Madeira Airport (FNC) is located in Santa Cruz, about 21 kilometres (about 13 miles) from Funchal, the island’s capital city.
As Madeira is not a big island, most places are easy to reach via public transport or private transfers.
When you visit Madeira, here are your options for getting to and from the airport.
The Aerobus operated by SAM runs between the airport and Praia Formosa, with stops in several places and hotels in Funchal.
The journey may take from 35 to 50 minutes depending on your destination. Timings are roughly based on flight arrival times. A ticket costs €5 (€8 return). Children aged 6 to 11 years old pay only €2.50.
Cheaper than the Aerobus, but also less convenient, there are regular buses to and from the airport operated by the same company. The fare is €3.35. The routes that go through Funchal are 20, 53, 78, 113 and 208, depending on the time of day.
Like all airports, there are taxis waiting outside baggage claim to take you to your destination. A taxi from the airport to Funchal is about €20. Taxis run on the meter. For rides beginning at the airport, the meter is set to start at €4.
There’s a €1.50 surcharge for the transport of luggage, and an additional 20% for night service, weekends and public holidays.
Renting a Car
Renting a car is actually a great option if you want to explore Madeira on your own. Major car rental companies are represented in Madeira, and you can rent a car upon arrival at the airport. Check out the websites and compare quotes of some of the following companies: Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Goldcar, Sixt, Rodavante and Guerin.
Private transfers may be a convenient option to get to your destination. Madeira Airport Transfers offers a personalized service between the airport and your hotel taking from 1 and 8 people. The shared shuttle bus to Funchal costs about €14 (up to 2 people) and the private transfer is €23. You can pay online or directly to the driver.
This private bus company also offers private transport to other parts of the island, at different prices.