Car & Van Hire in Tondela

Enterprise car hire locations in Tondela

If you're planning to visit Tondela, the closest airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto, which is approximately a 1-and-a-half-hour drive away. Trains are available to get to the city. However, it is more convenient to collect a car rental from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which has branches at the airport and in both Porto and Tondela itself, with advanced bookings available. With a car hire in Tondela, you can easily explore this beautiful region at your leisure.

What to do and see in Tondela

Nestled in the heart of Portugal, Tondela is a city with a rich history, beautiful landscapes and a wealth of activities for visitors to enjoy. From exploring historical landmarks to indulging in local cuisine, Tondela offers a unique experience for travellers seeking a taste of authentic Portuguese culture.

Start your journey by visiting the city's historical sites. The Church of São João Baptista, dating back to the 13th century, is a prime example of Romanesque architecture. Explore the Caramulo Museum, which houses an impressive collection of art and classic cars. For a truly unique experience, take a trip to the nearby village of Campo de Besteiros to the north, or head south and visit the Solar dos Pachecos, a beautiful 16th-century manor house.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Tondela by visiting the Caramulo Mountain Range. The area offers numerous hiking and cycling trails that lead you through stunning landscapes, dense forests and beautiful waterfalls. For a more leisurely stroll, visit the beautiful Parque Urbano de Tondela, a green oasis in the heart of the city, perfect for picnicking and relaxing. There’s even a skatepark if that’s more your speed or if you have young ones with energy to burn.

Tondela is also known for its vibrant festivals and events, which include the annual Festa das Vindimas, the Caramulo Motorfestival and the Tondela em Festa, a week-long celebration of music, art and culture. If you plan to seek out these events, it is worth checking times and dates in advance.

Foodies will delight in the local gastronomy, with a variety of traditional dishes to sample. Indulge in the famous roasted goat, or try the mouthwatering Leitão à Bairrada, a succulent roast suckling pig. Don't forget to pair your meal with the region's renowned Dão wines. For dessert, treat yourself to the delicious pastéis de feijão, a local pastry made with sweet white beans.

For a fun family day out, head to the Piscina Municipal de Tondela, an outdoor swimming pool complex with a variety of pools and slides. If you're looking for a more adventurous activity, try your hand at paintball in one of the nearby paintball adventure parks.

Finally, don't miss the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts, such as pottery and textiles, in the quaint shops and markets scattered throughout the city.

Driving in Tondela

In Portugal, you drive on the right side of the road, and the legal minimum age for driving is 18. It's important to carry your valid driver's licence, passport and car rental documentation at all times. If you're visiting from the UK, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is recommended. Remember to arrange car or van hire in Tondela in advance to secure the best rates and availability.

Speed limits in Portugal vary depending on the type of road. In urban areas, the speed limit is typically 50 km/h, while on rural roads, it is 90 km/h. On motorways, the limit ranges from 100 km/h to 120 km/h. Be sure to observe these limits and adjust your speed according to the road conditions. Seatbelts are mandatory for children under 12, and all passengers shorter than 135 cm must be seated in an appropriate child restraint seat. Portugal has a number of toll roads, including the A1 motorway, which connects Lisbon to Porto. Tolls can be paid in cash or by credit card.

Parking in Tondela is relatively easy, with several car parks and on-street parking available throughout the city. Be aware of any parking restrictions, such as time limits or designated resident zones and always display a parking disc if required.

Petrol stations are widely available in Tondela and the surrounding region. Most stations accept major credit cards, but it's a good idea to carry some cash just in case. Also, keep in mind that petrol stations in rural areas may have limited opening hours, so it's wise to fill up whenever you have the opportunity. In case of a breakdown or emergency, call 112 for assistance. It's recommended to have a basic understanding of the local language or a translation app to communicate effectively with emergency services.

When driving in Tondela and the surrounding areas, be prepared for narrow, winding roads, especially in the mountains and rural areas. Exercise caution and patience, particularly around tight corners and when encountering local traffic, such as farm vehicles or livestock. Driving in Tondela and the surrounding countryside offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the region's stunning landscapes, charming villages and historical sites at your own pace. With a little preparation and an understanding of local driving customs, you'll be well-equipped for a memorable and enjoyable journey.

Car and van hire in Portugal with Enterprise

Enterprise Portugal offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Tondela

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in Tondela

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Tondela, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.