Car Hire & Transfers

Transport options for getting around The Western Algarve

Praia da Luz is 93 Km to the west of Faro Airport.  The journey takes an hour, mostly on the A22 motorway which is not a very busy road. (There are tolls on the A22 but no toll booths.  Please ask your car hire company to explain their policy when picking up your car.)

The last 5 Km approx. is on smaller local roads, and there is no town to go through.  It is a very straightforward drive!

Car Hire

We are very often asked about Car Hire, and what companies we recommend when guests wish to rent a car for their holiday:

We ourselves use Car Trawler, a company that operates world-wide and offers you a good selection of cars available from local companies at competitive prices.  They offer pick-ups from Faro, Lisbon etc.

Please Note:

Fuel Policy:  When hiring a car we strongly suggest that you check the hire company’s fuel policy before you make a booking.  We do not recommend booking a car that has a ‘pre-purchase fuel policy’.  This is a more expensive way of buying motor fuel and we prefer to pay separately for the actual fuel we use.  Often the companies that offer the cheapest cars use a pre-purchase fuel policy.

Insurance:  All  listed cars have ‘Third Party’ Insurance and CDW cover in case of an accident.  However in the case of damage you are responsible for an excess of Euro 800 – 3,000 and to cover this they offer extra insurance, which can be expensive.

Alternatives are to drive with care and cover the risk yourself, or it may be cost effective to purchase a separate annual insurance policy with a company of your choice, e.g. with AIG.   With both of these alternative options the car hire company will require your credit card numbers as surety in case of damage. This credit card docket is normally returned to you unprocessed when the vehicle is returned to them undamaged at the end of the rental period.

Use the form below to view and compare quotes from various local companies 

Private Transfers

If you do not wish to hire a car we can arrange a private transfer for you from Faro Airport to your Villa or Apartment.  This is a personal ‘door to door’ service and not shared with other people.

Prices:  Up to 4 Persons:           EURO 175 per party return

From 5 – 8 Persons:       EURO 195 per party return

Information required by us to arrange your Transfers:

Flight Arrival and Departure times

Flight Numbers

Your Mobile phone number