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São Miguel car rentals

Driver's age: 26-65
Thu 20.06
Thu 27.06

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Top tips for renting a car in São Miguel

  • In São Miguel, it is important to be aware of the local driving laws to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for driving is 0.05%, and it is strictly enforced. It is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Additionally, children under the age of 12 or shorter than 135 cm are required to use an appropriate car seat or booster seat. It is crucial to follow these regulations to ensure the safety of young passengers. Moreover, using a cell phone while driving is prohibited unless you have a hands-free system.
  • While driving around São Miguel, there are a few difficulties you may encounter. Firstly, some of the busiest roads on the island are EN1-1A and EN3-1A, particularly during peak tourist season. Expect heavier traffic on these routes, especially near popular attractions. Rush hour traffic is generally observed during weekdays in the morning (around 08:00 - 09:00) and afternoon (around 17:00 - 18:00) as residents commute to and from work. Additionally, it's important to note that while there are cyclists on the roads, they are not as common as in larger urban areas. However, drivers should still be cautious and share the road with cyclists.
  • When considering what car to hire in São Miguel, it is worth considering a convertible or an off-road vehicle. São Miguel offers stunning landscapes and scenic drives, and a convertible would allow you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the island. Likewise, if you plan on exploring off-road trails or venturing into more remote areas, an off-road vehicle would provide the necessary capabilities. However, it's important to assess your specific needs and preferences to make the right choice of car hire for your trip.
  • It is typically necessary to have a credit card for car hire in São Miguel. Hire companies usually require a credit card for the reservation and as a deposit to cover any potential damages or additional charges. Cash or debit cards may not be accepted, so it is advisable to check with the specific hire company for their payment options and requirements prior to making a reservation.
  • Book your rental car in São Miguel at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in São Miguel are around 63% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in São Miguel

  • What is the most popular rental car in São Miguel?

    Standard (Citroen SpaceTourer or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in São Miguel.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in São Miguel?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Should I hire a car in São Miguel?

    Hiring a car in São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores, is highly recommended. With a car, you have the freedom to explore the island at your own pace and reach remote and stunningly beautiful areas that are not easily accessible by public transportation. São Miguel is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, volcanic lakes, and stunning coastal views. With a car, you can easily visit iconic attractions like Sete Cidades, Lagoa do Fogo, and Furnas, known for its hot springs and geothermal activity. Additionally, a car allows you to discover charming towns, indulge in local cuisine, and enjoy the island's diverse natural beauty, including waterfalls, tea plantations, and botanical gardens.

  • What is driving like in São Miguel?

    Driving in São Miguel is generally pleasant and convenient. The island has a well-maintained road network, with the majority of roads in good condition. The main roads are wide and well-marked, making navigation relatively easy. However, some smaller roads can be narrow and winding, requiring extra caution. In São Miguel, driving is on the right-hand side of the road, similar to mainland Portugal and most of Europe. It's important to note that parking can be limited in popular tourist areas, so it's advisable to plan accordingly. As for the types of cars driven by residents, you'll find a mix of vehicles, ranging from compact cars to SUVs, depending on individual preferences and needs.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in São Miguel?

    In São Miguel, the minimum age requirement to hire a car varies among hire companies. Typically, the minimum age is 21 years old. However, it's important to note that if you are a young driver (usually under 25 years old), there is often a surcharge imposed by hire companies. This surcharge is due to the higher insurance risk associated with young drivers. It's advisable to check with different hire companies regarding their specific age requirements and any additional fees before making a reservation.

Car rental locations in São Miguel

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    Sunnycars car rental locations in São Miguel

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    Ilha Verde car rental locations in São Miguel

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    Micauto car rental locations in São Miguel

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    Free2Move car rental locations in São Miguel

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    Ace car rental locations in São Miguel

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