Favourite airline: Lufthansa
29 % of flights on the route Birmingham – Funchal are booked with Lufthansa.
Lufthansa
29 %
Jet2.com
10 %
KLM
10 %
Direct flights are the cheapest connection
Compared to direct flights, flights with a stopover on this route are on average 25 % more expensive.
non stop flight
1 stop
2 stops
03h 50min
24h 15min
18h 40min
£166
£427
£222
Favourite connection: via Frankfurt and Porto
On this flight route, flights with a stopover in Frankfurt and Porto are the most popular.
Route
bookings
2 stopovers Frankfurt-Main Porto
18h 40min, from £222
44 %
2 stopovers Milan-Malpensa Porto
15h 25min, from £351
33 %
Direct flights
03h 50min, from £166
22 %

Funchal, a pretty harbour and full of fun

Set in the hillsides of volcanic island Madeira in the Atlantic ocean, Funchal is green, pleasant and welcoming. The food is great and the people are friendly. It has a definite Latin feel and is a great winter sun destination. Many ships stop here before the long trek across the Atlantic to America, which give Funchal a romantic feel too.

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Funchal at its best

In February the Carnival in Funchal livens up the island and in April-May, there is the sugar cane harvest. Assumption Day is on the 15th of August with the "Nossa Senhora do Monte" procession and the end of August hosts a wine festival. The climate is mildly subtropical all year round with January temperatures at around 15°C, and August and September are warmest at around 23 degrees. Peak season is from June to November when the water temperature is around 20 degrees.

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Funchal facts

Portuguese is often spoken with a strong dialect on Madeira, but English is also widely spoken. The cost of living in Funchal generally is lower than in the UK and London especially with an inexpensive meal costing about 7€.

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Airport to Funchal

The Airport Santa Catarina is Funchal's airport. To get into Funchal take the Aerobus for approx. 8 EUR return or one-way for 5€. The public bus costs only around 3€ one way. The taxis are metered and there is a surcharge for weekends, nights and luggage. 3 star hotels on the island cost around 26€ per night, 4 stars are about 62€/night. A 7 day ticket is available for buses for about 22€. Many visitors hire a car to see the island, but be advised that roads are twisty and steep. Also, outside Funchal, petrol stations are sparsely placed. However, there's free wifi in major cities and some towns on Madeira.

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