 5 Door Family Hatchback Renault Clio
Peugeot 208
Nissan Micra
or similar
Group L : Automatic Automatic Renault Clio
Citroën C3
Group J : Estate Estate Renault Megane SW €210.00
Group M : Automatic Estate Car Automatic Estate Car Renault Megane SW
or similar
Group F : FAMILY SUV FAMILY SUV Nissan Qashqai
Renault Kadjar
or similar
Group I : 7 Seater 7 Seater Seat Alhambra
VW Sharan
or similar
Group K : 9 Seat Minibus 9 Seat Minibus Renault Traffic
or similar
Low Season: Nov 1 - March 31  Mid Season: April 1 - June 30, October 1 - 31  High Season: July 1 - Sept 30 PRICES IN EUROS. PAYMENT ON ARRIVAL AT FARO AIRPORT NO CHARGE FOR EXTRA DRIVERS

Algarve Car Hire Quick Quote

How many? Car Type CDW Required?
Pick-up Date Drop-off Date
You don't need to allocate baby/child seats or boosters to your cars at this stage - just tell us how many you need in TOTAL for all of your vehicles, and they will be at the airport for you to put in your car when you collect it.
How many Baby/Child seats at 25 euros per WEEK?
How many Booster seats at 15 euros per WEEK?
Portuguese law states that any child age of 11 and under and also under 1.5m in height must use an appropriate seat/booster. These are supplied at 15 euros per week per booster and 25 euros per week per seat and of course you can bring your own if you prefer.
Discount Code

The available dates change regularly, particularly at peak times, and submission of a booking form is a request to book, not a guarantee of a rental.

  • We cannot advise of availability by email or phone.
  • Clients will be advised of a confirmed rental by email, normally within 48 hours.
  • If you complete a booking form and we are unable to provide a car your booking form and all details will be deleted from our system in line with data protection.

  • All groups are currently available.

  • Availability dates are given as a guide and are subject to change at any time. We cannot guarantee cars for any dates until your booking form is processed, so please submit it as quickly as you can and we'll aim to let you know within 24/48 hours.

  • The advertised seasonal weekly rates do not include additional CDW insurance. By ticking the box offering this the insurance will then show in your quote.
  • There is a 10e airport levy charge, which is charged per rental and not per day. This is included in all quotes.
  • All items requested, such as booster seats, are included in your final quote.
  • The price you are given on your confirmation email is what you will be charged when you collect your car. There are no hidden extras.
  • There is no charge for additional drivers.
  • This information is a guide and does not form a contract. We reserve the right not to rent cars to any clients whom we feel are not suitable.

  • Drivers for all car types must be a minimum of 23 years old and have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months.

  • Please note that all clients must now (from1/11/2022) provide a credit card on collection of a vehicle at the airport and this will be BLOCKED for the amount of the excess insurance.
  • If you don't have a regular credit card you can pay for your car by cash and use a pre-paid credit card for your deposit. (Find out more online. You'll still need to have the cash to top up the card and it will have to be loaded with the full amount of your excess.)
  • You will be asked to provide your credit card at the airport when you complete your paperwork, and this will be blocked in the amount of the excess (900, 1500 or 2000 euros depending on car type). Failure to do this will mean you will not be able to hire a car.
  • Our additional insurance cover, which gives you a no-excess policy (exclusions apply - please check the insurance section on the main page - is provided at the rates below and this is included in your quote by default.
  • If you're not exactly sure what CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) means then just click the link to find out more.  CDW
  • There are exclusions - as there are with ALL car rental companies - so please ensure you read our CDW  section.

  • Cost of additional insurance: (
    the non-waivable excess is what you would be responsible for without the additional insurance cover )
    • 30 euros pw Groups H & L - the non-waivable excess in this group is 900 euros 
    • 40 euros pw Groups D, M & J - the non-waivable excess in this group is 1500 euros
    • 50 euros pw Groups K & I - the non-waivable excess in this group is 2000 euros
    • Zero excess applies to accidents which are not your fault and in which no other vehicle is involved in damaging your car.