The 5 best car rental companies in the Algarve (Faro Airport)

Updated: Apr 14

It's not the most fun preparation ever when planning your trip so let's be short about it. If you're like me and you're always scared of expensive surprises when renting a car, you're in the right place.


People often ask me what are the best car rental companies in the Algarve and I've taken some time to create this list based on my own experience as well as from several people I've met who have rented cars in the Algarve. I've rented so many cars with different car rental companies at Faro Airport for the past (oh my god) 10 years, I have tried almost all of them. I've had some really bad experiences and some really good ones when it comes to renting cars in the Algarve, specifically at Faro Airport. There are 5 companies I always return to.


So if you're looking for the best car rentals in the Algarve, here are 5 great companies that I recommend. All of them are available at the airport for your convenience.

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1. Guerin

My favorite car rental company. They're located right outside Faro Airport arrivals hall and their service is the best I've experienced so far. You know that feeling having to check every single inch to make sure the rental company doesn't make you pay for any damage that wasn't caused by you? No worries here. No small letters, no panicing about damage on the car, just good service and clear communication.


Good to know:

  • Great customer service.

  • Accept AMEX.

  • No pushy salesmen.

  • Average prices.

  • Located on Faro Airport parking.

  • Good reviews.


2. CAEL

I was very surprised the first time I rented a car here. Why? Because the price was relatively low compared to other rentals. I'm always hesitant trying new car rental companies, you never know what they make you pay for. However, renting a car at CAEL was a great experience. The car rental company is located a small drive from Faro Airport but they drive the car to the parking lot in front of Faro Airport arrivals. The cars are nice and so was the lady at CAEL that helped me.


Good to know:

  • Great customer service.

  • Accept AMEX.

  • No pushy salesmen.

  • Cheap to average prices.

  • Provide your car on Faro Airport (between P2 - P3) airport parking.

  • Good reviews.


3. FireFly

What I like about this car rental company is their high service level and fairly low prices. The car rental company is just a small walk (5 minutes) from the arrivals hall at Faro Airport and somehow I regularly receive a free car upgrade. FireFly is owned by Hertz and rents out their "older" (really not old) used cars for lower budget prices. Despite their poor reviews on many booking sites, I've personally only had good experiences and can only recommend.


Good to know:

  • Good service.

  • Slightly older cars.

  • No pushy salesmen.

  • Accept AMEX.

  • Budget prices.

  • Walking distance from airport.


4. Hertz

  • Good service.

  • Fairly high prices

  • New cars.

  • Accept AMEX.

  • No pushy salesmen.

  • On airport parking.


5. Dollar

  • Good service.

  • Slightly older cars.

  • Accept AMEX

  • No pushy salesmen.

  • Budget prices.

  • On airport parking.


Hopefully my top 5 best car rental companies at Faro Airport have helped you to make a choice for your next trip! Made a choice? Great, hop in your car and make a beautiful road trip trough the Algarve! I've written my favorite one down for you here.