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a VirtualTourist member from Lynmouth asked on Nov 5, 2015

Madeira Island

Should I hire a car in November?

I am visiting for a week at the end of November, should I hire a car for the week? I can't find any recent advice, many years ago it was suggested that if the weather is wet don't drive! If the buses are frequent and reliable should I rely on them...........?



4 Answers


answered on 11/5/15 by
a VT member from Dorset

Welcome to VT

Have visited Madeira many times and always hire a car.Most of the main highways are excellent roads,although you will find that there are a lot of tunnels.Once you get into the countryside and up in the mountains then more care is required.Most of these roads are in better condition than our B roads in the UK.Have used this hire car company before and can highly recommend them [original link].
Have not used the buses in Madeira for getting around the island (apart from in Funchal),but would imagine that you could waste a lot of time waiting around if you only have a week.
Enjoy your stay!




answered on 11/5/15 by
a VT member from Lynmouth

Many thanks [VT member 162e06] - great advice, I do not want to waste time waiting for a bus. Let's hope the weather is kind:)




answered on 11/5/15 by
claus andersen from Denmark

November can see some rain, but so can any other month. Most likely you won't have a lot of rain though.
Amd Madeira is an island where the infrastructure is made for cars, so renting a car is a good idea.

I work on Madeira Island as a tour guide a few months every year and while rain happens it's not the norm.




answered on 11/5/15 by
a VT member from Dorset

On the occasions that I been there at the end of November have only had the occasional shower which does not normally last very long.Shorts and T shirt weather :)





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