Car Hire from airports and cities including the following locations; Funchal Airport, Funchal Town, Funchal Port. The Car Hire Group also provide car rental from smaller towns, simply click on the image above to start.
Please call our reservations helpline on 0800 358 1229 quoting Ref : 72004514 or book online.
Booking & receiving your car hire voucher
Ordering your rental car is simple, just enter your car hire pick up & drop off locations, your dates and click the "Click to Quote" button. You will be shown several groups of cars all you have to do is select from the tabs which hire car group you are interested in. From here you will be shown all hire cars in that group along with the price for your rental period in GBP£. You can also select to change the currency to whichever suits you best. . When you finally select the car you are interested in renting you will be then shown several options to the rental such as extra (baby seats, roofracks. cancellation cover etc..), just select any you require and continue. You will then be required to enter your own details such as address, flight number if required etc.. and finally you will be asked to enter your credit card details to pay securely online. You will receive your car rental voucher via email immediately with your unique booking reference number and all other booking details. If your car hire start date is sooner than this then don't worry we will be in touch via telephone to arrange safe and speedy receipt of your rental voucher. If you have any questions etc.. regarding your booking or any other aspect of our car rental site then please call our dedicated call centre helpline on 0800 358 1229 quoting Ref : 72004514.
When you receive your voucher it will give full details of which fleet provider has been used and exact details of how and where to find their desk, if airport pick up then this will be in the airport arrivals hall.
Driving in Madeira
The easiest way to see Madeira which is part of Portugal, and the only way to reach some spots, is by car. Apart from a few new highways which are being constructed around Funchal, Madeiran roads follow the contours of the countryside. These roads are old and narrow with frequent hairpin bends and mountainous inclines and descents. Driven with care and consideration, Madeira's road system brings accessibility to many areas of the island where once wheeled transportation was impossible.
Madeira has many newly asphalted roads and a new dual carriage motorway. We drive on the right hand side of the road and all cars have the steering column on the left. That all seems very straightforward... Within the city there exist many narrow cobbled roads which can be very slippy when wet. Even outside of the city of Funchal there exist many, many narrow windy roads. Special care and attention should be taken when touring the island. The locals obviously know their way around and therefore tend to drive at speed.
Most people are understanding about a tourists apparent indecision whilst navigating the island and you will find the majority of Madeiran drivers friendly and courteous. Due to the extreme mountainous terrain on some roads, it is recommended that correct usage of the gearbox as an aid to assist braking will help keep the brakes cool even on the most demanding slopes. Petrol stations are quite abundant - but do fill up before leaving the city of Funchal. Stay within the legal speed requirements and remember that drinking and driving is an offence throughout Europe. We recommend you take your time - wear your seatbelts - take it easy - and enjoy the beauty of Madeira Portugal.
A passport and current EU or international licence is required when hiring a car on Madeira.
Which Side of the Road?
Madeirans drive on the right and give way to traffic approaching from the right.
It is recommended that drivers sound their horn, especially when approaching a bend or when about to overtake (a short toot-toot is considered polite). Although not a written rule, it is recognised as a courtesy to slow down for approaching vehicles which have overtaken and for the overtaken vehicle to slow down and allow the overtaker to pass safely.
In urban areas, cars may stop suddenly without indication or pull over unexpectedly so that the driver can talk to a friend on the roadside, unload passengers right outside their front door or pop into a shop.
Within Funchal there are open car parks along the Avenida do Mar and a more expensive covered car park beneath the Marina shopping centre, therefore parking is seldom a problem. Around the island it is normally permissable to pull off the road providing there is space to do so. The only place that can get busy is the popular Porto Moniz on the north coast.
These are located in most of the larger towns.
On the newer stretches of road around Funchal, the speed limit is 80 kph and occasionally 100 kph on short stretches only. Generally, across the island the speed limit is 60 kph. Many roads, however, are too twisting for most cars to get out of second gear and so motoring is slow.
Helpful Weather Information:
Madeira weather forecast / information
Frequently Asked Questions:
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