How to get to the starting point of the Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo hike
The trailhead of the Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo hike is well marked on Google Maps as Pico do Arieiro and is also the famous Pico do Arieiro sunrise spot. The car park is very big with a cafe to get some coffee before you start the hike. The easiest way to get around on Madeira Island is with a rental car. But if you don’t have a rental car, there are some other options to get to Pico Arieiro! Public transport is not one of them because there is no bus going up to the parking of Arieiro. But one of the options is to book a tour with a local guide. However if you want to do the hike by yourself, below some other options.
Getting to Pico do Arieiro with a pick up and drop off transfer
If you don’t have a rental car yourself, a great option is to book a transfer that picks you up from the hotel, brings you to Pico do Arieiro and then picks you up again at Achada do Teixeira to bring you back to your hotel. So the hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo is still self guided. Book your transfer here and they will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation in Funchal or Caniço.
Getting to Pico do Arieiro by taxi
You can recognise the taxis in Madeira by their yellow colour. You can book a taxi online via the Taxin app which is the ‘Uber’ of Madeira or just stop a taxi along the road. One way to Pico do Arieiro from Funchal costs approximately €30 – €40 so booking the transfer with the link above is way cheaper.
Getting to Pico do Arieiro with a car
With the average sunrise time in Madeira being around 7.30 AM, you don’t have to get up shockingly early. Being some of the easiest accessible viewpoints on the island, Pico do Arieiro is a very popular sunrise spot. From Funchal it only takes you about 30 minutes to get to the top. From Calheta its about 50 minutes to the parking of Pico Arieiro. The journey up to Pico do Arieiro is beautiful as you will wind your way through the beautiful Ribeiro Frio park.