Why BA car hire?

Book your car rental with British Airways - in partnership with Avis - and enjoy these great benefits:

  • Great rates and flexibility
  • Combine your flight with a car and save
  • Convenient and extensive choice of locations
  • Earn Avios on every rental
  • All mandatory charges included
  • 24 hour customer support
  • Free additional driver for Executive Club members
  • Join Avis Preferred at no extra charge and beat the queues with faster pick up

Car hire in the Algarve

British Airways car hire, in partnership with Avis, includes all of the mandatory charges that you'll need to drive away your car in the Algarve.

  • Unlimited mileage
  • 24–hour customer support and roadside assistance
  • Collect Avios on every rental
  • Free additional driver for Executive Club members worldwide

The opportunities are endless when you hire a car on arrival in Faro. Explore Portugal’s breathtaking Algarve – with its spectacular beaches, picturesque villages and incredible natural beauty. Or be travel a bit further and be captivated by the charm and culture of Lisbon.

Our car hire, in partnership with Avis, combines great rates and flexibility. Take advantage of the incredible savings and benefits when you book a flight + car together. Earn Avios on every rental and get a free additional driver if you’re an Executive Club member. Choose the perfect car for your holiday type and drive away in style on fly-drive holidays in the Algarve.

Driving itineraries we recommend in the Algarve

Hire a car in Faro and explore the spectacular Algarve coastline

Lagos – 1 day.


Spend a day in Lagos, which is approximately an hour’s drive from Faro. Spend some time in the city centre – beautifully sculpted in traditional architecture – before heading off to long sandy beaches protected by the jutting cliffs. On the southern corner of the Bay of Lagos is Ponta da Piedade, a great place to admire the picturesque lighthouse. Or explore the fascinating grottos and rock formations. If you arrive early, venture to the harbour which is always full of fishing vessels and pleasure yachts coming and going.

Lisbon – 1 day.


Hire a car and see more of what Portugal has to offer, combine your trip to Faro and the Algarve with a few days in Lisbon. This capital city enjoys an unusual location, perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Tagus River. Spend some time getting to know this fantastic city, as you discover its unique mix of traditional architecture and contemporary culture. You’ll be enchanted by the bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways and easy going charm.



Albufeira is situated just an hour’s drive from Faro and is well worth a visit. Known as the gateway to the Algarve, this once quaint fishing village is now a thriving resort – boasting lovely beaches and plenty of world-class bars and restaurants. Certain sections of the ‘old town’ still retain the essence of village life. Stroll along the pretty cobbled streets, take a dip in the ocean and relax on the beach, or admire the sugar-coloured apartments of the bustling marina.



Portimao is the second biggest city in the Algarve and well-known for its fresh fish restaurants, with grilled sardines being the most famous dish. One of the most popular beaches in the Algarve, Praia da Rocha (Rocky Beach) is very close to Portimao and there are numerous others nearby. Just an hour’s drive from Faro, this popular Portuguese destination has a shopping district offering a wealth of stylish shops supplying clothes, jewellery and ornamental objects.



When Silves was the Moorish capital of the Algarve, Silves Castle served as an administrative base for the rest of the region and the castle itself flaunted this power. Whilst here, try Fevres de Porco (literally, secrets of pork) and complement it with a ‘Superbock’ Portuguese beer. Take a walk in the sunshine along the Arade River or explore the elegant central square Praça do Municipio. Alternatively, drop the car at Portimão and take a leisurely boat ride down the river to Silves.

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