Rent-a-Car Madeira: For those who like a holiday at their own pace and without time limitations to take transports, renting a car in Madeira will be an excellent option.

After having your trip to Madeira and your accommodation taken, it’s time to decide whether or not you want to rent a car. It is not mandatory to rent a car to explore any of the Madeira Islands. But, we recommend that you do so, especially if you have an adventurous profile and prefer to explore and have a holiday at your own pace.

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Should I rent a car in Madeira?

As we indicated before, the answer to this question depends on the type of vacation you intend to have. There are those who prefer to enjoy their stay at their hotel and visit only the main tourist attractions, through companies specialized in tourism.

On the other hand, there are those who like to explore the points of interest not to be missed, at their own pace and without hours. For this, without a doubt, renting a car is the best option for your vacation.

Renting a car or not depends on the type of stay you want, and it does not invalidate you to rent a car and also be able to do tourist activities, using the car to travel to meeting points and, outside the activities window, using the vehicle for other trips.

What documents are needed to rent a car?

To rent a car in Madeira, you must be of legal age (over 18 years of age) and have the following documents:

  • Driving license – Categoria B;
  • Citizen Card;
  • Credit Card (for payment or deposit);

What is the security deposit and why do I have to pay it?

Most car rental companies require a security deposit in order to provide you with a car. The deposit is a monetary amount that is withheld from your credit card during the period of the car rental, which can be used if – at the end of the rental – the car is delivered with damages or anomalies. In short, it is a way for rent-a-car to protect itself and ensure that the cars are delivered in good condition.

If you deliver a vehicle in the same way it was delivered to you, the deposit amount is released and goes back to your credit card balance.

There are also rent-a-cars that do not require the payment of a deposit, as long as you take out additional insurance for your rental. In these cases, it often pays to opt for insurance against all risks and, in this way, you have a peaceful holiday without any surprises.

We recommend that, at the time of booking, you check whether the deposit is mandatory or not and whether you can cancel it by subscribing to insurance.

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Car hire at Madeira airport

Although it is possible to do so, upon arrival, we recommend that you make your reservation in advance. Avoid wasting time on your arrival, book in advance and get better prices and, of course, the offer of available vehicles will be greater.

In any case, if you were unable to hire a car before the trip and or changed your mind on the way to Madeira, on your arrival you will find several rent-a-car counters available to help you.

The great advantage of renting in advance is also having the car waiting for you when you arrive at the airport. This way you save time and, as soon as you arrive at the Arrivals area, you will be forwarded to your car through the rent-a-car that you have chosen to rent your car.

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