Faro airport is located just 4 kms from the town of Faro, and 15km for Luz do Sol. It serves the entire Algarve region and southern Spain. From Faro airport you can travel across the region by taxi, airport transfer, car hire or public transport.
Access to and from the airport couldn’t be easier. Within minutes of leaving the terminal you can be on the main highway, the A22 (also called the Via do Infante). This highway runs East to West across the Algarve and over to the Spanish border. Electronic Tolls have been introduced on this road (since Dec. 2011) are there are several (overly complicated! ) ways to pay these. Alternatively, stay on the EN 125, which also runs right across the Algarve and is toll free.
Faro airport has all the facilities one would expect – baggage protection, currency exchange, pharmacy, first aid post, cafés, snack bars and restaurants (be warned – prices are greatly inflated!). Good to know if you did hire a car, is that there is a petrol station about 200 m from the departure terminal, so that you can top up the tank before returning the car. Outside there are plenty of shops and a small food-court and a play area for children.
Faro airport is airy, colourful and easy to figure out. After landing you pass through passport control. The most important thing you need to know about passport control is that if you are travelling with a minor (younger than 18) who is not your child, you need written and signed authorisation from this child’s parents and the local (point of origin) authorities. So if your son or daughter wants to bring a friend on holiday, please come prepared with written authorisation.
Once you have retrieved your luggage, you come out into the arrivals hall. If you have arranged a hire car, a representative of the company will be there to meet you and take care of the transaction. If you have booked a shuttle or private transfer to your accommodation look out for your name on a placard. All the main tour operators are also well represented at the airport.
For your return journey, once you enter the departures terminal you can see the large information boards with up to the minute information on check-in desks and departure times. All members of a group travelling must be present at check-in (that means one can’t drop off the hire car while another does the check-in). There are plenty of trolleys (no coin needed) and there is a porter service, if required.
If you can’t find a flight to Faro or if you fancy travelling around Portugal then you can always fly into Lisbon Airport. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is around 250 kms to the north of The Algarve. Driving time from Lisbon to The Algarve is around 2.5 / 3 hours.
The airport has recently undergone a major revamp to the terminal. There has been an increase of size both in the operating areas and in the public area. The retail area and food court have also been expanded and revitalised. The capacity of the passenger terminal has been changed to a new system of lanes that allows 30 movements per hour, instead of 24, and the parking of 30 to 37 aircraft.
All in all, travelling via Faro Airport is now a much-improved and pleasant experience, fitting for the 21st century.
Airport assistance can be pre-booked and arranged when booking flights:
- Help with bags and checking in
- Help with getting through the security area
- Help with boarding the aircraft
- Hire of airport wheelchairs and much more
At Faro airport there is assistance to persons with reduced mobility – the My Way service, that complements the wide range of facilities available at ANA airports which specifically aims to offer assistance to disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility.