Often overlooked, Faro is worth a stop.
Approximate flight time: 1 hours 50 minutes (total distance 1109 miles)
No of flights per week: 25
Airlines that fly direct: Jet2.com, Ryanair & TUI
No. of Airports in Faro: Faro
Seasons: High = July - August; Low = November - February
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
With a great selection of shops and restaurants and all the facilities you’d expect from an international airport in Britain’s second city, Birmingham Airport is a great choice for anyone flying from the UK.
A great way to kick start your holiday is by sitting down for a meal at the airport, and you’ll find a fantastic selection of cafés, bars and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy some delicious food before you fly. Head to All Bar One or Giraffe if you’d like a proper meal before you fly, both offer a varied menu, including cocktails! If you fancy, you could enjoy some fizz at the Bottega Prosecco Bar. Alternatively, you could grab something to take on the plane with you from Pret a Manger or M&S Food to Go.
A trip to the airport isn’t complete without browsing the shops and we’ve got lots to choose from. Head to World Duty Free for all your favourite brands at discount prices, pick up any health and beauty bits from Boots or grab a book for your flight at WHSmith Books. We’ve got fashion and beauty stores too, like Victoria’s Secret. Or, why not relax at Aerospa, which offers an array of beauty treatments in as little as 15 minutes?
We have five fantastic airport lounges where you can enjoy comfy seating, complimentary food & drinks, unlimited WiFi and runway views.
Birmingham Airport is easy to get to, whether you’re arriving by car, train, bus, or taxi. Drivers will find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal on foot or via the courtesy shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and save up to 70%.
Taxis can drop you right outside the terminal and, if you prefer to take public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International Airport train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail Link from the station that takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Whether you like to get through the airport as quickly as possible, or you enjoy spending time looking in the shops and having something to eat, check out our ‘Plan your Journey’ articles for the speedy or leisurely traveller.
Arriving at Faro Airport
Faro International Airport, also known as Algarve Airport, is located 4km west of Faro in Portugal and offers many onward travel options.
Bus is the cheapest way to travel to and from the airport. To get to the city centre, take the circuit 16 bus to Faro central bus station, journey time is around 20 minutes. If you’re planning on taking the train, there is also a bus stop next to the train station. There is currently no railway connection to Faro Airport, you will have to travel to Faro city centre to take the train anywhere.
A taxi to the city centre takes around 10 minutes and prices depend on the number of passengers and time of the day. If you’d like to drive yourself around Portugal, you will find various car rental options at the airport too.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Faro
Most people pass through the Algarve’s capital city without giving it a second glance but it’s worth a stopover. There’s an attractive marina, well-maintained parks and plazas, and a picturesque old town ringed by medieval walls. The nearest beach is a drive away, but you will find quiet seashores here, unlike Portugal’s more popular coastal resorts. With its culture and nearby lagoons of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, it’s a worthy holiday-destination.
The main language spoken in Faro is Portuguese, but a lot of people speak English very well. It’s always nice to make an effort and learn a few local phrases though.
Faro enjoys warm, sunny summers and mild winters. July is the hottest month in Faro with an average temperature of 24°C and the coldest is January at 12°C.
Culture in Faro
Faro is a historic and culturally rich city offering fascinating tourist attractions and an authentic Portuguese experience. The delightful historic centre of Faro is encircled by ancient city walls and contains a Gothic cathedral, the Bishop’s palace and pretty cobbled backstreets. Outside of the walls is the modern city centre, with its pedestrianised shopping streets, scenic plazas and variety of restaurants and bars.
The food in Faro is a mix of both regional Algarve dishes and more national Portuguese dishes. Restaurants range from hole-in-wall style joints, to more upmarket restaurants offering Michelin-style fine dining, so all tastes and budgets will be met. Specialities include piri-piri chicken, javali (wild boar) and pretty much all seafood. You can’t leave Portugal without trying a pastel de nata, and you’ll find these in every café in Faro and across the Algarve.