Entry into Portugal and Madeira
Citizens from the European Community do not require a visa for entering Portugal.Portugal is also a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.
If you are unsure about any matter concerning your travel documents, please contact your travel agent or Portuguese Embassy/Consulate based in your hometown.
Charter flights to Madeira
Flights from the UK are available from the following airports: Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, East Midlands, Birmingham, Luton, Gatwick, Heathrow,Bristol, Exeter and Bournemouth as well as from Dublin. Charter Flights are usually on Monday.
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TAP Air Portugal
TAP fly direct from Gatwick on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. These dates are valid for January, February and March. Lowest prices are available on their website. Find the link to TAP on the left.
Transport from the Airport
If you don't have a package holiday arrangement here are some of the alternatives available to get to your final destination:
Car rental: There are several rent-a-car companies outside the airport arrival lounge. Look for the best offer! If you don't want to take the chance of not having a car when you arrive, book a car before you leave home.
Taxi: There will always be a friendly taxi driver at your disposal and glad to take you anywhere you want. The taxi rank is located outside the airport arrival lounge, just look for a yellow car with blue stripes and the sign 'TAXI' on top. For your comfort taxi transfer can also be organised before your arrival to Madeira. Please contact us for transfer arrangement.
Bus: The company responsible for bus transportation from the airport is SAM. After you leave the arrivals, follow the main road and keep on the right side. After approx. 100 meters you will find a bus stop. The ticket to Funchal is payable on board and only costs a few Euros.
Aerobus: Passengers arriving at Madeira can take an Aerobus which makes regular trips into town and stops throughout the main hotel areas. Ticket prices vary, but usually cost no more than €5. On your return from Funchal to the airport, the bus leaves from Avenida do Mar, directly in front of the TAP office.
Driving from the Airport
On exiting the airport take the motorway in direction to Funchal. Look carefully for the numbered exits plates on the motorway and leave on exit nº 13 indicating: Funchal (Boa Nova); Palheiro Ferreiro. Check your speed as the exit ramp is quite short and turn right following the sign indicating: Palheiro Ferreiro; Palheiro Golf. After the first bend take the first turning to your left following always the signs up the hill to Palheiro Golf. On entering Palheiro Estate you will see the sign indicating Casa Velha to your left. Another 500m and you are here. "Bon Voyage"