Madeira Airport (sometimes referred to as Funchal Airport) is the entry point for UK holidaymakers heading for the beach resorts of Madeira. The airport has a spectacular coastal location and is 15km from the island capital Funchal. There is a reasonable selection of cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. Good onward travel connections to Funchal, Canico and Machico.
Intense competition between charter and low-cost airlines keeps fares low. Fares are often little more than fares to Portugal despite the extra air miles. The cheapest can even rival Faro when it comes to price.The superb climate means flights are available all year round. Flights tend to be more expensive during the summer school holiday period. Many of the best deals are found in early spring and autumn. It is always worth booking as well in advance as possible.
Many of the best deals are found with EasyJet. They currently operate all year-round from London Gatwick and Bristol. Flights are more frequent in the summer season.
The availability of flights increases considerably during the long summer season, when tour operators like Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch provide charter flights from regional airports throughout the UK. You should also find good-value fares from Jet2-com and Portuguese airline TAP. Quite a lot of routes to Madeira are seasonal. These may begin as early as April. Others may operate only in the peak summer months.
9100-105 Santa Cruz,
Tel: 291 520 700
Buses connects the airport with Funchal, Canico and Machico. Journey time is 40 minutes. Tickets cost about €3-25. The slightly faster Aero-bus service also runs to Funchal. Buses run from around 08.00 to 24.00. Journey time is 30 minutes and tickets cost €5.
Taxis are metered and should read about €4 when you start the journey (€5 at night/weekends)
Departure airports (including seasonal routes)