Also, is it possible to rent a car in Seville and drop it off in Algarve?

I'm traveling with a bunch of friends to Spain-Portugal, and we are planning to drive down the coast.

  • Why do you assume they cannot? Mar 27, 2016 at 6:01
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    @BurhanKhalid I guess the question could mean whether a foreign national is allowed to drive in the EU with an IDP. Mar 27, 2016 at 6:15

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From spain.info:

What documentation is required to drive in Spain?

You must be 18 year old:

To drive in Spain you must be aged 18 or over. To rent a vehicle you must be 21 or over. Many companies also require you to have held your driver’s license for a minimum of one or two years. Remember that you will also require a credit card to rent a vehicle.

A valid driver’s license:

If you are the citizen of an EU member state, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein: you only require your valid driver’s license. If you are from another country you will require an International Driver’s License.

Given that conditions may vary, we suggest that you contact the Spanish Embassy or Consulate to verify these requirements before you start your trip.

  • Note that the IDL is only a translation of a person's already-issued driver's license, and is not a driver's license in itself. The IDL is usually only required when the driver's license has non-Roman letters (as, for example, a license from Japan). The IDL must be accompanied by the driver's already-issued regular driver's license. The paragraph in @Burham's answer would be more accurate if it stated "If you are from another country, you will also require an International Driver's License." Apr 23, 2018 at 20:37
  • I've heard it more often called IDP—Int'l Driving Permit. And with no non-latin characters on my DL, car rental agencies never asked to see any IDP. Also, even though the reservation said debit cards won't be accepted, I did use mine.
    – WGroleau
    Apr 17, 2019 at 20:06

If "Algarve" is Faro Algarve, Portugal, then yes, you can drop it off there. Kayak and other aggregators and most car rental companies will let you search and find out if a particular drop-off point is possible.

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