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Madeira Airport. Practical info, guide, direct plane connections

Madeira Airport

Madeira Airport is an international airport located on the Portuguese island of Madeira, about 13 km from the capital Funchal. Since 2016, after the Portuguese triumph at the European Football Championships, the airport has been named after the famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, a native of Madeira.

For a long time, the airport was labeled one of the most dangerous in the world, perched on high cliffs, and surrounded by mountains. The situation improved considerably in 2002, after the construction of an imposing reinforced concrete platform, supported by 180 pillars about 70 m high. In this way, the track has been lengthened from the initial 1600m to over 2700m today.

The airport has only one terminal. Inside you will find several bars, cafes, restaurants and a duty-free shop. The WI-FI line is available free of charge throughout the building. You will need to connect to the “_VINCI Airports Wifi” network from your device, and after accepting the conditions you can connect. If you are traveling as a family, with small children, in the vicinity of the women’s bathrooms you will find the areas for changing children. They are specially marked.

Madeira Airport

Photo ©, Spielvogel

Madeira Airport is connected, with direct flights, with the main European destinations, especially in high season. Here is the list of direct connections*:

AUSTRIA: Vienna.
AZORES: Ponta Delgada.
BELGIUM: Brussels, Charleroi.
CZECH REP.: Prague.
ENGLAND: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne.
FINLAND: Helsinki.
FRANCE: Beauvais, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris–Orly.
GERMANY: Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Stuttgart.
IRELAND: Dublin.
ITALY: Bergamo
LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg.
POLAND: Katowice.
PORTO SANTO: Porto Santo,
PORTUGAL: Lisbon,, Porto.
ROMANIA: Bucharest.
RUSSIA: Moscow–Zhukovsky.
SCOTLAND: Edinburgh, Glasgow.
SPAIN: Gran Canaria, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife–North.
SWEDEN: Stockholm–Arlanda.
SWITZERLAND: Geneva, Zürich.
UKRAINE: Kyiv–Boryspil
USA: New York–JFK.



Outside the Arrivals terminal, a convenient shuttle (Airbus) allows you to reach Funchal and the main accommodation facilities in the city. The bus ends the Praia Formosa ride. The Airbus also waits up to one hour in the event of a delay in your flight!

The complete journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Tickets cost €5.00 one way and €8.00 return. Children pay the reduced rate of € 2.50. Tickets can be purchased directly on board the vehicle. It is active every day, from Monday to Sunday from 02:45 to 18:15 from Formosa Beach 8th Sunday until 20:00). From midnight to about 9:30 pm, from the airport.


The following bus lines are active every day: Nº113; Nº113RS; Nº20; Nº208; Nº53; Nº78. Buses make it easy to reach Funchal. Tickets cost €3.75 and can be purchased directly on board.

Obviously, being the ideal island to get around by car, an excellent idea would be to rent the vehicle directly at the airport. Possibly an electric car.

*The list is subject to change. All links, updated, can be consulted on the official website. Before leaving, it is recommended to inquire about the provisions and rules on COVID-19 in Madeira, and on the mandatory nature of the vaccine.

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