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On the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira, Funchal bustles with historic sites, amazing natural scenery, swanky bars and busy restaurants. Whether you’re heading here for a week in the sun or some hardcore island exploration, picking up a hire car is a great place to start.

The best place to look for car hire companies in Funchal is around R. Imperatriz Dona Amelia, close to the main port. Another area you can find car rental companies is the São Martinho district, particularly in the area near Praia Formosa.

Booking a rental car in advance is always a good option, as is comparing hire car companies to ensure you get the best price.

In Funchal you can take your pick from Hertz, Europcar and plenty more local and international brands, including:

  • Hertz: (+351) 219 426 300
  • Amsterdam Rent a Car: (+351) 968 566 790
  • CR Rent: (+351) 291 105 594
  • Easy Rent-a-Car: (+351) 291 762 235
  • Europcar: (+351) 291 765 116
  • Madeira Rent: (+351) 291 706 070
  • Point Car Rental: (+351) 968 888 026
  • 22AG Madeira: (+351) 916 311 016
  • GOCar Rentals: (+351) 963 733 202

Renting a car in Funchal puts the whole island of Madeira within your grasp. Once you’re behind the wheel, remember to stay sharp when approaching junctions and roundabouts if you’re not used to driving on the right.

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Fast facts

What age do you need to be to hire a car in Funchal?

In most cases the minimum age is 21. However, some companies make exceptions with a deposit or premium insurance, so best to shop around. All drivers under the age of 25 will incur a daily young driver surcharge.

What side of the road do they drive on?

In Portugal they drive on the right.

Do you need a credit card to hire a car?

Most rental companies require a credit card. Though some larger firms, like Avis, may accept Visa and MasterCard debit cards. Make sure to check with your provider.

Do you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to hire a car in Funchal?

No, you don’t need an IDP to drive in Portugal if you have a photocard driving licence issued by the UK.

Driver requirements

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Funchal?

To hire a car in Funchal you’ll need a valid driving licence (with at least a year of driving experience), a credit card in the driver’s name and an additional photo ID such as a passport.

Are there any scenic driving routes near Funchal?

The ER101 coastal road circumnavigates the island of Madeira and features steep climbs, stunning views and narrow sections hugging dramatic cliffs.

What are the road conditions like in Funchal?

In general, the road conditions on the island of Madeira are good, the problem you might run into is steepness. Drivers should be prepared for a few hill starts and also be confident to parallel park on an incline. This is also a good reason to avoid the lowest horsepower vehicles (looking at you Fiat Panda).

Does size really matter in Funchal?

On an island of narrow roads, size does matter – a big family sedan is not a good idea. Having a compact car or hatchback makes navigating these roads (and parking) much easier.

Should I buy additional insurance for my car rental in Funchal?

Madeira’s narrow and sometimes rocky roads make insurance coverage crucial. While a basic level of coverage is likely to be included in your rental price, it’s a smart option to read the fine print and make sure you’re well covered. And don’t forget to give the car a thorough inspection before setting off.