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Car hire in Madagascar Mini Guide

For those used to hiring a car, the idea of having a driver may seem strange and you would assume add considerably to the cost. However that is very much the norm in Madagascar where nearly all rental cars include a driver. The times from which the driver is available vary from 8 hours upwards per day so check before booking. Car hire in Madagascar comes with a driver as insurance for non residents is rarely possible and feedback suggests that road conditions and driving standards make having a driver very useful indeed.

Hiring a car in Madagascar has got to be one of the most rewarding ways to see plenty of this dramatic and beautiful island. You’ll be able to get to the national parks before the tourist buses do and see the wonderful animal and bird life before the crowds scare them away.

Facts about Madagascar

  • Madagascar was once called the Malagasy Republic
  • It’s an island nation and occupies the fourth largest island in the world
  • At one point at the start of the 20th century it was part of the French Republic
  • It has one of the most unique and diverse flora and fauna in the world because of a geographic split from India nearly 100m years ago.1

Cheapest car hire in Madagascar

Suzuki Swift

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.19 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 330.36 EUR from 18/04/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Rush

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.77 EUR/day
Toyota Rush

7 Days rental at 537.42 EUR from 18/04/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Pajero

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 98.77 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Pajero

7 Days rental at 691.42 EUR from 18/04/2022

  6 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Madagascar

  • Tourists have no option but to hire a car with a driver in Madagascar
  • 4x4 and Jeep rentals are the most popular allowing access to otherwise hard to reach parts of the island
  • Drivers can be booked for 6,8 or 12 hours per day
  • There are no motorways in Madagascar, travel times can be long as distances are vast
  • The currency is the Malagasy ariary, it's always wise to carry some with you at all times
 

Popular car hire destinations in Madagascar

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Madagascar

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

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    60-70kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    n/akph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

      /Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    MGA

    Currency

  •  

    NO

    Tolls

  •  

    23

    Min Rental Age

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Average prices per day for car hire in Madagascar

ItemPercent
January€ 72
February€ 72
March€ 77
April€ 72
May€ 70
June€ 70
July€ 70
August€ 70
September€ 67
October€ 67
November€ 67
December€ 70
ItemPercent
January€ 52
February€ 52
March
April€ 52
May€ 52
June€ 52
July€ 52
August€ 52
September€ 52
October€ 52
November€ 52
December€ 52
ItemPercent
January€ 99
February€ 99
March€ 99
April€ 99
May€ 99
June€ 99
July€ 99
August€ 99
September€ 99
October€ 99
November€ 99
December€ 99
ItemPercent
January€ 60
February€ 60
March€ 60
April€ 60
May€ 60
June€ 60
July€ 60
August€ 60
September€ 60
October€ 60
November€ 60
December€ 60
ItemPercent
January€ 47
February€ 47
March€ 47
April€ 47
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
ItemPercent
January€ 71
February€ 71
March€ 71
April€ 71
May€ 71
June€ 71
July€ 71
August€ 71
September€ 71
October€ 71
November€ 71
December€ 71
ItemPercent
January€ 72
February€ 72
March€ 77
April€ 72
May€ 70
June€ 70
July€ 70
August€ 70
September€ 67
October€ 67
November€ 67
December€ 70
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Madagascar

DieselUnleaded
Dec , 2021

€ 0.76

€ 0.91

Jan , 2022

€ 0.76

€ 0.91

Feb , 2022

€ 0.76

€ 0.92

Mar , 2022

€ 0.78

€ 0.93

Apr , 2022

€ 0.79

€ 0.95

May , 2022

€ 0.82

€ 0.98

Jun , 2022

€ 0.80

€ 0.96

Jul , 2022

€ 0.80

€ 0.96

Aug , 2022

€ 1.15

€ 1.38

Sep , 2022

€ 1.20

€ 1.44

Oct , 2022

€ 1.16

€ 1.39

Nov , 2022

€ 1.13

€ 1.37

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Nov , 2022 1.13 1.37
Oct , 2022 1.16 1.39
Sep , 2022 1.20 1.44
Aug , 2022 1.15 1.38
Jul , 2022 0.80 0.96
Jun , 2022 0.80 0.96
May , 2022 0.82 0.98
Apr , 2022 0.79 0.95
Mar , 2022 0.78 0.93
Feb , 2022 0.76 0.92
Jan , 2022 0.76 0.91
Dec , 2021 0.76 0.91

Car rental price statistics in Madagascar

  • € 330.33
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 98.77
    Highest daily price:
    Mitsubishi Pajero
  • 4
    Total cars available
     
  • 1
    Most popular model:
    Mitsubishi Pajero
  • 4
    Location with most cars:
    Antananarivo
  • € 47.2 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    AVIS - Antananarivo

FAQs about car hire in Madagascar

How much does it cost to hire a car in Madagascar?

Car hire in Madagascar starts from just €47.20 per day for a (mini) class car from Avis. The average price to hire a car in Madagascar is just €73.50 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Madagascar is a Mitsubishi Pajero car for a (fullsize) class from Avis costing €98.80 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Madagascar?

We often have special offers on car hire in Madagascar including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Madagascar?

Car hire prices in Madagascar are kept low thanks to the 1 car hire companies across the country. With over 1 car hire locations and 4 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Madagascar.

Who is the best car hire company in Madagascar?

Based on over reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Madagascar Is who score on average /10 across all locations in Madagascar.

What is the most popular car hire location in Madagascar?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Madagascar is Antananarivo with 1 car hire companies and 4 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Madagascar?

Current fuel prices in Madagascar are €1.365/ltr for petrol and €1.133/ltr for diesel as of 7 November 2022, it’ll cost on average €55 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €45 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Madagascar?

Speed limits in Madagascar are in km/h and are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, 80-100 km/h on rural roads and n/a km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Madagascar?

Avis is the cheapest car hire company in Madagascar offering a (mini) class car such as the Suzuki Swift for as little as €330.40 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Madagascar?

The most popular car hire category in Madagascar is the Mitsubishi Pajero available from 1 car hire companies in over 1 locations.

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