|Popular in||August||High demand for flights, 38% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||November||Best time to find cheap flights, 7% potential price drop|
|Average price||£242||Average for round-trip flights in July 2022|
|Round-trip from||£29||From London to Funchal Madeira|
Information is based on travel restrictions from United Kingdom to Funchal Madeira
Most visitors from United Kingdom can enter Funchal Madeira without restrictions.
COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Funchal Madeira.
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to quarantine after entering Funchal Madeira.
Returning to United Kingdom from Funchal Madeira
COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Funchal Madeira are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering United Kingdom.
Visitors from Funchal Madeira are not required to quarantine after entering United Kingdom.
LON - FNC
£100 - £389
19 - 26 °C
5 - 134 mm
The months of April through to September are the best times to take a flight to Funchal. The weather is at its finest during this period and the abundant local flowers are in full bloom. Every April, the city plays host to the famous Madeira Flower Festival, where the streets burst into life with colourful carnival floats and dancers.
Carnival in Funchal is another must-see event with two parades, colourful costumes and samba dancers. The city is flooded with crowds of revellers, live music and carnival joy. Be aware that this is the busiest time in the city and hotels fill up quite quickly so make sure you book well in advance to secure not only cheap flights to Funchal but great deals on hotels as well.
November, January and February is when you can find the cheapest flights to Funchal. This is the rainy season here, so be prepared for a number of downpours, sometimes torrential.
Once your flight to Funchal lands you will find dramatic mountain scenery providing a stunning backdrop, Funchal is one of Europe’s most picturesque cities. The capital of the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira, Funchal is renowned for its relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and abundance of world-class eating establishments. Indeed, the city’s burgeoning social scene has come to the fore in recent years, with upscale restaurants, chic bars and vibrant clubs bringing a cosmopolitan touch to the streets once the sun goes down.
During the day, Funchal offers relaxation and activity in equal measure, all under the cover of a cloudless blue sky. Stretching out on one of the four black sand beaches located in the area is a popular pastime here. For those who like to be a little more active, there are plenty of water sports such as surfing and diving on offer, in addition to opportunities to swim with dolphins or spend the day at sea in the company of the local whales.
The island of Madeira itself is justly famous for its lush, verdant landscape and the stunning array of flowers which bring glorious colour to the overall scenic vista. Funchal plays its part in Madeira’s scenic splendour, its many magnificent gardens providing the perfect surroundings in which to enjoy a relaxing stroll in the afternoon sun, before enjoying a drink outside one of the cafes which line the cobbled streets of the old town.
The compact nature of Funchal makes it easy to get around the city centre on foot. Most of the buses which operate in the city leave from the waterfront area. Tickets can be purchased on board the bus or, alternatively, travel cards can be obtained from the main transport office. There are a large number of taxis operating within the city, charging quite favourable fares in comparison to some other European cities.
The airport which serves flights to Funchal, Madeira Airport (FNC) is located in the suburb of Santa Cruz, just over 8 miles (13 km) from the city centre. Travelling from the airport by road, the city can be reached via the ER101 highway which runs along the coast. A regular bus service links the two locations, in addition to plentiful taxis and personal shuttle services which can be booked in advance.
Informally referred to as Funchal Airport and once known as Santa Catarina Airport, Madeira Airport is one of the most unique airports in the world. Once infamous for its short runway (mountains on one side and ocean on the other), its extended runway is now supported by 180 columns each 70m (230ft) high, extending out over the Atlantic.
The airport offers connections to 45 cities around the world and can handle 3.5 million visitors each year. Madeira Airport is perfectly situated as the gateway to Portugal’s vibrant island life.
Madeira Airport provides travellers with a host of services to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable arrival to (or departure from) the island. And it’s not just the runways that were ingeniously conceptualised; its single terminal is mostly underground. It has 40 check-in counters, 16 boarding gates and seven baggage belts. There are no air bridges, but passengers can simply stroll to the terminal once they’ve disembarked or catch one of the free bus shuttles.
Travellers will need to book flights to Madeira (FNC) if they wish to fly to Funchal. The Funchal airport is 9.0 mi from the city centre.