A Portuguese archipelago situated north-west of the Canary Islands, tourists take cheap flights to Madeira for its subtropical climate and natural beauty. Quieter than its Canary Island neighbours, Madeira offers walks through lush forest, coastline cruises and the exploration of small villages. It also has a diverse wildlife and is home to some rare species. If you’re after a pumping nightlife or family beaches you may be disappointed, Madeira is traditionally an island that attracts the more mature traveller. Funchal, the capital, has a 500 year history and is easily explored on foot. Most tourists visit Madeira during the summer when the weather is warmest. Summer temperatures are generally comfortable but heat waves can occur. Christmas, New Year’s and Easter are busy periods, book your accommodation and flights to Madeira a few months in advance if travelling during these times.
November to February is the off season and the coldest and wettest months to visit but temperatures are still only a mild 16°C. Prices for hotels and flight tickets are markedly reduced in low season so it is the best time to visit for a budget holiday.
Avoid summer in Madeira if you’re wanting a cheap holiday. Everything is more expensive during summer and there are more tourists to contend with. October and November are often good times to visit, the weather is still warm and ideal for sightseeing. Any time outside of summer will give you opportunities for the cheapest flights to Madeira, lower hotel prices and pleasant weather.
Flights from London to Madeira: 3 hours 50 minutes.
Flights from Manchester to Madeira: 4 hours.
Flights from Birmingham to Madeira: 3 hours 50 minutes.
Flights from Edinburgh to Madeira: 4 hours 05 minutes.
Low cost airline Easyjet services Madeira Airport (FNC) and operates flights several times a week from London Gatwick. British Airways and Monarch are also London options with one flight a week. Monarch, Easyjet and Jet2 all fly out of Manchester to Madeira once a week, and Monarch flies from Birmingham twice a week. Edinburgh has two Easyjet flights to Madeira a week.
Madeira Airport (FNC) is situated on the east coast of the island 12 miles from Funchal. Its unique runway is famously supported by a series of stilts and extends into the ocean. Once your flight has landed the quickest way to reach the city is to take the Aero-bus, a frequent express service that takes 20 minutes and only costs a few Euros. Alternatively taxis are available outside Arrivals. A rental car service has a desk at the airport and can also be booked online before you arrive.