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Located in the most southerly district of Portugal, Faro is the head of the Faro district, comprised of 16 municipalities, as well as being the capital of the Algarve region. Along the Algarve coast Faro Airport is the only major transportation hub available to sun seeking travellers in this popular holiday destination.  Car rental companies are an ever-present in this region in order to provide the large number of visitors with the means to explore Portugal’s stunning Iberian coastline.  Faro Airport is located only 4km from the city it shares its name with. The nearest alternative airport is across the border in the Spanish city of Seville. Because of this Faro Airport is a large hub that offers its visitors a wealth of amenities, entertainment and flights to choose from. Driving distance from Faro Airport There are eight hire car hire companies situated at Faro Airport, providing travellers with the opportunity and freedom to independently explore the south coast of Portugal.  Faro is close to a number of larger resorts and having a vehicle is extremely useful for travellers that wish to see the sandy landscapes of this region.            

Car Hire at Faro Airport

The majority of the eight car rental companies within Faro Airport are located just outside the arrivals hall. Helpful signs are available to ensure travellers are easily acquainted with their car rental providers.The most prevalent car rental companies at the airport are a mixture between regional and international brands. Most of the larger companies offer a variety of vehicle styles, ranging from eco-friendly motors to luxury sports cars, as well as offering a range of add-ons such as insurance for younger drivers, GPS and child booster seats. Each company operates slightly differently, with different companies following different policies. For example, several companies at Faro airport won’t rent cars to under 25s or to anyone who has been driving for less than a year, whereas other companies are happy to do so.  Certain firms may implement an additional daily charge for cars rented to younger drivers or add on an extra insurance package. Making sure the vehicle is fitted with air conditioning is important for those planning a summer trip when local temperatures can break the mercury at more than 30 degrees.Although it is relatively easy to hire a car on the spot, it is always advisable to make a reservation before your arrival. This not only allows for your specific requirements to be met, it also guarantees the opportunity to hit the ground running and see the bright lights and beaches of the Algarve. It is also important to note that, when reserving or pre-paying for a car, be sure to check the identification required by the company when you go to collect the vehicle. Most companies require a driver’s license, passport and credit card, but make sure to check with your company before you travel for their identification policy.

Faro Airport Guide

Faro Airport has a wide range of facilities that cater for business and leisure travellers, and those enjoying a holiday with their family. There are a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars placed around the airport for a quick nibble and refreshing drink. In the general public area, before security, there are three café style shops, including a Costa Coffee, a patisserie and a café selling local Portuguese cuisine. Airside, after security, there are seven eateries including a second Costa Coffee and a food court selling a selection of international cuisine. A private smoking lounge is also still running.  The airport has a wide selection of shops catering for the diverse range of its passengers, from fashion shops to book stores there is an ample selection. Before security there is a smaller selection of shops including a newsagents and a golf equipment shop. No prizes for guessing the most popular vocation in this part of the world.

The majority of shops are located past security, including Accessorize, Sun Glasses Hut and a large duty free store. These stores sell everything from perfume to Portuguese delicacies. Shop opening times vary, however the majority remain open until the last flight of the day has taken off. The airport also provides business services within one of its lounges, suitable for conferences and meetings, as well as providing the option of audio visual equipment and Wi-Fi.Other features of the airport include baggage storage sections, a luggage seal service, porters, ATMs, a post office and bank, as well as a lost and found department. There is also a help service for disabled passengers who are in need of assistance. My Way, the personalised service, must be booked in advance and will allow the passenger to have a fully trained member of staff help check-in luggage, help navigate the passenger through security and passport control, and  assist them in boarding their plane. Airport officials have made a real effort to ensure families can enjoy their layover at Faro Airport, with a children’s play area and a variety of children’s entertainment units throughout the terminal, as well as baby changing facilities. All designed to make sure mum and dad can take a much needed break if they need it. A number of hotels are located within a short distance of the airport, as well as a variety of larger and more luxurious private villas that are available to rent. The airport has a selection of other transportation systems in place for visitors that decide to pick up their car from a city location, of which there are five in Faro alone. A regular bus service runs from the airport into the city centre throughout the day, and from there a train connection can be caught.

Driving to Faro Airport:

Drivers can follow the A22 from east or west to reach the airport. From the North the A1 is the largest and most direct route into the area. 

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