How To Get Around in Madeira Island: Inside Tips Guide

Finding Your Way Around Madeira Island


Getting around on Madeira Island is a breeze with its well-connected network of roads, buses, and taxis. Whether you prefer to take in the scenic views along the coastline or explore the charming towns and villages inland, Madeira Island promises an unforgettable journey. So, hop on board and discover the beauty of Madeira Island today!


On-the-Ground Transportation 



The best way to freely explore Madeira at your own pace is to rent a car. Choose from a manual or an automatic car and hit the road in Madeira or Porto Santo. To avoid long lines and ensure that you get your preferred vehicle, we highly recommend booking your rental car in advance of your trip.

Pro tip: Madeira Island is extremely steep and hilly, and punctuated by long tunnels running through the mountainsides. Be sure to keep these factors in mind when deciding on your rental car. 


Explore the incredible sights and sounds of Madeira Island with ease - rent a car for your next journey!


Cable Cars

Get a panoramic perspective over Madeira Island and appreciate its beauty from above with a cable car ride. This is a fun way to see the island landscapes or even just a convenient way to get from one point to another without climbing any hills. Enjoy a beautiful perspective from high above the city of Funchal, Fajã dos Padres, Cabo Girão, Madeira Botanical Gardens and so many other attractions from the comfort of a cable car. 


Take a thrilling journey through the beauty of Madeira Island on its famous cable car

Guided Tours 

Portugal Getaways partners with some of the best tour operators in Madeira that will show you the island’s can’t-miss spots and share their insider knowledge and local expertise with you on your guided tour. 


Come explore the breathtaking beauty of Madeira Island on a guided tour!

If you have fallen in love with Madeira, take a look at our hassle-free packages that allow you to plan your dream trip to this beautiful destination. Our team of local experts has thoughtfully designed all our packages, ensuring that you don't have to worry about any arrangements. Simply sit back, unwind, and make the most of your vacation!



Tourist Buses 

Explore Madeira from atop a double-decker tour bus!  Buy your ticket and get an incredible bird’s eye view while your bus guide gives an explanation of the city's history and major attractions. 


From breathtaking views to amazing culture and history, you're sure to be captivated by Madeira's unique charm

Segways & Tuk-Tuks

Explore the majestic avenues and enchanting streets of Funchal like never before! Hop on a thrilling segway tour to experience exciting sites and sensational views. For an even more intimate adventure, take a tuk-tuk ride around town with your very own guide and get ready for memories that will last forever!



Explore the beauty of Madeira, Portugal in an exciting new way with a thrilling segway tour! 



Although taxis are widely available both in Madeira and Porto Santo, they are not the most practical way to get around the islands. Taxis charge by the kilometer and tack on an additional fee for tax and heavy luggage. They are the most convenient way to get from the airport to your accommodation, but we suggest other alternatives when it comes to exploring the destination.


Embark on an unforgettable journey of Madeira Island by taking a taxi ride


Porto Santo is practically begging to be explored by bicycle! Hit the trails or just take a leisurely ride to the beach. There are plenty of bike rental companies on the island.

Indulge in the beauty of Madeira Island and explore its winding roads by bike

Inter-Island Flights 

Inter-island flights run between Madeira and Porto Santo on a daily basis via the air company Binter Canarias. With a short 25-minute flight, you can easily island hop and choose where you want to be: in a nature destination or in a beach paradise. 


Embark on a memorable journey from beautiful Madeira to the stunning Porto Santo

Inter-Island Ferries

Visitors can hop on the “Lobo Marinho” ferry, operated by Porto Santo Line, to travel between the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo by sea. The connection is daily (except on Tuesdays from October to June) and takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. For more information about transporting vehicles or oversized luggage, visit the company’s website,


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If you're eager to explore Madeira Island at your own pace, we have the perfect solution for you. Our team of specialists will collaborate with you to create a personalized trip that caters to your preferences and budget. Whether you wish to savor the delicious local cuisine, delve into the historic towns, or bask in the sunshine on magnificent beaches, our tailor-made packages provide the flexibility and autonomy to uncover the wonders of Madeira Island at your own rhythm. So, don't hesitate! Get in touch with us now and let us assist you in planning an unforgettable trip to Madeira Island!




Experience breathtaking views as you explore the stunning cityscape of Funchal

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