One of the big questions tourists have when arriving in Madeira, is how to get to their hotel from the airport. There are a few choices, when it comes to transfers.

There is a aerobus that you can use it costs € 5 per person. It wont drop you at the door step of your hotel but it stops within walking distance of most hotels that are found in Funchal and the Lido area. The timetable can be found on this site.

Taking a taxi is ofcourse another option. Although taking a taxi the nomal way can be quite expensive, if you pre-book it it works out to be, quite a lot cheaper.pre-book  and the advantage here is ofcourse that you will have someone waiting for you when you arrive and the price is already preset.

Transfers can also be done in private minibuses or buses, which work out cheaper then a taxi and you also get dropped off at the doorstep of your hotel. The advantage here is that even if you have booked your flights with any foreign operator, you can still use this service which works out a lot cheaper than what the tour operators charge for transfers.

You'll need to pre-book your transfer online, insert your flight details ( date, number, and time ), and they'll be waiting for you at the Airport with a sign with your name on it. There are private transfer companies, they'll take you directly from the Airport to your destination with no extra stops, ( if you choose to use the Bus, you'll have multiples stops, and probably you'll have to walk from the bus stop to your Hotel ).

The price for a private transfer between the Airport and Funchal city varies between 23€ ( 1 to 3 people ), and 35€ ( 4-5 to people ) one way.

Please, be aware that low cost transfers can mean you are carried in a low quality minibus or car with safety shortcomings like flat tires and deficient breaks.

"Low cost" at first sight means you save money - at the end - the spiral of the low income of those companies lead to low safety, low salaries, even to bankrupcy and a lack of quality for the destination Madeira.

 It's advisable to check to whom you are finally trusting your lives to. Sometimes a few more Euros can make a huge difference in service, safety and quality.