Ports of Call
- Port of Lisbon
Named after one of the island's favourite footballing sons, the Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport is a small but busy facility. Processing just under three million passengers a year, it is the primary gateway and thoroughfare to the other island resorts of Portugal.
It is considered one of the most unique airports in the world, wedged between mountains and equipped with a runway that extends out over the Atlantic Ocean. 230 feet (70m) tall and supported by 18 columns, it is one of the trickiest landings for even the most experienced pilots.
Located eight miles (13km) from the city of Funchal, it underwent modernisation efforts in 2016. While still retaining the single terminal, it has since introduced a brand new shopping area with a good selection of outlets selling local souvenirs, including excellent Madeira wine and traditional cakes.
Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport also has a few restaurants and cafés. A hub for visitors across Europe and the world, it regularly welcomes flights from destinations like London, Paris, Oslo, Moscow, Amsterdam, Milan, Glasgow, Helsinki and Vienna. However, many routes are seasonal however, operating only during peak summer months.
The airport is located eight miles (13km) from the city of Funchal.
Getting to the city
The Aerobus travels between the airport and Funchal at €5 per adult ticket. Children will be charged €2.50. Schedules may change so it is advisable to look up timetables before organising your journey.
Buses are available every day with routes that reach across the island. Research these routes for times and destinations. Each ticket will cost €3.35.
The taxi rank at Madeira Airport is on the ground floor outside the arrivals gate.
GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Car rental companies operating out of Madeira Airport include Avis-Budget, Europcar, Goldcar, Guerin, Hertz, Rodavante, Sixt and Madeira Rent.
All parking lots at Madeira Airport have access to pedestrian routes leading to the terminal. Prices begin at €0.40 per 15 minutes and €18 per day. These may change depending on location, length of parking and proximity to terminal. A loss of receipt will incur cost of €65.
Both the Europa Lounge and the Atlântico Lounge ensure a wait of ease and comfort. Passengers have access to free wife, TV, computers as well as snacks and refreshments.
The TAP Lounge is an exclusive space used only by TAP customers.
Madeira Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.