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    Car hire from Faro Airport - plan your holiday

    The ideal way to start your holiday in the paradise-like Algarve region of Portugal is by booking a car hire at Faro Airport. You will be right in the middle of southern Portugal's beautiful coastline. You are sure to find the right vehicle for your holiday from Auto Europe's diverse fleet, so take a look today!

    As a renowned car rental broker with over 60 years' market experience, Auto Europe takes pride in its vast network of global suppliers. With Portugal being one of the most travelled holiday destinations in Europe, it comes as no surprise that we are offering not only car rental from Faro Airport, but also from all major cities, towns, and holiday resorts in the country. Explore the fantastic Algarve or Madeira during summer or go on a wine tasting tour in history-rich Lisbon or Porto. We make it possible!

    Faro is an excellent holiday choice for all who seek a charming scenic place with an abundance of sandy beaches, easy access to a nearby natural park, and a beautiful old town. Having a car during your stay in the Algarve means freedom, flexibility and hassle-free sightseeing at your own pace. For added peace of mind, check out what our customers say about Auto Europe's car rental services in the Algarve's capital by reading their latest comments on our Faro car hire reviews page.

    Airport Information

    The airport in Faro is a great place to start your Algarve adventure. Only two and a half miles from Faro city, this is the gateway to the whole region. Fly to Faro with low-cost airlines from London, Bristol, Glasgow, Birmingham and other cities in the UK. The airport first opened in 1965 and now sees a little bit over six million passengers a year, mostly visiting from March to October. Faro Airport became Ryanair's hub in 2010, which has contributed to its significance.

    Faro Airport (FAO)
    Address: 8001-701 Faro, Portugal
    Telephone: +351 289 800 800
    Airlines operating at Faro Airport: Numerous low-cost airlines operate flights from many airports in the UK, including easyJet, Flybe,, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Thomson Airways. British Airways also flies to Faro from London-Gatwick.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Faro Airport

    Many car rental desks are found inside the terminal, to the right as you exit the baggage reclaim area. A self-service option is also available with Europcar called the Premium Pick-up service, and offers clients the opportunity to pick up their rental car contactless via self-service key dispensers.

    If you have decided to rent a car at Faro Airport, remember to read your car hire voucher thoroughly and make sure you bring it with you, along with the main driver's driving licence and credit card. The opening hours below are just a general guide and subject to change. We strongly advise you to read your voucher before the trip and call us if you have any doubts or questions. It is crucial to communicate all flight changes including delays to Auto Europe immediately so that we can try to keep your rental car for you if you are late.

    Car hire desks operating hours

    Alamo Car Hire at Faro Airport Alamo at Faro Airport
    Est. Aeroporto Montenegro,
    Faro, Portugal 8000-124

    +351 289 107765
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Budget Car Hire at Faro Airport Budget at Faro Airport
    Est. Aeroporto Montenegro,
    Faro, Portugal 8000-124

    +351 289 818540
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 7:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Enterprise Car Hire at Faro Airport Enterprise at Faro Airport
    Est. Aeroporto Montenegro
    Faro, Portugal 8001-701

    +351 289 107765
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Europcar Car Hire at Faro Airport Europcar at Faro Airport
    Est. Aeroporto Montenegro
    Faro, Portugal 8005-999

    +351 289 817322
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Hertz Car Hire at Faro Airport Hertz at Faro Airport
    Est. Aeroporto Montenegro
    Faro, Portugal 8000-901

    +351 289 240951
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 6:00 AM - 11:59 PM


    The airport in Faro handles millions of passengers every year. However, due to the tourism boom in the Algarve, the authorities are looking into ways of optimising the building for a larger number of travellers. Renovation and expansion works often take place at the airport as a result of these attempts. Faro Airport consists of one terminal building divided into two areas - one for arrivals and one for departures. With two floors, and four modules with gates, the airport is compact in size and easy to navigate.

    Airport Facilities

    The airport has all the facilities a common traveller would need, and they include eating and shopping options, newspaper kiosks, ATMs, and a post office. Most of the dining options at Faro Airport are located in the middle of the terminal building after you pass customs. The airport mostly offers visitors cafes and fast food options, but also has a pub. Some cafes are also dotted airside. Coffee shops and restaurants are mostly open from early in the morning until late in the evening.
    After passing Airport Security, you will have an even better choice of bars and restaurants at your disposal to pass the time before your flight.
    Shops are mostly found after you pass through security control, and include kiosks and travel accessory shops, as well as shops selling luxury and artisan goods. Faro Airport also offers travellers unlimited access to free Wi-Fi.

    How to get to and from Faro Airport

    Driving your car hire from Faro Airport to central Faro is very simple, as the drive only takes ten minutes via the N125-10 road. Other destinations on the Algarve coast are also easy to reach: you can get to Albufeira in around 40 minutes by heading west on the A22 motorway. Further east on the A22, you will reach Lagos in about an hour. It is important to note that the A22 motorway now has tolls. We recommend asking the local car rental company how to best pay for the toll, if necessary. Although far in the South, Faro is only two and a half hours' drive from Lisbon, which makes for a great weekend road trip.

    There are many buses that can take you from Faro Airport to the city, such as lines 14 and 16. Most run between 5am and 11pm and are operated by Proximo. Taxis also make trips between the airport and Faro. The bus stops and taxi ranks are located facing each other directly outside the terminal building.

    More travel information and tips for driving in Portugal can be found on our dedicated page.

    Parking Tips

    If you wish to park on the street, you will, in almost all cases, be required to pay for parking using a meter. Be sure to carefully read all signs near the space that you have found. For example, if a parking sign says "Residentes", these spaces are reserved for residents. Parking in a car park is also worth considering. There are both paid and free car parks available in Faro. An underground car park is located at Avenida 5 de Outubro, near the centre. A free car park can be found close to Largo de São Francisco.

    Useful links

    Official Website of Faro Airport