Favourite airline: British Airways
20 % of flights booked on the route from London to Funchal are booked with British Airways, easyJet and Jet2.com.
British Airways
9 %
easyJet
7 %
Jet2.com
4 %
Tip: book 4 weeks before departure
If booked 4 weeks before travel, flights cost only £104.00.
31 days before departure
Cheapest weekday: Wednesday
Flight tickets are cheapest on Wednesday when flights cost up to 36 % less.
Direct flights are the cheapest connection
Flights with a stopover are on average £13.00 more expensive than direct flights.
non stop flight
1 stop
2 stops
03h 45min
11h 10min
10h 30min
£95
£108
£139
Favourite connection: via Lisbon
The most popular flights on this route are via Lisbon and are booked by 30 % of all travellers.
Route
bookings
1 stopover Lisbon
15h 50min, from £117
30 %
Direct flights
03h 45min, from £95
23 %
2 stopovers Frankfurt-Main Lisbon
09h 25min, from £215
9 %

Madeira's charm

The capital of Madeira, Funchal, with its verdant mountainous backdrop, has wonderful architecture in the old town, where you can walk in the local market or the artistic Rua de Santa Maria with its painted doors and sculptures. Enjoy Madeira cake and wine and see the dolphins and whales all in one place!

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Best time for a holiday in Madeira

Madeira has a year round mild, subtropical climate, with lowest temperatures in January at about 15°C, rising to about 23° in August. The warmest period is August and September. June to November is the peak season for holidaymakers. The water temperature is more than 20°. In February it's Funchal Carnival time, with colourful processions. In April/May the sugar cane harvest is celebrated with presentations and food tastings. Assumption Day is on 15th August with the procession to "Nossa Senhora do Monte" Church, celebrating Madeira's patron saint. At the end of August there's the Wine Festival with wine-tastings and demonstrations.

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Tips for visiting Madeira

Portuguese with a strong Madeira dialect and English are widely spoken on the island. The cost of living in Funchal and Madeira is much lower than in London and the UK. A cheap meal costs about 7EUR. There's free wifi in major cities and some towns.

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Getting around Madeira

From Santa Catarina Airport take the Aerobus to the centre at about 8EUR return or 5€ for a single ticket. The local public bus is about 3€ one-way, taking a little longer. Taxis have meters, with surcharges at night and weekends, and for luggage. Accommodation-wise, 3 and 4 star hotels can cost about 26€ and 62€ per night respectively. For getting around in Madeira, 7 day bus tickets are available at around 22€. Many visitors rent a car. It's worth noting that roads can be steep and winding, and petrol stations are hard to find outside Funchal.

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