Flights from the United Kingdom to Madeira Islands, Portugal range from about 4h-13h. Your flight will be on the shorter end of the spectrum if you’re flying out of London, from which you can enjoy direct and short layover flights alike. If you’re flying from as far north as northern England or from Scotland, your flight will likely be on the longer end of the range, due to both geographical location and the lack of direct flight routes.
You can enjoy direct flights to Madeira Islands from London Gatwick Airport via easyJet and British Airways, with several direct flights available daily. From other parts of the UK, including Manchester, Bristol, and Edinburgh, you can choose from several daily flight options with just one stop to Madeira Islands. If your flight does have stopovers along the way, these will likely occur in cities including London, Bristol, Dublin, Lisbon, and/or Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
When you travel to Madeira Island, you’ll fly in via Madeira Airport, also known as Funchal Airport (FNC). Funchal is the island chain’s only city, with holidaymakers generally staying here, or in other popular spots like Porto da Cruz and Machico. Madeira Airport is about 17km from Funchal city centre, and can easily be reached by bus, which will take about 30 minutes and cost about £4.50. To Porto da Cruz city centre from Madeira Airport, it’s about 14 km, and you can get there via taxi for about £56 and about a 20-minute ride. From the airport to Machico, the most popular form of transport is also by taxi, with the 15-minute, 7km ride costing you about £16.80.
Madeira Islands are known for its superb weather, beautiful scenery, and exciting attractions. If you’re staying in Funchal or plan on spending a day there, be sure to visit Monte Palace Tropical Garden to explore Buddhist temples, gorgeous flowers and trees, and unique works of art, all in one massive outdoor space. Santiago Fortress, in the Funchal Historic Centre, is a still-standing fortress erected in the early 17th century to protect the city from pirates. If you’re visiting Porto da Cruz, be sure to spend time at its numerous golden sand beaches, a perfect way to unwind whilst on holiday. Golfers will rejoice when they encounter Santo da Serra Golf Club in Machico, a stunning 27-hole range overlooking the bay. From Machico you can also take whale and dolphin watching cruises for an experience you’ll never forget.
British citizens travelling to Madeira Islands, Portugal need a valid passport to fly into the country but do not require a visa for their journey.