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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Ponta Delgada, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
WAYZOR
$3.28 / per day
Ponta Delgada, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Opel Karl or similar
Opel Karl
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
WAYZOR
$3.81 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
WAYZOR
$3.81 / per day
Ponta Delgada, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo TSI or similar
VW Polo TSI
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
WAYZOR
$3.92 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Ponta Delgada, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
WAYZOR
$3.92 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
WAYZOR
$3.92 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.27 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Interrent
$4.45 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Our Customers Reviews

March 10, 2019
Its a very beautiful island, very diverse and sooooo green, we loved it. In Azores rent a car is must. The best vacations.
February 17, 2019
It is the best way to explore the Azores, especially out of season, when the rates for car rental are very cheap. The weather is quite unstable and the car gives lots of advantages...
December 4, 2018
Renting a car in Pontadelga is pretty easy either rent right at the airport and you car awaits you within walking distance. Or pre book it like I did twice now online select you car make a request and pick meet and greet and they will bring you the car right to your luggage pretty awesome and same goes for your drop off
November 22, 2018
I recomend renting a car to visit the island, a lot of places to visit, that you can only go by car, fast easy and cheap.
November 10, 2018
Beautiful place to visit and travel with a car gets you to some different sites rather than the regular.
October 12, 2018
Ponta Delgada is a beautiful place that you need a car to explore otherwise you are missing out on many experiences.
October 8, 2018
Wonderful island definitely rent a diesel car much cheaper than gas and will get you around the island much easier. Many of the great hidden spots are very steep and the diesel car really help us get up and down. Friends of ours had a gas car and they couldn’t keep up with us.
October 1, 2018
Renting a car here is absolutely necessary unless you have a personal driver or don't mind taking taxis everywhere. Highly recommend doing so, but make sure you know how to drive a manual transmission or be prepared to pay.
September 19, 2018
mostly impossible to travel on this island without car
September 19, 2018
Great city to explore with easy parking options but there is a lot to see on the entire island that is an easy drive from Ponta Delgada.
September 18, 2018
The Azores are beautiful! Having a car definitely helps getting around the island. You have the flexibility to explore more.
September 17, 2018
rent a small car for the narrow streets and winding roads good gas mileage. one tank if gas to see complete island of Sau Miguel. takes about 50 euro to fill.
August 28, 2018
A car is definitely the way to see Sao Miguel, Azores (unless you plan to stay in the immediate area of Ponta Delgada, then a taxi will suffice.) Our plan was to visit the entire island and the rental was definitely the way to go. The roads are in extremely great shape, I suppose not having the conditions we do in New England is a plus. I had a great experience with renting through Autatlantis and will definitely be using them again.
August 22, 2018
All of Sao Miguel was beautiful and easy to navigate. Sometimes Google Maps are not accurate about one-way streets on the island so drivers should use discretion.
August 9, 2018
São Miguel is a wonderful place to visit. Friendly and educated people.
August 7, 2018
I'd recommend renting a car in Ponta Delgada for drivers with some experience as there are lots of steep and narrow roads. Where you see a "walking tour recommended" sign, take the advice and park your car as you may have difficulties with extremely steep roads (around 35%). Ponta Delgada is a great place, and Sao Miguel island has plenty of astonishing landscapes you want to see, so the best option is to rent a car and explore the whole island.
July 19, 2018
A visitor would need to rent a car to see all the places on Sao Miguel. Highly recommend renting a car and Micauto Rent-a-Car is a good option for value.
July 8, 2018
Sao Miguel/Ponta Delgada was a gorgeous place to visit!! There is public transportation available, but if you want to get out and about on your own schedule, rent a car! I had read stories about how terrible the roads going up the mountains were, but I was pleasantly surprised. I grew up in a rural, mountain state, so I just felt like I was at home. If you've not driven on mountain roads, I would highly recommend spending a little extra to get a diesel-powered vehicle, as they have more horsepower. Also, bear in mind that most vehicles in Europe have manual transmissions. If you choose to rent an automatic, be prepared to pay extra for it, as they are few and far between.
June 26, 2018
Clean city/state. Great atmosphere. Lots to see. Lots to eat. Lots to do. Make time for the calderas and lakes. Beware the roaming cows all over the island. Cows on the mountain tops, on the roads. Makes for some fun driving. Oh!! - the streets are very narrow (compared to American streets), so cars are small (tiny) and the local drivers drive very fast. Apartments/homes have their doors literally on the street, no sidewalks, so at such fast speeds everywhere, beware of people walking on streets and kids playing right in the street.
June 19, 2018
The city is a bit cramped which is to be expected of a city founded in the 16th century. Streets are narrow, one way, and not easily navigable. The traffic lights are almost hidden and you could miss one if you don't know where they are. Portuguese drivers are sometimes impatient and like to use their horns. Once out of the city, the highway system is well planned, with clearly marked exits and directional indicators. It is easy to go from one end of the island to the other using the expressway, a two lane road with a speed limit of 100 k (60 mph).
June 6, 2018
We travelled a good percentage of the island and saw some of the fantastic lookouts situated along many roadways and mountain tops. City driving is a little tougher since many streets are quite narrow. A highway covers about half the island making quick work of your daily ventures.Overall a very scenic place to explore.

Travel information

Language
Portuguese,
Mirandese
Currency
EUR
Country code
+351
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$20.40 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 - 100 km/h
56 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Ponta Delgada?

Ponta Delgada is a great place for renting a car. Not only is it a great place from where to start to explore the rest of São Miguel island, it also a fascinating city in its own right and has lots to offer.

Ponta Delgada Car Rental

Top ways to enter Ponta Delgada

  • Ponta Delgada Airport: The Azores’ main airport serves flights to many destinations on continental Europe, as well as in North America and the nearby Canary Islands.
  • By sea: If you’re arriving in Ponta Delgada by ferry from one of the other Azores islands, such as Flores, Pico, or Terceira, you can conveniently pick up your rental at Ponta Delgada Port.

 

Useful city facts

  • Ponta Delgada is the largest city and the capital of the Azores, an autonomous region that is part of Portugal.
  • The temperature difference between the winter and summer months is quite small, with warm and mild winters and summers that rarely get hotter than 25 (78) °C (°F). However, the summer months get a lot less precipitation.

 

Top destinations and activities

Carlos Machado Museum. One of the main indoor attractions in Azores, this scientific museum will introduce you to oceanographic and other natural science discoveries of Portuguese explorers.

Lagoa das Sete Cidades. Just a short drive from Ponta Delgada, Sete Cidades is a volcanic complex. Home to a beautiful twin lake, the crater is surrounded by impressive mountains and offers great views of the rest of the island.

Whale watching. Many whale watching companies set out from Ponta Delgada, making it one of the top destinations in the world for this activity. Do keep in mind that most tours need to be booked in advance.

Traffic and parking tips

  • You can only enter the roundabout after giving way to cars already on it.
  • The car documentation and insurance always has to be inside a vehicle.
  • Drivers can only use a mobile phone if it is a hands free or an earpiece.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.2 for novice drivers.
  • Safety cameras are in use.
  • When parking in a street, your car must be parked facing the direction of travel.

Toll roads

There are no toll roads on São Miguel, but some motorways are subject to fees on mainland Portugal. See the official site toll road site for maps and fees.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Lagoa da Fogo (Fire Lake). Another volcanic lake even higher up in the mountains than Sete Cidades, Lagoa de Fogo is perhaps the most Azores place imaginable and will fill you with a sense of awe.
  • Ponta da Ferraria. These hot springs are located on the western coast of the island and have been visited by locals for centuries. Best visited during low tide, the water temperature here is often around 30º C (86 F).
  • Farol da Ponta do Arnel. Opposite Ponta da Ferraria on the other side of the island, this unique lighthouse on a cliff is a challenge to reach, but offers amazing ocean views for those who persevere and get to the end. 

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in the Azores is the VW Polo, but travelers also pick the Ford Fiesta and the Fiat 500 a lot. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.

Further destinations

  • The rest of Azores. Each of the other islands has their own character, attractions, and natural landmarks. For many, the historic city Angra do Heroismo that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the standout destination.
  • Madeira. Another Portuguese archipelago southeast of Azores and not far from mainland Africa, Madeira is a more tropical and equally interesting destination. 
  • Mainland Portugal. With cities like Lisbon and Porto, wine-making paradise Alentejo, and beach destination Algarve, Portugal is a destination to return to again and again.

How can I save money on my rental car?

There are ways get a good rental car deal in Ponta Delgada:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Ponta Delgada is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 44% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 67% cheaper than renting a car in July.

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Ponta Delgada?

Car rental prices in Ponta Delgada vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Ponta Delgada
$27.99
January
$21.10
February
$40.38
March
$24.43
April
$33.96
May
$41.97
June
$63.54
July
$47.56
August
$37.14
September
$47.28
October
$41.11
November
$28.24
December
The best month to rent a car in Ponta Delgada is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $21.10). This is 44% cheaper than the yearly average and 67% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $63.54 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Ponta Delgada?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in July, travelers rent a car for an average of 6 days, in March, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Ponta Delgada
5
January
5
February
4
March
4
April
5
May
5
June
6
July
6
August
5
September
4
October
5
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Ponta Delgada?

While travelers visit Ponta Delgada year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is February, and the least popular is December.
Ponta Delgada Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
132%
January
137%
February
87%
March
96%
April
98%
May
106%
June
129%
July
128%
August
82%
September
65%
October
77%
November
62%
December

Top 5 Cities near Ponta Delgada

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Madalena Car Rentals from $20.94 per day
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Velas Car Rentals from $20.94 per day
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Top 9 Locations near Ponta Delgada

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Horta Airport Car Rentals from $20.94 per day
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Top 11 Best Ponta Delgada Suppliers in 2019

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.2
00351 255 788 199
Aeroporto João Paulo Segundo, 9500-749 Ponta Delgada
Ilha Verde
Ilha Verde
Exceptional 9
00351 296 684 360 / 00351 910021668
Aeroporto Internacional Joao Paulo II - 9500-749 Ponta Delgada
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
00351936890727
JOAO PAULO II AIRPORT, APARTADO 704
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
00351936890727
JOAO PAULO II AIRPORT, APARTADO 704
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.7
296381249 / 296382210
9500 749 PONTA DELGADA
Guerin
Guerin
Excellent 8.7
00351 296306777
Aeroporto João Paulo II Apartado 704
Rhodium
Rhodium
Excellent 8.2
0034 965 233 425; +351 211 451 595
Off-Airport. Rua Cristiano Frazão Pacheco 16-17
Drive 4 Less
Drive 4 Less
Excellent 8.1
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
00351 914 348 755 / 00351 211 451 381
Rua Cristiano Frazão Pacheco, 16-17 9500-680, Relva – Ponta, Azores PT
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
00351 964 862 663 / 001 877 822 3872
Canto Prestes Cima, 77, 9500-702 Ponta Delgada
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
0034 965 233 425; +351 211 451 595
Off-Airport. Rua Cristiano Frazão Pacheco 16-17

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