There are a few options for public transportation on the island of Madeira, which include taxis and buses.

            Taxis are available in the major cities and tourist areas throughout Madeira.  They can be recognized by their blue stripes and yellow color (see picture ).  Catching a taxi is generally easy. There are plenty driving around the busy streets, which will stop when signaled by pedestrians.  Catching a taxi at the airport is never a problem, but if you prebook  your madeira airport transfers it works out much cheaper , and there are many taxi ranks (stands) around the city.  Hotels and Restaurants will be happy to arrange for a pickup.  Fares in the city are set by the government, and based on either destinations (a list of which can be found on the back seats), or distance meters.  Fares outside of the city are generally based by the kilometer.  Any time that the meter is not turned on, make sure to agree on a price before beginning a journey.  Don’t be afraid to bargain. 

            Buses on the island are reliable and affordable.  Their downfall is that certain routes are only traveled once a day.  There are three main companies that offer services around the island, and all three make stops in Funchal (the island’s capital and major city).  Current, detailed information about routes , fares and timetables can be obtained at most hotels, and in all bus stations.