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Basic info and car hire in Funchal Airport

  • IATA airport code: FNC

  • ICAO airport code: LPMA

  • Full name: Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport

  • Location: Santa Cruz

  • Hub for: N/A

  • Website: Check what's available at Funchal Airport

  • Contact: +3519(0)291 520 700

  • Owner: ANA – Aeroportos e Navegacao Aerea, SA

  • Elevation: 190 ft. / 58 m

  • Number of runways: One

About Funchal Airport

Funchal Airport, also known as Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport and Madeira Airport, is located in Santa Cruz in the region of Madeira. The place serves as the main tourist attraction in Portugal, and is the 6th largest city as well. The airport lies 8.3 miles away from the city of Funchal, and it has a significance due to importance of Madeira as a tourist destination. Car hire at Funchal Airport makes the whole process of exploring Funchal easier, bringing the possibility of traveling to the most cherished places in Portugal.

Drive your rental car around Funchal Airport

Funchal is a place where nature is still preserved and it’s a place of aesthetically pleasing, peaceful attractions. The best beaches, waters, landscapes, outdoor activities, tours, adventures, shopping, restaurants, sports, history, and archaeology is inherent to Funchal and its surroundings, where you can easily spend days and weeks without having to suffer boredom. Car hire at Funchal Airport brings maximum convenience to your journey. In the following text you will see some top attractions that are recommended by most tourism experts and are places worth visiting.

Merely 1.9 miles away from the Funchal airport lies Praia de Machico. It is a nice and clean beach that will give a nice peaceful time in front of the dancing waves after the hectic traveling. If you are with your family, take your kids along for a happy family time. The beach is not a leisurely beach but a simple clean sandy beach with clear water and facilities like clean toilet and small restaurants. The beach is small but the only sandy beach in Madeira, which will ensure a fulfilling experience for you. If you are accompanied by your kids, visit the Aquaparque which exists 1.3 miles away from the airport. There are 2 swimming pools (1 for the kids) and several slides. The park provides a great value for the money spent, with food available at reasonable rates and a number of activities for your kids. Don’t forget to take your hat and sun cream along.

Once you have refreshed yourself and relaxed, Ponta de Sao Lourenco should be your next stop. It is 5.9 miles away from the Funchal airport. The place delivers unparalleled views but it demands that you do some hiking. Therefore, take your walking boots and something to eat. There is no eating place there on top, but sometimes there is a bus selling some goods. Monte Palace Tropical Garden is 7 miles away from the airport. It was opened for public in 1991. It occupies an area of 70,000 square meters, having a large collection of exotic plants. The place is filled with greenery, and it provides an essence of nature occupied within 70,000 square meters. There are three floors, one of which is dedicated to sculptures. The garden features flowers, plants, and fish, turtles, and butterflies.

If you wish to live your journey in Madeira in the best way, Discovery Island is a touristic animation company that provides a well reputed guided tour. Professional guides and a bunch of activities with a nice half-day tour worth remembering. Canyoning is an activity that you’d not like to skip, so get over your fear if you’re scared and enjoy every moment. When you feel a need of water sports, 3S Santa Cruz Surf School is what will bring you the best windsurfing and kitesurfing with all the necessary equipment of fairly high quality. Finally, the best way to see the lives of people in Funchal, the culture, and the surroundings is by taking Tukxi Madeira. It offers personalized guided tours in Funchal.


Funchal Airport offers opportunities for businesses through Advertising and by providing prime locations for events and business meetings. CIP Lounge in Funchal Airport provides comfort in its best form till your departure.


There are restaurants and beverage spots at the Funchal airport where you can spend your time while waiting for your baggage with family. 


Other facilities include information desks, currency exchange, banking facilities, and medical staff to deal with emergencies.

History of Funchal Airport

Officially opened in July 1964, the first flight consisted of 80 passengers. With the passage of time, the number of people traveling to Madeira increased. It served as a reason for increase in the length of runway. As the people traveling to Madeira kept increasing, a new terminal was built in 1973 which could handle 500,000 passengers. The runway was again extended to 2781 meters. The airport was named as Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport in 2016. The rebranded terminal was unveiled in March 2017.

Petrol stations near Funchal Airport

Three nearest petrol stations to the Madeira airport or Funchal airport are Repsol at Santa Cruz da Trapa, Galp Porto da Cruz – Nunes & Vieira Lda at Porto da Cruz, and Galp Madalena – Nunes & Vieira Lda in Funchal.