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Hilly terrain and wondrous views.

Driving around Madeira is the best way to discover its charm and hidden gems. It has gained the nickname of “Pearl of the Atlantic” due to its breath-taking scenery.

A popular location for golfing enthusiasts and sun worshippers alike, hiring a car will allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds. The combination of magnificent beaches, hillsides and river valleys, make Madeira unforgettable.

If you take your time to plan journeys before embarking, you can ensure you get to experience the most beautiful parts of Madeira.

Why not read our Madeira travel guide? You may also like to view information about destinations in Madeira.

Tips for driving in Madeira

Which side of the road do they drive on?

Traffic drives on the right here.

Seat belts

Seat belts must be worn at all times, by all occupants of the vehicle.

Driving with children

Children who are shorter than 1.35cm or aged 12 and under are not allowed to travel in a car unless supported in a child seat or booster seat. 

Can I use a mobile?

The use of a mobile phone in a car is only allowed if you have either a hands free kit or a headset.

Blood alcohol limit

The blood alcohol limit is 50mg per 100 ml of blood. If you’re caught above this limit you’ll be fined up to €1,250 and have your licence suspended for 1-12 months.

On the spot fines

If you receive a fine, you must pay within 48 hours or immediately in Euros.

Reflective vests, triangles & other essentials

A reflective vest must be kept in the vehicle at all times and worn when examining / repairing a vehicle at the roadside. A warning triangle must be displayed at the rear of the car if you have stopped at the side of the road as a result of breakdown or problems.

ID & vehicle registration

You must also carry photographic ID at all times and the vehicle registration and insurance should be kept in the vehicle.

Horns and headlights

It is essential to use dipped headlights when there is poor visibility or when driving through a tunnel.

Parking

You must park in the same direction of traffic; parking facing oncoming traffic is illegal.

What should I do if I have an accident or breakdown?

Free orange emergency SOS telephones are positioned every 3 to 5km. To use an emergency telephone, press the SOS button and wait for a reply.

Breakdown

If you breakdown or are in an accident, you must put on a reflective jacket and place the reflective triangles 30m behind and in front of vehicles to warn other drivers. Call the car rental provider who will be able to advise you.

Accident

If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental provider and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill. It is recommended that you contact ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.