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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.
The aerobus costs €5 per person (€8 return). It runs from the airport right through Funchal to the beach at Praia Formosa, stopping various times within walking distance of most hotels in Funchal and the Lido area. The timetable can be found on their site. The same company also has service buses calling at the airport - they are not regular but may have a stop near your accommodation; fare (in 2016) is €3.35 one way and heaving cases on and off isn't so easy.
Taking a taxi on arrival will cost around €30 to €40, depending on the time of day. If you pre-book a licensed taxi or tourism taxi it might be cheaper. An online-booked private transfer between the Airport and Funchal city can be under €20 (1 to 4 people) one way but more typically between €23 and €28. A normal taxi might have problems carrying 4 persons + luggage, so ensure the vehicle booked is large enough.
Transfers can also be done in a shared minibus or bus, which may be marginally cheaper than a taxi, and you also get dropped off at the doorstep of your hotel, but may take longer because of the waiting time at the airport and because it makes several stops, but less than the aerobus.
To pre-book your transfer online, insert your flight details ( date, number, and time ), you'll get email confirmation, and they'll be waiting for you at Airport arrivals with a sign with your name on it.
These services will almost certainly be cheaper than what tour operators charge for transfers.
Look out for local companies in the web, as prebooking from northern European sites, the transfer cost will be split between the online company and the company which finally carries out the service!