Getting to the Portuguese island of Madeira can be done by either plane or boat.  Both options offer benefits as well as drawbacks when compared to the other.

Those choosing to fly to the island will land at the Madeira International Airport, which is just outside of Santa Cruz, located about ten miles northeast of Funchal (the capital city).  A taxi into Funchal will cost around 25-30 Euros but if you prebook it works out very confortably and will take about 20-25 minutes depending on traffic.  The airlines flying into this airport have regular routes servicing domestic locations such as Lisbon and Porto, and major cities in Spain, the UK (via Tap and EasyJet and Transavia), France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.  For those traveling to or from other locations than those mentioned, segmented flights will be required.  For information about the major airlines flying in and out of the Madeira airport, visit the Daily Arrival Listing, Arrivals for the the UK charters are mainly on Mondays; but Easyjet, British Airways, Monarch and Norwegian Airlines offer you direct flights throughout the week. The German charters arrive on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. From Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria and Poland there are direct connections, too.

There are four main harbors around the island of Madeira, which welcome vessels of any size. The port at Funchal is the island’s largest and most frequented.  Its bay location is absolutely stunning.  Today it is used as an important stopover point for ships traveling between America and Europe.  Other harbors around the island are located at Seixal (northern side of the island), Machico (on the east side), and the Canical Commercial Port (located on the east coast).  For more information, check out Madeira Harbors.