How to Reach Funchal - The Easiest Way to Reach Funchal


Funchal is the capital and main city of Madeira, on the island of Madeira, situated between Santa Cruz and Camara de Lobos cities.

By Air:

  • Funchal Airport (IATA: FNC) is in nearby Santa Cruz, sometimes known as Madeira international/Santa Catarina/Funchal.
  • There are several daily flights from most major cities in Portugal (Lisbon, Porto).
  • Flight to Funchal time from Lisbon is 1 1/2 hours.
  • Also, there are good connections from London (mostly Gatwick) (LGW).
  • TAP/ Air Portugal (TP) and British Airways (BA); its flying time is estimated at 3 1/2 hours.
  • Note that some smaller car rental companies operate from sites near but not at the airport, and provide transport between terminal and depot.

By Car:

  • Funchal is served by highway ER101 which runs along the coast.
  • Take exit 11 by car to get to the city centre and head downhill towards Funchal.
  • Continue on this road ER103 until you pass an overpass.
  • Immediately on the right is a large parking garage, park the car and walk for a few minutes till you reach Mercado Dos Lavradores.
  • The car park is closed on Sundays.

By Bus:

  • The city centre is small to explore on foot.
  • Orange city bus take you around and up to Monte- lines 20, 21.
  • Buy a Giro card from the office for 2, 20 Euro and it is preloaded with two journeys.
  • It can be topped up with additional journeys for an additional 1, 50 Euros.
  • Pay the bus driver 1, 90 Euro for a ride.
  • Most city buses start from the water front area.
  • Buy a bus timetable for the local and regional busses starting at Funchal. Maps are also available.
  • Bus A 7 a day tour bus valid on all Funchal City routes, 21. 85 Euro.
  • There are six bus companies operating various routes and you can check the website for additional information.

By Boat: 

  • Cruise ships port here.
  • There is a car ferry service between Porto Santo and Madeira,two hours one way.


Funchal is a small place so getting around to the things to do is not difficult, by foot or by local bus. Renting a car is a great way to see the island. All European rules apply in Madeira. Roads outside Funchal cab be windy and steep and petrol stations rare. Renting via internet is usually cheaper than walking- in – itinerary planners with budgeting functions should be able to work that in.

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Modes of Transportation in Funchal

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Funchal. The most preferred mode of transport in Funchal is Walking.

Average distance: 16 km Average time: 44 min

  • Walking 50%
    Walking 55 min Driving 20 min Overall average time for 20 kms 75 min
  • Car 50%
    Driving 13 min Overall average time for 12 kms 13 min

How to Reach Funchal from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Lisbon to Funchal 1085.13 km 18 hours 5 mins
Alverca do ribatejo to Funchal 1105.81 km 18 hours 25 mins
Caldas da rainha to Funchal 1131.7 km 18 hours 51 mins
Coimbra to Funchal 1249.61 km 20 hours 49 mins
Porto to Funchal 1302.2 km 21 hours 42 mins
Palma de mallorca to Funchal 2303.34 km 38 hours 23 mins
Swansea to Funchal 2520.15 km 42 hours 23 mins
Yeovil to Funchal 2550.41 km 42 hours 30 mins
Winchester to Funchal 2656.35 km 44 hours 16 mins
Lancing to Funchal 2711.66 km 45 hours 11 mins
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