I am a Young Driver (23) what should i know before renting a car ?

- Drivers under the age of 23 or over 70 must be approved by us and must leave a deposit of €250.00 even when adding sCDW. All drivers must have a valid driver's license for the utility vehicle and it must be within its expiration date. (Not a youth driver's license, with a minimum of 3 years of driving experience.) We consider a youth driver to be a driver under 24 years of age. 3+ years driving license experience.

What type of Payments are accepted?

RentADrive.pt - Rent a Car Madeira offers several types of payments and in some situations there may be deposit fees or other types of advance payments:

- When making online reservations we have the following payment methods available:

-  Visa, Mastercard by Stripe a 3 D Secure payment method and bank transfer !

- Payment upon car collection is made when the vehicle is collected and can be paid in cash, debit or credit card Visa or Mastercard and Revolut.

Where do i go to on my arrival at the airport?

The delivery service is simple:

Normally for deliveries at the airport, you will be contacted upon arrival via WhatsApp and we will arrange a meeting point.

Normally it will be at the  parking lot P0 just outside the Arrivals terminal across the Road.


Cancelattion procedure and period?

Cancellations must be informed by email 48 hours before the rental start date.

Cancellation policy:It can be canceled or changed 48 hours before the start of your reservation, with refunds of amounts paid being made using the same method in which the payment was made, deducting the respective bank fee and administrative expenses of €25.00

As you may be aware Madeira Island is volcanic island known for having peaks and valleys everywhere you go, meaning that most visitors expect that there experience while driving should either be driving up or down the mountains with little flat roads.

Well, it's not a lie but also not as difficult as most people say. Due to the most recent investments, most of our roads are very well maintained and as we have a lot of tunnels all around the island, travelling across the island is quite simple and straight forward.

Now, you must understand that it is true that we have some pretty crazy roads in more remote locations (some are passages to quite a few main points of interest), and these are roads that require you adjust your driving to the type of road that you will find.

Our recommendations are:

1. When driving uphill:

  • Watch out for excessively high engine speeds to avoid overheating the engine.
  • The engine should always rev between 2,500 and 4,000 RPM maximum when changing gears (depending on how steep the road is).

2. When driving downhill:

  • Brake with the engine, using the gearbox when downshifting to slow down.
  • Always keep an eye on the engine speed as it should not to exceed 3,500 to 4,000 RPM.
  • Apply the brake in moderation to control the engine speed (using the brake too much may cause the brake system to overheat, which can lead to the systems failure). 

NoteExcessive brake heating leads to a foul smell from the brakes. If you detect this smell, stop the vehicle immediately in a safe area and wait until it has cooled down; NEVER cool down the brake system with liquids.

If you have more questions feel free to contact us!