Madeira Airport Car Hire
Madeira Airport Car Hire
Madeira Airport Car Hire

Renting A Car from Madeira Airport

Know Before Your Fly

When you’re planning a vacation to the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira, one important issue is deciding how to get around the island to see what’s on offer – whether that’s the beaches, watersports, historic and religious landmarks, food and drink offerings, shopping, and more.

Renting a car can be an excellent choice, because you will complete autonomy with deciding when and where you travel each day on your holiday, creating your own itinerary to fit around your schedule rather than having to rely on public bus schedules or expensive taxis.

Picking the right make and model of rental car will depend on your unique needs, based on factors like how many people you are traveling with and how much space you need for luggage. Most car models from budget to luxury are suitable for driving around the island, and the exact cost will depend on the type of car that you choose and for how long you decide to rent it.

There are many narrow and winding roads throughout the island, so driving within the speed limits is always recommended. And you do not have to drive along the tight mountain roads for some destinations, because there are modern tunnels that cut through some of the mountains. This is ideal for those more novice drivers who might be nervous about driving on older roads.

Rules of the road when driving around Madeira

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It’s important that you fully understand the laws and regulations that apply to driving in Madeira, because police on the island can fine or arrest you for violating any of these requirements. Learning the rules of the road is a great way to ensure a stress-free time when in your car.

  • All vehicles must drive on the right side of the road here, so if you are from a country where cars drive on the left side of the road you should prepare for this change.
  • The minimum age at which you can drive a car in Madeira is 18 years old, but some rental car companies might require that the driver be even older.
  • Another important age restriction is that children who are aged under 12 years old cannot sit in the passenger seat of the rental car at any time.
  • Both the driver and any passengers in the car are required to wear seatbelts at all times, and you could get in trouble if you’re found driving without a seatbelt.
  • Thankfully, Madeira does not have any toll roads, so you do not have to worry about carrying extra cash in your car to pay such fees while driving.
  • On the island’s motorways the speed limit is 90 kilometers per hour but this drops down to between 40 kilometers per hour and 50 kilometers per hour in villages and cities.
  • It’s against the law to drink alcohol and drive while in Madeira, so if you have had any alcoholic beverages you should have a designated sober driver or take a taxi.

Madeira Airport Car Hire Companies

SIXT Car Rental

     Tel: +351 255 788 199

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AVIS Car Rental

     Tel: +351 291 524 392

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Rodavante Car Rental

     Tel: +351 291 524 718

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Europcar Car Rental

     Tel: +351 291 524 633

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Hertz Car Rental

     Tel: +351 219 426 300

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Madeira Rent Car Rental

     Tel:+ 351 291 523 355


GOLDCAR Car Rental

     Tel: +351 291 523 689


SIXT Car Rental

     Tel: +351 291 522 248

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Madeira Airport Car Hire FAQ

All cars, buses, trucks, taxis and other vehicles drive on the right side of the road across the island, so be sure to plan ahead for this change if you’re used to driving on the left side.

You will need at least a valid driver’s license from your home country, but check to see whether you might also need to obtain an International Driving Permit.

If you are driving in villages or in cities then the speed limit will be between 40 kilometers per hour and 50 kilometers per hour, increasing to 90 kilometers per hour when on motorways.

Yes, both the driver of the rental car and any passengers are required to wear seatbelts at all times when the vehicle is moving, and you can face penalties if you are caught violating this.

Yes, adults can sit in the passenger seat of the vehicle at any time but if you are traveling with anyone under the age of 12 years old they must sit in the back of the car.

Drinking alcoholic beverages and driving is strictly prohibited on the island and you must adhere to this law, because you could face fines or even jail time if you violate it.

There can be some twisting and tight roads located in the mountains and more rural parts of the island that may be challenging for novice drivers. However, there are also highways that cut through the mountains which provide a simple and easy alternative to these routes.

Choose a make and model that will comfortably fit you and whoever else you are traveling on vacation with, because most types of cars are suitable for driving on the island.

Most locations, whether in cities, villages or elsewhere, will have lots of free parking available for you to use, and if you are struggling to find a spot then hotels may have some spaces left. Just note that parking is likely to be more limited in busy areas such as the center of Funchal.


(average charge – all included by a Private Transfer) From Naxos Airport.

Destination PRICE
Parikia Town (Capital) 48€
Naousa 57€
Paros Port 48€
Punta 44€

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