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Most of the larger international rental companies have desks in the Arrivals Hall. These companies include Avis, Europcar, Goldcar, Guerin/Enterprise, SIXT and Hertz.
Customers who rent a vehicle with one of these companies should go to the desks in Arrivals to sign the rental contract. Cars are collected from the on-site car rental compound which is located a short walk from the Arrivals Hall.
Some of the rental companies such as Zitauto have their collection/return point in the Faro Airport Car Park 4 (also called P4) area of the airport car park, which is also a short walk from the Arrivals Hall.
Several of the local car rental companies use a minibus shuttle bus service to take clients to their premises. Most of these companies are located just outside the airport along the airport link road which is a short drive from the airport.
Please check the fuel policy of the quote before booking a car. This can be found on your quote by selecting the "Rental Conditions" link.
There is a fuel station on the roundabout at the entrance to Faro Airport - it is recommended to refuel here if you have a "Collect Full / Return Full" rental.
Faro Airport is in the Montenegro district of Faro which is around 15-minutes drive from Faro centre.
The airport is approximately 10km from the A22 toll motorway which leads to Albufeira to the west, and Tavira and Spain to the east.
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 the main Algarve resorts, Lisbon and Spain. You can walk from the bus station to Faro train station in 5 minutes.
The Arrivals Hall ("Chegadas" in Portuguese) is located on the left 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.
The departures and check-in area at Faro Airport ("Partidas" in Portuguese) is located on the right as you enter 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.
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:-
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.
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.
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.
If you require a larger vehicle, Blue Valley Car Hire provide 9 seat self-drive minibus rental at airports throughout Europe. We do not provide rental of vehicles with over 9 seats.