Faro Airport is the gateway to the holiday resorts of Portugal's Algarve. Opened in 1965 the airport has grown in step with the package holiday industry that has made the Algarve's coast one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations. Today nearly 8 million passengers on around 30 different airlines pass through Faro's single terminal building. Also known as the Algarve Airport it is located 4km from Faro which is fairly centrally located on this coast as well as being the regional capital. Whilst Faro city has a fascinating old quarter and there are some great beaches nearby most visitors head eastwards along the coast to one of the Algarve's better known resorts such as Vilamoura, Albufeira, Portimao, Quinta Do Lago, Vale Do Lobo or Lagos.
The terminal building at Faro is modern and has the whole range of facilities you would expect. There are ATMs, a bank, a post office, chemist, shops and a range of cafés and bars.
Getting to and from Faro Airport
Unlike Portugal's other international airports there is no direct train (or metro) link from Faro. The train station is in the city centre and there are the usual remaining options to get into town. Buses leave from just in front of the airport's terminal building. Whilst inexpensive there isn't much in terms of choice; it is either Faro city centre or nothing. Obviously you can pick up a bus that goes down the coast from Faro but it can be a little annoying having to head off in the wrong direction for 20 minutes. The taxi stand is next to the bus stop and you should be able to get a taxi into Faro for around the 15 euro mark although it will cost a little more after 9pm and at weekends. It might be a good option to take a taxi to your resort, especially if there are a few of you. The most you are likely to have to spend is around the 100 euro mark to get to Lagos.
IATA code: FAO / ICAO code: LPFR
Faro Airport 8001-701 Faro Portugal
Phone: +351 289 800 800 +351 289 800 617