Madeira Airport

Aeroporto Internacional da Madeira Cristiano Ronaldo

  Don't be afraid of the Funchal airport runway!

Funchal Airport is a showcase project for the island and the region. The first runway on the island of Madeira opened in 1964, but was too short for many modern aircraft. After an extensive renovation, the new Funchal Airport now has a runway of 2,781 meters and offers all medium-haul aircraft classes sufficient space for take-off and landing. This meant that the airport's capacity increased continuously to 3.5 million passengers per year. The new airport in Madeira is an important economic factor for the island and the region because it connects Madeira with the rest of the world and thus enables tourism on the island to continue to grow. The alternative airport for Funchal Airport (in case of very bad weather and wind conditions) is Porto Santo Airport , only 50 km away as the crow flies. 

Location of the airport Madeira
Location of the airport Madeira

Madeira Airport: Extended runway on concrete supports
Madeira Airport: Extended runway on concrete supports

Mountain road in Madeira

Madeira airports

There are two airports in the Madeira region : the airport in Funchal and the airport on the nearby island of Porto Santo . It is approximately 60 km away. Both airports in the Madeira region are regularly served by European airlines, with Funchal airport being the larger of the two. If the airport in Funchal cannot be flown to due to poor weather conditions, the aircraft will be diverted to Porto Santo.

The location of Madeira Airport

Madeira Airport is approximately 20 km from the capital Funchal

Arrival and departure - Madeira Airport

Aerobus am Flughaen Madeira
Aerobus am Flughaen Madeira

Transfer to Madeira Airport by Aerobus

The Aerobus from the SAM bus company is a cheap and comfortable way to get from Funchal to the airport. The bus runs every hour and costs 5 euros each way (return 8 euros).

The bus starts at Praia Formosa, then travels along the coastal road to the port or center of Funchal and then along the highway to the airport. Then it goes in reverse order from the airport back to Praia Formosa. The journey takes approx. 1 hour.

Aerobus Funchal - Route
Aerobus Funchal - Route

Madeira airport transfer by taxi

At Madeira Airport there is a taxi rank in the arrivals area on floor 0.

Prices to Funchal: Regardless of the destination, the journey from the airport starts with a basic price of €4.00, with a 20% surcharge for journeys between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. An additional fee of €1.50 is also charged for the transport of luggage or animals.

Price: In total you have to expect travel costs of around 25 euros from the airport to Funchal.

Car rental at Madeira Airport

The following car rental companies have offices at Madeira Airport:

  • Telephone contacts for car rental companies

    • Avis Budget - +351 291 524 392
    • Europcar - +351 291 524 633
    • Goldcar - +351 291 523 689
    • Guerin - +351 291 522 248
    • Hertz - +351 219 426 300
    • Madeira Rent - +351 291 523 355
    • Rodavante - +351 291 524 718
    • Sixt -+351 255 788 199

Services at Madeira Airport

Madeira Airport offers various useful services including information desks, travel agencies, car rental counters, automated teller machines (ATM), currency exchange and more.

Madeira Airport also offers free WiFi service.

Abflughalle Flughafen Madeira
Abflughalle Flughafen Madeira

Luggage storage at Madeira Airport

Luggage storage is the perfect solution for anyone who has to carry a lot of luggage. If you have time to visit Funchal but have too much luggage - for example bikes, surfboards or multiple bags per passenger - don't worry. Leave luggage in the airport luggage storage for as long as you need it. Simply contact an information desk and make a reservation.

Luggage Storage Location: Before Security - Floor 0

Porto da Cruz in Madeira

Hotels near Madeira Airport

Due to the airport's proximity to the capital Funchal (approx. 25 km), it is actually easily possible to drive to the airport from most hotels at any time of the day or night . There are also several hotels in the immediate vicinity of the airport. For an overview click on the >>> button