João Paulo II Airport (PDL) is an international airport serving Ponta Delgada, located on the island of Sao Miguel, in the Azores archipelago. It was named after Pope John Paul II and it is the busiest airport on the Azores with around 2 million passengers per year. The airport offers flights to several European countries, as well as transatlantic flights to the USA and Canada. It also serves as a hub for Azores Airlines.
How to get to Ponta Delgada from Ponta Delgada Airport
There is a shuttle bus operated by MiniBus that connects the airport with most of the main sights in Ponta Delgada. The stations include Av. Príncipe do Mónaco, Rua de Lisboa, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, Rua João Melo Abreu (Calheta), Av. Dom João III, São Gonçalo, Antero de Quental, and Ramalho.
- The bus departs every hour between 05:00 am – 00:00 am, from Monday to Sunday.
- One-way ticket costs about 4.50 euros, return ticket costs about 6.50 euros
- Children and seniors have discounts prices while the ride is free for children up to 2 years old.
If you prefer a more comfortable ride over public transport, consider taking a taxi. You will find the rank of taxi vehicles at the Arrivals. Since the distance between the airport and Ponta Delgada is only about 2 km, you can reach it in 5 minutes. Depending on the destination in the city, the approximate fare should be between 20-25 euros.
Another way to travel from Ponta Delgada Airport is with a private, door-to-door transfer directly to your accommodation on the island. You can pre-book a transfer for a hassle-free experience, a professional driver will wait for you at the airport and take you to your destination.
Renting a car at Ponta Delgada Airport
Those who prefer to explore the area on their own, the best option would be to rent a car directly at the airport. You will find offices of several rental agencies at the airport such as Sixt, Hertz and Europcar. However, you can always rent a car online and avoid potential queues at the airport.
Renting a bus at Ponta Delgada Airport
Larger groups of passengers should consider renting a bus at the airport. However, it is recommended to book it online, so the bus rental companies have enough time to advise you on the meeting point and all other information.
FAQs – Ponta Delgada Airport
- I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
Shuttle bus service operates till midnight, but if arriving later than that, taxis and private transfers are at your disposal.
- Can I exchange money at the airport?
Yes, financial services are provided by Nova Câmbios and Santander Totta.
- I am continuing my journey outside Ponta Delgada. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
Not directly from the airport, you will need to reach Ponta Delgada to continue your journey. You can also look for any desired route on GetByBus.
- Does the airport have storage lockers?
Yes, the airport offers the Left Luggage service for as long as you need. Working hours are between 6:00 am and 00:00 am, the daily fee is around 4 euros.
- Is there a free WiFi service available at the airport?
Yes, the airport offers unlimited free WiFi service throughout the terminal.