Visit Portugal Welcomes The Launch of New Direct Route from Dublin to Madeira with Ryanair

Ryanair have announced the opening of its 5th base in Portugal directly connecting the beautiful island of Madeira with 6 new European countries, including Ireland.

This new direct route will operate twice weekly departing from Dublin Airport every Wednesday and Sunday starting from March 30th of next year. With a flight duration of just 3 hours and 40 minutes, customers can enjoy a budget friendly trip to Madeira with one-way fares as low as €29.99.

As a country with strong ties to tourism, Visit Portugal welcomes these new direct flights which will allow for increased connectivity to the beautiful island of Madeira for Irish holidaymakers.

Commenting on the launch of the new route, Director of Visit Portugal Ireland, Susana Cardoso said “I am delighted with the announcement that Ryanair will be flying from Dublin to Madeira in 2022, this is very good news for the Irish market. Cristiano Ronaldo’s home island is the perfect destination for Irish holidaymakers that are looking for sun all year round. Madeira’s luxurious vegetation and beautiful landscape make it a great choice for Irish tourists who want to enjoy the great outdoors and explore the island through a range of activities, such as whale and dolphin watching, walking, hiking and cycling.”.

About Madeira

Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is an island with incredible natural beauty. Covered in exotic vegetation, the island is a fascinating ecological reserve with 2/3 of its landmass being a protected area. Madeira also has the largest Lurissilva forest in the world stretching over an incredible 22,000 hectares, a natural World Heritage Site of UNESCO since 1999.

Madeira is an ideal holiday destination with a vast array of things to accommodate all interests and holiday preferences. With temperatures averaging between 17ºC during the winter and 25ºC throughout summer months, tourists can expect pleasant weather all year long.  The island offers a large range of fun nature activities for people of all ages, such as hiking or cycling along the many paths and “levadas” (irrigation channels).


For those who prefer historical city breaks, the Capital, Funchal, is the perfect location for a relaxed but educational walking tour from the Gothic Cathedral, through the Museum of Sacred Art and finishing up at the wholesome local Farmers’ Markets.

The city hosts various events throughout the year such as the Flower Festival and Carnival, typically held in the spring months. The city also holds a spectacular firework display to bring in the New Year.

Madeira is an ideal location for foodies, famous for its original yet simple cuisine including seafood (swordfish, tuna and limpets), fried corn, the delicious bolo do caco (a type of muffin) and beef on a skewer of laurel wood.

Dublin Airport is Ireland’s largest airport serving over 33 million passengers a year in normal times.

This new service offers a great development opportunity for Madeira to share its natural beauty with a wider range of tourists.

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About Visit Portugal

Integrated with the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition, Visit Portugal is the National Tourism Authority responsible for the promotion, enhancement, and sustainability of tourism activity. It brings together in a single entity all the institutional skills related to boosting tourism, from supply to demand. With a privileged relationship with other public entities and economic agents, at home and abroad, Visit Portugal is committed to fulfilling the goal of strengthening tourism as one of the pillars of the growth of the Portuguese economy.