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Amilcar Cabral Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Amilcar Cabral Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

There is one long row of benches, some of them are without armrests and perfect to lie on and get a sleep. – Piotras

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Amilcar Cabral Airport.

What to Expect

Amilcar Cabral Airport has a single, two-story terminal that serves a few year-round destinations plus a number of seasonal flights and charters. Facilities are said to be outdated but well maintained. Amenities include two restaurants, a snack bar, some shops, and free WiFi.  For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for its location and rates.

Where to Sleep

At the time of this update we have no sleep-related reviews. If you’ve visited this airport, please write a review to help future travellers! For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Amilcar Cabral Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Pousada da Luz Hotel Restaurant
    (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Pontao
     (15 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged through the hotel ($). » Check Rates
  • Hotel Sabura Ponta Preta
    (15 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged through the hotel ($). » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Amilcar Cabral Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Amilcar Cabral Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Banking Services – BCA and Caixa Económica offer full-service banking in the airport.

Currency Exchange – COTa Cambios offers currency exchange service in the airport. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, along with a selection of retail and souvenir shops.

Food & Drinks -There are two restaurants in the airport, along with a snack bar in the International departure terminal. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of any 24-hour dining options.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available in the airport clinic, 24 hours a day.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Showers can be found in the Safeport Business Aviation Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


As of February 2018, Amilcar Cabral airport is served by the following airlines: TUIfly • TAP Portugal • Luxair.


Car Rentals

At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm which car rental agencies are available onsite at Amilcar Cabral International Airport.

Shared Public Transportation

Travel like the locals do! “Alugueres” are shared-ride minibuses that travel on a well-organized route system for a fixed price. From Alugueres on Sal Island travel between Santa Maria, Espargos, and Palmeira.


Metered taxis are available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport, during airport hours of operation.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.