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Airports in Portugal

Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)

Overview

The main destination for flights to Portugal and the country's biggest airport, Humberto Delgado Airport serves 22.4 million passengers each year. Located around 3.6 miles (6km) north of Lisbon, flights to Lisbon Portela Airport come in from all around the world, including cities like London, Paris, Dublin, Toronto, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Maputo, Cancun, Boston, Luanda, Caracas, Miami, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul and New York.

The airport added a second terminal in 2007, although the original terminal houses most of the shopping and dining options, including a large food court built in 2013. Terminal 1 handles all international flights, while the smaller Terminal 2 is for domestic flights within Portugal and other low-cost carriers. Transferring between gates can take a few minutes, and even walking to baggage claim from the gates is a 10-minute journey.

Humberto Delgado Airport is clean and modern, although check-in desks can be disorganised with long queues at peak times. Officials have plans for further improvements over the next few years, meaning the passenger experience at Humberto Delgado Airport will only get better.

Location

The airport is around 3.6 miles (6km) north of Lisbon.

Getting to the city

The Metro operates from a station under the airport, running to the city between 6.30am and 1am. A one-way fare is €1.40, and a 24-hour pass is €6; both require the purchase of a Metro card for €0.50. Carris coaches run every day between 5.35am and 12.30am, connecting Lisbon Airport to the city centre. Tickets cost €1.80 when purchased on the bus, or you can buy a 24-hour pass for €6. The Aerobus also travels to the city centre every 20 minutes between 7am and 11.20pm; tickets start at €4.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +351 (0)21 841 3500

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Faro Airport (FAO)

Overview

Located just 2.5 miles (4km) from Faro, Faro Airport is a small facility in the Algarve region of Portugal, popular for its coastal holiday resorts.

Faro Airport sees over 6 million passengers each year. Long queues are commonplace at peak times and the airport is busiest during the summer months between March and October.

Location

The airport is 2.5 miles (4km) west of Faro.

Getting to the city

There is one bus line that runs between the airport and the Faro city centre from around 5.20am to 00.10pm daily. Tickets cost €2.22 and the journey takes 20 minutes. Buses to other parts of Algarve are available from the city centre. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank outside the terminal building with drivers waiting to take you to other destinations around Algarve. Their vehicles are identified by their black and green or beige colouring. Fares into the city centre are approximately €10.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +351 289 800 800

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João Paulo II Airport (PDL)

Location

1.9 miles (3km) west of Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island

Getting to the city

There is a bus to downtown Ponta Delgada, however taxis are the preferred method for city transfers as the airport is only 1.8 miles (3km) from the city centre.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October)

Contacts

+351 296 205 400

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Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO)

Overview

One of Portugal's busiest airports, Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport serves more than five million passengers each year, nearly half of which comes from Germany and France. However, the airport offers flights to many worldwide destinations. These include London, Toronto, Milan, Montreal, Amsterdam, Casablanca, Caracas and Zurich.

Located 6.8 miles (11km) northwest of Porto, the airport is a graceful structure with curving lines reminiscent of Gaudi. The interior, though spacious and comfortable, has an unfortunate lack of natural light. There are several dozen shops and restaurants, as well as a children's play area, Aerolândia, in the terminal.

Location

6.8 miles (11km) northwest of Porto.

Getting to the city

Porto Airport is served by the Metro's Violet Line. It runs to the Estádio do Dragão, operating every 20 to 30 minutes and dependent on the time and day of the week.

Taxis are available outside the terminal. Passengers may prefer to order one via phone.

Numerous shuttle companies transport passengers across the city from the airport. These include the Airport Shuttle, Barquense, getBUS, Goin'Porto, Ovnitur Viagens, Transdev and Autna.

STCP bus lines 601 and 602 run to Cordoaria from 5:30am to 23:30pm. Resende bus services operate every day except Sunday from 06h10 to 19h30, every 30 minutes. Schedules are altered on Sundays and public holidays, running every 40 minutes from 07h25 to 14h05 and every 30 minutes from 14h30 to 19h30.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).

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Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport (FNC)

Overview

Named after one of the island's favourite footballing sons, the Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport is a small but busy facility. Processing just under three million passengers a year, it is the primary gateway and thoroughfare to the other island resorts of Portugal.

It is considered one of the most unique airports in the world, wedged between mountains and equipped with a runway that extends out over the Atlantic Ocean. 230 feet (70m) tall and supported by 18 columns, it is one of the trickiest landings for even the most experienced pilots.

Located eight miles (13km) from the city of Funchal, it underwent modernisation efforts in 2016. While still retaining the single terminal, it has since introduced a brand new shopping area with a good selection of outlets selling local souvenirs, including excellent Madeira wine and traditional cakes.

Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport also has a few restaurants and cafés. A hub for visitors across Europe and the world, it regularly welcomes flights from destinations like London, Paris, Oslo, Moscow, Amsterdam, Milan, Glasgow, Helsinki and Vienna. However, many routes are seasonal however, operating only during peak summer months.

Location

The airport is located eight miles (13km) from the city of Funchal.

Getting to the city

The Aerobus travels between the airport and Funchal at €5 per adult ticket. Children will be charged €2.50. Schedules may change so it is advisable to look up timetables before organising your journey.

Buses are available every day with routes that reach across the island. Research these routes for times and destinations. Each ticket will cost €3.35.

The taxi rank at Madeira Airport is on the ground floor outside the arrivals gate.

Time

GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

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Humberto Delgado Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

Our Travel Expert

Steve Masters first visited Portugal in 1989 and, later, lived in Porto for several years before returning to the UK. He speaks the language and is well versed in the culture of Portugal. He currently works on behalf of Rocha Brava, a holiday resort located in the Algarve.

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