Travel between Madeira and the Golden Island can cost almost ten times more than the route between Lisbon and Porto Santo.
“Buy now in advance and save for flights to Porto Santo”, says the TAP campaign, but the challenge does not apply at all to those who travel from Porto Santo and to get to Madeira, they pay almost ten times of who leaves Lisbon.
In a simulation for September, a flight between Lisbon and Porto Santo is budgeted at 53 euros. From Porto this month, you can travel to the Golden Island for 213 euros. The route to Funchal costs, in a simulation for August, 494 euros.
Disgusting prices, even just to get to mainland Portugal your looking at well over 500 euros in the summer, and although residents can go through the process and claim money back, you still need to pay the full cost in the first place.