Car Rental in the Azores Islands

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Mini
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Wayzor
$2.39 / per day
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Furnas downtown Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Wayzor
$7.12 / per day
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Furnas downtown Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Wayzor
$7.48 / per day
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Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 2 doors or similar
Fiat 500 2 doors
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Guerin
$8.58 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Guerin
$9.29 / per day
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Ponta Delgada, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 107 or similar
Peugeot 107
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Luso Rent
$9.36 / per day
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Praia da Vitoria, Lajes Terceira Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 2d or similar
Citroen C1 2d
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Angrauto
$17.55 / per day
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Praia da Vitoria, Lajes Terceira Airport Car Rental
Mini
Smart for 2 or similar
Smart for 2
  • 2x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autatlantis
$18.71 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 23:57 on 2020-04-03. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Portuguese
Currency
EUR
Country code
351
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$20.37 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 - 100 km/h
56 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.8

Why rent a car in the Azores Islands?

The Azores Islands is a fascinating place to travel around by car. While the islands are small, each of them is unique in history and nature, holding endless hidden gems to discover. The hospitality of locals and the delicious cuisine help as well.

Azores Islands Car Rental

Top ways to enter Azores Islands

  • Ponta Delgada Airport: Also known as Ponta Delgada-João Paulo II Airport, it handled about two million travelers in 2019 which makes it by far the busiest airport in the archipelago. The only Azorean Airport with a large number of year-round flights, it provides connections with the United Kingdom, Germany, the USA, and other countries. Ponta Delgada Airport is 5km (3.1 miles) west of the city of Ponta Delgada and can be reached in about ten minutes by car.
  • Lajes Airport: Located on the island of Terceira, Lajes is the second-busiest airport in the Azores. In addition to providing flights to and from other islands of the archipelago, there are also air connections with destinations like Lisbon, London, Boston, Toronto, and Amsterdam. Lajes Airport is located 4km (2.5 miles) north of Praia da Vitoria and 20km (12.5 miles) northeast of Angra do Heroísmo, the two most popular tourism destinations on Terceira.
  • Pico Airport: Serving the island of the same name, Pico Airport offers flights to and from São Miguel, Terceira, and Lisbon. Pico Airport is located 9km (5.6 miles) northeast of Madalena, the main settlement of Pico, and 16km (10 miles) north of Mount Pico, the highest peak in Portugal.
  • Horta Airport: Another small Azorean airport, it serves the island of Faial and handles about a quarter of a million travelers every year. Horta Airport offers flights to and from other islands of the archipelago, as well as Lisbon. The airport is located about 9km (5.6 miles) west of Horta, the main town of Faial, and can be reached in ten minutes.
  • Santa Maria Airport: Serving the southernmost island of the Azores, Santa Maria Airport has year-round flights to and from Ponta Delgada and Lisbon. The airport is on the western coast of the island, about 5km (3.1 miles) from Vila do Porto, the largest town on the island.
  • Corvo Airport, Flores Airport, Graciosa Airport, São Jorge Airport: Although these four Azorean airports serving their namesake islands are working, as of March 2020 they offer flights only to other Azorean destinations and provide no connections with the mainland Portugal or any other country. 
  • By sea: There is a frequent network of ferries operating in the Azores and any island of the archipelago can be reached from any other island (albeit sometimes it requires a connecting trip). The ferry service is much more frequent during the tourism season which lasts approximately from mid-April until October. On the other hand, the demand for tickets is also much higher during the tourism season, so they should be booked in advance. Ferry service can sometimes be canceled or delayed due to bad weather. Most ferries companies permit bringing a vehicle on board if a special ticket is purchased; some, however, do not, so you should look it up in advance. Regardless of the ferry company’s policy, you should also ask your rental car provider whether they permit you to bring a rental car on ship. 

Top cities and places to visit

  • São Miguel. By far the largest and most populous of the islands, São Miguel is home to more than half the population of all the archipelago. The island is modern and developed - its main settlement, Ponta Delgada, can safely be called the only large city of the Azores - but there’s also plenty of impressive peaks, hot lakes, and other natural attractions for visitors to discover.
  • Pico. The island of Pico is defined by its most impressive feature, the mountain of the same name. Standing at 2,350 m (7,710 ft), Mount Pico is a dormant volcano that’s more than twice the size of any other peak of the Azores. But there’s even more about this island - tourist-beloved attractions include the Whale Museum and the Wine Museum. 
  • Terceira. The island of Terceira is home to Angra do Heroismo, arguably the most famous historic attraction in the Azores. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town has historic buildings like the city customs house, Manor of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, and Fort of Negrito, as well as a number of interesting museums.
  • São Jorge. Like all the other Azorean islands, little São Jorge is home to impressive nature. Travelers and hikers love to explore its mighty volcanic complexes, climb the dramatic cliffs, and drive the steep mountain roads. The island’s cuisine, largely consisting of locally grown produce, is also not to be missed.
  • Faial. The main attraction of the island of Faial is a caldera or crater of the same name - located in the center of the island, it offers truly otherworldly views. Other attractions of Faial include many opportunities for doing water sports, while the bravest of visitors can even try diving with sharks during certain months of the year.
  • Graciosa. The second-smallest of the Azores, Graciosa is nonetheless home to truly stunning nature - the island is made up of the impressive Caldeira Massif, sandy beaches, and wild landscapes dotted with tiny historic villages.
  • Santa Maria. Both the southernmost and easternmost of the islands, Santa Maria is home to picturesque landscapes, sandy beaches, and tiny, whitewashed villages. Influenced by the nearby Sahara, the island has pleasantly warm and dry weather. One of the least visited islands of the Azores, this is the perfect place for a relaxing, tranquil vacation.
  • Flores. The westernmost of the Azores, Flores is located within the North American tectonic plate. The island is practically in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, located some 2,300km (1,430 miles) east of Newfoundland in Canada and 1,900km (1,180 miles) west of Lisbon. The unique geographical location is not the only reason to visit Flores - it is also a prime hiking and ecotourism destination.
  • Corvo. The neighboring island of Flores, the much smaller Corvo is home to less than 500 inhabitants. Despite its small size and remote location, the island is a lovely place to visit thanks to its beautiful beaches, green canyons, and relaxed atmosphere.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in the Azores is the Ford Fiesta, followed by the Renault Twingo and the Opel Corsa.

Crossing Borders

The Azores is an island archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean and belongs to Portugal. It has no land borders.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in the Azores is Economy. Mini and Compact are also picked a lot.

Top driving routes

  1. Ponta Delgada - Mosteiros (31 km / 19 mi) A short, but picturesque ride along the western coast of the island of Sao Miguel.
  2. Velas - Topo (48 km / 30 mi) While going between these two towns will take less than an hour, you will cross most of Sao Jorge Island on the way.
  3. Lajes - São Sebastião (16 km / 10 mi) These two towns are next-door neighbors, and both of them are a great starting point for further exploring Terceira Island.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $58 per day
  • Station wagons - from $49 per day
  • Large cars - from $54 per day
  • Medium cars - from $50 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $72 per day
  • Premium cars - from $136 per day
  • Small cars - from $26 per day
  • SUVs - from $83 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in the Azores:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Research your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting the Azores is the cheapest in January when renting a car is almost 40% cheaper than the yearly average.

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in the Azores Islands?

The cost of renting a car in the Azores Islands depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in the Azores Islands
$28.65
January
$31.96
February
$33.86
March
$38.14
April
$61.79
May
$64.86
June
$74.79
July
$69.03
August
$45.16
September
$32.63
October
$48.58
November
$34.38
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in the Azores Islands is January — prices start from $28.65 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 39% cheaper than the yearly average and 62% cheaper than renting a car in the month of July (when prices start at $74.79 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in the Azores Islands?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in November — an average of 17 days. The shortest are in February — an average of 4 days.
Average Rental Length in the Azores Islands
6
January
4
February
4
March
4
April
4
May
4
June
4
July
4
August
4
September
4
October
17
November
4
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in the Azores Islands?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in the Azores Islands. The most popular month is March, while the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Rental in the Azores Islands by Monthly Searches
54%
January
396%
February
436%
March
17%
April
20%
May
11%
June
14%
July
14%
August
10%
September
30%
October
November
198%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Ilha Verde Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Ilha Verde Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Wayzor VW Up 5 1 Small cars
Wayzor Opel Corsa 5 1 Small cars
Ilha Verde Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Wayzor VW Polo 5 2 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Goldcar Opel Corsa 5 1 Small cars
SIXT Renault Clio 5 1 Small cars
Wayzor VW Polo 4 2 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Malta
VW Polo TSI
October 2, 2019
Sao Miguel is a very beautiful island and renting a car to visit it is a must to fully enjoy the holiday. It saves time and money and it gives flexibility on the tour schedule. We didn't encounter any parking problems, the roads are very good and with signals everywhere. Places of interest can be reached with a simple google map GPS. There are part of the island which requires very good driving skills if the car is manual. Driving around such beautiful nature remains part of all memories.
Slovakia
VW Cross Up
September 16, 2019
If you want to spend lovely holiday in Azores, you need a car as public transport serves local people to get from one city to another for their jobs but do not go to everyplace that you need to visit.
United Kingdom
Opel Corsa
September 15, 2019
Car is a must in San Miguel
Russian Federation
Peugeot 208
September 2, 2019
A very interesting place for those who like exotic nature
Hungary
Ford Fiesta
August 28, 2019
The whole Azores is amazing but the weather is terrible (it was raining during a week in august) :/ it worth to rent a car!
Spain
Peugeot 208
July 31, 2019
If you want to visit Sao Miguel Island, renting a car is a must!! If not, you will not see many things about the island.
Poland
Opel Corsa
July 29, 2019
San Miguel Island is a lovely place, can only really be visited with a car.
United States of America (USA)
Skoda Fabia
July 26, 2019
You definitely need a car to explore the island. The island is easy to navigate and has a good highway system.
United Kingdom
Smart for 2
July 16, 2019
You definitely want to have a car on this island!
Latvia
Peugeot 208
July 14, 2019
very nice place, good roads and beatiful landscape
Portugal
Ford Fiesta
July 12, 2019
Vila do porto is nice, with many restaurants, also went all over Santa Maria, all the beaches are nice, and the views are nice.
United States of America (USA)
BMW 1-series Aut.
June 8, 2019
Beautiful place to visit. Driving was easy but narrow roads and they do drive much faster there.
Netherlands
Ford Fiesta
June 5, 2019
Awesome place.. must go..
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Note
June 4, 2019
don't miss Sete Cidades,Ponta do Sossego in Nordeste
United States of America (USA)
Peugeot 208
June 4, 2019
All of Sao Miguel is worth visiting. Drive around!
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Up
May 28, 2019
Hire a VW Up! you don't need anything bigger if you are a couple and they drive nice. Don't bother with the tours! Go there yourself!
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
May 28, 2019
Ponta Delgada has areas of tricky terrain, narrow roads, steep hills, off road tracks. If you have a small car like a nissan micra 1.2 (like we were handed) then you'll likely find it struggles. We returned that car as the brakes were overheating on the hills and we received a ford fiesta (1.4) and it was much more capable of handling the terrain.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Up
May 24, 2019
Beautiful place, highly recommend renting a car to explore the island. Get the smallest car you can, the roads are tight!
United Kingdom
VW Polo TSI
May 20, 2019
Visiting Sao Miguel island in the Azores it is essential to rent a car to properly see the island and enjoy your stay at your own pace. Tours are on offer to see the island but they would be restrictive as you cannot see all the island and stop at the many beautiful viewpoints around the island. Not to mention the ridiculous price I saw these advertised at on our stay.
Ukraine
Ford Fiesta
May 14, 2019
Narrow streets. Mountain road. Be careful while driving.
Portugal
VW Polo TSI
May 6, 2019
Car is essential to have freedom to visit all the island
Canada
Renault Twingo
April 27, 2019
Very diverse and beautiful. Renting a car is a must to be able to have the freedom to see the whole island at your own pace on your own time.
Canada
Fiat Panda
April 6, 2019
Fantastic Island with very friendly people.
Canada
Ford Fiesta
April 1, 2019
We didn't spend alot of time in ponta Delgada, we enjoy Povacao and Rebeira Grande quite a bit, that's where we spent our time. We'r really enjoy Sao Miguel everytime we go.

Top 7 Suppliers in the Azores Islands in 2020

Autatlantis
Autatlantis
Exceptional 9.5
Luso Rent
Luso Rent
Exceptional 9.5
Micauto Rent-a-car
Micauto Rent-a-car
Excellent 8.9
Angrauto
Angrauto
Excellent 8.8
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.7
+351295215822
ANGRA HOTEL GARDEN
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:00
Tue:08:00-19:00
Wed:08:00-19:00
Thu:08:00-19:00
Fri:08:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-19:00
Sun:08:00-19:00
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 7.5
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.1
+34965233425 / +35211451595
R. Cristiano Frazão Pacheco 16-17, 9500-680 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Working hours
Mon:07:00-00:00
Tue:07:00-00:00
Wed:07:00-00:00
Thu:07:00-00:00
Fri:07:00-00:00
Sat:07:00-00:00
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