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The following car rental companies received the highest ratings in Ponta Delgada Airport. Compare the ratings and prices of these rental companies with a single search.

  • Guerin

    9.1 (866)
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  • Autatlantis

    8.5 (1)
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  • Alamo

    8.5 (7536)
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  • Ilha Verde Rent a Car

    8.2 (327)
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  • Enterprise

    8.1 (1620)
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  • Keddy By Europcar

    8.1 (2824)
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  • Europcar

    8.1 (6783)
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  • National Car Rental

    8.1 (366)
  • Avis

    7.9 (4952)
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  • Thrifty

    7.8 (4529)
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  • Dollar Rent a Car

    7.8 (3648)
  • Hertz

    7.7 (5789)
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  • Sixt

    7.3 (2616)
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  • InterRent

    6.8 (5874)
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  • Rhodium Car Rental

    6.5 (158)
  • FireFly Car Rental

    6.3 (3291)
  • Goldcar

    6.3 (4797)
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Ponta Delgada Airport Guide

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The busiest airport in Portugal’s Azores archipelago is Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport, located just two miles west of Ponta Delgada, the largest city on the island. Private taxis and airport buses provide transport for travellers who don’t opt for a rental car at the terminal. Well-signed roads make driving easy to other nearby towns like Arrifes, Nordela, Relva and Faja de Baixo that are just minutes from the airport.

Who to Book With
There are five major car hire companies at the airport: Alamo, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty. All of these rental firms have kiosks just outside the Baggage Claim area. Demand fluctuates greatly based on the season, so be sure and book ahead for peak tourism months.

Need to Know Essentials
The following documents must be shown to the rental office upon arrival:

- An EU or international driver’s licence
- The credit card you used for the booking
- A second form of picture identification
- A confirmation sheet of the rental booking

For more info read our FAQ's.

Driving around the island of Sao Miguel is straightforward and it is relatively easy to navigate. Be sure to drive on the right side, and park facing the proper direction. Traffic congestion is not an issue on the island and parking is available anywhere there is an open spot. Look for signs on the street that indicate specific parking rules, or use a pay parking lot. Some petrol stations accept credit cards at the pump but cash is always welcome. A GB sticker is the only thing required on every vehicle, but there are no toll roads.

See our guide to Portugal for more information on driving here.


There are basically two options to get from the airport to your destination on Sao Miguel. Taxis are the most convenient choice, while rental cars provide unbeatable convenience to move around the island at will.

Several taxi companies are on hand just outside the terminal Arrivals area to meet every flight into Ponta Delgada. They use a meter to determine fares, which are very reasonable considering the short distance into the main town.

Taxi prices:
Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport to Ponta Delgada is about £8
Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport to Faja de Baixo is about £30.


The single terminal at Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport handles around one million passengers each year. Around two dozen European and North American destinations enjoy regular service into the Azores, with additional seasonal flights. SATA International operates the majority of flights, followed by TAP Portugal.

Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport has two parking lots. P1 is for short stays, with £0.50 per 15 minutes up to five hours. A full day is £8, while two days is £9. P2 is designed for longer stays, with £0.50 per 15 minutes up to five hours. A full day is £7 and two days is £8.

Free Wi-Fi internet is available from Boingo, but it’s not exactly an easy process. The first 30 minutes are free, but a credit card is required to sign up to Boingo to create an account. After that period, a small fee is charged per minute.

Information Services
There are information desks in the public Arrivals area.

Useful Numbers
Service Centre: +351 29 620 5400

Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport has a good range of access for travellers with reduced mobility, including elevators, curb ramps, moving walkways and staff prepared to help. Personalised support is available with the MyWay program than can be requested by calling the airline up to 48 hours before departure time.

Restaurants and Bars
Although there is no proper sit-down restaurant at Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport, there are a couple of good snack bars and delis selling light meals and drinks.

VIP Lounges

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CIP Lounges

Money and ATMs
An ATM, currency exchange office and banking services are all located within the airport’s public areas. Multibanco ATMs are used here, while Santander Totta is the bank that is open from 09:00 to 15:00 each day.

The shopping options in Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport are limited to news- stands and a few gift shops that feature fashion accessories, Azorean crafts and travel gear. Duty-free outlets operated by Just for Travellers are also on site for passengers flying directly out of Portugal.

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    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    90 km/h
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What most people want to know

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 Carrentals.co.uk 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 Carrentals.co.uk at this location?
  • Guerin
  • Autatlantis
  • Alamo
  • Ilha Verde Rent a Car
  • Enterprise
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • Europcar
  • National Car Rental
  • Avis
  • Thrifty
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Hertz
  • Sixt
  • InterRent
  • Rhodium Car Rental
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • Goldcar
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