The quickest and a lot convenient solution to reach Madeira from Lisbon is on the 90-minute TAP flight. The daily flights (9-13, based on the season) visit the Madeira airport then go through to Porto Santo.
Getting to Madeira's capital, Funchal, is simpler and less expensive you might think, notably if you fly aboard any TAP plane into Lisbon everywhere you look outside of Portugal and
connect with a TAP commuter flight from Lisbon to Funchal. If you fly business class into Lisbon from virtually anywhere within TAP's overseas network (including flights to Portugal that originate in the the New York area and London), no additional cash is charged for passengers continuing to Madeira. If you're flying coach class, however, with the cheapest of APEX deals, the supplement you'll purchase the final round-trip leg into Funchal will rarely exceed $100 and, on many occasions, may well not even exceed $50. If you're likely to Madeira, it is prudent to book all legs of the trip to Portugal contained in the same ticketing process.
In addition, TAP has five direct flights daily, and British Airways flies nonstop (Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat) from London to Funchal. Trip time is 4 hours. In Madeira, planes come to Aeroporto de Madeira (tel. 29/152-07-00; www.aeroportosdamadeira.pt), east of Funchal, at Santa Cruz. Taxis into Funchal's center might take from fifteen to twenty minutes and value 25€ for any typical fare. The taxis that wait at the airport will need airline passengers anywhere they wish to go on the city.
If you're planning to Funchal or from Funchal back in the airport, you can even take a bus, run from the Sociedad de Automobiles de Madeira (tel. 29/120-11-50), which will take from 40 minutes one hour (with regards to the number of stops) and charges only 17€ one-way. These buses run as required and are timed to meet up with incoming and outgoing flights. They visit three or four places inside the town center because the need arises as there is no central bus station.
An English-speaking staff runs the desk with the Madeira Tourist Office, Av. Arriaga 16, tel. 29/121-19-00, in Funchal. It's open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm. The office distributes maps of this tropical isle, along with the staff is likely to make suggestions about the most beneficial ways to explore the attractive landscape. They also have specifics of ferry connections for the neighboring island of Porto Santo.
TAP posseses an office in Funchal at Av. das Comunidades Madeirenses 8-10 (tel. 70/720-57-00 or 29/123-92-48). It's open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm.