Travelling abroad on holiday is always exciting, especially when
travelling to a relaxing destination such as the Algarve.But can
you imagine being stuck in the boarding queue, drooling over that
relaxing beachside with a mojito in hand… and suddenly, you get
stopped! Your luggage is slightly heavier than you had anticipated.
You just had to bring that extra jacket! Or even worse, you forgot
to download the kids' show off Netflix - you are in for a
wonderfully agitated flight.
If you want to prevent finding yourself in a pickle during your
flight to Faro, we recommend that you have a read through our guide
on how to plan the perfect flight.
Choosing the right airport
When you have finally decided to travel to the Algarve the
obvious choice from the Portuguese airports is the local, central
based airport of Faro. The official IATA designation is FAO, so
remember to check the boarding panels for this code.
The airport is located just 4 miles off the city, so you can
expect a quick 5-minute drive once you land. The airport has just
been expanded, so you can expect a bigger, more comfortable arrival
zone if you have previously travelled here.
The airport also has a variety of stores from Sunglass Hut to
Swarovski for any time you happen to wait pre-flight, or for any
last-minute shopping before you return home. You will also find
fast food restaurants like Burger King and Subway, coffee shops
such as Costa Coffee and the Portuguese coffeeshop Delta, and even
two pubs, Mulligan's, and Carlsberg's Sports Bar.
You will also find several ATMs, free wi-fi, a pharmacy and
along with other various stores, a duty-free store available before
There is also a number of car rental firms from Hertz to Sixt,
or if you prefer you can contact us directly and we will assure you
for a vehicle waiting right outside your property when you
Portugal has been following all the necessary safety and health protocols, and
airports are no exception. You can expect to have your temperature
taken upon arrival and mandatory mask usage indoors.
Booking your flight
Once you figure out what airport you are off to, it is now time
to book your tickets.
The average flight time from the UK to Faro is 3 hours for all
direct flights, so you will not be in the plane for too long.
There are several companies that fly direct flights from
different locations in the UK straight to Faro Airport, so we have
compiled a small list for you:
British Airways; EasyJet; Norwegian;
British Airways; Thomas Cook Airlines; Ryanair; Jet2.com
Jet2.com; Ryanair; Thomas Cook Airlines;
EasyJet; Jet2.com; Ryanair;
If you would like some assistance in the booking process feel
free to contact Quinta Rentals and we will be happy to book a
flight for you.
Be sure to remember to check the appropriate boarding gate
travelling to FAO in accordance with your airline.
Packing your bags
When the big day finally comes you will want to have your bags
all packed and ready to go.
Just like any other airport, in Faro the rules and regulations
apply to everyone. As far as luggage goes, you are not allowed to
take any liquids in your hand luggage, and it is advisable that you
carry only your essentials with you, as to prevent any further
delays during baggage checks.
In case you are bringing any medicine such as tablets or insulin
needles, we advise you to bring a prescription, just in case.
Much like liquids, under no circumstance will you be allowed to
bring any products with compressed air, such as deodorant
If you happen to smoke you are allowed to carry tobacco with
you, but you must not smoke anywhere in the airport or in the
airplane itself, with exception to any designated areas deemed
Depending on the airline chosen there will be a limit to how
much your hold luggage can have. With British Airways for example,
the limit is 23 and 32 kilos, depending whether your flight is
European or International, respectively.
Enjoy your flight
Now that the time has finally come, remember to prepare a
checklist with all the necessary baggage and personal items that
you need to bring with you, such as your passport, boarding
tickets, medicine, a phone charger or a power bank for your mobile
and tablet - on that note, do remember to download a movie off
Netflix to keep you and the children entertained during the
Although only a very limited number of airlines within Europe
offer wi-fi, such as Norwegian Air, this is a unique opportunity to
relax and disconnect. After all, a 3-hour flight may seem short,
but when was the last time the phone gave you a break with those
Your holiday in Algarve awaits you, so be sure to keep these
friendly tips in mind and enjoy your flight!