Many of the most beautifull and culturally interesting areas of the island of Madeira, are not by bus acessible. Therefore, we recommend you to rent a car for all your stay, so you can enjoy the most beautiful places on the island.
Due to its splendid scenery, picturesque and very well-maintained roads, another alternative is to rent a motorcycle
Since the routes are short and the roads, in the beautiful rural areas, are small, it is sufficient to rent a car of category A or B.
You should pick up the car in the airport, and give it there back, so you will not have additional cost for transfers between airport and hotel, and you also save your time, as you do not need "to bring" the other tourists to their hotels.