From the airport to Funchal
The recommended price is: Airport/ Funchal 3,25 €
Note: This value may change and is of the exclusive responsibility of SAM. In case of doubt, please contact (+351) 291 201 151.
Buses carry out the following daily journeys:
F - Only Holidays
D - Only Sundays
E - Express
T - Transfer at Santa Cruz
There is no bus service on 25th December.
There are seven rent-a-car companies licensed by Madeira Airport, with customer service desks, located on Level 0, after the luggage claim area.
There is one taxi stand at the Arrivals area of Madeira Airport, level 0.
Taxis taking you from Madeira Airport to any destination on the island always operate with a meter. As a reference, the fare on the taxi meter at the start of the journey should read 4.00 € during the week.
All taxi services charge an additional 20% on weekdays between 21.00 and 6.00 on the following day, and throughout the day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The transportation of luggage or animals is subject to an additional charge of 1.50 €.
Note: These charges may change and are of the exclusive responsibility of AITRAM - Táxi. In case of doubt, please contact (+351) 291 765 760.
The company responsible for bus transportation from the airport is SAM. After you leave the arrivals, follow the main road and keep on the right side. After approx. 100 meters you will find a bus stop. The ticket to Funchal is payable on board and only costs a few Euros.
A scheduled, express bus service between the airport and Funchal city. Prices as of May 2011 5€ adult and 2,50€ for children. (Subject to change).
268 000 people live on these Islands according to data collected in 2011. Half of the population lives in the capital.
Madeira follows Portuguese time with Summer time. Clocks advance one hour in the last Sunday of March, and go back one hour in the last Sunday of October, according to the regulations of the European Union.
The electric current is 220 volts.
There is plenty of water of an excellent drinking standard. Porto Santo uses treated seawater, but all of it can be consumed.
The main post office, or "Correios de Portugal", is at the centre of Funchal, at the Avenida Calouste Gulbenkian and / or Avenida de Zarco . There are daily collections at 11:00 and 15:00 from the post boxes placed all over the island.
Chemists are open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00, on Saturdays from 9:00 to 13:00. In addition, at the door of every pharmacy you will find advisory notes about the pharmacies currently open.
There are 67 health centres situated around the Madeira Island, and one at Porto Santo. There are two hospitals in Funchal.
The police presence is very discreet. If you need help, dial 112. There is a Lost Property section in Funchal, at Rua da Infância, 28, Tel.: 291 208200
Madeira is one of the safest holiday destinations in the world. If you take the minimum sensible precautions, you probably won’t experience any problems. Most of the hotels have safes or deposit boxes where you can keep your valuables.
In hotels and restaurants the bill normally includes service. If the “ tip“ is not included, the normal rate for good service is 10%. Madeira
The Regional Department of Tourism has eleven offices. The main one is located at Funchal City Centre, near the Cathedral.
Before planning your trip, find out about how to get to the Madeira Islands, the papers you need, customs formalities and health precautions.
Getting there by air
You can fly to Madeira and Porto Santo and there are daily flights between Lisbon and Funchal taking an hour and 25 minutes. Flights between the islands take around 15 minutes. There are two airports, Madeira International Airport and Porto Santo Airport.
Getting there by sea
Funchal and Porto Santo are frequent calling places for cruise ships. Their ports are gateways to the islands and departure points for other destinations. The trip between the islands takes about 2h30 hours by ferry, which can also carry cars.
Getting around the islands is very easy, thanks to the modern road network built in recent years. Practically, all places of interest are easily accessible by road.
If you are visiting the islands from a European Union country belonging to the Schengen Agreement there are no restrictions on entry. Visitors from countries that are not party to the agreement need identification, which, under Portuguese law, means a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa.
Goods leaving the island are not subject to any limitations. However, if the customs officers feel that the quantity is excessive, you may be asked to prove that the articles are for your personal use.
Vaccinations and health care
You do not need any vaccinations before travelling to the archipelago. Emergency treatment at state hospitals is free of charge for European Union citizens and there are good private health care services for visitors from other countries. There are 67 health centres in Madeira and one in Porto Santo. Funchal has two public hospitals.
In addition to the traditional local craft products, Portuguese shoes, flowers and tropical fruits are favoured purchases on any visit. The famous Madeira wine deserves special attention.
Wickerwork, tapestry and the renowned Madeira embroidery should also find a place in the departing holidaymakers’ baggage. In the streets of Funchal, e.g., in the City Centre, visitors can find shops selling all kind of brands created by international famous fashion designers. Shops are open from 9:00 to 13:00hrs and from 15:00 to 19:00hrs, Monday to Friday. On Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00hrs.
Some shopping centres are open from 10:00 to 23:00hrs every day. Major Credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops.
The region is very well developed in terms of IT networks and telephone communications. The international access code is + 351, and the regional area code is 291.
Pharmacies are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each pharmacy has a sign on the door giving the names of the duty pharmacies open outside these hours.
Information and communication technologies are highly developed in the region. The international dialing code for Madeira is +351 and the code for the Madeira Islands is 291.
There are public phones in the main streets of the larger towns. Some take only phone cards, which you can buy in cafés, tobacconist and post offices. To call abroad, dial 00 followed by the country code.
In Madeira summer time is GMT. The clocks go forward one hour on the last Sunday in March and back an hour on the last Sunday in October, as in the rest of the European Union.
Water and electricity
The electric current in Madeira is 220V. Water is abundant in Madeira and is all drinkable and of excellent quality. In Porto Santo, the water is desalinated and is also quite safe to drink.
Banks and shops
The banks are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exchange bureaus are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day except Saturdays, when they open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. At other times, you can exchange money at hotels.
PoIf you need help from the police, dial 112. There is a Lost and Found Department at 28, Rua da Infância, Funchal, phone: (+351) 291 208200. The islands in this archipelago are among the safest places in the world for a holiday. Provided that you take the usual precautions dictated by common sense anywhere in the world you are not likely to have any problems here. Most hotels have safes or other places for keeping valuables.
In case of fire call Bombeiros Municipais do Funchal on phone: (+351) 291 200 930 or Bombeiros Voluntários Madeirenses on phone: (+351) 291 229 115.
|How to get around
Throughout the archipelago of Madeira Island, you will find multiple transport facilities to meet your needs. Enquire at the hotel's reception desk for any of these services.
|Rent-a-car companies There are a wide range of reputable and renowned rental car companies available on the island and if you want to be independent, this is the way to go. Contact the hotel's reception desk, your Travel Agent or any of the car rental companies with sales desks at the Madeira International Airport.|
|Public Transport Bus Service
If you prefer you may also use the efficient local public transport bus service - which is clean, easy to use and operate to the published timetable which you may obtain at any tourist information office / kiosk. Most travel agencies also organize guided bus excursions to the island's most interesting tourist attraction spots. There are also double decker open-top sightseeing buses offering hop-on, hop-off trips to the most interesting parts of Funchal.
Taxis are available at both airports in Madeira and Porto Santo, at all major hotels and along several streets and squares of the city of Funchal in Madeira and Vila Baleira in the neighboring island of Porto Santo. You may get a taxi almost anywhere. Before taking a taxi, enquire about the fare as this varies according to location, weekends, night-trips etc.
|Boart Trips and Luxury Ferry
Tour the island along the coastline with a view from the ocean via a boat trip. There are a host of different category boat trips which may be booked at the Funchal marina - these include luxury yachts, replica Caravela sailboats, Catamarans, motor boats as well as the Luxury ferry boat (Porto Santo Line) which offers daily trips to the neighbouring island of Porto Santo and back transporting both passengers and vehicles.