Taxis in Madeira
Taxis are usually recognizable by their yellow colour and two blue stripes along the side. Taxis operating inside Funchal also carry the sign TAXI on top. Those operating outside Funchal usually work on a kilometre basis without using a taximeter.
Taxis have an official price list approved by the Regional Government and the Regional Taxi Drivers’ Association with set prices for pre-defined routes. You'll find it on the back of the driver's or the passenger’s seat. However, don't be afraid to bargain.
You can get a taxi almost anywhere. Just stop one driving in the street or go to the nearest taxi rank. Usually you will have to take the first taxi in the queue but if for any reason you find that it doesn't suit your needs you can choose another one. Imagine the taxi driver doesn't speak your language. Why shouldn't you be able to have one that best suits your requirements?
Each taxi usually takes a maximum of four persons and if you take extra luggage with more than 30 kg the driver may levy an extra charge (except for wheel chairs or other disabled devices that are free of charge) but this should never exceed 50% of the fare.
Your hotel porter may be able to suggest a driver for an all-day tour. Some are especially knowledgeable about culture and customs of the island; others again are keen walkers. Many of them even attended tourism driver and mountain guide courses to better suit your needs! Find information on Airport Transfers here
If however you prefer the comfort and structure of an organised tour there are a few other ways to see the best parts of Madeira. Lido Tours are the islands most established tour company offering fabulous tours that encompass all that is great about Madeira. Their coaches and mini buses are clean, comfortable and fully air conditioned plus the coaches have a fully qualified local guide explaining the highlights of the tour ensuring that the driver (as happens with many other tour companies) is not being destracted.