Travelling to Madeira and Porto Santo

Madeira wedding

Travelling by Air

There are lots of direct flights to Funchal, on the main island of Madeira, making it a great destination for your wedding abroad. Here are the busiest routes, but some can be seasonal to check your dates:

  • Lisbon
  • London
  • Porto
  • Manchester
  • Porto Santo
  • Amsterdam
  • Paris
  • Helsinki
  • Bristol
  • Dusseldorf

Funchal airport is well facilitated with good links to car hire and airport transfers.  There is a taxi rank just out side the airport and also a bus that takes you into the centre of Funchal.  

The island of Porto Santo is much smaller and so is the airport.  In fact the runway of the airport spans the width of the island from north to south.  There are some seasonal flights from Manchester, Birmingham and London and more regular direct flights from Funchal and Lisbon.  One option is to fly to Madeira, spend some days exploring the island before venturing over to Porto Santo.  From Madeira, you can either take the very short flight over to Porto Santo or take a cruise on the ferry.

Travelling by Sea

Currently there are no ferries travelling from mainland Portugal to Madeira or Porto Santo even though a lot of cruise ships stop in Madeira during their cruise. However, watch this space as there is talk of starting a ferry between Lisbon and Funchal.

There is however a ferry between Madeira and Porto Santo.  It is an enjoyable sail taking 2 1/2 hours and you can take your hire car too. There is lots to do on the ferry, with restaurants, kids areas and even a cinema. But the most popular past time for the journey is to admire the view and try and spot some dolphins.