Transportation to and from Madeira Airport
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
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.
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.
|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.
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
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!
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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.
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
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