Sao Miguel is closest to Ponta Delgada and is the biggest of the islands. With a rental car you will be able to visit many of its hotspots such as the Caldeira Velha waterfall and Furnas Hot Springs. In the Azores region there are many other islands that you can also visit. So why limit yourself to just Sao Miguel? With a rental car you can explore them all.
Ponta Delgada is an international airport that services the Azores Islands. Although it is not a very large airport, there are a number of car rental companies right inside the main hall of the terminal. This includes international agencies like Hertz, Enterprise, and Europcar as well as local providers.
The streets around Azores are in okay condition, although there are some bumpy roads. However, in comparison to driving in most cities, the traffic is light and quite relaxed. There are nonetheless many narrow roads, lots of twists and turns, and some uphill driving which can be a challenge. Because the islands are quite small, you’ll still find it easy to navigate.
Heavy traffic is not typical on Ponta Delgada. During your travels through its rural communities, you might run into a herd of animals, especially cows as they are being relocated to another area for grazing. You’ll need to be patient as they tend to move quite slow.
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FAQs about renting a car in Ponta Delgada
Some car rental companies in Ponta Delgada which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Sixt, Avis and Europcar
On average a hire car in Ponta Delgada costs C$ 53 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis (C$ 55/day), Micauto (C$ 58/day) and Wayzor (C$ 64/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Avis Aeroporto Internacional 9500 (2 kilometers from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Ponta Delgada. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Ponta Delgada is C$ 9.07 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 109 and C$ 145, depending on the car size.
Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Ponta Delgada.
A Economy car rental in Ponta Delgada costs C$ 46 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Ponta Delgada costs C$ 38 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Ponta Delgada costs C$ 81 per day, on average.
In Ponta Delgada, cars are most frequently rented at Ilha Verde Ponta Delgada Airport (2 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Ponta Delgada costs C$ 368 per week (C$ 53 per day).
On average a rental car in Ponta Delgada costs C$ 1,576 per month (C$ 53 per day).
Because many of the streets are narrow, it can be difficult to pass if you are driving a large car. Consequently, a compact car is best to rent when you are driving in Ponta Delgada. A small Jeep might also be ideal due to the mountain driving. Just stay away from small cars with little power as you will need to drive up hills.
The speed limit around Ponta Delgada and on other islands is less than it is on the mainland. This is to make for safer driving on the narrow roads and hills here. On the freeways of the islands, you can drive at maximum speeds of 62 mph (or 100 km/h). If driving through neighborhoods, be sure to stay under 31 mph (or 50 km/h).
You’ll be able to fill up your car while in this part of Portugal for about $6.18 per gallon (or 1.45 euros/liter). Note that these prices are slightly higher than the cost of gas on the mainland. Additionally, it is more costly than in the United States, the United Kingdom, or Canada.
Downtown tends to be the busiest area in Ponta Delgada. Many tourists visit the center of the city to shop at the market or enjoy the sights of the botanical garden. You’ll find it easy to park your rental car in its underground parking lot which is within close proximity of the waterfront. There are also a number of parking spaces on the street, although the spots can be pretty tight.