Madeira Island Driving Tips

Are there any special requirements for driving or renting a car on Madeira Island?

Regarding driving rules in mainland Portugal, in Madeira the big difference is the maximum speed limits, which are lower than in mainland Portugal.

The maximum speed allowed on the moto-road of Madeira Island is 100 Km/Hour.

In all other aspects, the driving rules are national.

Driving Rules

Seat Belt Laws

The legislation on seat belts in Portugal makes it mandatory for the driver and all passengers to wear seat belts while the car is in motion.

Failure to do so will incur a fine.

Drink and drive

The maximum alcohol level allowed in Portugal is 50mg per 100ml of blood. This means that even a single drink can push you to the limit. For this reason and in order to avoid problems, we recommend that, if you drink, you call a taxi.

Documents always with you

You should always have your valid identification document with you, and valid driving license and all the documentation you received with the vehicle.

Speed Limits

50 km per hour, within localities

90 km per hour, outside the localities

100 km per hour on expressways

Note that speed limits are controlled by unmarked cars and unmarked radars.

Minimum driving age

To drive a car on the island of Madeira you must be at least 18 years old, but to rent a car the minimum age is 23 or sometimes 25.

You can still rent a car under the age of 23 for a fee.

Radar warning devices

Safety camera warning devices are illegal in Portugal and, even if you are caught with one, turned on or not, it will be confiscated and you will be fined.

Child safety rules

No child under the age of 12 may sit in the front and, when in the rear of the car, they must have a suitable restraint system that complies with EU regulations. When renting your car with us, you can request child safety seats and seats.

Insurance and Coverage

All rental cars are insured with protection against third parties, but we recommend an extra protection of Insurance against all risks or Deductible Zero.

Rules on the road

Give priority to those on your right, unless otherwise indicated.

When entering a roundabout, priority should be given to those who are already there.

Whenever you stop, don't forget to turn on the turn signals.

On roads with poor lighting you should drive carefully and carefully.

Whenever you have a breakdown on the road, don't forget to turn on the four turn signals, put on your safety vest before getting out of the car and immediately place the warning triangle on the road.

Do not cross over continuous lines or in prohibited parking places.

Use of Cell Phones

Fines for using a mobile phone while driving are high - 600 euros in many cases. So do not use your mobile phone while driving.

Parking and Parks

Park Rules

It is prohibited to park less than five meters before or after an intersection.

You must not park in driveways or garages that give access to properties. If you do, your car could be towed away.

Paid Parks

In urban centers you will find paid parking areas, using parking meters with automatic payment, in order to avoid fines, you should always pay your parking lots.


The enforcement of parking rules is carried out by agents of the parking companies themselves. Any parking fine resulting from the rental period will be sent to your home address, so we recommend paying on time to avoid fees and other costs.

Parking for people with reduced mobility

On the island of Madeira you will find special parking spaces for people with disabilities, it is always advisable to look for the sign or ask any agent.

Toll Roads

On the island of Madeira there is no road or expressway with tolls or payments.

In case of emergency

The emergency number for Madeira / Portugal is the European standard 112.

What to do in an emergency?

If you have problems with your rental car, you should contact the PSP (Public Security Police) immediately, which is the competent authority in case of accidents by calling 112.

In the event of a breakdown, you should find a safe place to stop the car, before leaving the car, put on your safety vest and place the breakdown sign, then call the Travel Assistance number found in the Policy Safe.

Under no circumstances should you fail to call the authorities or accept friendly agreements without the presence of a police authority.

Recommendations on your rental

what kind of car to rent on the island of Madeira?

If you plan to tour the island of Madeira and climb to its peaks and viewpoints, we remind you that the island of Madeira is an island with a steep and rugged geography, which we recommend that you rent a higher segment car, with more power.

We also remember that you must take all precautions and care when climbing the peaks and viewpoints so that you have an incident-free vacation.