Car rentals in Funchal: All you need to know
A Funchal car rental allows you to go where you want, when you want. You can explore all the sights, and even find out what the rest of Madaira has to offer. We've answered the most popular questions about renting a car in Funchal. Keep reading to see which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How do I find a bargain rental car in Funchal?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to grab budget-friendly rates. Simply type in your travel dates and scroll through the variety of rental suppliers, choose the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly offers in Funchal. You can also:
- Compare and contrast all the deals available
- Book as far in advance as possible. You will usually get your car of your choice and save more
- Be aware of any cost for mileage limits, fuel policy, and additional drivers. That way you will know the actual cost before you rent
- Determine the vehicle you'll need for your trip. Don't get more car than you need
Even a little knowledge can go a long way to getting you the most savings.
What rental companies have retailers in Funchal?
From budget-friendly brands like Dollar and Thrifty to global names like Ace and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to help you figure out which one meets your needs.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Funchal?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Madaira town means you're certain to find a car that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Those looking for adventure in the Madaira back-country||Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, or similar|
|Full Size||Need extra room and comfort, but with the handling of a sedan||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Compact Car||Couple or two friends who plan on doing a bit of sightseeing||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Funchal?
Usually, the age limit for car rentals in Funchal is 21—the same as it is across most of the country. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to read over the terms to find any additional fees is before you book your rental.
Does Funchal require rental car insurance?
When driving in Funchal or the rest of Portugal, you'll need insurance. Many suppliers require that you show proof of insurance before you pick up your automobile. Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to pay for interim insurance with the rental agency.
The major credit card issuers (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) will typically provide some coverage. However, many of them have restrictions, such as not covering large vehicles like premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Funchal.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find an open gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your automobile. Use as much fuel as you need and top it off when you return your car at the end of your rental period. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only pay for the fuel you use. Used a half of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't need to pay for any fuel you didn't use. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only be charged refueling fees if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank upfront and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the provider to see if they will refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a gas station near your rental drop-off location||You might pay a higher rate for the tank than you would filling up at a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you pick up your vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
We encourage a full tank policy. You receive the vehicle with a full tank, and you will want to return it with a full tank of gas. For a cheaper rate, find a gas station before you bring it back.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for travelers who don't want to worry about how many miles they are driving. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Check the details on mileage limits before you book.
Before you leave the lot
Make sure you go over a few items prior to leaving the rental lot on your Funchal adventure. It's important to:
- Check out the car and make sure there is no dents or scrapes. If so, mark it down on the paperwork
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is properly inflated and both the lug wrench and jack are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Funchal rental car today
Know that you can count on a perfect vehicle that will result in more cash to spare when you reserve your car with CarRentals.com. Cash in on cheap deals on your perfect Funchal rental car when you book with CarRentals.com. See you around town.