When to find the cheapest flights to Funchal
Funchal guide: how to get there, what to see
|Funchal city centre|
|Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport (FNC): 9 mi from city centre|
Flights to Funchal: practical information
Cheap airlines to Funchal
Planning a trip to Madeira? Start your planning with cheap flights to Funchal, the island's main city. Funchal Airport (FNC) welcomes flights from London (Gatwick) with British Airways and TAP Air Portugal. For the cheapest flights to Funchal, stick to low cost airlines like easyJet and Monarch Airlines.
When to book flights to Funchal
Funchal is most popular in summer but the springtime and late summer/early fall are also exceedingly pleasant weather-wise and far less crowded. You'll also find cheaper flights in the shoulder seasons. Book your Funchal flights at least 3 months in advance.
- Peak season: Summer, half-term breaks.
- Low season: Winter is very quiet in Funchal.
Direct flights to Funchal takes 3 hours 50 minutes from London.
Experience Funchal: what to see, what to do
Funchal is arguably one of the prettiest cities in Portugal. The beaches are spectacular, the city street markets and plazas are charming and the weather is divine! Will you be spending your holidays in Funchal?
Essentials in Funchal
Jardins Do Palheiro: The public park around the Quinta do Palheiro is impressive. It features plants from all over the world, with blooms year-round. There are several parts to it, the Sunken Garden, French Garden, Ladies Garden, etc.
Mercado Dos Lavradores: Housed in a lovely historic building, this is the best market in Funchal. Local fruits are on sale here, fresh fish, cakes and pastries too. Taste the maracujas… they're delicious!
Funchal Cable Car: The best views of Funchal are from the cable car gondolas. At the top, visit Monte Palace gardens and the little church. Another cable car goes down from here, dropping you off at the Botanical Gardens.
Find more information on Visit Madeira.
Accommodations in Funchal
Looking for the cheapest hotels in Funchal? You'll find that prices in low season drop at least 30%. There are a few budget options but you'll find most hotels in Funchal in the mid-range in older houses, some with apartment-style accommodation.