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 much cheaper and will take about 17-25 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), 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 Airline List Page .  

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.

For information about the island’s marinas, click here .