Faro airport (IATA code: FAO) is located only 4 kilometres away from the capital city of the Algarve region. This increasingly popular beach destination is served by a small passenger terminal which can, however, get extremely crowded during the summer months, when many travellers choose Albufeira, Faro and Portimão for a nice stay under the warm sun; as a matter of fact, a large number of European citizens have even taken up residence in this area of Portugal. While surfers, stand up paddle lovers and those in need of a summer escape search for peak-season flights to get the best deals, some airlines operate all-year-round services covering this route. Read below to find out how to visit Faro in any month.
Regular scheduled flights to Faro in Portugal
The following airline companies operate regular flights to Faro from a variety of locations in Europe: Aer Lingus (Dublin), British Airways (London Gatwick), Easyjet (several airports in Germany, UK and France), Eurowings (Munich, Vienna, Cologne and Sttutgart), Jet2.com (Birmingham, Leeds, Stansted and Manchester), Lufthansa (Frankfurt and Munich), Luxair (Luxembourg), Norwegian (Bergen, Stockholm-Arlanda), Ryanair (multiple cities across the UK, Belgium, Ireland, Germany and France), Scandinavian Airlines (Copenhagen), Tap Air Portugal (Lisbon), Transavia (Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Rotterdam). Besides, it must be noted that TuiFly, one of the airlines selling the highest number of seats to fly to Faro during the peak summer season, also offers scheduled flights from Amsterdam to the Algarve throughout the year.
Transport to and from Faro airport in the Algarve
Regardless of the area of the Algarve in Portugal where you are going to spend your holiday, travelling from the airport is easy because a very short distance separates it from Faro downtown.
If you decide to use public transport, there is a central station in Faro from which you can transfer to virtually every corner of the region. After landing, take the circuit bus (line 16) -with services departing frequently from 5:20 until midnight- and you will soon be in the capital city. In order to find the bus stop outside the terminal, simply follow the signage.
Taxis also stop at a rank outside the terminal at all times, day and night. Nevertheless, when vacationing in the south of Portugal, hiring a vehicle is strongly recommended, as it enables you to explore the beautiful beaches in the Algarve. For the purpose of satisfying this demand, Faro airport has more than 10 different car rental companies for you to find the perfect way to get around. Most of their offices are located in the parking.
Terminals of Faro airport in Portugal
Faro airport consists of just one terminal building divided into two levels: the ground floor houses sixty check-in counters available to passengers and the security filter leading to the thirty six boarding gates, and the upper level accommodates the outlets, duty free shops, cafés and restaurants where travellers may spend their waiting time before flying. As is the case with Lisbon airport, this terminal is managed by ANA, which provides those passing through with free WiFi access (a quick registering process is required), a relaxation zone with phone chargers, a tourist information office, VAT refund assistance, baby changing rooms, currency exchange, money transfers, travel insurance service and two VIP lounges.
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