Car Rental Ponta Delgada

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Mini
Opel Karl or similar
Opel Karl
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
WAYZOR OLD DISABLED
$8.90 / per day
Ponta Delgada, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
WAYZOR OLD DISABLED
$8.90 / per day
Ponta Delgada, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Cross Up or similar
Volkswagen Cross Up
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
WAYZOR OLD DISABLED
$11.87 / per day
Ponta Delgada, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Peugeot 2008 or similar
Peugeot 2008
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
WAYZOR OLD DISABLED
$13.36 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Ponta Delgada, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Ilha Verde
$14.00 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Europcar
$14.07 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Europcar
$14.31 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Europcar
$15.24 / 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.

Travel Information

Language
Portuguese
Currency
EUR
Country code
351
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$21.84 / 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.

Top 5 Cities near Ponta Delgada

  1. Praia da Vitoria Car Rentals from $10.29 per day
    166.4 km / 103.4 miles away
  2. Madalena Car Rentals from $24.85 per day
    256.4 km / 159.3 miles away
  3. Horta Car Rentals from $24.85 per day
    277.8 km / 172.6 miles away
  4. 509.1 km / 316.3 miles away
  5. Velas Car Rentals from $24.85 per day
    239.7 km / 148.9 miles away

Top 9 Locations near Ponta Delgada

  1. 166.4 km / 103.4 miles away
  2. 239.7 km / 148.9 miles away
  3. 256.4 km / 159.3 miles away
  4. Horta Airport Car Rentals from $24.85 per day
    277.8 km / 172.6 miles away
  5. 509.1 km / 316.3 miles away
  6. 8045.6 km / 4999.3 miles away

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
$27.35
January
$20.61
February
$39.44
March
$23.87
April
$33.18
May
$41.00
June
$62.07
July
$46.45
August
$36.28
September
$37.76
October
$40.16
November
$27.59
December
The best month to rent a car in Ponta Delgada is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $20.61). This is 43% cheaper than the yearly average and 67% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $62.07 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 May, travelers rent a car for an average of 7 days in October, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Ponta Delgada
5
January
5
February
5
March
5
April
7
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 May, and the least popular is December.
Ponta Delgada Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
106%
January
109%
February
121%
March
127%
April
152%
May
85%
June
103%
July
103%
August
66%
September
117%
October
62%
November
50%
December

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
September 19, 2019
The main roads around the island are brand new & not busy in September. The old coast road is more interesting but slower. The roads in the towns & villages can get quite narrow, best to tuck your wing mirrors in.
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
August 30, 2019
Car is essential in São Miguel if you want to make the most of your Holidays there. Roads are impecable and you can see a lot in one day. Just driving around the island is a pleasure for the senses!
Canada
VW Polo TSI
August 26, 2019
lots of traffic and very narrow streets
Italy
VW Polo TSI
August 20, 2019
This car rental service was very efficient and I really suggest it. Simone
Portugal
Fiat Panda
August 18, 2019
Very important notice: there are very steep seconday roads where you will need a car with a good engine. Small cheaper cars are not advised and can even be dangerous.
Canada
Volkswagen Up
July 29, 2019
For the most part, locals are patient so don't be afraid. Yes, they drive crazy but I'm sure you do that in the comfort of your home country. Learn the meaning of their road signs. Enjoy! It is a little paradise.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
July 22, 2019
A car is essential for getting to the off the beaten track places and for general convenience, and the driving is easy. We did meet various people using the local buses which would be a good option if based in PDG and you're looking for a slower more adventurous pace of life.
New Zealand
Skoda Citigo
July 20, 2019
Ponta Delgada is a lovely town and the island is easy to drive around and visit. Our favourite place is Mosteiros with the beautiful coastline, lovely natural swimming pools and wonderful sunsets.
Slovakia
Peugeot 208
July 18, 2019
sao miguel is perfect place also for family holidays. i was suprised about warm weather and ocean.
Canada
Peugeot 208
July 17, 2019
You really need a GPS either on your rental or on your phone in order to get around. Streets are very narrow you need to drive with caution and when in two lanes going one way stay to the right except to pass, you will get a lot of dirty looks if you dont. left lane is for passing.
Canada
Peugeot 208
July 17, 2019
The Island of Sao Miguel is simply amazing. I will continue to return - and now that I can drive standard I will be able to rent a car in the future again!
Romania
Renault Twingo
July 16, 2019
We have succeeded visiting almost the whole island, anyways we covered the major objectives at a 100% rate, without a car there, you are pretty dead...
United States of America (USA)
Renault Twingo
June 27, 2019
Definitely need a car, and ANC Azores holiday car rental is the best value for your money.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
June 22, 2019
A lovely city and surrounding area. Renting a car is a must.
United States of America (USA)
Renault Clio
June 12, 2019
Difficult driving narrow streets, sharp corners and one-way systems. But well worth it to see and get to know this interesting town.
United States of America (USA)
Audi A1
June 4, 2019
Azores is great place, go now before it gets too crowded.
Canada
Renault Clio
May 8, 2019
Would not recommend renting a car if the sole destination is Ponta Delgada. The streets are very narrow and filled with cruise ship tourists. Having a driver or tour guide would be a better option. Would recommend renting a car if travelling throughout the island.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Up
May 6, 2019
Love driving in Sao Miguel. The city driving can be a challenge at first - must be able to drive a standard!! Many one way, very narrow streets - parking can be on sidewalk in tight spaces and often on a hill. Unless you are on a tour, having a car is a must. The driving outside the city is great fun! Lots of windy roads with spectacular views! A small car is essential - gas is very expensive!
Canada
Volkswagen Up
April 27, 2019
Sao Miguel is a small and beautiful island. If you want to see it properly, rent a car.
Portugal
Ford Fiesta
April 19, 2019
Drive slowly, Be attentive, Enjoy.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
April 9, 2019
Definitely! I think its the best way to see and do everything on the island
Slovenia
Ford Fiesta
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.
Bulgaria
Volkswagen Up
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...
Canada
Renault Captur
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
Portugal
Ford Fiesta
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.
Canada
Opel Corsa
November 10, 2018
Beautiful place to visit and travel with a car gets you to some different sites rather than the regular.
Canada
Volkswagen Up
October 27, 2018
Discover Was very efficient in finding a great deal on a car rental in Sao Miguel. Would definitely use it again.
Canada
Dacia Duster
October 12, 2018
Ponta Delgada is a beautiful place that you need a car to explore otherwise you are missing out on many experiences.
Canada
Peugeot 208
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.
United States of America (USA)
VW Up! Aut.
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.
Slovakia
Ford Fiesta
September 19, 2018
mostly impossible to travel on this island without car
United States of America (USA)
VW Touran
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.
United States of America (USA)
Renault Clio
September 18, 2018
The Azores are beautiful! Having a car definitely helps getting around the island. You have the flexibility to explore more.
Canada
Ford Fiesta
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.
United States of America (USA)
Citroen C Elysee
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.
United States of America (USA)
Smart for 2
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.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
August 9, 2018
São Miguel is a wonderful place to visit. Friendly and educated people.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Up
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.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Up
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.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Panda
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.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Punto
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.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
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).
Canada
Renault Captur
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.

Top 14 Suppliers for Ponta Delgada in 2019

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
00351 914 348 755 / 00351 211 451 381
Rua Cristiano Frazao Pacheco, 16-17 9500-680, Relva – Ponta, Azores PT
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
0035 100 351 296 381 249
João Paulo II Airport in, Ponta Delgada
Guerin
Guerin
Excellent 8.7
00351 296306777
Aeroporto João Paulo II Apartado 704
Wayzor
Wayzor
Excellent 8.5
00351 296 301 805
9500-749 Pontadelgada, Portugale
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
00351 296 684 360
9500-749 Ponta Delgada
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
00351 218 371 626
Aeroporto de Ponta Delgada Rua Cristiano Frazão Pacheco, 16-17
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 / 00351 211 451 595
Rua Cristiano Frazao Pacheco, 16-17 9500-680, Relva – Ponta, Azores PT
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.1
0034 965 233 425 / 00351 211 451 595
R. Cristiano Frazao Pacheco 16-17, 9500-680 Ponta Delgada
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.1
0034 965 233 425; +351 211 451 595
Off-Airport. Rua Cristiano Frazão Pacheco 16-17

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