Madeira Airport Guide (FNC)
Madeira Airport is located in the town of Santa Cruz, 16km (10 miles) to the northeast of the island’s capital, Funchal.
Also known as Funchal Airport, Madeira Airport is the main airport for the Portuguese island of Madeira. In our Madeira Airport guide, you’ll find useful information on airport facilities, transportation and nearby hotels.
Madeira Airport's information desk (tel: 291 520 700) is situated on the first floor (level 1), while the tourist office (tel: 291 524 933) is located on the ground floor (level 0).
The main road to Madeira Airport is the Via Rápida (R101). The drive along this route from the centre of Funchal to the airport (heading northeast) takes around 15 minutes.
Bus: SAM (tel: 291 201 151; www.sam.pt) buses run hourly (with some variations during the day) between Madeira Airport and Funchal city centre. The journey time on the regular bus service is about 25 minutes, and the fare is €3.25. The Airport Express bus to Praia Formosa takes 45 minutes and costs €5.
Taxi: Taxis can be hailed outside Arrivals. Taxis are metered, and a minimum fare of €4 is in place from the airport. For more information, contact AITRAM Táxi (tel: 291 765 760).
Wireless internet access is available in certain ‘hotspot’ areas of the terminal building; the first 30 minutes are free of charge. Public telephones are located at various points. A post office is located on level 1.
Madeira Airport has quite a large shopping area. There are regional handicraft and flower shops, as well as news stands in the public areas on the ground and first floors. In the departure area, Madeira embroidery and handmade leather products can be picked up, alongside the usual mix of duty-free items and souvenirs.
A left-luggage facility is located on the ground floor. The police station (tel: (291) 520 889), which is located near the terminal, deals with queries about lost and found items.
Madeira Airport has two VIP rooms: one on the ground floor and another on the first floor. Extensive meeting and conference facilities are available at the Vila Galé Santa Cruz Hotel (tel: 291 529 000; www.vilagale.pt), which is just 3km (2 miles) away in Santa Cruz.
Car parks 0 and 1 are located opposite the terminal; the former only offers short-term rates, while the latter is also available for long-term options. Car parks 5, 6 and 7 are a little further from the terminal, and offer both short- and long-term parking.
There is a good selection of car hire providers at Madeira Airport. These include: Avis, Guerin, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Rodavante.