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Old April 26th, 2012, 01:38 PM
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Hello belkin,

Yes, in fact the cable car station is basically in the Old Town area.
As you leave the cable car station you walk inwards, away from the seaside and you'll be in the real Old Town.
Yes, the market is practically at the beginning of the Old Town area.

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Hello belkin,

Yes, in fact the cable car station is basically in the Old Town area.
As you leave the cable car station you walk inwards, away from the seaside and you'll be in the real Old Town.
Yes, the market is practically at the beginning of the Old Town area.

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Thanks for the speedy reply. I am starting to keep notes as we will be visiting 15 ports and I started getting a little mixed up.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 03:00 PM
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Hello again Belkin,

Enjoy your cruise and have a nice day on the island.
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Thank you so much for the information your previously provided. We will be in Funchal on a Sunday and intend to take the bus to the Botanical Gardens. Can you confirm if we can take the 31 or 31A bus from the cruise ship port to the Gardens and back from the Gardens? Also, is there an entry fee for the Gardens? Thanks.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 04:26 PM
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Hello TERRIER1,

To take the bus to the Botanical Gardens you must walk (or take a taxi or the shuttle bus) to town. If you choose to walk, you'll reach the bus stop at Avenida do Mar in about 20 minutes. You'll see a row of bus stops, 31 or 31A's is the one closest to the entrance to the quay.

On your way back from the Gardens, the bus stops at Avenida do Mar again, but on the opposite side of the road.

Yes, entry fee to the Botanical Gardens is 3 EUR per person.

Here is the time table for bus 31 and 31A:
http://www.horariosdofunchal.pt/carr...r=0&navpanes=0
http://www.horariosdofunchal.pt/carr...r=0&navpanes=0

Look on "Domingos", which means "Sundays". Under "Centro" you have the times the bus leaves town and under "Jardim Botânico" or "Teleférico Jardim Botânico" you have the times it leaves either the Botanical Gardens or the Botanical Gardens cable car station.
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To take the bus to the Botanical Gardens you must walk (or take a taxi or the shuttle bus) to town. If you choose to walk, you'll reach the bus stop at Avenida do Mar in about 20 minutes. You'll see a row of bus stops, 31 or 31A's is the one closest to the entrance to the quay.

On your way back from the Gardens, the bus stops at Avenida do Mar again, but on the opposite side of the road.

Yes, entry fee to the Botanical Gardens is 3 EUR per person.

Here is the time table for bus 31 and 31A:
http://www.horariosdofunchal.pt/carr...r=0&navpanes=0
http://www.horariosdofunchal.pt/carr...r=0&navpanes=0

Look on "Domingos", which means "Sundays". Under "Centro" you have the times the bus leaves town and under "Jardim Botânico" or "Teleférico Jardim Botânico" you have the times it leaves either the Botanical Gardens or the Botanical Gardens cable car station.

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Old April 26th, 2012, 09:30 PM
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One more question. Would you suggest the cable to go up to visit the Botanical Gardens or the bus? There is a big difference in price. Thank you.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 03:22 PM
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To go to the Botanical Gardens by cable car, you have to go to Monte first, so definitely go by bus.

Please notice that the Botanical Gardens are not in Monte - some people think they are.
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To go to the Botanical Gardens by cable car, you have to go to Monte first, so definitely go by bus.

Please notice that the Botanical Gardens are not in Monte - some people think they are.

Can you go all the way to the Gardens by bus? Thanks you.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 04:32 PM
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Yes, of course. Bus #31 is to "Jardim Botânico", which means Botanical Gardens and 31A, just goes a bit further up, till it reaches the Botanical Gardens cable car station, so it says "Teleférico Jardim Botânico"
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Yes, as time is limited, I think you should stick with the HOHO bus and try to do the 2 routes.

I remember readind somewhere that the last trip to Camara de Lobos is at 4:30pm, but you better confirm with the driver.
Thank you Biaria. We'll be arriving today at 2pm, looking forward to it.
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Hi marwood,

You're in Madeira at this very moment and I'm sure you're having a fabulous time!
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Biara,You are a wonderful wealth of information. It is all a little overwhelming with so much to see. We will port in Funchal on Friday, Sept 7 from 9-6. Since this is our first visit, I was hoping that you might suggest an itinerary for the day. We are a party of 8 and all active.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 01:55 PM
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Hi again aunteemom,

I already answered this question on the new thread you started, but I'm posting it here also, as it may come in handy. At the same time let me thank you for your kind words :-)

As you have a good amount of time on Madeira, you may like to consider a full day west side tour, for instance - a very popular route with first timers - including Porto Moniz, Paúl da Serra, Cabo Girão, to name just a few.

You can also choose to take a half day tour - usually to the central part of the island - and spend the other half of the day exploring Funchal town.

Or you may like to just browse around town, visiting the churches, gardens, a wine lodge, then a ride up to Monte in the cable car, or you take the two HOHO bus routes, one in the Funchal district area and the other one to Câmara de Lobos.

Buying the Yellow HOHO bus ticket, you'll have access to the public transport for free and you may be interested in going to the Botanical Gardens - bus #31 or #31A. Or up to Monte on bus #20, instead of the cable car.
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Thank you for responding so quickly. If we prefer to tour independently, is this doable without a guide? Do you feel that touring for a full day is a better option that taking in the gardens, Monte and the town.
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Hello again aunteemom,

Whatever you choose to do is good. It's entirely up to you to decide what you feel is the best way to spend your time on the island.

Yes, you can see the town on your own. Only if you decide to take a tour, you'll be needing to hire an 8 passenger van with driver/guide.
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Could anyone recommend a tour option for someone in a wheelchair? He can walk very short distances, but would be looking for more "riding" than walking. Any vendor recommendations as well?
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Old May 28th, 2012, 02:04 PM
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Hi Budget Queen,

Madeira can easily be seen without much walking, so any normal tour will do. Make all the arrangements in advance and I'm sure whoever takes you on the tour, will be particularly careful to stop right on the spot for sightseeing.
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How long would it take to drive all the way around your island?
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