Ponta Delgada Airport – João Paulo II (PLD) is located about 3 kilometres / 2 miles west of the city centre.
The Azores are an increasingly popular destination. Most international flights go to Ponta Delgada on São Miguel Island, the Azores’s largest island.
When you arrive at the airport, you have a few ways to transfer to your hotel. Here are the options.
Take a Taxi
Taxis usually line up outside in the arrivals area. They should have their rates visible. A ride between the airport and central Ponta Delgada costs €6-8. A luggage charge and night fee of around 20 percent may apply on trips to and from the airport.
Ponta Delgada’s Taxi Association also offers a transfer service to your hotel, made by advance booking, which means that they will be waiting for your flight at the airport. The service has a fixed price of €12 from the airport to your hotel. To use the service from your hotel back to the airport, the price is €10 . Check out www.taxispdl.com for more information.
Hire a Car
Renting a car is actually the best option to explore São Miguel Island. Some major car rental companies as well as local ones are represented on Ponta Delgada, and you can rent a car upon arrival at the airport between 6am and midnight from Monday to Sunday. To get the best deal, check out the websites and compare prices from some of the following car rental companies: Autatlantis, Europcar, Guerin, Hertz, Ilha Verde, Sixt and Wayzor.
At the time of writing, there’s no bus service (MiniBus) running between Ponta Delgada Airport and the city centre, despite being licensed.