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Car Hire Madeira Deals - Sixt rent a car

Welcome to Sixt Madeira! When you rent a car in Madeira you can enjoy our modern vehicles, cheap discounted rates and excellent customer service. Whether you are on a budget or looking for a special treat we have the perfect car hire for you as our extensive fleet suits everybody from individual travellers and families to larger groups. We have two highly convenient and well-equipped branches in Madeira, including one in Funchal city centre, and for those arriving by plane - a handy branch at the Airport. 


Sixt car hire in Madeira

Booking a car hire deal in Madeira with Sixt is quick and easy and should your plans change, free cancellations are almost always available. Your car rental in Madeira is supplied by recognised brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Renault or Volkswagen and can be collected from either the island's airport or in the capital Funchal.

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Our Service

Our Service

We have an attractive range of extras to select from when you make your online booking. These include child seats, Sat Navs and WiFi packages, ideal for keeping in touch while on the move. We even have a range of baby strollers for stress-free sightseeing. For extra peace of mind choose a reduced deductible insurance policy to limit your driving risks.

Which vehicle category to choose?

  • Make easy work of Funchal's historic centre with compact and economical saloons.
  • Cruise the island's stunning coastline in convertibles or sports cars.
  • Spacious estate cars and 4x4s have room for all the family along with the luggage.

Age Restrictions

To hire a car in Madeira the minimum age is either 21 or 25 depending on the category. A valid driving licence must have been held for at least 1 year. Surcharges apply to drivers under 25.

Driver's license

EU driving licences and international licences of European non-residents are accepted in Madeira. If not written in the Latin alphabet they must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP). Extra drivers can be added during the booking process and driving licences must be presented when you collect your car hire in Madeira.


Call the police on 112 in the unfortunate event of an accident while in Madeira then contact Sixt as soon as possible on +351-255788199. Accident report forms can be found in your car.

About the Region

About the Region

Madeira is a beautiful gem of an island. Its attractive and historic capital Funchal provides a bustling contrast to the island's isolated stretches of coastline and surfer-friendly beaches. Driving through Madeira's interior provides photo opportunities around every bend from picturesque whitewashed villages to volcanic lava pools.

The dramatic West coast of Madeira

The opening of the Via Rapida with its tunnels that burrow through mountains has made the West coast of Madeira much more accessible but it still remains a tranquil part of the island. Pick up your car hire in Funchal and start your road trip by heading to the pretty fishing village of Camara de Lobos. Here fishermen head out every night, coming back laden with swordfish. Continue driving on roads lined with banana plantations until you reach Cabo Girao where a glass-bottomed viewpoint overlooks the beach half a kilometre below you. Continue through a series of tunnels to Calheta whose beaches have been made with sand imported from the Sahara. Pass the Westernmost point of Madeira marked by the Ponta do Pargo lighthouse before ending your road trip at Porto Moniz with its steaming rock pools.

As you drive along this route of winding roads and high cliffs you will marvel at the sheer ingenuity of landowners and farmers as they make use of even the sheerest of slopes.

Tip: Although the distances on the route are not great, we recommend taking plenty of time to both navigate the mountainous roads and enjoy the breathtaking views.

The natural parks of Madeira

A short drive North from Funchal takes you to the Funchal Ecological Park a vast protected area rich in native flora and fauna. Keep driving North to the:

  • Forests and waterfalls of the Ribeiro Frio Natural Park. Here fast-flowing cold rivers are a haven for wild trout.
  • Next on your route is the picturesque village of Faial where every March the Festival of Anona, a local fruit, is celebrated.
  • End your drive at the island's smallest village Arco de Sao Jorge with its Quinta do Arco Rosarium, a beautiful garden of Portuguese roses.
Important Cities

Important Cities

Funchal is both the island's capital and its largest city but Santa Cruz and Machico also have plenty to offer visitors.


Once a pirate city Funchal is now stylish and cosmopolitan. The first thing that strikes visitors is the vibrancy of its colours from the lush green of the surrounding banana plantations to the flower-filled gardens of the city. Funchal attractions range from sunbathing and watersports to cobbled streets full of history and fine dining.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz lies close to the island's airport and is a family-friendly resort town with a palm-lined promenade and the 16th-century Matriz Church.


Machico is the island's second largest city and delivers a perfect combination of bays and inland walks through forested mountains.

Climate, Cuisine, and Children

Climate, Cuisine, and Children

Climate and temperature

Madeira enjoys a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry Summers and mild Winters with some variations between the North and South of the island. Temperatures in Funchal range from 25.5°C in January to 38.5°C and above in August and September.

The Madeiran kitchen

Madeira has a long history of fishing especially for swordfish and bluefin tuna. You will find swordfish on every menu, very often served with another island staple, bananas. Espetada is a rich dish where cubes of local beef are marinated in Madeira wine for several hours before being skewered on bay laurel sticks and cooked over smouldering wood chips. If you have a sweet tooth be tempted by the Bolo de Mel or honeycakes and, of course, the classic Madeira cake. A glass of fortified Madeira wine is the perfect partner for your dessert.

Madeira with children

From family-friendly beaches to exciting cable car trips in the mountains children will always find plenty to excite them in Madeira, especially with the warm Portuguese welcome they are sure to receive. If they want some extra watery adventure then spend at day at the Santa Cruz Aqua Park with its swimming pools and thrilling water slides.

Why Rent With Sixt?

Why Rent With Sixt?
  • New Cars - On Average 3 Months Old
  • Premium Fleet Of German Cars
  • Car Hire Made Quick And Easy
  • Friendly 24/7 Customer Service
  • Free Cancellation When You Pay On Arrival
  • No hidden costs or credit card fees

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