How to get to Funchal

Funchal – the largest city and capital of Portugal's Autonomous Region of Madeira – is located in the north Atlantic Ocean, about 400km (250mi) north of Tenerife, Canary Islands, around 850km (528mi) southwest of Portugal, and 565km (351mi) west of the African coastline.

The island archipelago includes Madeira, Porto Santo, the Desertas, and the Savage Islands.

The most convenient route to Funchal is by air to Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo (FNC), commonly known as Madeira Airport or Funchal Airport, located in Santa Cruz about 13km (8mi) east-northeast of the capital, Funchal.

Funchal is also a favourite stopover of cruise liners. A ferry runs from Porto Santo to Funchal, taking 10 hours, daily.


Flight times to Funchal

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Madeira Airport (FNC), Funchal.

Within Portugal: TAP Portugal and easyJet offer convenient daily direct flights from Lisbon to Funchal. Binter Canarias offers direct flights between Madeira and Port Santo.

Lisbon to Funchal is 1 hr 45 min, direct flight
Porto Santo to Funchal is 25 min, direct flight


From United Kingdom: British Airways and easyJet offer the most convenient daily direct flights to Madeira Airport (FNC), Funchal.

London to Funchal is 3 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Manchester to Funchal is 4 hrs 5 min, direct flight


From France: Transavia France offers the most convenient direct flights from Paris Orly (ORY) to Madeira Airport (FNC), Funchal.

Paris to Funchal is 3 hr 40 min, direct flight


From Germany: Eurowings, Lufthansa, Conder Flugdienst, easyJet and TUIfly offer the most convenient flights to Funchal.

Berlin to Funchal is 4 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Dusseldorf to Funchal is 4 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Frankfurt to Funchal is 4 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Hamburg to Funchal is 4 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Munich to Funchal is 4 hrs 20 min, direct flight


From Ireland: Aer Lingus and TAP Portugal offer the most convenient flights to Funchal, Madeira.

Dublin to Funchal is 5 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ


From United States: TAP Portugal, SATA International, Iberia, Delta Air Lines, British Airlines and American Airlines offer the most convenient daily flights to Madeira Airport (FNC), Funchal.

New York to Funchal is 10 hrs 40 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Funchal is 12 hrs 11 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Funchal is 8 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Funchal is 11 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Funchal is 12 hrs 53 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Funchal is 14 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Funchal is 15 hrs 24 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: SATA International, Air Canada, Air Transat, TAP Portugal and British Airways offer the most convenient daily flights to Madeira Airport (FNC), Funchal.

Montreal to Funchal is 9 hrs 50 min, direct flight

Toronto to Funchal is 9 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Funchal is 14 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qatar Airways, TAP Portugal, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, British Airways and Lufthansa offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Madeira Airport (FNC), Funchal.

Adelaide to Funchal is 25 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Funchal is 27 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Funchal is 26 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Funchal is 26 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Funchal is 23 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Qatar Airways offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Madeira Airport (FNC), Funchal.

Auckland to Funchal is 29 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and TAP Portugal offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Madeira Airport (FNC), Funchal.

Singapore to Funchal is 18 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo (FNC), also known as Madeira Airport or Funchal Airport, is located about 13km (8mi) east-northeast of the capital, Funchal.

Public buses serve incoming and outgoing flights stopping at several places in the city centre, taking around 26 minutes. Taxis are available and can take you anywhere on the island.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.


Getting around

Apart from walking, taxis, buses and hire cars are all available to explore Funchal.


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Latest update: How to get to Funchal: 25 April, 2022



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