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Madeira Bus Information
Madeira is an island with no rail network so the bus network becomes an integral part of travelling around the island. Buy The Unofficial Madeira Bus Guide and you will be able to travel around the Madeira Island bus network with ease.
The nearer you are to Funchal the more frequent the service is. If you intend to walk or visit other parts of the island the bus takes the strain of allowing you to see the beauty of the island without you having to take your eyes off the road (not recommended) if you are driving. Using the buses enhances the walking by making you a free agent on the final destination by shortening or extending the walk, as most walks are linear, so you have no worries about a return journey from a different finishing place as a bus service will pass that point.
Walking should be a pleasure to take in the views with no time constraints. Madeira is able to offer this (with a few exceptions) due to the exceptional bus service that is available and more so now due to the RAPIDA (motorway) links from Funchal. West link to Ribeira Brava, Madalena do Mar, Ponta do Sol, Calheta, Prazeres, Raposeira and links going East/North to Machico, Caniçal, Porto da Cruz, Faial, Santana, Serra de Água, Rosário, São Vicente, Seixal, Porto Moniz
The main bus service is the local Funchal City bus service, coloured yellow/orange (depending on who you ask). The City buses cover an outward journey to an invisible boundary line of 3 kilometres away from the sea front road. You can purchase an unlimited travel pass for 1, 3, 5 or 7 Days for use on the City buses. To travel more than 3 kilometres you need to board a country bus in Funchal.
The different country buses are all easily identified by their colour :
Silver with a yellow and white stripe takes you to Camacha, Santo da Serra, Poiso, Ribeiro Frio, Faial, Santana, São Jorge, Cabanas, Arco de São Jorge, Curral das Freiras (nuns valley).
Grey with a red and white stripe or the newer bus colour livery coming into service white with a red/orange stripe takes you to Câmara de Lobos, Cabo Girão, Campanário, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Canhas, Madalena do Mar, Arco de Calheta, Calheta, Estreito de Calheta, Jardim do Mar, Paúl do Mar, Prazeres, Ponta do Pargo, Achadas da Cruz, Porto Moniz, Seixal, São Vicente, Ponta Delgada, Boaventura, Arco de São Jorge, Encumeada, Serra de Água.
Or the new Livery colours coming into operation
Green and beige with a white stripe takes you to Machico, Gaula, Caniçal, Portela, Santo da Serra, Porto da Cruz, Faial -- You can purchase a pass for 3, 7 or 15 Days for use on the SAM buses with unlimited travel. If you think this will be of use to you please enquire at the SAM bus station in Funchal or Machico.
Or the new Livery colours coming into operation
White with a red and grey stripe takes you to Caniço, Caniço de Baixo, Garajau, Reis Magos, Assomada, Ponta de Oliveira.
All country buses pass or start on the sea road, Avenida do Mar, in Funchal. Going East, green and beige bus, you stand on the seaward side. Going West, grey with a red and white stripe, you stand on the landward side.
The other two country bus services, silver with a yellow and white stripe and the white with a red and grey stripe start next to the cable car station in the East end (old town) of Funchal City
I recommend a full day Western island tour by the public Rodoeste company that stops en route at selected locations for you to alight for a coffee take photographs and use the facilities. There are two journeys (see image below). One departs 09.00 everyday the other departs 10.00 Monday/Friday. Both have long stays at Porto Moniz (3½ hours). What's the difference between them. The 09.00 bus goes anti-clockwise around the West and uses mostly the old roads; the 10.00 bus goes clockwise around the West and uses motorway whenever possible. A trip of a lifetime. A quote from a passenger after the trip : "I loved it, but I was drunk with the scenery". But the best news is that it costs 12,00 Euro per person for the full day trip. You heard it here first. Don't tell anyone ;-))
Do you want to travel around Madeira using public services buses.
Buy The Unofficial Madeira Bus Guide €3.00 euro + postage. Buy Now!
Current updated 20 July 2017. See below for a full description.
The Unofficial Madeira Bus Guide
Why Buy The Unofficial Madeira Bus Guide
- The Unofficial Madeira Bus Guide is pocket size 205mm x 110mm (8" x 4¼")
- Weight 40grams
- The timetable has 88 bus routes for all the different companies
- Over 4,500 listed bus times
- It has 44 pages of bus time information
- It has a Funchal street map showing exact location of all bus stops
- Index of all walks on the island that can be accessed by bus with number
- An island Map of all the towns and cities in Madeira with bus code numbers to get to said location
- Explanation of anomalies of routes and times for different time periods and days
- Next day Delivery to your hotel/accommodation if requested
- It will save you time and money
Only available direct from TJ Walking.
'The Unofficial Madeira Bus Guide' pocket booklet is €3.00 euro + postage paid through PayPal
Get the inside knowledge about Madeira buses from the author who uses the buses on a daily basis.
With this bus guide you will be able to catch the right bus at the correct time in the right place.
Current update 20 July 2017
We guarantee that the bus guide is 99.9% accurate
You will be lost without it.
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