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a VirtualTourist member from Moscow asked on Apr 24, 2013

Madeira Island

From airport to a hotel in the evening/night time

I'm trying to book a flight from Lisbon to Funchal with suitable time of landing and I have two options for flights: TAP which lands in Funchal at 00:55 or EasyJet - lands at 20:40. But in first case (with TAP) I miss bus and aerobus to Funchal from airport, and in the second case I have a very little chance to get last aerobus at 21:15 ([original link]. Usually, how long time it takes to get luggage of EasyJet Flights? And if I still miss all buses, what is appoximate price for a taxi to get Funchal in the night time?

10 Answers

answered on 4/24/13 by
a VT member from Manhattan Island

Never done it with easyjet, but the airport is pretty small. Typically there are no more than 2 or 3 (rush hour!) planes being charged/unloaded. I think you will end up with a taxi anyway, seen the lack of speed when handling whatever in this small airport. Other VTers will have to fill in for the price of taxi, as I usually rent a car in Madeira.
Enjoy your stay!

answered on 4/24/13 by
claus andersen from Denmark

A taxi should cost you around 30 euros if you agree on the price in advance and 35-40 if you go by meter.
Getting the 30 euros might be a little hard that time a day as they know you are screwed.
If you have any accomodation booked then try to get them to book you a taxi as they can usually sort out a cab for a decent price.
If you have no accomodation booked yet then you could take a hotel the first night in Machico right next to the airport.
It was the first capital of Madeira and is quite a nice little town and cabride to there will be less than 10 euros.

answered on 4/24/13 by
a VT member from La Gouesnière

TAP is the national airline, I would ask first if they don't run a shuttle to Funchal, otherwise Cachaseiro's advice for Machico is a good one.

answered on 4/24/13 by
claus andersen from Denmark

There is only the official shuttle bus from the airport.
I take these late planes myself fairly often for work and have to resort to taxis when that happens.

answered on 4/24/13 by
a VT member from Leuven

normally is enough time to get the bus,small airport,you are very quick outside.
othewise is also possible to stay in santa cruz about 1 km of the airport,
if the plane as retard you can also share a taxi with other passengers,
tap fly's about 4 times a day to funchal

answered on 4/24/13 by
a VT member from Moscow

Thank you All for your tips! I also thought about sharing a taxi with other passengers. Is it a normal practice? If so, hope it won't be considered as cheek or ignorance to ask...

answered on 4/24/13 by
claus andersen from Denmark

You can always ask fellow passengers.
What i fond on the flights between Lisbon and funchal though is that this is very often portguese people who come to the island to visit relatives or locals on the way home from aborad so they often have family picking them up at the airport.
But try and ask someone who does not look portuguese.

answered on 4/25/13 by
a VT member from Moscow

cachaseiro, thank you!

answered on 4/26/13 by
claus andersen from Denmark

Also be ware that you first have the city of Funchal and then after that is the Lido area where most of the hotels are.
So if you are sharing a cab then you should try to agree on where in funchal it is as it's a little more expensive going to the Lido area as it's further.

answered on 10/14/13 by
a VT member from Moscow

I just want to answer my own question. Well, I chose EasyJet with landing at 20:40. However it landed earlier in 20 minutes. Waiting time for the luggage was about 10min, and already at 20:45 I was on board of aerobus. I noticed that most flights in Funcal arrived earlier in 10-25 minutes of planned time.

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