How to get to the Azores

Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores are easy to reach.

There are daily flights from Lisbon to the islands of São Miguel (John Paul II Airport), Terceira (Lajes Airport) and Faial (Horta´s Airport). There are also regular flights from Porto to Ponta Delgada. Each trip takes about two hours.

These flights are carried out by the main Portuguese air company TAP Portugal and by the Azorean air company SATA International. There are also low cost airline companies flying to the Azores. Additionally, in certain times of the year, there are also charter flights from some European cities directly to Ponta Delgada. SATA International also flies regularly to the USA (Boston, Massachusetts) and to Canada (Toronto).

There are also daily flights between the islands. And from May to October you can travel between them by ferry. Tickets for students are about 35 to 40 euros. You may contact our Student Board at the University. 

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If you land in São Miguel, John Paul II Airport is about 5 km from the center of the city of Ponta Delgada, and a taxi ride is between 7 and 10 euros. Autobus from the airport is around 5 euros.

If you land in Terceira, Lajes Airport is located 22 km from the city of Angra do Heroísmo, and the average taxi ride is about 20 euros.
If you land in Faial, Horta’s Airport is located 10 km from the city, and the average taxi ride is about 12 euros.

If you wish to rent a car, several local companies operate at the three airports. To rent a car you should go to the airport’s car rental counters located in the Arrivals area or you can make your reservation in advance.

Some words in Portuguese

University – Universidade

Hello – Olá

Good Morning – Bom dia

Good Afternoon – Boa tarde

Good Evening/Night – Boa Noite

How are you? – Como está?

Please – Por favor

Could you please help me? – Pode ajudar-me, por favor?

Yes – Sim

No – Não

Breakfast – pequeno-almoço

Lunch – almoço

Dinner – jantar

ATM – Multibanco

Bus – Autocarro/minibus