A voyage still beyond our grasp

A few weeks ago some friends mentioned they had read somewhere that the Portimão to Funchal ferry service had returned after its six year absence. How exciting we thought as it is a voyage we have wanted to take for years. So on our return I immediately began investigating to see whether we could take it this spring.

Algarve to Madeira by boat
Route Map from Madeira Ferry website

Unfortunately however this is a journey we will not be taking anytime soon. It did return briefly last summer, and nearly 7,000 residents of Madeira took full advantage of the discounted ticket price of 29euros each way. However the numbers travelling were far below that envisaged, and only 35% of the passengers paid the full price. Consequently it seems there is much uncertainty as to whether or not this ferry route will return this summer let alone increase to weekly trips year round. More info here.

And even if it did return I must admit the full price of 374 per couple one way for an exterior cabin plus an additional charge of over 100euros for the car is daunting. Looking at the ferry website there were chair only prices last year at 87 euros per person one way but for a journey of just under 24hours I am not sure it’s a voyage I want to take in a chair! I will though continue to keep a look out because if the campaigners are successful in their efforts to get this ferry route reinstated with state subsidies and increased freight traffic to ensure its long term survival, then just maybe the prices will reduce.

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37 thoughts on “A voyage still beyond our grasp

  1. At least that’s quite a good distance for the price. I have been looking at fares to the Channel Islands and Isles of Scily but they are not cheap! Considering that the IoS are only 26 miles away, a return day trip by ferry is £48 pp but that doesn’t give you long to look around. A single fare is from £55 pp so if you want to stay for a few days then that puts the price up to £110. Why should a single fare be more expensive than a day return? Given my poor sailing abilities I looked at flights. Single from £89 pp and a day return from £125! I could probably fly to Portugal for that!

    But I would love to visit the Tresco Gardens so I suppose I shall have to swallow these prices at some point.

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    1. MrB said the same!! And that’s just bizarre the single versus day return prices you are looking at for the Isles of Scilly. I guess though the cheaper ways of travel (seen flights for £5 to Faro from Bournemouth!) are undermining our understanding of true costs of travel.

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      1. There is only one company providing the transport (ferry, plane and helicopter) to the IoS so they have a monopoly and can virtually charge what they like. It is going to curtail holidaymakers though, apart from the very rich, which will have an impact on the businesses of the people who actually live on the islands. Apparently a similar distance ferry to the Isle of Islay (I think) is £17.30 one way. If it was that price I’d be over there every other week!!

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  2. The chair option sounds like a voyage in the best traditions of Captain Cook, Ernest Shackleton and Sir Walter Raleigh! can you get a flight instead?

    Just got my travel guide to South Portugal delivered. I am so excited!

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        1. Ah we’ve not done that coastal road as we always head east then north from Vila Real de Santo Antonio. However I’ve heard the western route is fabulous. Jo can probably advise better than me.

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