Electric Minibusses

levadeiro/ October 4, 2006/ Madeira, Tips, Transportation, Travel, Uncategorized

Funchal now has a public transport service in the urban centre of the city based on the use of highly mobile, completely electric minibuses with low environmental impact.

Gulliver Electric Minibus

The objective is to provide both residents and tourists with the possibility of moving round the centre of the city of Funchal comfortably and quickly, attenuating the problems of traffic congestion and also contributing to a reduction in the local pollution levels, and improving the quality of the air and the population’s wellbeing.

This minibus Gulliver operates on Mondays to Fridays, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. There is no service on Sundays. The tickets cost 50 cents for adults and 30 cents for children, and the minibus runs from Avenida Calouste Gulbenkian to Rua Oudinout and vice-versa. (source: Madeira Tourism)


Gulliver’s electrical engine is powered only by batteries. Funchal is one of the first Portuguese cities that uses new generation batteries (ZEBRA) which allows for a day’s operation without exchanging them.

GULLIVER weighs 6 tons, it is 5,3 m long and 2,07 m wide; it has a capacity for 22 passengers, 8 of which seated. It has an automatic ramp and is fitted to transport one wheelchair. It reaches a maximum speed of 33 km/h.