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Average rating: 8.6 / 10
Number of reviews in Funchal: 28
“Top rate and simple to use.”

“Have used this company several yes and I have yet to be anything than very satisfied. Good cancellation policy too.”

14-02-2020 09:33
“A Great Way to Book Your Next Rental Car”

“I have no issue recommending as an ideal way of finding your next next rental car where ever you are going. We had an issue with Herz over a charge made to our credit card when the battery on the car went flat through no fault of our own and because we had taken insurance out with they were quick to refund the charge.”

14-04-2019 08:40
Robert Boyce
“There when I needed them.”

“A late change of flight meant I arrived from Madrid into Las Palmas after car hire office closed. I emailed when in Madrid and whilst I flew they sorted me out another hire car company and charged me nowt!!! Top Drawer Robert Boyce Hampshire”

15-06-2017 18:41

Funchal Guide

Car hire Funchal
Car hire Funchal

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The capital of the sub-tropical Portuguese island of Madeira, Funchal, is a town replete with local colour, great views and temptingly luxurious beachside resorts. Style and substance come together here, offering a quieter, more relaxed holiday experience than many other sun, sea and sand islands. Madeira’s glorious interior and dramatic coastlines are perfect for exploring with a hired car, and Funchal’s lush parks, flower-decked gardens and pretty beaches add to its natural beauty.

Who to Book With
Car hire at the airport or downtown is available through Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Sixt as well as through several local car rental companies including Rodavante and Guerin. Pick-up points are found in Funchal town as well as on the airport complex. As the island is hugely popular with tourists year-round, advance booking online is highly recommended.

Best Time to Go
Due to its year-round warm weather influenced by the nearby Gulf Stream, any time is a good time for a visit to Funchal. The most popular period is high summer, and those preferring fewer crowds may like to consider a late spring holiday, when the mountains and foothills are covered in wildflowers and the sea is warm enough for a swim.

Need to Know Essentials
The following documents must be presented at the car hire pick-up point:

- A valid UK or EU photo driving license or an International Driving Permit
- An alternative photo ID such as your passport
- The credit card used for the online booking
- A printed rental confirmation and receipt if possible

For more information, please see our FAQ's.

Narrow, steep, mountainous roads, hairpin bends and reckless drivers may sound like motoring hell but, in reality, driving around the countryside outside Funchal is hardly a challenge for experienced drivers. Taking care is all that’s needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Even driving in the capital is a pleasure, with none of the traffic snarl-ups which come as standard in many other holiday island destinations. Portugal drives on the right, and parking in urban areas isn’t normally a problem as most locals use buses to get around. Seat belts for all are compulsory, warning triangles should be carried and the drink-driving limit is very low, with high fines always enforced.

Please visit our guide to Portugal for more information on driving in Madeira.


Although there are no trains on the island, ground transportation by taxi or bus is comparatively inexpensive compared with other Mediterranean hotspots. Getting in is straightforward via the capital’s airport with its flights from European air hubs including London. If there’s no hurry, bus journeys are a good way to interact with local people.

There are no trains on Madeira.

The Horarios do Funchal bus company serves Funchal and its surroundings with a network including remoter villages, although these may only have two buses per day. The service is frequent in town, and bus tickets cost between €1 and €3, dependent on distance, making bus travel the most economical, albeit the slowest by far.

Taxi services in Funchal are reliable and comparatively economical, with many bilingual drivers doubling as local guides and offering longer trips around the island. Taxis can be hired on the street, at cab stands, booked in advance or hired by phone. Funchal town fares are fixed by the government, while rural journeys are based on distance. Daniel Madeira Taxis’s website quotes prices for around town and airport trips.


Madeira’s unique, dramatic topography means that scenic drives come as standard wherever you’re heading out of Funchal. From the coast road running around the entire island to the steep, twisting mountain roads, the views across the island and the Atlantic Ocean are superb, and stopping off at tiny, traditional villages for lunch is a rewarding gastronomic experience.

Recommended Drives

Madeira’s Coast Road - The ER101, is famous for magnificent vistas as its route curves along dramatic clifftops backed by soaring, forested peaks and through tunnels under the mountainsides. Green valleys and farming villages are dotted around the unspoiled natural beauty of the countryside.

Central Road - Another great drive is the Central Road which runs from Achada da Cruz in the western region of the island across the mountain massif and the high plateau of Paul da Serra and on to Encumeada. The scenery is breathtaking, with deep, misty valleys and jagged peaks, and truly remote with very few habitations.

Funchal Ecological Park - For spectacular views down towards Funchal, the road direct from town to Madeira’s Funchal Ecological Park won’t disappoint. Once you’re there, its highlights are its numerous sparkling springs and waterfalls and its diverse flora, fauna and bird life.

Frequently asked questions

Is 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 at this location
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Avis
  • Bravacar
  • Budget
  • Centauro
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Drive and go
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Goldcar
  • Guerin
  • Hertz
  • InterRent
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • Payless Car Rental
  • Rhodium Car Rental
  • SIXT Rent a Car
  • Thrifty


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