Update with new content, March 10, 2022
On the tail end of the pandemic, we see airlines quickly picking up where they left off in 2019. The number of flights has increased and now exceed the connections we used to have before the nasty covid period.
Madeira has dropped all travel restrictions, and the covid measures that are still in place are almost rudimentary. The page about them has shrunk considerably, but it will remain in place as long as there are any covid measures that still apply.
This page is, as someone commented, a living and morphing thing. And so it should be, and that goes for any web page. Things change and new information becomes available. I’d like to express a huge Thank You to all those who have commented. In uncertain covid times these helped many to find their way in the labyrinth of changing flights and conditions. Now that we are more or less back on track I have removed all the old comments as they belonged to those days and are no longer relevant.
New comments are, as always, more than welcome. If you have any extra information, or if you see things that need correction, do not hesitate and leave your comment at the bottom of the page. All questions will be answered, too. We don’t know everything, but we have a lot of sources of information so we may be able to find out what we don’t know!
information per country or per airport: jump to where you want to go!
I have tried to separate flight information per airport. To make it easier for you to find what you are looking for, you can now jump to the section you need by clicking on the links here: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Scotland, Newcastle, Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, at present the British airports with direct links to Madeira scheduled. Or you can jump to the sections for the USA, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Scandinavia and Finland, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Romania, Italy and Spain.
New in 2022 is the Ryanair line from Stansted with daily flights to Madeira. Jet2.com also flies from Stansted, usually on Mondays and Fridays. From Heathrow, British Airways have daily flights to Funchal again. From Gatwick, EasyJet has daily flights to Madeira. The Hungarian carrier WizzAir advertises flights from Gatwick on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from Luton on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well.
Jet2 has scheduled 2 weekly flights, usually on Mondays and Fridays, in April, November and December sometimes on Saturdays, too. Ryanair now has flights to Madeira on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tui Airways also flies from Manchester on Mondays and Fridays.
Jet2.com and Tui Airways both have two weekly flights from Birmingham, on Monday and Friday.
From both Edinburgh and Glasgow, Jet2.com have weekly flights on Monday.
From Newcastle, Jet2.com flies to Madeira on Mondays.
Easyjet flies from Bristol to Funchal twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Jet2.com has a flight to Madeira every Monday.
Jet2.com flies from East Midlands to Funchal every Monday.
Jet2.com operates a weekly flight to Madeira on Sundays.
United States of America
The Azores Airlines SATA has opened a new line, the first intercontinental connection to Madeira. On Mondays, you can fly to and from New York JFK.
The wait is over. Ryanair has been working for many years on trying to get acceptable conditions from the Madeiran Airport authorities, and finally it pays off. In spring 2022, they open no less than ten lines to Madeira. One of them is to Dublin. Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays.
TUI, Condor Flugdienst and Eurowings have direct flights to Madeira. Most major German airports have a direct connection to Funchal. The detailed information can be found on our German website here.
Transavia has increased their service to five flights a week from Amsterdam, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. TUI Nederland is also offering flights, but they are operated by Transavia.
From Brussels, TUI has flights to Madeira on Saturdays, changing from April, when it will be on Monday and Friday. F
New in 2022 is the Ryanair service on Sundays and Thursdays from Charleroi. Ryanair insists on calling this airport Brussels South, but we know the geographical situation and honestly, that´s pushing it.
From Luxembourg-City you can fly to Madeira twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, and in winter, they add Saturdays as well (from October till March)
Scandinavia and Finland
Norwegian Airways have services from both Oslo and from Copenhagen. From Oslo, there are flights on Tuesdays, sometimes also on Saturdays, the service from Copenhagen is on Saturdays.
At present, there are no direct flights from Sweden to Madeira. However, there are decent connections with one stop in Amsterdam or in Lisbon.
Finnair has almost daily flights from Helsinki to Funchal. However, the information is not very clear, their website has no decent timetable and even skyscanner.com gives confusing information. It’s best to actually check if there is a flight on the date you want to fly. If there is no direct flight, you can always travel via Lisbon, which is not too complicated.
Enter Air offers weekly flights from Warsaw on Tuesdays. We have actually seen Enter Air flights depart on Saturday, one to Warsaw and one to Katowice, but strangely, they are not findable in their website. Maybe it is worth a try for Polish travellers to give the office a ring to find out.
Austrian Airways have a weekly service to Madeira, on Sundays till the end of June. From early July this changes into Thursdays.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, you can take a direct Edelweiss flight from Zürich to Funchal. Swiss Airlines also offers flights, but they are operated by Edelweiss.
Like Amsterdam, three French airports are connected to Funchal by Transavia Airlines. There are direct flights from Paris Orly, Lyon and Nantes. Paris-Orly has daily direct flights to Madeira. From Lyon, there are flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays. From Nantes you can fly to Madeira on Tuesday and Saturday. Some of the French Transavia flights make a stop in Porto. New in 2022 is the Ryanair line from Marseille-Provence on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Another new Ryanair connection connects Madeira to Beauvais with flights on Mondays and Fridays.
Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Czech Airlines offer direct flights from Prague on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Smartwings offer flights on exactly the same days. It is probable that Czech Airlines operate the Smartwings flights, or the other way around. Unfortunately for Slovakians, there is no practical way to get from Bratislava to Funchal. The best bet is to travel via Prague or Vienna, or even to Munich, as a flight with 2 or more stops is hardly feasible.
Another new connection in 2022 is the summer service of Blue Air from Bucharest Otopeni on Saturdays. The service started mid April and is scheduled till the end of October.
Italy, at last, has a direct connection with Funchal now that Ryanair has opened a line from Bergamo. They insist on calling this airport Milan-Bergamo. That is a bit shameless and really, really pushing it. The more southern regions of Italy might still rather use a connection via Lisbon or Porto.
The Spanish mainland has no direct connections with Madeira at present. For now, only Gran Canaria and Tenerife have direct flights to Madeira. But there are excellent connections to be found from the major Spanish airports to either Lisbon or Porto, so a one-stop connection should not be too difficult to find.
flying to Madeira with a stop
Why not fly via Lisbon or Porto? Many direct flights from European cities have a habit of leaving at an ungodly hour. Therefore, many prefer the hassle of a stop in Lisbon over losing a good night’s sleep, thus really losing the first day of their stay on Madeira for pure exhaustion. There now is a wide choice, as TAP, Ryanair and EasyJet operate flights between Madeira and Lisbon and Porto. Wherever you are leaving from, you always have a stop in either Lisbon or in Porto. For those with plenty of time, this may be a bonus. Both cities are really worth a stay, but of course, you will need a hotel and meals are not free. On the other hand, it makes using cheap carriers a lot less tricky, as the risk of missing a connecting flight would be much reduced.
limited transfer time
If you decide to fly with TAP Portugal but without a stopover, usually, TAP has connecting flights with a limited wait in Lisbon or Porto. Sometimes, the transfer time is less than an hour. That should not be a problem, but if you arrive in Lisbon or in Porto a bit late, you may still catch your connecting flight, but your bags may not. It is not a huge problem, because the bags will turn up and TAP will deliver them at your holiday residence. Still, it is annoying, especially if you did not think to put some emergency undies and a spare shirt in your hand luggage.
booking advice: you want to read this.
Whatever you book, avoid separate bookings for parts of your trip. If one of the flights is cancelled or seriously delayed, you lose the part of the trip you miss, without any right of compensation. Book all flights in one single booking and they have to take care of you getting to your destination. Check with the airline if this applies, as low-cost carriers like Ryanair and EasyJet have clauses that exclude this.
not good with the internet? use a travel agent
If you are not very good with internet bookings, you can use a reputable travel agent. They have the same tricks we use with Skyscanner, so they will be able to get you a decent deal, though. Make sure not to choose an obscure one that has no ties with any recognised organisation that would secure refunds in case things go t*ts up.
disclaimer, just to make sure you won’t try and sue me
All the flights I found and mentioned are flights that I can actually book on this day. I have put in a lot of hours researching possible ways to travel to Madeira, primarily, of course, as a service to those who consider renting our beautiful house for their holidays. But I am pleased that many others have also found their way to this page. If you find a flight that suits you, check and double-check and don’t thank me for all my work by blaming me if things do not quite work out. However, if I can be of any help answering specific travel-related questions, I will be happy to do so. Just ask in the comments below, so that others may find your questions and my answers useful as well. And if anyone has information to add, or finds that some of my information is not correct, please leave your comment below. It can only help to improve the information.
another trick to find a flight
There are many possibilities to fly to Madeira. Since we came to Madeira for the first time in 2007, we have found a large number of affordable flights to Madeira from the Netherlands and from other countries. So we have done our research, and we will keep doing that, as things change rather often. One of the simplest things to do is to search for (cheap) flights using Skyscanner. Clicking on the Skyscanner logo below takes you to their site.
Should you wonder if there is a ferry to Madeira, I have to disappoint you. Corruption and favouring the big Madeira monopolist Grupo Sousa have successfully shot the very useful ferry service down. Money before people. Yes, that is a scandal. And yes, I have written the story down in this article.
If you are staying outside the Funchal area, you will want to have your own transport. We have done the research and made a page with tips and tricks about finding the right car.
what do you mean, dangerous?
Finally, a word about Madeira’s Christiano Ronaldo International Airport. Sensationalist stories keep going around and around on the Internet that Madeira has one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Maybe it was, a long time ago. But the runway was more than doubled in the year 2000 and since then, the airport is safer than ever. The last accident dates all the way back to 1977 when the runway was still very short. More importantly, the accident was caused by an exhausted crew that landed after two go-arounds in bad weather and the plane crashed when it shot off the end of the runway.
Aviation regulations are quite sharp, and the airport today is a very safe island airport. Like with any mountainous island, the airport can be affected by strong winds. In that case, the plane is safely diverted to another airport in the region. Annoying, yes, but better safe than sorry. In good weather, the wind is usually a light Northeasterly, and the plane will fly past the airport, which is very well visible to the right, and then make a U-turn and land from the Southwest. We found a Youtube video of an Airbus 320 landing. With the Boeing 737, this type of aircraft is mostly used for flights to Madeira. Get in the cockpit with us and enjoy a perfect landing!
In the background of this page, we show you the Freira da Madeira, an extremely endangered sea bird, called Zino’s Petrel in English. This bird was believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered in the late 1960s. It breeds exclusively in a small number of inaccessible ledges high in the mountains of Madeira between the Pico Ruivo and the Pico Arieiro.
This page was updated on January 18, 2021.