Book your cheap flights to Faro, Portugal now

The Algarve is home to delightful beaches in Albufeira, Lagos, and Olhao as well as interesting attractions such as the Capela de Ossos and the Archeological Museum. To get there from the UK, take flights to Faro, the capital of the region. Choose from both budget and scheduled commercial airlines that service the area.

Skyscanner (skyscanner.net) gives a good picture of departing flights to Faro. You can leave from all London airports, Manchester, Liverpool, and Bournemouth as well as Belfast and Glasgow. Leeds, Bristol, and the East Midlands are also alternative take off points.

For those with connecting flights at London Heathrow, TAP, Swiss Air, Brussels Airlines, Berlin Air, and Lufthansa will get you there. Air fares start at £294.

Unless you are on a business trip and would like to make stop overs in any of the connecting cities such as Zurich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and Brussels, taking indirect flights on the scheduled airlines is costing you time and money.

In contrast, direct flights operated by budget airlines take you to Faro immediately giving you the chance to unwind quickly for that relaxing breakaway.

EasyJet (easyjet.com) charges £66 for a roundtrip ticket and you can also add hotels of your choice at attractive rates. A ticket on BMI Baby will cost you £83 leaving from Belfast. British Airways, Flybe, Jet2, and Ryanair fly from Edinburgh to Faro.

If you're leaving from Aberdeen, BA and Lufthansa are possible choices. Monarch Airlines (monarch.co.uk) sell inexpensive tickets to Faro starting at £69 and Thomson Airways (thomson.co.uk) at £103. BA will charge you roughly £154 for a roundtrip ticket leaving from London City airport. Or, hop a charter flight operated by Thomas Cook (flythomascook.com). Prices begin at £191 during peak season.

Flying time is quite reasonable at 2 hours and 45 minutes. The airport itself is easy with enough signage to guide you.

Give a thought to car hire as this is probably a cost and time effective means of getting around the Algarve. Choose from 8 car rental companies that are present at the airport such as Hertz, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, and Budget.

Reserve your car in advance and if flights to Faro are coming in late, tell the agency so you could pick up the car upon arrival. In other cases, keys to the car could be left in one of their counters. If you are also leaving on an early flight, simply drop them off in the company box and you're all set. Remember to look at your contracts as most companies ask for a full tank before giving the car back.

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