Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport, also known as Funchal Airport (FNC) is an airport located about 13 km from the city of Funchal, serving the Madeira archipelago. It is the fourth-busiest airport in Portugal handling approximately 3 million passengers per year. The airport serves as a hub for TAP Air Portugal and generally offers flights to numerous metropolitan destinations in Europe.
How to get from Madeira Airport to Funchal
There is a shuttle service Aerobus which operates from the airport to Funchal. The final stop is Formosa Beach. From the beach, you can continue with public transport to the centre of Funchal which is about 15 minutes away.
- The journey takes around 45 minutes.
- Tickets cost around 5 euros.
- NOTE: Bus driver will wait for the passengers with a delayed flight for up to 1 hour.
There are several bus lines that operate from the airport including lines 113, 113RS, 20, 208, 53, 78 (check the schedule). Depending on the line, they take you to different places on the island, including Funchal. Buses operate every day, except on Christmas day. The ticket price from the airport to Funchal is around 3 euros.
If you prefer a more comfortable ride over public transport, consider taking a taxi. At Madeira Airport, you will find a taxi rank at Arrivals. Fare prices from Monday to Friday start at 4 euros and they increase after 9:00 pm. Higher prices also apply on weekends and holidays. Baggage fee is an additional 1.50 euro.
Another way to travel from Madeira Airport is with a private, door-to-door transfer directly to your accommodation on the island. You can pre-book a transfer for a hassle-free experience, a professional driver will wait for you at the airport and take you to your destination.
Renting a car at Madeira Airport
Those who prefer to explore the area on their own, the best option would be to rent a car directly at the airport. You will find offices of several rental agencies at the airport such as Avis, Budget and Europcar. However, you can always rent a car online and avoid potential queues at the airport.
Renting a bus at Madeira Airport
Larger groups of passengers should consider renting a bus at the airport. However, it is recommended to book it online, so the bus rental companies have enough time to advise you on the meeting point and all other information.
Accommodation near Madeira Airport
FAQs – Madeira Airport
- I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
Buses operate from the airport till evening hours, so getting to the city shouldn’t be a problem. Still, if you arrive at the airport when none of them departs, you can always use a taxi or a private transfer.
- Can I exchange money at the airport?
Yes, you will find financial services from different providers such as Santander Totta and Unicambio.
- I am continuing my journey outside Funchal. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
Yes, as mentioned before, there are several bus lines that operate the airport and take you to different places on the island. Check the lines and departures here. You can also check all the deesired routes on GetByBus.
- Does the airport have storage lockers?
Yes, there are several baggage services at the airport. You can leave your luggage on the ground floor before security, just search for the information desk if necessary. You can also store your baggage in baggage lockers also in the area before security.
- Is there a free WiFi service available at the airport?
Yes, the airport provides free and unlimited WiFi service throughout the airport.