Guide to Faro Airport in Portugal

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Faro Airport Information

Faro International Airport is the only airport in the Algarve and is located at the edge of the Rio Formosa around a 15 minute drive from the centre of Faro. Each year millions of tourists from around the world pass through the airport on their way to holiday destinations across the Algarve.

There are many companies offering flights to Faro Airport including low cost airlines such as Ryanair, Monarch and Easyjet. Flights in to Faro often come in from the sea, offering great views of the city of Faro and the Algarve during the descent.

The airport itself is not that big compared to the larger UK airports, and finding your way around is generally quite straight forward. There are no train services at the airport, but there are plenty of buses and taxis available into Faro which has a rail connection to the main tourist resorts, Spain and Lisbon. The train station is easily walkable from Faro city centre.

Driving from Faro to holiday destinations along the Algarve is relatively easy. The roads are not busy compared to the UK, and once you get away from Faro itself the rush hour traffic is minimal. Traffic around Faro can be busy from around 8.30-9AM and 6-7PM.

Whether you are heading East or West, generally it is best to head for the A22 which is signposted from the airport. Follow directions for Albufeira to go west or Spain (Espanha) for Tavira.

If you arrive early at the airport, or if you want to get something to eat before heading on to your destination, Montenegro is situated approximately 1 km from the airport. There are a few small cafes on Montengro high street where you can sit outside and enjoy the sun with a beer or a coffee before continuing on your journey. Alternatively, at the Faro airport roundabout follow the signs for Praia de Faro and in 5 minutes you will be at Faro beach. 

Flight arrivals/departures

For flight times at Faro Airport please visit the ANA website.

Places to Stay close to Faro Airport

Faro Airport is located in the Montenegro district to the west of Faro. If you have an early morning/late night flight there are a couple of hotels in Montenegro which may be analternatve to an early morning/late night drive. Montenegro is not a typical tourist destination, so most people don't speak English. It has a few shops including several typical Algarve Pastelarias (pastry/coffee shops), where you can sit outside and watch Algarve people going about their everyday lives.

Hotel Ibis Faro

Approx. 3km from Faro Airport and within easy walking distance of Montenegro shops and the Forum Algarve (JUMBO) shopping centre. Has outdoor pool.

Hotel Monaco (Montenegro)

Approx 2km from Faro Airport and has outdoor pool. Very reasonably priced.

Hotel Aeromar (Faro Beach)

Approx 3km from Faro Airport Hotel Aeromar is located across the road from Faro beach (follow signs for Faro beach from the Faro Airport roundabout). Ideal if you want to be in a fairly quiet locaion next to the sea.

The Pousada de Estoi Hotel

Approx 10 km from Faro Airport on the outskirts of Faro. The 19th century Palace of Estoi has now been into converted to a hotel. With its fantastic architecture and gardens, this is a great hotel for those seeking a quiet break.

Distances from the Airport to Algarve Resorts

Distances from Faro Airport to some of the main Algarve resorts are given below:

  1. Faro to  Albufeira 45km/28 miles
  2. Faro to Lagos 91km/57 miles
  3. Faro to Portimao 60km/37 miles
  4. Faro to Tavira 40km/25 miles

Car Hire at Faro Airport

Blue Valley car hire offer low cost Faro Airport car hire

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This article was published on 2010/10/08