Madeira Island Transportation

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    Buses

    by sandysmith Updated Feb 18, 2007

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    Fuchal local bus

    Madeira has an efficient bus network. In Funchal a "Bilhete de 7 dias", gives unlimited travel on the local orange "Horarios de Funchal" buses. You'll need to show your passport when you buy the bus pass. It will take you to all the main sites, including the Monte palace Gardens, the Blandy's garden, the Botanical Gardens, the Eagle's Nest (with a 5 min walk) viewpoint over the Nun's valley, and much much more. Bus timetables and route planners available in the kiosk too. Very handy if your hotel is on one of those hills too!

    Other bus companies go to the west of the island called "Rodoeste" (red colour buses) and another goes to East part of Madeira (green colour buses).

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    Flying with a baby, toddler or young child?

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 2, 2007

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    Jeroen and a sleeping Iris in the plane.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris to Madeira by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.

    General:
    Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."

    Plane:
    If your child is big ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. Also let them eat candies, this helps the kids tremendously if they don't know how to pop their ears.

    Car:
    Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!

    Finally:
    We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.

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    Connection Porto Moniz - Funchal

    by pikuu Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    Funchal: the way from Santa Clara Convent

    The best road from Moniz to Funchal is via Seixal, Sao Vicente and next by motorway (almost from Ribeira Brava). BY CAR it should take no more than 1 hour (obviously using the 3 km Encumeada tunnel). If you are going through mountains add 30-40 minutes).

    Unfortunately there is really poor bus connection (september2006). The Rodoeste line has about 3-4 buses daily. First, give up from bus going along south coast via Calheta and Ponta do Pargo. The trip can last 3-4 hours.

    Second and the main challange is that the time of buses does not match the tourists' needs.
    Morning bus is starting to early (about 6.30 am), so you will miss the hotel breakfest. ANd next is to late (about 1 pm), so you are in Funchal about 2.30 pm and you lost the hours before noon.

    The last bus from Funchal is at 7 pm. The time of bus trip between Funchal and Moniz is different. Once 1 hour 15 min was enough. But it happened that the trip lasted 2.45. So reserve about 1.45 for bus Funchal - Moniz.

    Th Moniz bus stop is located near the police station (other stop is situated near the church) and in Funchal near the big balloon (Avenida do Mar). Be prepared that during the travel you will be change the bus. In Sao Vicente is the change-point for buses going to/from Sao Jorge and to/from Porto Moniz. Sometimes bus from Moniz takes the people from Sao Jorge, sometimes vice versa. The information about change you will hear from bus driver.

    The bus-stops (called 'paragem')are very common and don't be suprised when bus turns from the main road and goes 20 minutes to the stops surrounded by 2 old houses. ANd do not expect the timetables hanging in the bus shelters. About arrivals and departures ask (in Moniz) in tourist office (friendly and well-prepared girl is working there. thanx for help) and (in Funchal) in Rodoeste kiosk (green one located near the big balloon bus stop - English can be not enough to get info ;)

    The ticket PM - Funchal costs about 4 Euro.

    My Porto Moniz page

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    Car Rental

    by sunchasers Written Aug 25, 2006

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    Be very careful about which car rental company you use. We used an online car hire service that found the cheapest car rental on Madeira for the week we were to be there. The online service was fine, but the local car company left a bit to be desired. We ended up going through 3 different cars in 1 week because they kept giving us cars with tires that were on the verge of blowing out, had already been in accidents, etc. Locals recommend hiring through Rodavente rather than the competition. Our recommendation is to thoroughly check your car rental (especially the tires) before accepting it and to be rather demanding in order to get the safest possible car.

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    Cheapest, albeit slowest, way of getting around.

    by Jerelis Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    Our bustickets.

    The cheapest, albeit slowest, way of getting around Madeira is by bus. If you wish to tour on your own, you can make excursions on local buses, which go all over the island, at a fraction of the cost the tour companies charge, but you will miss the commentary of an organized tour, of course. A typical fare in Funchal is €.30.-; rides in the countryside can cost €3.60.-.

    Most buses depart from the large park at the eastern part of the Funchal waterfront bordering avenida do Mar. Buses to Camacha or Camiço leave from a little square at the eastern sector of rua da Alfândega, which runs parallel to avenida do Mar near the marketplace.

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    Take the bus.

    by Jerelis Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    Hikers waiting for the bus to arrive.

    Sometimes, only one bus a day runs to the most distant points. Some of the rides into the mountains can be quite bouncy and uncomfortable. There is no bus station in Funchal, but you can buy tickets for anywhere on the island at any of the newsstands in the center of Funchal. For information about schedules, go to the tourist office in Funchal.

    Most buses depart from the large park at the eastern part of the Funchal waterfront bordering avenida do Mar. Buses to Camacha or Camiço leave from a little square at the eastern sector of rua da Alfândega, which runs parallel to avenida do Mar near the marketplace.

    Although we had a rented car we took the liberty to take a bus for one day.

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    ‘Toboggan ride’

    by Jerelis Written Jul 13, 2006

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    Riders waiting for a new ride.

    This is one of the surprises Funchal had for us. Usually we are well prepared when we go on our journeys, but we never heared of the Toboggan ride before we arrived in Monte. We learned that originally it's a fast means of transport down to Funchal for people living in Monte, these toboggan sledges appeared around 1850.

    The fun thing is that they are still in use today, of course as a means to attrack tourists. Asking around learned us that they attract thousands of tourists every year who want to make this exciting experience of sliding at high speed on narrow, winding streets down to Funchal. These two-seater wicker baskets glide on wooden runners, pushed and steered by two men traditionally dressed in white cotton clothes and a straw hat, using their rubber-soled boots as brakes.

    They told us not to miss out on it, but we had our car parked on the hill in Monte and were there with the 3 of us. A bit difficult to arrange this downhill journey to Funchal which will be made in about 10 minutes on a total course of 2 km, reaching at times a speed of 48 km/hour. Adventurous, yet safe, an ‘old-fashioned’ toboggan ride to make your way down from Monte is the perfect contrast to the high-technology cable car going up to Monte.

    Directions:
    Find the Monte toboggans at the bottom of the stairs leading to the Nossa Senhora do Monte Church.

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    airport

    by quartinb Updated Nov 14, 2005

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    If landing in Madeira a few years ago was synonymous with 'dread' due to the size of the "mini" runway, nowadays you can sit relaxed while the pilot makes the final landing manoeuvres, due to a huge engenering construction. Madeira's new Intercontinental Airport, with a runway of 2.781 meters length, has given the Island a new image in this new millennium safe enough i assure yu,
    still, hands clapping is always heard on the plane when the landing finishes...

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    plane

    by quartinb Updated Nov 14, 2005

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    .
    being an island obviously the best way to get there is by plane,
    thou' cruise liners and other ships travels to the island everyday...
    from Lisbon one hour flight, is enough to be there and safely landed.

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    Helicopter Flights

    by AnaMargarida Written Jun 27, 2005

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    Picture from www.madeira-web.com

    Several sightseeing circuits are being operated everyday until sunset:

    Bay of Funchal – 10 minutes
    Curral das Freiras – 15 minutes
    Cabo Girão – 15 minutes
    East of Madeira – 30 minutes
    West of Madeira – 30 minutes
    Island Tour – 45 minutes

    A minimum of 4 persons (maximum of 5) and good weather conditions are required for take off.

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    Getting to Madeira by air

    by AnaMargarida Updated Jun 23, 2005

    "It is easy to fly to Madeira or Porto Santo. The daily flights between Lisbon and Funchal take 1 hr 25 min. It takes about 15 minutes to fly from one island to the other.
    There are two airports, Madeira International Airport and Porto Santo Airport. "

    Airport to city center (Funchal) by taxi cost about 25 euros, but you can take a aerobus for 4 euros (if you travel with TAP, it´s free)

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    Cable cars rides

    by AnaMargarida Written May 20, 2005

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    Achadas da Cruz, Porto Moniz

    In Madeira, we have 4 or 5 places where you can try cabins. The most important is in Funchal, and you can go at Monte (more or less 8 euros). In Achadas da Cruz (Porto Moniz) you can down at the sea (3 euros). In Santana you have another cabin and d in Cabo Girão and Fajã dos Padres (both of them in Câmara de Lobos).
    They offers great views of places bays and valleys.
    The Funchal station is in Campo Almirante Reis, in the old part of the city

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    Those yellow buses...

    by sailornappo Written Apr 17, 2005

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    Public transport

    Those yellow buses that look like schoolbuses are the main public transportation in Madeira. They run almost to different zones and are not expensive. A one -way ticket within Funchal is between Eu 1.30 to 1.80. They seem to stop every few hundred meters to pick passengers.

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    Buses everywhere

    by sailornappo Written Apr 17, 2005

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    Moving about in Madeira I decided AGAINST renting a car as driving can be a real challenge on the often steep, narrow and congested roads.
    There is a great Bus-system, and for EU 1.50 one can get almost anywhere around town, even to the top where the Botanical gardens are. Taxis are on every corner, easy to spot by their bright yellow colours. But, THEY are not always cheap.
    Having said this, walking is still a great way not to pass by some interesting sights.
    We met one couple who stayed in a hotel fairly high up in the mountain. Though only about 2 km away from the town center, it took them 4 hrs to walk there from their hotel.
    The roads ARE VERY winding, narrow and steep, be prepared.

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    Aerobus

    by bijo69 Written Feb 18, 2005

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    This is, besides taking a taxi, the most convienient way of getting from the airport to Funchal. Unfortunately it doesn't run very often, only about very two hours.
    The fare is 4 EUR, free if you've got a TAP boarding pass.

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