A new report by Which? has found that the cost of renting a car in Portugal over the Easter holidays has almost doubled.

When comparing the cost of hiring a car in nine popular destinations across Europe, including Portugal, with pre-pandemic prices, Which? found rental rates have “rocketed everywhere - and doubled in Portugal and Greece”.

The report states: “The US is the most expensive place to hire a car of all the destinations we checked. You’d have typically paid £298 for a week’s rental in the 2019 Easter holidays. This year, the average holidaymaker will shell out a whopping £537 per week - 80% more.

In Madeira, hiring a car for seven days will cost you 64% more than Easter 2019: £340, up from £207. Car hire is also more than £100 more expensive for a week in Portugal, the Balearic islands, Greece, Italy and Cyprus”.

Zest Car Rental compiled more in depth data regarding the prices of car rentals:

7 day car rental 20197 day car rental 2023Difference %
Portugal (mainland)£111£22199%
Balearic Islands£176£31076%