Portugal with a Baby or Toddler

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You can fly to Lisbon from Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair

Flights to Portugal

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  • You can fly to Lisbon from Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair, flight time is approximately 2 hours 50 minutes. You can fly direct  to Lisbon from London and other UK airports with Easyjet, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and British Airways. Flight time is 2 hours 45 minutes.
  • There are flights to Faro from Cork and Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair. This is the jumping off point to the Algarve and southern coast of Portugal. Flight time from Cork to Faro  is 2 hours 30 minutes direct and from Dublin it is 2 hours 55 minutes. You can fly to Faro from London Gatwick with Easyjet and from London Luton with eDreams. You can also fly to Faro from Glasgow and Birmingham with Thomson. Flight time from London to Faro is 2 hours 55 minutes and from Edinburgh it is 3 hours 20 minutes.
  • All inclusive package holidays are a popular way to travel to Portugal and may save you money as you will be paying for your flights and accommodation together. Thomson, First Choice and Monarch offer package holidays to the Algarve from the UK. If you are travelling from Ireland you can go with Budget Travel, Sunway and Falcon Holidays.

For tips on the various airlines including weight allowances and policies concerning babies and toddlers click here. For tips on getting air travel with a baby or toddler click here.

What to Expect On Arrival

Lisbon Airport

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  • Lisbon airport is an old but well organised airport only 6 km from the city itself.
  • Transport – You can travel from the airport by metro, by the special Aerobus service or by taxi. The metro is the cheapest and fastest mode of transport and costs only €1.40 for a one way ticket. The Aerobus departs from the parking bay in front of the arrivals area and costs €3.50 and takes you to Baixa. Taxis cost about €15.00 to Lisbon city centre but considerably more to resort towns so remember to negotiate your fare before leaving or request the driver to switch on the meter.
  • Car seats are not mandatory in Portugal and if you do not wish to bring your own you will need to travel with your baby on your lap in taxis. You could also opt to rent a car seat from Baby Storage Rooms and these can be delivered to your hotel or to the airport on arrival. Best Airport Transfers, Lisbon also offers collection by taxi with a car seat free of charge but you will need to pre book this service.
  • Facilities – There is no Wifi in Lisbon airport and the restaurants and cafes are quite expensive. There is a play area for kids in terminal 1 and baby changing facilities are also available.
  • Many of the low budget airlines have long check in queues and board from the tarmac parking bays with passengers being transported between the terminal and the airplane by bus. You will probably need to traverse stairs and airplane steps for these flights.  Keep this in mind and get to the airport in plenty of time.

Faro Airport

  • Faro Airport is situated on Portugal’s Algarve coast and is quite small. The airport is located just 4 kms from the main city area. There are no trains at the airport but most people tend to hire a car or take a bus or a taxi to their resort which can take anything up to 2 hours depending on where you are staying.
  • There are international car rental desks at the arrivals area along with ATM machines and a tourist information desk. You can hire a taxi with a baby car seat from Algarve 365, who specialise in providing transfers from Faro airport to the resorts with a range of baby and toddler seats to suit all sizes as does Faro Airport Transfers however you will need to pre-book. There is also a children’s play area in the airport and changing facilities for when you are departing.

Jet Lag – Portugal is only 1 hour ahead of Ireland and the UK so your baby should have no trouble adjusting to the change. If you are staying for a short time you could keep your baby or toddler on home time to help him or her adjust.



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