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How to travel to the Azores

If you've ever wondered how to get to the Azores, where you can travel from, and how to find economical tickets, this article will help you.

As the Azores are territorially isolated from the continents by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, this means that there are only two ways to get there: by boat and by plane. Although the idea of sailing across the ocean to the Azores may seem like an interesting and adventurous proposal, we know that it is not feasible for everyone. It is reserved for those who have their own boat or for those who travel by cruise and pass through the Azores. In short, there is no regular passenger maritime transport to the Azores. Therefore, the option of traveling by plane remains, which is the fastest and most economical way to get there.

What are the airports in the Azores?

All the islands have an airport, but not all are entry points to the region. Ponta Delgada Airport (João Paulo II Airport) is the largest and busiest in the Azores, with regular flights to and from several cities in Portugal and abroad. Other entry airports include Horta Airport, Pico Airport, and Santa Maria Airport.

Where can I fly to the Azores from?

For the Azores, there are flights from various departure points. Lisbon, Porto, Funchal, New York, Toronto, Boston, Copenhagen, Madrid, London, Gran Canaria, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg, and Paris are some of the airports with direct connections to the Azores, and this list may increase in spring and summer.

What are the airlines that fly to the Azores?

In addition to the airlines with daily flights - SATA Air Açores, TAP Air Portugal, and Ryanair, Air France, Azul Linhas Aéreas, Lufthansa, and Delta Airlines also offer direct flights to the Azores.

SATA, TAP, and Ryanair have daily flights from Lisbon and Porto airports, and there are offers at various times. SATA also makes regular or occasional flights from Funchal, Boston, Toronto, Cape Verde (Praia Francisco Mendes), and Bilbao. TAP also includes Boston flights in its offerings, and Ryanair flights from London.

With the other airlines, it is possible to find direct international flights from New York, Copenhagen, Madrid, London, Gran Canaria, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg, and Paris. If you are not near any of these airports, you can take connecting flights to the most convenient airport to discover the Azores.

Now that you know where you can fly to this dream destination, with its lush nature, stunning landscapes, and pleasant climate, also know that finding cheap flights to this archipelago can be a challenge, especially during the high season. Fortunately, there are some useful tips that can help you save money on the purchase of air tickets to the Azores.

The price of tickets is calculated in a complex and variable way. A ticket for the same destination, at the same time, on the same airline, in the same class, can have many different values. There are many factors that determine the price of an airline ticket. The main ones are date, season, travel time, and advance purchase.

Before telling you what to do, I must say that it is no use looking for flash promotions or promotional prices in the early morning, nor is it certain that a low-cost airline always has a better price than a non-low-cost airline. So let's see the best way to find economical flights to the Azores.

Compare prices

It may seem like a basic suggestion, but sometimes due to excitement or laziness to browse several sites, we forget to compare prices. Know that this task is facilitated by available price aggregators, such as Googleflight or Skyscanner. These systems make a real-time comparison of the available offers, making the task of making comparisons very easy.

Book in advance, but not excessively.

Another way to save money on flights to the Azores is to book in advance. If you know in advance when you plan to travel, make your reservation about two months before your trip. This will allow you to get the best rates, especially if you plan to travel during the high season. There are indicators that point to the best price being about two months before the trip. So if you already know the date you are visiting the Azores and have time to plan, be aware.

Flexibility in dates.

If you can be flexible with the dates of your trip, you will certainly save even more on the purchase of airline tickets to the Azores. Some airlines offer lower prices on certain days of the week, and we have heard that the most economical days to book are usually Tuesday and Wednesday. Of course, flying during the low season is usually a cheaper option than traveling during the high season. In the case of the Azores, March is usually the cheapest month to travel.

Flight time.

If you are planning to visit the Azores, consider the possibility of going to Pico Island, but avoid peak times for your plane trip. There is a tendency for the first morning flight and the last night flight to be the flights with the lowest prices. However, this is not valid for every day, so researching and being flexible are again key words.

Connection flights

Depending on your geographical location, choosing one airport or another may result in savings. Sometimes, traveling to a slightly more distant airport can compensate in terms of the cost of the ticket. Take into account all the expenses associated if you make this decision. The price of the airline ticket is only part of the cost of the trip. The same applies to arrival in the archipelago. For example, if your destination is São Miguel Island, it may occasionally be more economical to choose a flight that stops in Terceira or vice versa.

Stay tuned for promotions

Airlines often offer promotions and discounts on flights to the Azores. A good idea to stay updated with current promotions is to subscribe to the newsletter of social networks and travel websites to be notified when this happens.

Use miles and reward cards.

Finally, if you travel frequently or are a member of a program that grants discounts on tickets, don't forget to use them.


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