Airports in Madeira
Madeira Airport has several names: it used to be called Santa Catarina Airport, and is locally known as Funchal Airport. Located eight miles (13km) from the city of Funchal, Madeira Airport is a small but busy facility processing more than two million passengers each year.
Considered one of the most unique airports in the world, Madeira Airport is equipped with a runway that extends out over the ocean, supported by 18 columns 230 feet (70m) tall. The structure has won several engineering awards, and has appeared on the History Channel programme Most Extreme Airports.
The airport itself consists of a single terminal, mostly underground. There are a good selection of shops selling local souvenirs, including excellent Madeira wine and traditional cakes; however there are only a few coffee shops and one sit-down restaurant to choose from when you get hungry.
The primary gateway to the island resorts of Portugal, flights to Madeira Airport come in from cities around Europe, including destinations like London, Paris, Oslo, Moscow, Amsterdam, Milan, Glasgow, Helsinki and Vienna; 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
Buses are available to Funchal and Machico from 7:25am to 9:20pm on weekdays, 7:50am to 8:20pm on Saturdays, and 8am to 9:30pm on Sundays; tickets are €3.50. The Aerobus runs approximately once per hour between 9:30am and 9:15pm; one-way tickets are €5 and round-trip tickets are €7.50.
GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Funchal Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.
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