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It’s true if you’re visiting Porto the city’s great public transport system will suit the majority of people's requirements. However, some of you may wish to explore further out and enjoy the freedom of independent travel. Some isolated villages, vineyards and nature parks are only accessible by car and, of cause, if any member of your group has mobility issues, car hire is the best option for getting around.

If you purchase your flight online you'll most likely be offered car hire as part of a package, but how can you be sure you're getting the best deal? However, booking your deal at in advance is always preferable to leaving it to the last minute.

To get the best prices and guarantee the car of choice it pays to take some time in the comfort of your own home to lock down the best option before travelling. Make sure you consider each option carefully to avoid any unwanted surprises. Take the worry out of the process and secure the best deal.

Although generally more expensive than inter-city, airport pick-ups are by far the most popular location for collecting your vehicle. Car rental companies at Porto Airport each have a dedicated minivan that will whisk you off from arrivals (Chegadas) to the corresponding pick-up point. Just look out for the car-hire company livery on the minivans. Transit only takes a couple of minutes and they operate from 07h00 – 00h00 daily.

Another viable option for pick up is from Campanhã train station, ideal if you're arriving in Porto by train. You can also take the metro from the airport there if lugging bags around isn't a problem for you. Car rental companies also have offices in central Porto which is an option if you're happy to brave the traffic. When signing your contract you'll most likely be asked if you want to Activate the Via Verde electronic toll system used on some Portuguese major highways. The cost is only around €1.50 a day and allows you to avoid the toll booths via dedicated lanes. Portuguese roads are safe, generally in excellent condition and fun to drive on.