Transfers to Pico do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo, Fanal & Rabaçal hikes

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Looking for a bus to Pico do Arieiro from Funchal? Or perhaps you need a return transfer to Madeira's capital after hiking between Pico do Arieiro and Pico Ruivo? We provide bus transfers to the most important tourist routes and hiking trails in Madeira. Check our bus schedule.

  • Transfer to Pico do Arieiro

  • Transfer to Rabaçal

  • Transfer to Fanal Forest

  • Sunrise transfer to Pico do Arieiro

  • Sunset transfer to Pico do Arieiro

Before your trip

Here are some rules of conduct and safety that must always be respected. If you are going for a hike, read carefully!

Due to its geographical location Madeira’s high mountains are exposed to sudden and severe weather changes. Hence the hikes are always weather dependent. When you book the transfer to Pico do Arieiro or to other destination in mountains, you cannot book the weather. On rare occasions this could mean having to cancel for reasons of safety. If we have to cancel due to weather or unsafe conditions, you will be fully refunded. We can’t guarantee automatic rebooking for another day, since the following transfers might be already fully booked. You should wear clothes which are suitable for changeable weather conditions. See “Essential backpacking & best hiking gear".

Knowing how to prepare for a hiking and trekking trip can make the difference between a good hike and an unforgettable one. Preparing for a hiking trip ahead of time will help you avoid physical discomfort and overpacking.

We suggest taking time to reflect on your overall fitness level and the trail’s specifications (i.e. elevation, surface) when selecting the trail. To enjoy your hike to the fullest, we strongly advise not pushing your body past its limits. Straining your body to the maximum can lead to dangerous scenarios for both you and your fellow hikers. Physical training for hiking — as a beginner or expert trekker — is an important part of hiking preparation.

❕Pack light, stay flexible: Day backpack (25-40 L)

❕Be water & wind resistant: Waterproof jacket & boots with good ankle support

❕When cooler, insulate the body from cold: Thermal underwear, gloves & hat

❕Don’t get sunburned: Sunglasses, light sun hat & sunscreen of SPF 50

❕Stay hydrated & energetic: 2-3 litres of water & snacks

❕Headlamp, powerbank & optional extras:

❕Trekking poles if you want solid knee & back support

❕Personal medical kit & personal toiletries

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Read the feedback from travelers who have used our transfer services for Madeira's trails.

Such a cool thing to do! 😊 the tour was perfectly orginazed, you'll recieve all the information you need per WhatsApp and you can decide whether you want to go for a longer or easier hike. Thank you for a wonderful experience

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 by Kamila (Spain) | PR1.2 + Sunrise PdA

I would like to note that this option is only a transfer to Rabacal and return. Everything was great. We got the information with all details one day before the trip. The bus was very comfortable. The driver was very nice, gave all explanations that you need for this way. We even got a bit lost returning, but the organisation side was very helpful and gave us all details how to get back via messenger. 10/10

Sunday, March 10, 2024 by Luk (Poland)

The bus came on time, zero problems with transportation. It’s a large bus so transport will take a little bit longer than with smaller vehicles. The bus driver was nice enough to wait a few minutes for a guest who was late.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 by Tomas (Slovakia) | PR1 Picos

We travelled on a coach - it was always on time and the driver made sure everyone was there before leaving. As it was cold and raining, he even waited for the two of us half-way into the trail to check if we were all right and wanted to continue walking or get straight to Fanal Forest. We continued as it was such a spectacular walk. The forest was also out of this world, really beautiful. Great thanks to the driver for his kindness!

March 25, 2024 by Halina (Poland) | PR13/PR14 Fanal

Everything went great. The pickup from the meeting points was on time and the transfer was very professional in a large bus. We could easily take over the entire route to the top and even had time to rest and have some wine at the end of the trekking route.

November 13, 2023 by Karolina (Poland) | PR1 Picos

Easy, uncomplicated transfer to the hike... Bus driver was clearly very experienced on the windy roads and gave us good hiking directions.

December 6, 2023 by Robin (Canada) | PR6 Rabaçal

As it said on tin... Coach transfer each end of walk. Just what was required. Good, simple and cost effective service.

November 26, 2023 by David (United Kingdom) | PR1 Picos

Nice driver. The bus is comfortable.

December 3, 2023 by GetYourGuide traveler (Sweden) | PR6 Rabaçal

Transfer was smooth and on time.

November 19, 2023 by GetYourGuide traveler (Czech Republic) | PR1 Picos

Picked up on time, courteous and safe driver.

Saturday, March 2, 2024 by Noel (Ireland) | PR13/PR14 Fanal

Trip was perfect.

September 16, 2023 by Ged (Lithuania) | PR1 Picos

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Pico do Arieiro transfer

Wondering how to get to Pico do Arieiro since there are no public buses that go there? You can drive your own car, go with an organized tour, or make use of our professional Pico do Arieiro transfer service, which is the most convenient option you can choose. Pico do Arieiro is practically located in the heart of the island, and it's accessible from multiple points on the island, taking approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Once there, you will be at an altitude of 1,818 meters. You will then have to cover 7 km to the highest point, Pico Ruivo, which is at 1,862 meters above sea level. If you love mountain hiking, this path offers breathtaking views that are well worth the effort.

Bus to Pico do Arieiro from Funchal

Enjoy a hassle-free transfer to Pico do Arieiro service with an experienced local driver. Pico do Arieiro offers perfect landscapes for breathtaking views of pure nature. The journey begins with amazing photo opportunities right from the start. It's something you simply have to experience in person; words can't describe it. We offer full Pico do Arieiro transfer organization tailored to tourists' needs. We arrive at the peak no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and conclude the trip after 6:00 p.m. You should pace yourself for the climb, as although the distance is not long (7 km), it can be quite exhausting, especially in high temperatures. The green mountains rising above the clouds are more than worth the effort.

Explore Pico Ruivo - Madeira's highest mountain

Marvel at stunning landscapes, lush vegetation, and unique birds that Madeira has to offer. Mountain trails are a special treat for avid trekkers. These unique moments should be captured in photographs that will serve as wonderful souvenirs of this grand adventure. You can even reach a unique section of the Madeira trail called "Stairway to Heaven" for an incredible experience. Meanwhile, we'll take care of the safe transfer to and from Pico do Arieiro (transfer to Pico do Arieiro and return bus from Achada do Teixeira - from the side of Pico Ruivo). Note that you can only reach the peak of Pico Ruivo on foot. However, you can take advantage of a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle transfer from Funchal to Pico do Arieiro, with pickup at Pico Ruivo. The transfer occurs according to a prearranged time and pickup location.

Madeira hiking transfers with Get to Hikes!

If you enjoy hiking and mountain trekking, reserve our transfer service to Pico do Arieiro, Rabacal and Fanal. We offer punctual and safe transportation with a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Our service, available from various stops including Ajuda, Lido I, Lido II, Funchal Center, Caniço I, Caniço II, and Garajau, eliminates the need for parking and backtracking, allowing you more time to enjoy the scenic hikes. Thanks to Pico do Arieiro transfer, you can spend more time admiring Madeira's unique landscape, while we take care of the logistical aspects related to transport. In our offer, you will find roundtrip transfers to the beginnings and ends of the most beautiful trails in Madeira. We offer transfers:

Transfer to Pico do Arieiro

Fast transfer to Pico do Arieiro, one of Madeira's highest peaks, with breathtaking views and challenging trails.

Transfer to Rabaçal

Experience the beauty of Rabaçal Valley, renowned for its Levadas and lush landscapes. Our hassle-free transfers from key locations ensure easy access to these remote trails.

Transfer to Fanal

Step into the ancient laurel forests of Fanal, a magical hiking experience. A paradise for photographers and nature lovers, Fanal's serene landscapes make for a memorable hike.


Maximize your hiking experience with Get to Hikes! Enjoy more than just a transfer. You unlock the full potential of your hiking adventures in Madeira. We handle the logistics, so you can focus on the beauty and thrill of the trails. Embark on your Madeira hiking journey with us! Choose Get to Hikes for seamless, eco-friendly transfers from convenient locations across Madeira, ensuring a memorable exploration of the island's natural wonders.