Faro Airport Information
Faro Airport is the gateway to the holiday resorts of the Algarve region of Portugal. The airport is located around 6 km from the centre of Faro, and around a 30 minute drive to Vilamoura, and a 45 minute drive to the resorts of Albufeira to the east, and Tavira to the west. Allow around an hour to get from Faro Airport to the western resorts of Alvor, Lagos and Portimao.
Faro Airport only has a single terminal building for all arrivals and departures. As of 2016, the airport is undergoing major refurbishment.
There is no train station at Faro Airport, but there are regular buses to Faro city centre which is located near the Marina. The bus station has connections to major the Algarve resorts, Lisbon and Spain. You can walk from the bus station to Faro train station in 5 minutes.
Faro Airport Arrivals
The Arrivals Hall ("Chegadas" in Portuguese) is located on the left hand side as you enter the terminal building.
In peak summer periods (mid-July to late August) there can be long queues of holidaymakers at customs control, and it can take 10-15 minutes to clear customs. To avoid the queues there are automatic barrier exits if you have a micro-chipped passport.
Faro Airport Departures
The departures and check-in area at Faro Airport ("Partidas" in Portuguese) is located to the right hand side of the terminal building. There are baggage weighing machines in the departures area which are worth using to check the weight of your luggage and avoid costly excess baggage charges.
Services at Faro Airport
Most of the airport services and facilities except for the Duty Free shopping are located in the Arrivals Area. Here you will find the following services:-
- Faro Airport information desk run by ANA (Balcao de Information)
- Tourist information desk
- Meeting Point (in front of the Airport information desk)
- Police Office
- Santander Bank
- Post Office (ctt correios)
- Chemist (Farmacia - look for the Green Cross)
- Money exchange (Unicambio)
- Newsagent/gift shop (Relay)
- Cashpoint machine (located at the front of the Relay newsagent)
- Golf equipment hire shop clubstohire.com
If you require any information about facilities at the airport, go to the Airport Information desk where you can ask questions in English.
There is a Costa Coffee at the departures end of the terminal building, and a Delta coffee bar outside the Arrivals Hall where you can enjoy a coffee in the sun if you have time to spare.
Airlines Operating at Faro Airport
With the advent of low cost flights and the popularity of the Algarve as a tourist destination, many of the low cost operators such as Ryanair and Easyjet now fly to Faro throughout the year. UK airports flying to Faro include Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Shannon and Stansted.
Flight times from the UK to Faro Airport are typically around 2½ to 3 hours depending on jet stream and wind direction.
Parking at Faro Airport
There is short term parking at the front of the terminal building costing around 2€ per hour.
If you are flying your outward journey from Faro Airport, there is long term parking on site in the P2 parking area which is a short walk from the terminal building.
There are no hotels at Faro airport, the closest are located at Faro Beach (Praia de Faro) and in the local suburb of Montenegro. At Faro beach, Hotel Aeromar offers excellent value with sea views and good food. In suburban Montenegro both Hotel Monaco and Hotel Ibis are more modern hotels which provide a good stopover, but there isn't that much to do outside the hotels.
In Faro, Hotel Eva offers great views of Faro Marina and is the premier hotel in Faro centre. Hotel Faro is located opposite the Marina but is priced more economically.