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Funchal, Madeira Island  
travelling_10.jpgMadeira island is one of Europe's most beautiful travel locations with many thousands of tourists returning year after year.

Madeira offers not only an all year-round summer climate and wonderful fauna and flora - Madeira is also virtually crime free and one of the safest holiday destinations in the world!
From wonderful parks and gardens with exotic flowers to seascapes with blue ocean, and towering cliffs to rustic villages in quiet valleys to seriously good views and sheer mountains.
Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan, rejuvenated city, well known for its many top class restaurants, stunning new 4 & 5 star hotels and warm all year-round climate and of course its most famous export, world class footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
The city itself is nestled in a great natural amphitheatre, facing the blue Atlantic with a backdrop of dramatic mountains. Located in the stunning south of Madeira, on its sunniest coast amidst banana plantations and wonderful gardens where flowers bloom all year round in the shelter of the verdant mountains, it is an extremely lush, green and relaxed city by day but scratch Funchal’s surface and you will find it to have a vibrant and varied nightlife scene with multiple personalities. 
Funchal’s history goes back over 5 centuries when early Portuguese settlers colonised the coast of a bright and sunny bay where fennel (funcho) grew in abundance, giving its name to the new town of Funchal. Over the years, the population grew, with international trade attracting the attention of all of Europe. 

Madeira International Airport in Santa Cruz is the main gateway to the region and is used regularly by the main European airlines.

It takes around 1hr 30 min to fly from Madeira to any of the Portuguese airports and a little over three hours approximately, to get to some of the main airports in the centre of Europe.

To check the most convenient flights, you can see the flights arriving to Madeira International Airport.

How to get from the airport to Funchal

The Aerobus departs from the Arrivals area towards Funchal City center, with stops near several hotels for your convenience. And if your flight is delayed, the Aerobus will wait for you, for up to a maximum of one hour. The trip takes around 30 minutes. Prices: One way ticket - 5€; Round Trip - 8€.
Check the aerobus schedule here.

You can also take a taxi to Funchal city center (where most of the hotels are located), and the trip is around 30-35€ (click the image).

With the exception of 25 December, there are several buses available to various destinations on the island. Get to know the routes and choose what suits you best (Price: Airport - Funchal 3.35€). Schedules:


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