Arriving to Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island
The Azores Islands are a Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, located about 1,500 km (930 miles) from Lisbon and about 3,900 km (2,400 miles) from the east coast of North America.
The main entry point is João Paul II (Nordela) International Airport (PDL/LPPD) which handles domestic/regional traffic to São Miguel Island, as well as international flights from Europe and North America. Several European and North American carriers fly to São Miguel. SATA International and TAP Air Portugal are the primary Portuguese air carriers serving the island. Ryanair operates daily flights from and to Lisbon and Porto.
Arriving from the Airport to the City
The João Paulo II Airport (PDL) is only a short distance from Ponta Delgada center, so it’s a quick trip into the city. You can choose for a taxi, which takes about 10 minutes, or you can take a Shuttle Bus. The Shuttle runs approximately every 20 minutes, go to the main hotels in the city and the tickets can be purchased inside the airport.
October is the high tourism season in Azores: please be sure to book in advance and in due time your flights and your accommodation, as vacancies and prices can change quickly and significantly.