Rent a cheap car in Portugal-Madeira at VIP Cars & save big
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Rent a car for Portugal-Madeira through VIP Cars and make your trip easy and comfortable. Located about 11 miles north of Funchal, Madeira is an archipelago located in the North Atlantic Ocean. One of the first territorial discoveries of the Portuguese Republic, Madeira is a popular tourism resort attracting more than one million leisure tourists every year.
Besides exquisite Madeira wine and unique flower orchards, the island is famous for its New Year Celebrations that feature the world’s largest firework display. Madeira’s main harbor is one of the leading Portuguese ports for luxury cruise liners and as well as commercial vessels. You can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities like surfing, fishing, camping, hiking, and leisure driving around the sea shore. Book a super saver Madeira car rental deal from VIP Cars and avail special offers and discounts!
Car rental advice & other useful information
- Is it worth renting a car in Madeira? Yes, it is totally worth it. Though the island has a good public transport, yet since these are not meant to be tour buses, the time and frequency usually don’t suit most of the travelers. This is the first reason that makes renting a car totally worth it. Since moving about the place on your own plan is what traveling is all about, a cheap car rental suits the agenda better than a local bus.
- Nature walks: Don’t take nature walks and hikes, especially when alone, as they can be slippery, steep, and remote; instead go for guided walks..
- Parking: Majority of parking spaces in Madeira comes under paid-parking especially in areas like Funchal. Finding parking outside areas like Funchal is relatively easy.
- Road-trips: A road trip is a great way to explore the island, and this is what most of the travelers do by renting cars. The coastal road ER101 is a tourist favorite and though there are faster routes, this one is the most striking and scenic.
Car rental companies in Portugal-Madeira
On our booking engine, you can compare the car rental deals from the top brands in Portugal, and all you have to do is fill the search form and use the supplier filter to narrow down your search . Though Madeira is an all-the-year-round destination, bulk of tourists visit Madeira in the months of May-August when temperatures are really pleasant. To cater to such a flow of travelers, our suppliers provide a big fleet of cars that travelers can rent up to 6 months in advance. In addition to a big car fleet, these suppliers offer numerous beneficial add-ons and inclusions; the collision damage waiver and theft waiver are the most common inclusions offered by our suppliers. In case of add-ons, you get access to optional extras like GPS, WIFI access, and baby seats that you can rent by paying a small fee.
The below-listed are the rental car agencies we work with on the island of Madeira:
- Ace Rent-A-Car
- Alamo Rent a Car
- Enterprise Rent a Car
- Goldcar Car Rental
- National Car Rental
- Sixt Rent A Car
Car rental locations in Portugal-Madeira
VIP Cars’ partners have offices all over Madeira — you can rent a car anywhere on the island; just type in the name of the location on our search form to check whether the location is available or not. Note that, by default,the pick-up & return locations are the same, but you have the option to change the return location.
You can do that by using the 'Different drop-off location?’ section on our booking engine; by doing this the deal gets converted into one-way and there is also a fee for this service.
The following are the car rental city location in Madeira where you can request a vehicle pickup or return:
- Ponta do Sol
- Porto Moniz
- Santa Cruz
- Câmara de Lobos
Cross-border car hires from Madeira
Though one-way car hires are allowed within the island of Madeira, most of the agencies don’t allow the vehicles to be taken outside this island, even to Portugal’s Mainland. Therefore, we suggest that if you really want the car, you can request another car for pickup at some other island. For that check the companies’ T&Cs and look whether the car can be taken on the ferry or not (if yes, there might be charges for the service).
How much to rent a car in Madeira?
The cost of your car rental for Madeira depends upon a lot of factors discussed below:
If you are less than 25 years old, most of the car rental companies charge you a 'young driver’ fee – it is added to the rental price; it varies as per the car-type you are booking.
The car hire’s price also increases when you decide to rent an add-on like GPS or a baby seat; but this extra price are totally worth it. Same applies to one-way car rental deals.
The prices of the car rentals are cheapest in the off-season; the best time to visit Madeira is from may-August –the high season & renting in these months can be expensive — we suggest you place an advance booking.
The rental price depends on the car-type you are booking. While small cars like minis & economy cars are cheapest to rent, bigger cars, like vans & SUVs are relatively expensive.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Madeira?
To rent a car in Madeira, the drivers must be at least 21 years old – this is the age eligibility condition used by majority of rental companies, but since it varies as per the car-type, read the deal's T&Cs for vehicle-specific information. However, one thing is common with all the suppliers – they all charge a fee from all the renters who are below the age of 25 years because of their inexperience. Moreover, while making the online booking, make sure that you are inputting the right age as if found underage at the time of car rental pick up, the supplier will refuse you the vehicle; it is your responsibility to provide your legal age.
Renting a car in Madeira without credit card?
In Madeira Portugal, drivers can rent cars only if they have their valid credit cards. The car hire brands usually ask for a security deposit for which they need to run a credit check, and if you have a credit card, the process becomes really easy. Some suppliers allow debit cards and even cash, but only at selected locations. If you don’t have a credit card, there is an alternative; you can rent by using the credit card of one of your family members. In this case, the rental agreement will be made in the name of the credit card holder, so if you want to drive, you can get yourself added as the additional driver. Read the deals-specific T&Cs for more information.