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Car hire Madeira

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Location information for Madeira

Madeira is a popular tourist destination, with attractions that include beaches, mountains and cities. The island was discovered by a Portuguese explorer during the 15th century. Water canals ensure that the region has a beautiful green landscape, which provides the perfect scenery for self-drive trips with car rental in Madeira.



Access to the island is provided by the Madeira International Airport, which is only 30 minutes' drive from the capital, Funchal. Public transport is available and there are various bus routes, but timetables are difficult to work out and comprehensive route details are not always available. Therefore, car hire in Madeira is the most convenient way of exploring the island.

Car Hire Madeira

A pre-booked rental vehicle can be picked up at the airport, with companies that operate outside of the terminal providing a shuttle service for their customers. It is better to book a vehicle before your arrival and customers can compare car hire options online. Hertz and Avis as well as Auto Europe operate on the island and at the airport car park that is used for rental vehicles.


Madeira has an adequate road network but roads can be curvy and steep. If you are going on a longer trip make sure that you fill the petrol tank as petrol stations are scarce in the more remote areas. Traffic rules are the same as in Europe and drivers should keep their licence as well as the vehicle documents with them when they are going on a trip.

Things To See and Do

With a car in Madeira you can travel to different attractions including the Jardim Tropical da Quinta at Monte Palace, which is a beautiful garden. Jardim Orquidea is an orchid garden and the Sao Vicente caves are also worth a visit. Hiking is a popular activity at Ponta de Sao Lourenco, a nature reserve which has trails with magnificent views of the ocean. There are trails here to suit beginner walkers and fit hikers, and recent upgrades have improved the facilities at this site.

Best Time To Visit

Madeira has a Mediterranean climate but temperatures differ between the northern and southern regions of the island. The best time to book a trip to this destination is during April, May, September or October when the weather is good but there are fewer tourists on the island. Temperatures during these months hover between 20-25°C.

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The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is 121CarHire.com the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by 121CarHire.com? at this location
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