Sleeping in Airports

Funchal Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Funchal Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Funchal Airport.

What to Expect

Funchal Airport consists of a medium-sized, recently updated terminal.  Known for its unique design, the airport has been built partially into the volcanic island and featuring a runway over the ocean. Amenities include several shops and eateries, though none are open 24 hours. Free WiFi helps pass the time. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter a few airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Overnight sleepers can expect things to quiet down around 10:00PM. Seating is plentiful but equipped with armrests, so consider a sleeping bag or travel mat for spreading out on the floor. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service.  See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  TAP Portugal Lounge – Location: Airside, 3rd Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Europa Lounge – Location: Landside arrivals area, level 0. Hours: Unknown. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€23.00).

Atlantico Lounge – Location: Airside departures area, level 3. Hours: Unknown. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€23.00).

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Funchal Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hotel Albatroz Madeira Beach & Yacht Club – If you are traveling light, the hotel is a 10 minutes walk away or you can opt for the hotel’s free airport shuttle (upon request). » Check Rates
  • Residencial Prisma – Less than 2 miles from the airport. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Funchal Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Unlimited free WiFi is available at Funchal Airport. Connect to the “VINCI Airports wifi” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby change facilities are available in several washrooms throughout the airport.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available in the baggage claim area (Arrivals) and 1st floor (Departures). Specific carts for shopping are also available.

Currency Exchange – Unicâmbio offers currency exchange, Western Union, VAT tax refunds, and more. Location: landside. Hours: 9:00AM – 7:00PM.

Disabled Services – The airport works in partnership with MyWay to provide personalized support for passengers with reduced mobility. Services include lifts, escalators, moving walkways, signage and professional support for those who book at least 48 hours in advance.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping (3 locations) is available airside from 7:30AM – 11:00PM. In addition, a variety of retail shops and boutiques are available throughout the airport including 3 Relay News Shops.

Food & Drink – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules with many that open at 5:00AM – 7:00AM, closing around 10:00PM – 11:00PM At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Buondi Caffe • Clocks • Cockpit • Gelati di Chef • Go To Cafe • Pizza Hut • Saudade Madeira Cafe • Specially • Starbucks.

Information Desk – Located on Level 1, and open between 9:00AM – 11:00PM daily.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – There are two storage options available: Baggage deposit is €4.00 per piece of luggage, per 24-hour period, or 4-hour period if less than 24 hours. Baggage of all sizes can be stored in the baggage deposit, and there is no maximum storage period. Luggage lockers are also available, at a rate of €2.50 – €3.50 per day, depending on the size of the locker. Storage options are available 24 hours a day. Inquire at the Information Desk for assistance.

Luggage Wrapping – Safe Bag luggage wrapping is available landside in the Check-In area. Fee: unknown. Hours: 4:00AM – 12:00PM & 1:00PM – 6:00PM (Mon – Fri) • 4:00AM – 5:00PM (Sat) • 4:00AM – 12:00PM (Sun).

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available in the First Aid station. Location: landside. Hours: 8:00AM – 12:00AM.

Mobile Charging – Not available.

Post Office – The airport has everything you need to send off any last-minute post, including a stamp vending machine and mail box. Location: Landside.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Funchal and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Abreu, MTS Madeira Travel Service, Tourist Information Desk and TUI can all be found Landside.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

As of November 2018, Funchal airport is served by the following airlines: Aigle Azur • Air Nostrum • Austrian • Azores Airlines • Binter • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Condor • EasyJet • Edelweiss • Enter Air • Eurowings • Finnair • Germania • Jetair • FlyJet2.com • Lufthansa • Luxair • Norwegian Air • SAS • TAP Portugal • Thomas Cook Airlines • Transavia • Travel Service • TUI Fly • Vueling.



Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

City buses are available to connect you to downtown Funchal from the airport. At the time of this November 2018 update, the adult fare is €3,35 one way.

An airport shuttle bus is also available. The Aerobus departs from the Arrivals area and connects travellers with Formosa beach, with stops at/near several hotels along the way. And if your flight is delayed, the Aerobus will wait up to a maximum of one hour for you. At the time of this November 2018 update, the adult fare is 5,00€ one way or 8,00€ return. For routes maps, schedules and fares for either of these buses, visit the SAM website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Avis/Budget • Europcar • Goldcar • Guerin/Enterprise • Hertz • MadeiraRent • Rodavante • Sixt.

Taxis

Taxis are available at a taxi stand located on Level 0, just outside of Arrivals. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. The starting fare on the meter is € 4, with a surcharge of € 1.50 per piece of luggage. Fares are 20% higher on weeknights, between 9:00PM – 6:00AM, and also on weekends and public holidays.

Last updated: 2019-03-09

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.