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A recent trip to Faro where we rented an automatic car gave us some notes that we thought we would share with our users here at automatic car hire.
Faro sometimes gets a bad rap and certainly the low cost base of rental cars at Faro airport has driven prices down and led to a tiered system of suppliers based at the airport.
Automatic Car Rental Faro Airport Pickup
The first suppliers are the more established suppliers found in the designated car hire village, a short walk from the airport, these include Europcar and Goldcar, with all cars in the car park next to the individual offices.
The exit is straightforward, coming out on the roundabout with easy access to the A22, the main trunk road which gives you east access to the whole of the Algarve and beyond.
Pickup Point 2
The second lot of suppliers work from an office in car park P4, which is a good five minutes walk from the terminal. Positioned in a “temporary” office (a portacabin which has been there for years), all cars are within the same car park and again you have easy access out of the airport and to the A22.
The third bunch, and not suppliers available through automatic car hire, are based within the airport, mostly working from tables at the cafe just past the arrivals concourse. These small suppliers have cars within the airport but we prefer more reputable companies to provide cheap automatic car hire deals to our engine!
The A22 is a toll road and you can either prepay with your supplier or pay your tolls before you leave. We found it quiet as we suspect many of the locals use the secondary roads to avoid paying for the tolls.