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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Madeira Funchal Airport Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Up 3d or similar
Volkswagen Up 3d
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Dollar
$31.62 / per day
Madeira Funchal Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Dollar
$34.64 / per day
Madeira, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 2d or similar
Citroen C1 2d
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • No
  • Man.
InsularCar
$40.88 / per day
Madeira, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 108 3d or similar
Peugeot 108 3d
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Dollar
$41.30 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Madeira Funchal Airport Car Rental
Mini
Opel Adam or similar
Opel Adam
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Hertz
$43.41 / per day
Madeira, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
InsularCar
$45.69 / per day
Madeira Funchal Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Keddy
$46.57 / per day
Madeira Funchal Airport Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Dollar
$47.91 / 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
6 days
Economy car rental price
$60.86 / 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 Madeira?

Madeira is a great destination to discover by car. From capital Funchal to little villages, rocky beaches, and impressive mountains, having your own wheels is the best way to see it in its full diversity.

Madeira Car Rental

Top ways to enter Madeira

  • Madeira Airport: Named after the living Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo (whose statue greets the arriving visitors), Madeira Airport is served by more than 40 airlines that connect the island to destinations in mainland Europe.
  • Porto Santo Airport: The second and much smaller airport of Madeira, serving the island of the same name, has regular service to Madeira Island and Lisbon, as well as summer flights to and from Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.

Useful city facts

  • An island archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal. Its population is nearly 300,000 people.
  • The largest city and capital is Funchal.
  • Madeira enjoys much warmer climate than continental Portugal. The summers are hot and very dry. Even in winter, the temperature rarely drops below 15 (60) °C (°F). Despite that, it’s not rare for snowfall to occur in Madeira mountains. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Funchal. Madeira’s capital and by far the largest city has different attractions like the Madeira Botanical Garden, the historic Madeira Market where you can still buy produce from local farmers, and the beautiful. São Lourenço Palace
  • Porto da Cruz. The small and cozy village on the Atlantic Coast that lives in the shadow of Penha da Águia (the Eagle Rock) boasts regional museums, a rum factory, mountains for hiking, and impressive surfing waves.
  • Calheta. Calheta is most famous for its sugarcane museum and visiting here can be easily combined with seeing the two neighboring fishing villages, Paul do Mar and Jardim to Mar.

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 in Madeira, but there are quite a few in mainland Portugal. See the official website for maps and prices.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Ponta de São Lourenço. This nature reserve is where unique plants like the Ice Plant and the Cardoon have found their home. Those who dare to climb the steep mountain paths and the volcanic rocks will be rewarded with impressive ocean views.
  • Ribeiro Frio Natural Park. Another nature reserve, Ribeiro Frio can be best explored by walking its levadas or nature paths. The only human activity here is the trout farm that you can visit.
  • Porto Santo. The ferry to Porto Santo Island takes about two hours from Madeira Island, but is well worth the trip. The cozy Vila Baleira is the only human settlement on the island, so there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the island’s wild beaches and private atmosphere.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental cars in Madeira are the VW Polo, the Ford Fiesta, and the Fiat 500. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Azores. Even further out in the Atlantic Ocean than Madeira and lying nearly half-way between Europe and North America, the 9 Azores islands offer even more dramatic mountains, volcanoes, and beaches.
  • Lisbon. Easily reached by a number of flights every day, Portugal’s first city is one of the most fun, colorful, and relaxed capitals of Europe.
  • Porto. Full of history and unique atmosphere, Porto is a fascinating city to explore for days, although you might be tempted to visit the surrounding Northern Portugal region as well. 

How can I save money on my rental car?

These are some of the things you can try to do to get a good rental car deal in Madeira:

  • 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 Madeira is the cheapest in January when renting a car is about 65% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 3 Cities near Madeira

Lisbon Car Rentals from $13.22 per day
964.8 km / 599.5 miles away
Faro Car Rentals from $19.76 per day
935.6 km / 581.3 miles away
Porto Santo Car Rentals from $36.04 per day
57.6 km / 35.8 miles away

Top 6 Locations near Madeira

57.6 km / 35.8 miles away
Faro Airport Car Rentals from $19.76 per day
935.6 km / 581.3 miles away
Lisbon Airport Car Rentals from $13.22 per day
964.8 km / 599.5 miles away
Porto Airport Car Rentals from $10.83 per day
1190.8 km / 739.9 miles away

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Madeira?

Car rental prices in Madeira 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 Madeira
$14.04
January
$18.21
February
$17.14
March
$23.84
April
$61.43
May
$29.01
June
$29.32
July
$34.87
August
$52.70
September
$46.93
October
$72.62
November
$72.62
December
The best month to rent a car in Madeira is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $14.04). This is 64% cheaper than the yearly average and 81% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $72.62 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Madeira?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in August, travelers rent a car for an average of 8 days in January, the average rental period is 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Madeira
6
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
7
May
7
June
7
July
8
August
6
September
6
October
8
November
7
December

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

While travelers visit Madeira year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is January, and the least popular is September.
Madeira Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
127%
January
112%
February
101%
March
93%
April
99%
May
99%
June
118%
July
113%
August
76%
September
78%
October
97%
November
88%
December

Our Customers Reviews

May 9, 2019
Madeira is nice to visit. A car is needed for a lomger stay. i would recommend and powerfulle car (diesel) for the Island is very hilly.
April 10, 2019
Main roads are fine - basically dual carriageways, however back roads tend to be steep, narrow and bendy. Be sure to be comfortable with hill starts if considering driving in Madeira. Make sure to take out full insurance, even though we didn't have to use it, I can see how easy it may be to have a small scrape or bump. I would recommend hiring a car in order to explore the island as gives you great independence.
March 8, 2019
Hiring a car makes it a lot easier to visit places, and there are a lot of places to see in Madeira.
March 5, 2019
Make sure you hire a car with a decent powered engine. Hills are very steep and you'll need the power.
February 27, 2019
need to hire a car to go around especially with young kids as the road is so bumpy and difficult to drive. auto car is advisable .
February 21, 2019
You need to be reasonably confident in driving and not intimidated by the driving style of many Madeirans who enjoy speeding on the roads and tend to overtake when not expected!
January 23, 2019
A great place to drive but not for the faint hearted, great fun.
January 17, 2019
Madeira is a beautiful island and hiring a car certainly helps to see it more fully. However, the very steep and (inland) narrow roads make driving a challenge and probably not for the more timid and cautious driver!!
January 4, 2019
madeira is a fabulous island and getting a car gives you a chance to see many of the magical out of the way places - and to see the popular places before or after the coach parties when they are quiet
December 2, 2018
Who needs to spend more than a couple of days in Madeira I would recommend to rent a car to visit the island landmarks. It is a terrific place, very well adopted for tourists. Get more powerful car with bigger engine or diesel with bigger turgue. There are some streets so steep you might never experienced before. It is not a joke.
November 8, 2018
Roads are narrow mountainous!
July 26, 2018
The island is wonderful.
June 25, 2018
Madeira is a piece of heaven that fell on earth. Visited several places; including Camera de Lobos, Porto Muniz, Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Sao Vicente, Ribeira Brava, Santana, Machico, Santa Cruz and Funchal. All these have their own aura and if you are planning to visit Madeira, you must go site seeing all the above. There is fine dining everywhere you go. The food is great and inexpensive. If you are a wine lover, you couldn't be at a better place. Every glass of wine I tasted was great. I wanted to experience the local life, so I never asked to see a wine list. I just asked for a glass of the house wine, red or white it met my expectations. Here in the U.S, a glass of wine will cost you between $6 to $8. In Madeira it will cost you between two to three Euros. With a little planning you don't need to rent a car the entire time you there. Rent a car to go site seeing and once you are done with it, assuming you are staying in the downtown area, walking is the best way to absorb the sites and sounds of the Island. Funchal is a lively place, restaurants at every "beco" and corner. The architecture is fantastic and the people are happy and friendly. We loved this place so much that my wife and I are talking about retiring there.

Top 13 Suppliers for Madeira in 2019

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
00351 291 523 689 / 00351 211 451 381
9100-105 Santa Cruz, Madeira, PORTUGAL
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
351291522248
CRISTIANO RONALDO AIRPORT
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.9
+351291524633
AEROPORTO DO FUNCHAL
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+351-255788199
Madeira Airport
Guerin
Guerin
Excellent 8.6
351291522248 (9); 351291526765
Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.5
+351291524633
AEROPORTO DO FUNCHAL
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.3
00351291522248
CRISTIANO RONALDO AIRPORT,
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Excellent 8.3
00351 291 523 689 / 001 877 822 3872
Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea d, 9100-105 Santa Cruz
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.3
00351 291 091 570 / 00351 308 810 777
ER237 100, 9200-225 Santa Cruz
Rhodium
Rhodium
Excellent 8
0034 965 233 425; +351 211 451 595
On-Airport. Arrivals Terminal
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Very good 7.7
00351 291 706 070
Rua Vale da Ajuda n 52
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
0034 965 233 425; +351 211 451 595
On-Airport. Arrivals Terminal
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.1
0034 965 233 425; +351 211 451 595
On-Airport. Arrivals Terminal

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