Car Rental in Ponta Delgada

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal - Azores Islands
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • Man.
Magic Islands Rent A Car
$7.80 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Funchal Drive rent a Car
$8.23 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Mini Elite
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drive on Holidays
$16.26 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$23.48 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Intermediate SUV
Opel Crossland X or similar
Opel Crossland X
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Way2Azores Rent
$28.40 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Economy Elite
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$36.61 / per day
Ponta Delgada Airport Car Rental
Compact Elite
Volkswagen Golf or similar
Volkswagen Golf
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Wayzor
$43.94 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Special SUV
Renault Captur or similar
Renault Captur
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autocunha Car Rental
$47.70 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 12:26 on 2023-10-02. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Portuguese
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+351
Average car rental price
$26.55 / per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.6

Why rent a car in Ponta Delgada?

Ponta Delgada is not only the largest city in the Azores, it is arguably the only one. A logistics hub, it is the location of the archipelago’s busiest international airport and a great place from which to explore all the natural riches of São Miguel. Better yet, it is also a historic and cultural place that’s a worthy destination in its own right.

Ponta Delgada Car Rental

Top ways to enter Ponta Delgada

  • Ponta Delgada Airport: Also known as João Paulo II Airport, it handles about two million travelers per year. The airport has flights by 14 different airlines, including low-cost carriers like Ryanair, and offers flights to such varied destinations as London, Brussels, Geneva, Boston, and Montreal. Ponta Delgada Airport is 5km (3.1 miles) northwest of the Ponta Delgada city center and takes about eight minutes to reach.
  • By sea: There is a frequent ferry service connecting Ponta Delgada to other islands of the Azores like Santa Maria and Terceira. Most rental car providers permit bringing a rental car on board, but you should still make sure in advance. Also, ask your rental car provider if they permit you to bring the rental car on a ferry. If you’re arriving in Ponta Delgada by ferry, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Ponta Delgada Port.

City facts

  • Ponta Delgada has a Mediterranean climate, albeit with strong subtropical and oceanic influences. Like the rest of the Azores, the island of São Miguel is nearly halfway between Europe and North America and also close to the continent of Africa. The island has very warm, relatively dry summers and cool, rainy winters. The average high temperature is 25.3 °C (77.5 °F) in August, the hottest month, and 16.6 °C (61.9 °F) in January, the coolest.
  • With a population of nearly 70,000, Ponta Delgada is by far the largest city not only on São Miguel, but in all of the Azores (nearly 30% of all the archipelago’s population live here). Established in the 15th century as a fishing settlement, Ponta Delgada grew steadily and was an important maritime outpost of the Portuguese Empire.

Top destinations and activities

  • Carlos Machado Museum. One of the main indoor attractions in Azores, this museum features natural discoveries made by Portuguese explorers, impressive religious art, and different exhibitions related to the history of the islands. The museum is located in a former convent and still has an impressive wooden altar. 
  • Arnel Lighthouse. Located at the Ponta do Arnel, the easternmost point of the island, this impressive lighthouse on a cliff is one of the most impressive places in São Miguel. It is a challenge to reach it, but those who persevere will be rewarded with truly magical ocean views. Located some 45km (28 miles) from Ponta Delgada, the lighthouse can be reached in 40 minutes.
  • The City of Ponta Delgada. A quintessential Portuguese town, you can enjoy wandering through the cobblestone streets among the colorful buildings. Stop at one of the many cafes for a bite to eat, like fresh seafood or a hearty stew typical of the islands. Don’t miss some of the Old Town landmarks, like the Portas da Cidade (City Gates), Praca do Municipio square with the town hall, or Largo da Matriz square with the São Sebastião church.
  • Whale watching. European countries like Norway, Iceland, and Ireland are famous for their whale-watching tours, but the Azores, located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, offers just as good, if not better, opportunities to see these magnificent creatures. Sperm whales, blue whales, and humpback whales, as well as bottlenose and spotted dolphins, are frequent visitors to the Azores. The whale watching season typically lasts from April to early October. There are many whale-watching tours in Ponta Delgada and the rest of São Miguel that you can join, but keep in mind that it’s a good idea to book your place in advance. Be sure to read more about what you need to know before visiting the Azores.

Traffic and parking

  • You can only enter the roundabout after giving way to cars already on it.
  • The car documentation and insurance always has to be inside a vehicle.
  • Drivers can only use a mobile phone if it is a hands free or an earpiece.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.2 for novice drivers.
  • Safety cameras are in use.
  • When parking in a street, your car must be parked facing the direction of travel.

Toll roads

There are no toll roads on São Miguel, but some motorways are subject to fees on mainland Portugal. See the official site toll road site for maps and fees.

Ideas for day trips

For more about traveling around the Azores Islands with a rental car, check out our complete guide.

  • Lagoa das Sete Cidades. Home to beautiful twin lakes, Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde (or the green and blue lakes), Sete Cidades is a crater and a volcanic complex. Surrounded by impressive mountains, it offers great views of the rest of the island and is one of the most popular tourist attractions on São Miguel. Located in the northwestern part of the island, Sete Cidades is about 50km (31 miles) from Ponta Delgada and takes 50 minutes to reach.
  • Lagoa da Fogo. Also known as the Lake of Fire, this volcanic reservoir is even higher up in the mountains than Sete Cidades. Perhaps the most Azores place imaginable, Lagoa de Fogo will fill you with a sense of awe (and your camera with awe-inspiring photos). Located some 33km (20 miles), by road, from Ponta Delgada, the lake can be reached in some 30 minutes.
  • Ponta da Ferraria. Located in the northwestern part of the island, the cove of Ponta da Ferraria is the location of famous hot springs. Visited by locals for centuries, it is best visited during a low tide. The water temperature in the springs often reaches and even exceeds 30º C (86 F). The cove is located near a popular spa center. Ponta da Ferraria is 48km (30 miles) from Ponta Delgada and can be reached in about 50 minutes.
  • Nordeste. Another popular day trip, the northeastern part of the island is notable for its nature. Made up of rugged beaches, coastal, forest-covered mountains, and green valleys, the area has some of the nicest hiking trails anywhere in the Azores — although you can also just find a place with a stunning view to kick back and relax at. The drive from São Miguel takes about 35 minutes.
  • Furnas. As suggested by its name — Furnas means crater in Portuguese — this central area of the island is known for its volcanic formations and geothermal activity. Marvel at the steaming geysers, take a dip in a hot spring, and make sure to try local cuisine that is cooked via the earth’s heat in pots that are dug underground. The trip from the island’s capital takes only about 45 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in the Azores is the VW Polo, but travelers also pick the Ford Fiesta and the Fiat 500 a lot. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Important: São Miguel has direct ferry services to two other islands, Terceira and Santa Maria. The ferries are only active during the warmer months of the year, and even then, trips can be canceled because of stormy weather. Most ferry companies permit taking a car onboard, but it’s a good idea to book a ticket in advance (you’ll need a separate ticket for your vehicle). Also, make sure to ask your rental car provider if they permit you to jump between islands. If you wish to reach the other islands by ferry, it’s possible to do so by changing boats in Terceira or even via multiple layovers, but this can take a lot of time. An easier option is to drop off one rental car in Ponta Delgada, take a flight, and pick up a new rental after arriving at your destination.
  • Santa Maria. The southernmost of the Azores islands and the one closest to São Miguel, Santa Maria is a relaxed, sparsely populated place. Warmer and more dry than the rest of the Azores, this island of picturesque nature and quaint villages is a great place for a slow, enjoyable holiday.
  • Terceira. The island of Terceira is best-known as the location of Angra do Heroismo. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this historic town is home to probably more man-made landmarks and impressive buildings than the rest of the Azores combined. Nature lovers should be excited, too - Terceira is home to truly fascinating volcanic caves.
  • Pico. The small island of Pico is named after Mount Pico, the highest point in all of Portugal. An ancient volcano that dominates the landscape, it offers mind-blowing views of the rest of the island and the ocean from the top (it is possible to climb the mountain, but you’ll need to pay a fee of 15-20 euros; it is possible to join a tour and go with a guide). 

Car Rental Prices in Ponta Delgada

  • Convertibles - from $85 per day
  • Station wagons - from $44 per day
  • Large cars - from $56 per day
  • Medium cars - from $26 per day
  • Vans - from $61 per day
  • Premium cars - from $105 per day
  • Small cars - from $22 per day
  • SUVs - from $25 per day

Money-saving tips

There are ways get a good rental car deal in Ponta Delgada:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Ponta Delgada is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 44% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 67% cheaper than renting a car in July.
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Top 8 Cities near Ponta Delgada

  1. 31.7 km / 19.7 miles away
  2. Vila do Porto Car Rentals from $31.14 per day
    96.9 km / 60.2 miles away
  3. Praia da Vitoria Car Rentals from $16.67 per day
    167.8 km / 104.3 miles away
  4. 168.9 km / 104.9 miles away
  5. Sao Jorge Car Rentals from $31.14 per day
    241.5 km / 150.1 miles away
  6. Pico Car Rentals from $31.14 per day
    258.3 km / 160.5 miles away
  7. Horta Car Rentals from $20.90 per day
    279.8 km / 173.9 miles away
  8. 511.0 km / 317.5 miles away

Top 10 Locations near Ponta Delgada

  1. Downtown Car Rentals from $14.38 per day
    0.7 km / 0.4 miles away
  2. 0.8 km / 0.5 miles away
  3. 96.9 km / 60.2 miles away
  4. 167.8 km / 104.3 miles away
  5. 241.5 km / 150.1 miles away
  6. Pico Airport Car Rentals from $31.14 per day
    258.3 km / 160.5 miles away
  7. Horta Port Car Rentals from $20.98 per day
    272.8 km / 169.5 miles away
  8. Horta Airport Car Rentals from $20.90 per day
    279.8 km / 173.9 miles away
  9. 511.0 km / 317.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Ponta Delgada?

Car rental prices in Ponta Delgada vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Ponta Delgada
$17.20
January
$16.86
February
$18.84
March
$42.16
April
$41.12
May
$57.05
June
$89.35
July
$89.17
August
$46.01
September
$36.16
October
$24.12
November
$23.79
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Ponta Delgada is February (when prices average $16.86 per day). This is 60% cheaper than the yearly average and 81% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $89.35).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Ponta Delgada?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in January, the average renter keeps their car for 6 days, and in April, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Ponta Delgada
6
January
6
February
6
March
5
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
6
September
6
October
6
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Ponta Delgada?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Ponta Delgada is September, and the least popular is December.
Monthly searches in Ponta Delgada by pick-up date relative to the average
38%
January
57%
February
87%
March
99%
April
119%
May
159%
June
158%
July
170%
August
187%
September
64%
October
32%
November
28%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 6
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Ilha Verde, ANC Azores Holidays.PT, Magic Islands Rent A Car, Micauto, Way2Azores Rent
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $8 per day
Cheapest supplier Magic Islands Rent A Car

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Ilha Verde Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
ANC Azores Holidays.PT Volkswagen Up 5 1 Small cars
Ilha Verde Renault Clio 5 2 Small cars
Micauto Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
ANC Azores Holidays.PT Opel Corsa Hatchback 5 2 Small cars
Magic Islands Rent A Car Volkswagen Polo 5 2 Small cars
Way2Azores Rent Volkswagen Polo 5 2 Medium cars
Magic Islands Rent A Car Smart ForFour 5 1 Small cars
Ilha Verde Hyundai i10 5 1 Small cars
ANC Azores Holidays.PT Fiat New 500 3 1 Small cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Canada
Ford Focus
September 19, 2023
Great place, great people, great food
Latvia
Fiat New 500
September 18, 2023
Very beautiful nature, excellent hiking trails, breathtaking views, delicious food
Portugal
Renault Megane Sports Tourer
September 13, 2023
The car ran beautifully, was very clean, the service was awesome, quick and painless from pickup to drop off.
Slovenia
Citroen C3
September 13, 2023
Nature and people was amazing
Portugal
Citroen C3
September 9, 2023
All great, i love azores. But too many tourists
Canada
Ford Fiesta
September 5, 2023
Azores is beautiful. Too bad we caught covid and missed all we had planned for Pico and the Nordeste region of Sao Miguel
Portugal
Renault Clio
September 3, 2023
São Miguel is a beautiful island. All nature spots are well maintained. Parking space at each scenic spots are affluent.
Canada
Opel Corsa Hatchback
September 2, 2023
San Maguel has something for everyone especially nature enthusiasts! It is a beautiful diverse island. Some highlights included hiking in a volcano, surfing , seeing whales and eating amazing sea food!
Belgium
Opel Corsa Hatchback
August 31, 2023
N/A (Car rental).
Canada
Renault Captur
August 28, 2023
Visting family and friends and the beautiful Island of Sao Miguel
Czech Republic
Volkswagen Up
August 24, 2023
Car rental is very important in Sao Miguel. Thanks to you, we visited all the available beauties according to the guide. It was all so wonderful that we would love to come again.
Poland
Renault Captur
August 22, 2023
Nature is beautiful. Good meals and happy people.
Israel
Volkswagen Up
August 17, 2023
Hiking and beautiful trails that led to beautiful lakes and scenery and the ocean. The natives were also very pleasant and nice to be around.
Spain
Opel Corsa Hatchback
August 6, 2023
Nature sports (trekking, visiting amazing views, circular routes...)
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Aygo
July 26, 2023
The driving around the island of Sao Miguel alone was worth the trip, everything was so beautiful and the people very amicable.
Canada
Renault Twingo
July 15, 2023
Drove to all the swimming spots on the island
United States of America (USA)
Citroen C3
July 11, 2023
Problem with Azores airline, plane from Lisbon original depart time 12:35pm finally left 11:35am. Arrived San Miguel 1:30. By the time we picked our rental and found the Ab&b it was 3am. Lost a day of our4 day vacation. Ab&b terrible ,the smell of mold and mildew unbearable. We could not stay there. Luckily we were able to get a room at Vinha 'd Areia everything fine after that.Beautiful place, great food and very friendly and helpful people.
Hungary
Ford Focus
June 27, 2023
We have seen every spot on the Azores😀 It is a real wonder island. Calm traffic on the roads. The local people are really patient.
Canada
Fiat Panda
June 26, 2023
I fully expected the seafood to be good since we were on an island in the Atlantic, but I was floored by how good the meat dishes were too!! We definitely plan to come back to San Miguel.
Portugal
Renault Clio
June 20, 2023
I had to replace the car in the middle of the vacation.
Spain
Renault Twingo
June 17, 2023
very good!!!
United States of America (USA)
Citroen C3
May 31, 2023
Sao Miguel is amazing , natural beauty, so much to see.
South Africa
Renault Twingo
May 28, 2023
Nature, flowers, peaceful
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
May 26, 2023
Whale watching was great and the hot springs in furnace were really nice.
United States of America (USA)
Citroen C1
May 24, 2023
Love the small towns and food from the local restaurants not the big resort or hotels. Awesome views everywhere.
Canada
Toyota C-HR
May 20, 2023
Great place for outdoor activities, especially with a fan for teenagers.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Panda
May 19, 2023
We were able to go to all the lakes and around the island. It’s not too big that you can’t see it all, but don’t know if I would have been able to see some of the spots without a car. Also was able to stop at viewpoints and picnic spots when I wanted.
Bulgaria
Volkswagen Up
May 19, 2023
Azores is full of surprises. Make sure to explore the north-east coast and the waterfall hikes near Archadinia and Lomba da Maia. Be careful on the turns as some of the locals might take them crossing in your lane.
Canada
Volkswagen Up
May 14, 2023
Perhaps one of the prettiest places I’ve driven around in the world
United States of America (USA)
Opel Corsa
May 13, 2023
The narrow hilly and curvy roads were challenging and fun. Sete Cidades was beautiful! Sunset at Moisteiros was perfect and ecommend watching it ar Seaside Vibes. Great dinner at the TukáTulá Beach Bar on Santa Barbara beach.
Canada
Renault Twingo
May 12, 2023
Sao Miguel is a beautiful island with much to see and do.
Canada
Citroen C1
May 3, 2023
Scuba diving in Ponta Delgada, hiking Sete ciudades, hot spring in Furnas, runs along the sea… what a dreamy place!
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Polo
April 23, 2023
The nature, food and people of the Azores were spectacular.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Up
April 21, 2023
The buggy tour to Sete Cidades was perhaps the highlight of our trip. Philip was an amazing guide, the weather was clear and the scenery was breathtaking. Riding in the UTV was awesome! I can’t think of a better way to tour that location.
Netherlands
Citroen C1
April 16, 2023
We used the car every day to travel to say 20 places in Azorean Sao Miguel island. 612km travel in total.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Aygo
April 10, 2023
Hiking, nature, birds, whales, fresh air, coffee and local life.
Israel
Toyota Aygo
April 5, 2023
It was a bit cold. Nevertheless, we enjoyed nature in the island very much, good food very friendly people. We will definetly come back. Thank you.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Panda
April 2, 2023
not sharing sorry
Canada
Opel Corsa Hatchback
March 31, 2023
Cete Sidades was excellent in many ways.. Loved hotsprings at Furnas and Terra Nova Parque. Views from Nordeste area incredible. Definitely will recommend Sao Miguel. Need a car to see it all.
United States of America (USA)
Opel Corsa
January 22, 2023
Great scenic routes and excellent road conditions.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Up
January 15, 2023
I live in the azores
Ukraine
Smart ForFour
January 14, 2023
San Miguel island has wonderful nature. It's my love
France
Volkswagen Up
January 8, 2023
Drove all around the island of Sao Miguel. The car managed all situation. The only tricky situations were when the road is very steep while also not being wide (not ideal when there is another car coming from another direction) thankfully the car was small enough ! Or when local people drove crazily...
Czech Republic
Renault Twingo
December 14, 2022
GREAT NATURE, NICE PEOPLE
Italy
Renault Twingo
December 10, 2022
Wonderful places, paradise lost, fantastic experience.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Up
December 3, 2022
Thank goodness for the car! I couldn't have enjoyed Sao Miguel to the extent that I did without the car. I'd rent from ANC again!
Netherlands
Volkswagen Up
November 18, 2022
Sao miguel is a beautiful island nice and easy driving
Canada
Volkswagen Up
November 15, 2022
Thermal baths are unique to visit, especially the one in the vegetation Calvdeira Velha. Also, the cozida in Furnas is a most to try.
Canada
Smart ForTwo
November 11, 2022
Parking meters around Ponta Dalgona all seem to be cash only. In the streets surrounding the parking meter is free of charge on weekdays from 7:00 PM to 8:00 AM and at the weekend after 1:00 PM on Saturday until Monday 8:00 AM, In the hours in which the on-street parking is not free the hourly rate is 0.80 €
Canada
Opel Corsa
November 11, 2022
I loved it there,great place to visit,I find most drivers are good drivers but you need to pay attention on nerrow roads,were some people cut the corners into your lane,and tourest busses take up a lot of room.
United States of America (USA)
Opel Corsa
October 24, 2022
Enjoy Furnas, about a 45minute drive from Ponta Delgada. The Terra Nostra thermal bath is a must…a great experience. Restaurant food is generally inexpensive but almost always, really good food.
Canada
Renault Twingo
October 17, 2022
The beauty of Sao Miguel speaks for itself, as does the people and cuisine!
Romania
Renault Twingo
October 16, 2022
The Sao Miguel island is wonderful and it is like a heaven on earth.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Up
September 29, 2022
We had the best Tuna ever at Bar Caloura and had a wonderful time swimming at Complexo Municipal de Piscinas!
United States of America (USA)
Peugeot 5008 5+2
September 25, 2022
I loved the island of Sao Miguel. Will definitely come back
Italy
Smart ForTwo
September 21, 2022
Nice destination. Better take a bigger car even if you are two
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Up
September 20, 2022
Make sure to download the Spot Azores app
United States of America (USA)
VW Up
September 13, 2022
The Azores is a surreal place to visit! We will definitely return.
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
August 23, 2022
Everyone was very nice and helpful.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
July 23, 2022
Loved Soa Miguel!
Czech Republic
Ford Fiesta
July 13, 2022
Madeira and Azores definitely need stronger cars, possibly diesel.
Canada
Renault Captur
July 8, 2022
Visit all the different towns. Take a day for each, especially Villa Franca, Povencao and Sete Cidades.
Canada
Renault Twingo
July 7, 2022
Ponta Delgada and the San Miguel island in the Azores are both beautiful and worth the 2 hour flight in and then return to Lisbon. The driving is relatively easy as roads are not crowded. Streets can be narrow, but Azores drivers are very polite and considerate of others. Our diesel Renault Captur was spacious, easy to drive, and very fuel efficient. Do visit the Correana Tea Plantation and Furnas thermal water pools. Worth the drive for both places!
Czech Republic
Renault Twingo
July 4, 2022
Everything is close in the Azores islands, but I recommend rent a car.
United States of America (USA)
VW Golf
June 28, 2022
Sao Miguel is a beautiful island, a rental car is helpful to see everything across the island.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
June 17, 2022
Other then slow pick up everything was great. I am not sure why the same information I already entered when booking the car needs yo be re entered by the agent
Czech Republic
Renault Twingo
June 2, 2022
On Azores, go for hiking. The nature, mostly mountains and lakes, are beautiful.
Netherlands
Ford Focus
June 1, 2022
São Miguel will offer you a unique traveling experience giving you a real glimpse of a bit of Switzerland/ Scandinavia / Hawaii and of course Portugal . Above all this , traveling around the island by car is amazing as the road infrastructures are perfect and distance between locations are not extensive .
Canada
VW Up
June 1, 2022
Newer vehicles
Romania
Opel Corsa
April 29, 2022
The car was fine, clean and very good for the narrow streets of the villages on the island. Picking up and dropping off went fast. I highly recommend!
Canada
Volkswagen Up
April 18, 2022
very friendly staff and premiseses were
Portugal
Ford Fiesta
March 11, 2022
you will fall in love with sao miguel island.Beautiful landscape ,prestine water , very nice people and a lot to see.
Poland
Ford Fiesta
February 12, 2022
This size of car (ford fiesta) was exactly what we needed. We have remembered from the previous visit in Azores, that the streets in the towns and villages are extremally narrow and big cars can be easily damaged. We confirmed that good choice during our travels through the island. Of course there are very good highways on San Miguel as well and the roads in general are of very good quality, but when you see on the secondary road the car coming from opposite direction, every centimeter is important.
Hungary
Fiat Panda
January 8, 2022
Beautiful island, really worth to see
United States of America (USA)
Renault Twingo
October 30, 2021
Driving on San Miguel can be challenging. Small roads, steep climbs, lots of shifting (Standard transmission). Azores drivers were generally safe & competent. We covered the whole island in our travels. The rental car was the only way to do it. For navigation, I suggest the Waze app. It gives more descriptive turn by turn directions Whereas Google maps gave street names, which aren’t always prominent.
Czech Republic
Volkswagen Up
September 14, 2021
Very good personal. We get first car skoda citigo but he have not function usb socket in car (cigarette socket) problem was immediatelly solved next day , great people who make in Ponta delgada service ANC Azores Holidays PT with changing a next car in few minutes we get good car with function (cigarette socket) for charging phones for use navigation etc. We get a new car better with motor performance stronger Fiat Panda. Thank you very much comunnication excellent in english language.
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
September 13, 2021
We visited the seven cities, several different hiking spots, and several picture spots.
Belgium
Ford Focus
August 19, 2021
Sao Miguel is a lovely place to visit. Nice views and great walks. However it’s a challenge to drive a car with the narrow and steep roads.
Canada
Ford Fiesta
August 12, 2021
Most beautiful place in the world. Post card pictures every where you go on the island and extremely affordable.
France
VW Transporter
August 11, 2021
To visit sao miguel, renting a car is compulsory. But driving on this island is easy and safe.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
August 5, 2021
Every place i went to was great and easy to get to .i would recommend a stop at Furnas beautiful views theres just so much to list such as a little boat ride to ilhéu of Vila Franca great food all the way around cant go wrong
Hungary
Renault Twingo
June 1, 2021
A car is an absolute must to get the most of your stay on the island, so many attractions and nice places are accessible fast and easy.
Portugal
Fiat Panda
April 15, 2021
Highly recommend to rent a car when visiting Azores. However, don't go down with car to visit Farol do Arnel, road is very steep and curvy. Leave the car up and go down walking.
Slovakia
VW Up
January 22, 2021
just do visit island ! :)
United States of America (USA)
Opel Corsa
December 11, 2020
It is very easy to pick up your car once you can get through with all the additional check points because of covid. The agent will go over the car with you and make sure all imperfections on the car are noted so you are not charged at the end for someone elses damages.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Up
November 3, 2020
If you are planning to visit different spots and see as much of São Miguel as possible, which is the point after all, definitely rent a car. If you are planning to stay in Ponta Delgada only, for a couple of days then there is no point as you can get anywhere you need to get by just walking there or take a taxi.
Canada
Renault Traffic
March 24, 2020
Beautiful scenic picturistic country side. Roads are small and narrow tight quarters parking seems unorganized and anywhere. Other roads are rough and could use higher vehicles.
Canada
Ford Fiesta
March 24, 2020
Travelled all over the island. Stayed in Ribiera Grande. Recommend taking some of the smaller roads thru the towns and countryside. What a beautiful place - up close. Fantastic views overlooking the lakes.
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
March 18, 2020
Must rent a car if you want to get to everywhere around the island in Ponta Delgada.
Portugal
Renault Twingo
March 10, 2020
Ilha Verde rental charges cleaning over nothing, if you get a bargain in low season. Beware, and wipe the minimal dust!
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
March 3, 2020
Difficult to get around the island unless you have a car.
Canada
Ford Fiesta
February 18, 2020
Awesome island to drive on. Switchbacks, major ups and downs. Its like driving on a go cart track. Can vacation here without a car but why would you want to. Driving is 60% of the fun
Canada
VW Up
February 18, 2020
Roads are narrow
Poland
VW Up! Aut.
February 6, 2020
Car was perfect to travel around the island, economic for gas.
United States of America (USA)
Peugeot 2008
January 5, 2020
My wife and I loved Ponta Delgada. Renting a car was easy and I advise it as it allows you to get around with more freedom than relying on public transport.
Canada
Ford Fiesta
October 23, 2019
Driving was very good if you can handle narrow, and mountainous roads. Road conditions were excellent, parking was easily available everywhere, other drivers were very good and courteous. I loved driving on the island.
Canada
Opel Corsa 2017
October 11, 2019
Incredibly easy to drive and get around, great road signage, very little traffic, beautiful area, I would absolutely return
Slovenia
VW Up
October 10, 2019
The island is amazing and beautiful, but a 1.0l engine struggles on the uphils
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Panda
October 7, 2019
Roads are VERY narrow in Ponta Delgada and surroundings, you are much better off with a SMALL car, larger vehicles are way too difficult to maneuver and WILL get scratched!!
Slovenia
VW Up
September 26, 2019
It is a "must" to rent a car at Sao Miguel island in order to spend your time in efficient way.
Canada
VW Polo TSI
September 22, 2019
Just an amazing island one we are thinking of returning in late February and booking a car with your company. Can we book a car for 4 different island and if so how do we do that.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
September 19, 2019
The main roads around the island are brand new & not busy in September. The old coast road is more interesting but slower. The roads in the towns & villages can get quite narrow, best to tuck your wing mirrors in.
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
September 17, 2019
Renting a car and driving around the island is the best way to see it.
Canada
Peugeot 208
September 16, 2019
My experience renting the car was very positive.
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
August 30, 2019
Car is essential in São Miguel if you want to make the most of your Holidays there. Roads are impecable and you can see a lot in one day. Just driving around the island is a pleasure for the senses!
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
August 28, 2019
Still a nice place to visit and spend time there
Canada
VW Polo TSI
August 26, 2019
lots of traffic and very narrow streets
Italy
VW Polo TSI
August 20, 2019
This car rental service was very efficient and I really suggest it. Simone
Portugal
Fiat Panda
August 18, 2019
Very important notice: there are very steep seconday roads where you will need a car with a good engine. Small cheaper cars are not advised and can even be dangerous.
Canada
Audi A1
August 8, 2019
Ponta delgada is vibrante and beautiful, with many tours and places to see! Might want to have a GPS or get a sim card cheap and use wayz to get around! Also there's a visitazores app and spot Azores for updated weather for all your visiting locations!
Canada
Volkswagen Up
July 29, 2019
For the most part, locals are patient so don't be afraid. Yes, they drive crazy but I'm sure you do that in the comfort of your home country. Learn the meaning of their road signs. Enjoy! It is a little paradise.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
July 22, 2019
A car is essential for getting to the off the beaten track places and for general convenience, and the driving is easy. We did meet various people using the local buses which would be a good option if based in PDG and you're looking for a slower more adventurous pace of life.
New Zealand
Skoda Citigo
July 20, 2019
Ponta Delgada is a lovely town and the island is easy to drive around and visit. Our favourite place is Mosteiros with the beautiful coastline, lovely natural swimming pools and wonderful sunsets.
Slovakia
Peugeot 208
July 18, 2019
sao miguel is perfect place also for family holidays. i was suprised about warm weather and ocean.
Canada
Peugeot 208
July 17, 2019
You really need a GPS either on your rental or on your phone in order to get around. Streets are very narrow you need to drive with caution and when in two lanes going one way stay to the right except to pass, you will get a lot of dirty looks if you dont. left lane is for passing.
Canada
Peugeot 208
July 17, 2019
The Island of Sao Miguel is simply amazing. I will continue to return - and now that I can drive standard I will be able to rent a car in the future again!
Romania
Renault Twingo
July 16, 2019
We have succeeded visiting almost the whole island, anyways we covered the major objectives at a 100% rate, without a car there, you are pretty dead...
United States of America (USA)
Renault Twingo
June 27, 2019
Definitely need a car, and ANC Azores holiday car rental is the best value for your money.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
June 22, 2019
A lovely city and surrounding area. Renting a car is a must.
United States of America (USA)
Renault Clio
June 12, 2019
Difficult driving narrow streets, sharp corners and one-way systems. But well worth it to see and get to know this interesting town.
United States of America (USA)
Audi A1
June 4, 2019
Azores is great place, go now before it gets too crowded.
Canada
Renault Clio
May 8, 2019
Would not recommend renting a car if the sole destination is Ponta Delgada. The streets are very narrow and filled with cruise ship tourists. Having a driver or tour guide would be a better option. Would recommend renting a car if travelling throughout the island.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Up
May 6, 2019
Love driving in Sao Miguel. The city driving can be a challenge at first - must be able to drive a standard!! Many one way, very narrow streets - parking can be on sidewalk in tight spaces and often on a hill. Unless you are on a tour, having a car is a must. The driving outside the city is great fun! Lots of windy roads with spectacular views! A small car is essential - gas is very expensive!
Canada
Volkswagen Up
April 27, 2019
Sao Miguel is a small and beautiful island. If you want to see it properly, rent a car.
Portugal
Ford Fiesta
April 19, 2019
Drive slowly, Be attentive, Enjoy.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
April 9, 2019
Definitely! I think its the best way to see and do everything on the island
Slovenia
Ford Fiesta
March 10, 2019
Its a very beautiful island, very diverse and sooooo green, we loved it. In Azores rent a car is must. The best vacations.
Canada
Renault Twingo
February 19, 2019
great experience
Bulgaria
Volkswagen Up
February 17, 2019
It is the best way to explore the Azores, especially out of season, when the rates for car rental are very cheap. The weather is quite unstable and the car gives lots of advantages...
Portugal
Ford Fiesta
November 22, 2018
I recomend renting a car to visit the island, a lot of places to visit, that you can only go by car, fast easy and cheap.
Canada
Opel Corsa
November 10, 2018
Beautiful place to visit and travel with a car gets you to some different sites rather than the regular.
Canada
Volkswagen Up
October 27, 2018
Discover Was very efficient in finding a great deal on a car rental in Sao Miguel. Would definitely use it again.
Canada
Dacia Duster
October 12, 2018
Ponta Delgada is a beautiful place that you need a car to explore otherwise you are missing out on many experiences.
Canada
Peugeot 208
October 8, 2018
Wonderful island definitely rent a diesel car much cheaper than gas and will get you around the island much easier. Many of the great hidden spots are very steep and the diesel car really help us get up and down. Friends of ours had a gas car and they couldn’t keep up with us.
United States of America (USA)
VW Up! Aut.
October 1, 2018
Renting a car here is absolutely necessary unless you have a personal driver or don't mind taking taxis everywhere. Highly recommend doing so, but make sure you know how to drive a manual transmission or be prepared to pay.
Slovakia
Ford Fiesta
September 19, 2018
mostly impossible to travel on this island without car
United States of America (USA)
VW Touran
September 19, 2018
Great city to explore with easy parking options but there is a lot to see on the entire island that is an easy drive from Ponta Delgada.
United States of America (USA)
Renault Clio
September 18, 2018
The Azores are beautiful! Having a car definitely helps getting around the island. You have the flexibility to explore more.
Canada
Ford Fiesta
September 17, 2018
rent a small car for the narrow streets and winding roads good gas mileage. one tank if gas to see complete island of Sau Miguel. takes about 50 euro to fill.
Australia
Renault Twingo
September 7, 2018
The company was quick and efficient, and in the last day also flexible with our car return time. Our plane departure was delayed by two hours and with just äquivok wird we could keep the car for a bit longer. No fuss, easy. Driving on the island is also pretty easy once you get used to narrow streets in villages and town centres and if you don’t mind steep narrow roads around mountain passes.
United States of America (USA)
Citroen C Elysee
August 28, 2018
A car is definitely the way to see Sao Miguel, Azores (unless you plan to stay in the immediate area of Ponta Delgada, then a taxi will suffice.) Our plan was to visit the entire island and the rental was definitely the way to go. The roads are in extremely great shape, I suppose not having the conditions we do in New England is a plus. I had a great experience with renting through Autatlantis and will definitely be using them again.
United States of America (USA)
Smart for 2
August 22, 2018
All of Sao Miguel was beautiful and easy to navigate. Sometimes Google Maps are not accurate about one-way streets on the island so drivers should use discretion.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
August 19, 2018
Overall, good experience.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
August 9, 2018
São Miguel is a wonderful place to visit. Friendly and educated people.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Up
August 7, 2018
I'd recommend renting a car in Ponta Delgada for drivers with some experience as there are lots of steep and narrow roads. Where you see a "walking tour recommended" sign, take the advice and park your car as you may have difficulties with extremely steep roads (around 35%). Ponta Delgada is a great place, and Sao Miguel island has plenty of astonishing landscapes you want to see, so the best option is to rent a car and explore the whole island.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Up
July 19, 2018
A visitor would need to rent a car to see all the places on Sao Miguel. Highly recommend renting a car and Micauto Rent-a-Car is a good option for value.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Panda
July 8, 2018
Sao Miguel/Ponta Delgada was a gorgeous place to visit!! There is public transportation available, but if you want to get out and about on your own schedule, rent a car! I had read stories about how terrible the roads going up the mountains were, but I was pleasantly surprised. I grew up in a rural, mountain state, so I just felt like I was at home. If you've not driven on mountain roads, I would highly recommend spending a little extra to get a diesel-powered vehicle, as they have more horsepower. Also, bear in mind that most vehicles in Europe have manual transmissions. If you choose to rent an automatic, be prepared to pay extra for it, as they are few and far between.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Punto
June 26, 2018
Clean city/state. Great atmosphere. Lots to see. Lots to eat. Lots to do. Make time for the calderas and lakes. Beware the roaming cows all over the island. Cows on the mountain tops, on the roads. Makes for some fun driving. Oh!! - the streets are very narrow (compared to American streets), so cars are small (tiny) and the local drivers drive very fast. Apartments/homes have their doors literally on the street, no sidewalks, so at such fast speeds everywhere, beware of people walking on streets and kids playing right in the street.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
June 19, 2018
The city is a bit cramped which is to be expected of a city founded in the 16th century. Streets are narrow, one way, and not easily navigable. The traffic lights are almost hidden and you could miss one if you don't know where they are. Portuguese drivers are sometimes impatient and like to use their horns. Once out of the city, the highway system is well planned, with clearly marked exits and directional indicators. It is easy to go from one end of the island to the other using the expressway, a two lane road with a speed limit of 100 k (60 mph).
Canada
Renault Captur
June 6, 2018
We travelled a good percentage of the island and saw some of the fantastic lookouts situated along many roadways and mountain tops. City driving is a little tougher since many streets are quite narrow. A highway covers about half the island making quick work of your daily ventures.Overall a very scenic place to explore.

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