I am planning on renting a car from Lisbon airport upon arrival and driving up to Peniche where my wife and I will be staying for two nights. I currently have two car rental bookings and am wondering which I should cancel (or both of them) given the risks:
1. I have a booking with Budget but they did not give me a clear answer on whether they would accept my US driving license without the international driving permit. I do not have enough time to get the international one since I am currently already abroad and going to Portugal in a few days.
2. I have a booking with a local company (Sadorent) but our flight lands at 18h55 and the car rental location closes at 20h. I am worried that if our flight is even slightly delayed we won’t be able to pick up the car in time and will lose our rental alltogether. I’ve also heard some bad stories about them trying to rip off customers with hidden fees.
If you’ve dealt with either car rental company in Lisbon, what do you recommend in my situation? I am considering even canceling both bookings and arranging a shuttle service to our hotel in Peniche, even though it may be more costly and less convenient.
Thank you and sorry for the long question.