Faro International airport is airport of choice for millions of passengers each year looking to see all that the Algarve has on offer. Faro airport has flights from over 75 destinations in Europe and services almost 6 million passengers a year. Located around 3km from Faro city, this is the only convenient airport for holidaying in the Algarve. The nearest airport to Faro is actually in Seville in Spain which would add 200kms of driving to your journey exploring the Algarve. There are a lot of charter flights landing in Faro with tourists on package holidays and Faro is also a favorite for Golf for a lot of the year round due to it mild climate.
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Faro is a very busy airport during summer months, and pre-booking your rental car is advised. There are great car rental deals to be had most of the year, but it is always advisable to book well in advance for the July, August rush as prices increase along with demand for rental cars. The rental car desks are located on the right hand side of the Tour Operator desks once you pass through customs. Car rental providers in Faro airport include; Auriga Crown, Auto Jardim, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Guerin, Hertz, Sixt and Goldcar. Car Booker compares all their prices and their latest deals, so when you do a search with us, you will get the best price on your rental car.
A lot of visitors arrive on charter flights which have transport included. Those travelling independently or on golf holiday prefer a rental car to give them freedom to go where they want to do. If you choose to use public transport then you can get the bus into Faro city, it takes about 20 minutes, runs frequently and costs €1.90, however, it only goes to the city centre. If you are looking to get to the Algarve; take the city centre bus and a connecting one to where you want to go. Or get an airport shuttle buse which run regularly during the peak season. I would advise checking schedules of these buses in advance to ensure that you can get to your destination.
Faro itself is a beautiful historic city and well worth a visit. To truly see the Algarve at its best, you should rent a car and explore the small towns and surrounding countryside which will give you a true flavour of Portugal. You can see all this lovely area has to offer at your own pace. All the main tourist resorts are easy to access and with a rental car you can easily explore along the coast or do day trips. For golfers it is also perfect as you can try out as many of the great golf courses available as you have time for! These are the best known destinations along the Algarve; Albufeira (45 minutes), Lagos (1 hour), Quinta Do Lago (25 minutes), Vale Do Lobo (25 minutes), Vilamoura (30 minutes)