Faro Airport Information
Faro Airport is the only one along Portugal's popular Algarve coast and in relative terms it's quite a small provincial airport. Having said that, there was a significant growth in passenger numbers last year with the biggest markets for growth coming from travellers from the UK, France and Spain.
The airport is located just 4km from the main city area, and although it is small Faro City is certainly worth a visit but is often (sadly) overlooked by many visitors to the area. Most people tend to head east along the Algarve to the main resorts of Quinta Do Lago, Vale Do Lobo, Vilamoura, Albufeira, Portimao and Lagos.
In terms of alternative airports there is very little choice I am afraid. The nearest main airport to Faro is Seville Airport in Spain. Situated about 200km from the main Algarve resorts it would take between 2 and 2.5 hours to drive between Seville and The Algarve.
Portugal's capital Lisbon and Jerez in Spain are the other two nearest airports but both are around three hours drive away. Unless you are interested in doing a lot of travelling then these are not really viable alternatives.
You won't find any trains at the airport but most people tend to hire a car or take a taxi to their holiday destination, with the furthest resorts little more than an hour by taxi or car.