The cruise port of Funchal, Madeira
Cruise ship pier location in Funchal, Madeira
There are several location where crusie ships can dock. Mostly small cruise ships will dock less then 1 km walk from the city center of Funchal. Big cruise ships will dock at the southern pier of Funchal. It is about 1-2 km from the city center. It is always better to check with your cruise company if shuttle service will be provided. By foot it will take about 20-25 min uphill walk to the center of Funchal.
Taxi from the cruise port to the center of the city is 7,50 euro per cab/one way fixed price. Only use official taxis which are yellow with a blue stripe, they do have a meter. If you would like to go by taxi around Madeira price will be approx. 100 euro (up to 4 people).
There is also a good public system in Madeira. One way ticket is 1,35 euro (at the bus driver you pay 1,90€ for a ride) and day ticket is approx. 5,80 euro per person. Public system is frequent and easy to understand.
Cruise to Funchal, Madeira
During a cruise vacation to Portugal, Funchal, Madeira is a popular destination. Madeira is a steep island of volcanic origin, there are no beaches, only black powdery lava under high cliffs. A visit of Funchal is a must but there are also some great places to visit around like: Camara de Lobos (10 km away), Cabo Girao (13 km away), Eira do Serrado (15 km away) or Monte (6 km away).
Funchal, Madeira Cruise terminal
The cruise port of Funchal is located at about 20-min walking distance from the town's center. The Port of Funchal International Maritime Passenger Terminal, situated at Pontinha pier, is new and modern and is offering all necessary facilities for cruise passengers.
Gare Marítima da Madeira - Pontinha, Porto do Funchal, 9004-518, Funchal
+351 291 208 600
Funchal, Madeira Cruise facts
Language in Funchal, Madeira
The language in Funchal, Madeira is Portuguese, but on touristic spots you can also use English or Spanish.
Currency in Funchal, Madeira
The currency in Funchal, Madeira is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in Funchal, Madeira
Opening times differ a lot around Portugal, but generally are as follows:
- Monday to Saturday
- from 9.00h - 13.00h
- and 15.00h - 19.00h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions
Getting around in Funchal, Madeira
To reach the city center of Funchal from the cruise port is easy but the mode of transport highly depends on where exactly you will dock. Sometimes you can easily go on foot (especially when you arrive by small cruise ship). Good alternative is taxi. Once in the center you will find most sights within walking distance from each other.
Shore excursions around Funchal, Madeira
A thorough exploration of Funchal, Madeira will take a whole day and even then you will have to focus on the most important sigts. Some cruise passengers opt for an excursion to Camara de Lobos (10 km away), Cabo Girao (13 km away), Eira do Serrado (15 km away) or Monte (6 km away).
Weather in Funchal, Madeira
The island of Madeira is occupied by higher mountains. The highest point is Pico Ruivo, 1,862m high and it hosts a greater variety of microclimates: the northern side of the island is more rainy and windy than the southern
The average annual temperature in Funchal is around 20 degrees Celsius all year long:
17/20 °C November - May
20/23 °C June - July
20/25 °C August - October
Funchal, Madeira Tourist information
Two Tourist Information Offices are located in Funchal. You can get a free city map there.