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Transportation to and from Madeira Airport

Car

What is the distance from Madeira Airport to the centre of Funchal?

Funchal’s city centre is located 19 kilometres / 11.8 miles from Madeira Airport, by car you can cover the distance in 20 to 25 minutes. The hotel district (zona hoteleira) of Funchal is located west of the centre in São Martinho (Funchal), most of the hotels can be found along the coast.

From FNC Airport to Funchal City centre by Car
19 km
25 min

Bus services

Aerobus to Funchal

With the Aerobus of bus company SAM Madeira Bus you can get from Madeira Airport to the centre of Funchal. This bus service runs seven days a week, 25th December is the exception. There are several stops in Funchal, making most hotels easy to reach. Among others, you can get off in the streets ‘Rua Do Visconde De Anadia’, ‘Avenida Do Mar’, ‘Avenida Do Infante’ and ‘Estrada Monumental’. The latter streets are in São Martinho in the municipality of Funchal. Here you will find most hotels in the so-called ‘zona hoteleira’. All bus stops of the Aerobus have a number, the brochure, website and app explain to you at which stop your hotel is located. You can buy tickets from the bus driver and tell him or her where you want to get off.

In the centre of Funchal, you can find the famous cathedral of the city (Sé Catedral), bus stop 6 on the ‘Avenida Do Mar’ is the most central stop in Funchal. The Aerobus leaves approximately once per hour in front of the Arrivals hall of Madeira Airport and from the city.

Journey time
The journey time to the centre of Funchal is 30 minutes. You can reach most of the hotels after 40 to 50 minutes. The final stop of the Aerobus is ‘Praia Formosa Beach’, the longest pebble beach on Madeira. The first bus from Praia Formosa leaves at 03.45 hours, be aware it takes some time before the Aerobus in the direction of Madeira Airport arrives in Funchal. A return ticket is valid for one year and children up to 5 years of age travel for free. Please consult website and timetable Aerobus for more information.

Prices Single Return
Adults € 5 € 8
Children, 6 up to 10 years € 2.50 € 5

In Funchal there are two cable cars, the Teleférico do Funchal (€ 11.00 one way) from the centre of Funchal to Monte and the Teleférico do Jardim Botânico (€ 8.25 one way) from Monte to the Botanical Garden of Funchal.

Porto Santo Line to Porto Santo

The second largest island of the Madeira Archipelago has its own airport: Porto Santo Airport. Flying between the two islands is possible, but quite expensive. Fortunately, there is a ferry boat (Lobo Marinho) from Funchal to Porto Santo. Ideal for holidaymakers who want to visit Porto Santo during their holiday in Madeira.

In contrast to Madeira, Porto Santo has a large sandy beach. Normally, the ferry from Porto Santo Line leaves at 8 a.m. from the port of Funchal. At 6 p.m. the ferry returns to Madeira, this makes it possible to make a day trip. Travel time by boat is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Tickets
The price is € 57.40 per person, children from 5 up to 11 years receive a 50% discount. A bus runs between the port of Porto Santo and Vila Baleira, the price of a ticket is € 1.60. Please consult website Porto Santo Line for more information. You can book a combined ticket (ferry and island excursion) in advance through GetYourGuide.

Top 5 activities in Funchal / Madeira

1. Best of the West day tour Madeira
2. Best of the East day tour Madeira
3. Catamaran cruise – dolphin and whale watching!
4. Tour including Nuns Valley, Monte and a Toboggan ride
5. 24-hour Hop-on Hop-off bus ticket

Car sharing

There is no car sharing service available at the airport. If you are planning to rent a car in Madeira, take a look at our car rental tips and see the full list of car rental companies at Madeira Airport!

Discover and book tickets, activities and tours:

Tickets

Ticket

Botanical Garden Cable Car Ticket

Admire the views of the city of Funchal, the mountains, and the sea as you ride on the Botanical Garden cable car. Ride over the Valley of João Gomes Ribeira and visit the village of Monte on top of the mountains surrounding Funchal.

Ticket

Madeira: Folklore Show Tickets with Dinner and Drinks

Experience the culinary delights of espetada, a marinated beef dish cooked over an open fire on laurel skewers, accompanied by wine and a traditional folklore show. You’ll enjoy Madeiran music played on local instruments along with traditional dances.

Ticket

Funchal: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

See the beautiful coastal city of Funchal on a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. Enjoy stunning panoramic views from the open-top deck, and listen to the onboard audio tour commentary for useful facts as you cruise around.

Activities

Activity

Madeira: Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Funchal

Look for whales and dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean on a 3-hour catamaran cruise from Funchal. Enjoy guaranteed sightings or get a 2nd cruise for free. Sail along the south coast of Madeira, and hoist the sails if the winds are favorable!

Activity

Funchal: Old Town Walking Tour

Learn about the history of Funchal and Madeira on a guided walk through the city’s medieval center. Visit the farmer's market, the Campo Almirante Reis, the Fortress of St. James, and a number of other sites as your guide provides commentary.

Activity

Ribeiro Frio: Beginners 3-Hour Canyoning Experience

Discover a world of new adventures on a canyoning experience for beginners in Madeira. You’ll be accompanied by a team of professionals who will guide you safely through the activity. Immerse yourself in the island’s floral diversity and lush landscape.

Tours and transport

Tour & transport

Funchal 3 in 1: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore the lush landscape of Madeira and the sights of Funchal at your own pace with a 2 or 5 day ticket for the hop-on, hop-off bus. Go to the picturesque village of Câmara de Lobos and the cliffs of Cabo Girão in the “Pearl of the Atlantic.”

Tour & transport

Madeira: Best of the West Tour from Funchal

Discover the best of the west of Madeira on an 8-hour tour from Funchal. Travel through deep valleys and see traditional fishing villages. Enjoy the breathtaking views in Cabo Girão Skywalk. Marvel at the volcanic pools of Porto Moniz, and more.

Tour & transport

Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

Explore the eastern parts of Madeira on a full-day tour from Funchal. Head into the mountain of the Pico do Arieiro and see emblematic thatch roof houses. Stop for lunch in the town of Santana and continue to the Penha d'Águia in Porto da Cruz.

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