Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Faro 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.
We stayed in the airport for about 12 hours, find ways to entertain ourselves, such as using the HUGE floor space to play catch. -Barlow
FAO 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 Faro Airport.
What to Expect
The terminal at Faro Airport (code: FAO) was expanded and modernized in 2017. The airport handles a lot of low-cost airlines and gets particularly busy in summer with dozens of seasonal routes. Security queues can be slow, so arrive early for peace of mind.
Eateries and shops are reportedly very expensive and close overnight, so bring your own snacks or check out the grocery store a 10-minute walk from the airport. The good news is that WiFi is free. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter one of the airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
Overnight sleepers have no problem here, as long as you’re prepared to sleep landside (the airside closes nightly). While four-seat benches without armrests are scattered throughout; a sleeping bag or travel mat provides extra comfort. Keep your luggage nearby as homeless folks and sketchy characters may wander the terminal (this may be changing of late). Noise and cold temperatures are common complaints, so bring earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones and an extra layer. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Faro Airport Guide.
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. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Faro airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Hotel Aeromar – (6 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Hotel 3K Faro Aeroporto – (2 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Hospedaria Frangaria – (3 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggests a taxi or the No.16 bus. » Check Rates
- Ibis Faro Algarve – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Faro Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
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, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. 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!
Passes CIP Lounges – Location: Airside (Schengen and non-Schengen). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Unlimited free WiFi is available at Faro Airport. Connect to the “VINCI Airports wifi” network.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, Floor 1.
Baby Care Facilities – Baby-changing stations in the airport offer changing table, sink, and work area in a comfortable and private setting. There are six of these stations located throughout the airport, both landside and airside. ANA strollers are available for use in the airport, free of charge. Pick one up after you clear security, and leave it at your boarding gate when you’re done.
Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge.
Children’s Play Area – Information is not available.
Currency Exchange – Unicâmbio offers foreign currency exchange landside. Hours: 7:00AM – 11:00PM.
Duty Free & Shopping – Three duty-free stores are available. Airside – Departures zone (Hours: 4:00AM – 12:00AM) and Arrivals and Schengen zones (Hours: 7:00AM – 12:00AM). A small variety of boutiques and retail shops is also available.
Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. The Costa Coffee (Landside) operates from 4:00AM until the last flight. Vending machines are available landside.
Information Desk – Need help finding your way? Information desks can be found in locations both landside and airside. When in doubt there are also courtesy phones which are staffed between 6:00AM – 12:00AM.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage lockers are available for rent for €1.50 – €2.50 per item, per 4-hour storage period. Rates vary depending on the size of locker needed. Location: landside, near Car Park P5. Hours: 24 hours.
Luggage Wrapping – Safe Bag luggage wrapping is available in the Check-In area. Fee: unknown. Hours: 5:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon – Fri) and 5:00AM – 6:00PM (Sat and Sun).
Medical Services – The Portuguese Red Cross operates a first aid station onsite.
Mobile Charging – See Relax Zone below.
Post Office – Before you clear security, purchase stamps (from a stamp vending machine) and send off those postcards in the airport mailbox. Landslide, Floor 1.
Rest Zone – Look for Living Spot, a comfortable waiting area with seating, work area, interactive entertainment, mobile charging, and more. Location: Airside, near the shops and restaurants. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00AM.
Take precaution even when sleeping in the rest zones. In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them. Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.
Showers – Not available.
Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Faro and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Algarve Tours, Best Transfer 4U, Buzz Travel Agency, Escudo Tours, GreenBus, MTS (Mediterranean Travel Service), On Pro Travel Solutions, Tourist Information Desk and Top Atlântico. All agencies are located Landside with the exception of Buzz Travel which you will find Airside.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Faro airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air Nostrum • Air Transat • Arke Fly • Azores Airlines • BA CityFlyer • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Corendon • EasyJet • Edelweiss Air • Enter Air • Eurowings • Finnair • Germanwings • Icelandair • Jet Time • Jet2 • Jetairfly • Laudamotion • Lufthansa • Luxair • Norwegian Air • Ryanair • SAS • TAP Portugal • Thomson Airways • Transaero • Transavia • Travel Service • TUI • Volotea • Vueling • Wizz Air.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Two city bus lines access the airport: Linha 14 and Linha 16. Both lines travel between Faro beach and city center, via the airport with many stops in between. For timetables, stops and fares, go to the Próximo website.
Car rental desks are available in the public area of the Arrivals Hall. Onsite car rental agencies include: Avis/Budget/Payless • Europcar • Goldcar/Interrent • Guerin/Enterprise • Hertz • Sixt. Most are open 7:00AM – 12:00AM.
Taxis are readily available for hire 24 hours a day from taxi ranks at the airport, out on the street or by phone. Taxis can fit up to 4 people, and many are wheelchair-accessible. A surcharge applies for oversized luggage, and any highway tolls are added into the final fare. At the time of this update, the average price of the fare between the airport and the city of Faro is €10.00.
Last updated: 2020-06-16
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.