Flight from Ponta Delgada to Santa Maria
There are several possibilities to get from Ponta Delgada to Santa Maria. I bought a ticket for a ferry boat (it leaves Ponta Delgada on Friday at 18:30 with the arrival at 22:00 and Wednesday at 9:00 with the arrival at 11:15; it leaves Santa Maria Wednesday at 18:00 with the arrival at 20:15 and Sunday at 12:00 with the arrival at 15:30; a return ticket costed 56€).
But upon weather forecast it seemed to be rainy on both days of my planned trip to Santa Maria, so I decided to change my plan and rather go three days later when it said to be very sunny. Unfortunately there was no ferry boat at that day. I had to return the ferry boat ticket and bought a flight ticket instead.
SATA Air Açores has the most flights between Ponta Delgada and Santa Maria. I took a flight from Ponta Delgada at 6:30 with the arrival at 7:00, and returned with a flight leaving Santa Maria at 19:50 with the arrival at 20:20. But in fact, the flight only takes about 20 minutes.
The third option to travel to Santa Maria is by boat for transporting goods. It leaves ponta Delgada on Monday and Wednesday at 18:00 and return from Santa Maria on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00. The journey takes 6 hours and the price of return ticket was 35€ + 6€ for insurance.
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This tourist trolley shows you the most interesting historic and natural sites in Ponta Delgada and surronding areas, and includes a guided explanation in English.
Tours: Historical, Heritage, Gardens, Outskirt and Beach.
Departing Point: Avenida (Near the monumento dedicated to the Emigrants - one foot from ALFÂNDEGA)
Este comboio turístico mostra-lhe os pontos de maior interesse histórico e natural de Ponta Delgada e arredores. Uma gravação em português acompanha cada circuito.
Circuitos: Histórico, Património, Jardins, Periférico e Praia.
Ponto de Partida: Avenida (junto ao monumento dedicado aos emigrantes) - A um passo da Alfândega.
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Flight from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada
The distance between Portugal mainland (Lisbon) and island of São Miguel (Ponta Delgada) is about 1.450 km. Two airlines have flights from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada, TAP Portugal and SATA Air Açores. I found a better deal with TAP so I booked a flight with them. It was a morning flight, with departure from Lisbon at 9:00am and arrival to Ponta Delgada at 10:30am.
I returned to Lisbon also with a morning flight, with departure at 8:30am and arrival to Lisbon at 11:35am. The flight was operated by SATA. There is an hour difference between the two towns so flights actually take a little over two hours. A return ticket was 196€.
At the airport in Ponta Delgada my dear friend António was waiting for me with the car and brought me to his home - which also became my home for the next 10 days :)
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There are three minibus lines (A, B and C) that operate inside the town, from 07:00 to 19:30, every 15 minutes.
The ticket(s), which is bought in the bus, costs 35 euro cents. If you buy a set of 10 tickets, you have a 10% discount.
Há três linhas de miniautocarros (A, B e C) que circulam dentro da cidade, das 07:00 às 19:30, de 15 em 15 minutos.
O bilhete, que é comprado no autocarro, custa 0.35 EUR. Se comprar um conjunto de 10 bilhetes beneficia de um desconto de 10%.
Itinerários / Itineraries
Bus from the airport to downtown
Unfortunatelly there is no a public transportation linking Ponta Delgada to the airport. Nowadays, there is a shuttle bus provided by UTC company.
Anyway, if you go as far as the old airport building (1km away) you will find a bus stop. From this point to the city centre is 3 km. Besides local buses, line A minibus has a regular service, from 07:30 to 19:30, on weekdays. It is the cheapest way to reach the city centre and costs only 35 EUR cents.
Infelizmente não há um transporte público que ligue Ponta Delgada ao aeroporto. Atualmente há um autocarro expresso da companhia UTC.
De qualquer modo, se caminhar até ao Antigo edifício do aeroporto, a 1km de distância, encontrará uma paragem de autocarro. Deste ponto para o centro da cidade são 3 km. Além dos autocarros locais, a linha A de miniautocarros tem um serviço regular, das 07:30 às 19:30, nos dias úteis. É a forma mais barata de chegar ao centro da cidade e custa apenas 35 cêntimos.
O bilhete é comprado no autocarro!
Ticket is bought on the bus!
SATA connects Ponta Delgada with the world.
The Azoren airline SATA connects Ponta Delgada with around a dozen different countries in Europe and North America.
The airline is based in Ponta Delgada and it´s an airline that has pretty good service compared to most airlines these days and they have some very good deals from time to time so check out their website if you plan a visit to the Azores and you might find the deal you are looking for.
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Bus from Ponta Delgada to Vila Franca do Campo
Vila Franca do Campo is connected to Ponta Delgada by Varela company. Coach lines 315 and 318 can be used. The latter goes to Povoação village.
A Vila Franca do Campo encontra-se ligada a Ponta Delgada através da companhia Varela. Podem ser utilizadas as linhas 315 e 318. A última vai para a vila da Povoação.
Bilhete de ida - One way ticket
Água de Pau (Praça/Igreja)
Vila Franca do Campo
Please, download file for complete timetable!
Por favor, descarregue o ficheiro para obter os horários completos!
Bus from Ponta Delgada to Furnas/Povoação
To go to Furnas from Ponta Delgada, you can travel by coach through the North of the Island, CRP company, lines 110 and 111, or through the South, using the coach of Varela company, line 318 going to Povoação village.
Para ir para as Furnas a partir de Ponta Delgada, pode viajar de camioneta através do norte da ilha, companhia CRP, linhas 110 e 111, ou através do sul, utilizando a camioneta da companhia Varela, linha 318, que vai para a vila da Povoação.
Tip - Dica:
To visit Furnas on a day trip, I advise you to take the morning CRP 110 and to come back at the end of the day with Varela 318.
Para visitar as Furnas num dia, aconselho-o a tomar a camioneta matinal CRP 110 e regressar no fim do dia com a camioneta Varela 318.
1) 07:15 - 08:50 CRP 110
1) 09:00 - 10:30 Varela 318
2) 16:20 - 17:45 Varela 318
3) 17:20 - 18:50 Varela 318
One way ticket - Bilhete de ida
A linha do sul (Varela) passa pelo lago. South line pass the lake.
1) Daily - Diariamente (Ponta Delgada - Furnas)
2) From Monday to Friday - De segunda a sexta (Furnas - Ponta Delgada)
3) Weekend and holidays - Fim de semana e feriados (Furnas - Ponta Delgada)
Bus from Ponta Delgada to Ginetes/Mosteiros
To visit these villages, you may catch the coaches of the Auto Viação Micaelense company that go to Mosteiros, Line 206, and Sete Cidades, Line 205. The latter one may only be used for Ginetes village.
Para visitar estas freguesias, pode tomar as camionetas da companhia Auto Viação Micaelense que vão para os Mosteiros, Linha 206, e para as Sete Cidade, Linha 205. A última só serve a freguesia dos Ginetes.
Bilhete de ida - One way ticket
Please, download files to check itinerary and for a complete timetable!
Por favor, descarregue os ficheiros para verificar o itinerário e obter o horário completo!
Bus from Ponta Delgada to Sete Cidades
Sete Cidades village is direclty connected by coach to Ponta Delgada through Auto Viação Micaelense, South Line 205 and Norh Line 208.
A freguesia das Sete Cidades encontra-se diretamente ligada por camioneta a Ponta Delgada através da companhia Auto Viação Micaelense, Linha Sul 205 e Linha Norte 208.
Day Trip - Visita de 1 dia
From Monday to Friday - De segunda a sexta
1. Line - Linha 205 08:25 - 09:25
3. Line - Linha 207 16:25 - 16:40
4. Line - Linha 206 16:50 - 17:50
Saturday - Sábado
1. 208a 07:15 - 09:00
2. 208a 16:25 - 18:30
Sunday - Domingo*
1. 208b 08:30 - 10:30
2. 208d 18:05 - 20:00
One way ticket - Bilhete de ida
If you travel through the north, the ticket is more expensive.
Se for pelo norte, o bilhete é mais caro.
1. Ponta Delgada (A leg from Tourist Office/Perto do Posto de Turismo) - Sete Cidades
2. Sete Cidades - Ponta Delgada
3. Sete Cidades - Várzea
4. Várzea - Ponta Delgada (Coming from Mosteiros/Proveniente dos Mosteiros)
* or holiday - ou feriado.
** South line / Linha sul.
Taxis in Ponta Delgada.
Taxis in Ponta Delgada are very honest and straight forward.
In most places around the world, taxis is something that you need to be a little vary about if you do not want to get ripped off, but in Ponta Delgada you are fine as they are few and they are very organised and honest.
The taxis are mostly not cruising around for passengers like you see in many other countries, but they tend to be waiting at the taxi stands and then you either have to go there to get a ride or call them.
If you are in a hotel or a restaurant then just let them call them and everything will be smooth.
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Taxi: Ponta Delgada - Vila Franca do Campo
During our stay in Ponta Delgada in September 2014, we were keen to visit the town of Vila Franca do Campo (where we could catch a boat across to Ilhéu de Vila Franca to snorkel).
It was a Sunday afternoon and we had just missed the 12:30pm bus which, according to the locals that we asked, would have taken us to Vila Franca do Campo (via Caloura) in around 50 minutes.
We didn't have much time, and the buses were infrequent, so we decided to take a taxi instead.
Vila Franca do Campo is around 30km to the east of Ponta Delgada, so we expected the taxi to be considerably more expensive than the bus.
We had seen taxis parked up around the edge of Praça Gonçalo Velho (in front of Ponta Delgada's city gates), so we made our way there. We found a taxi parked up on the corner of Avenida Infante Dom Henrique (in front of Santander bank, next to the Tourist Office) and asked the driver what the fare to Vila Franca do Campo would be. He told us that it is a set fare of €20 each way; the taxis are not metered.
The journey to Vila Franca do Campo took around 20 minutes. At our request, the driver dropped us off at the marina from where we would catch the boat to Ilhéu de Vila Franca. As we got out of the car, the driver gave us his contact card and asked us to phone him if we required a taxi back to Ponta Delgada later in the day.
We did require a taxi back to Ponta Delgada later that afternoon, but it was easier just to get into a waiting taxi in the centre of the town. We found a row of taxis parked up on Rua Dr. Urbano de Mendonça Dias, opposite Sao Miguel Arcanjo Church.
We asked the driver what the fare to Ponta Delgada would be and he too told us that it is a €20 set fare. The journey back to our hotel (Hotel Ponta Delgada on the western edge of Ponta Delgada) took a little over 20 minutes.
Taxi from the airport to downtown
No horário diurno, a tarifa normal de táxi, do aeroporto para a baixa, ronda os 7 euros.
During the day, normal fare by taxi from the airport to downtown is around €7.
Time - Duração: 5 minutes / minutos.
Aerobus (Airport - Ponta Delgada)
During our visit to Sao Miguel island in September 2014 we used the aerobus service to travel between Ponta Delgada airport and our hotel in Ponta Delgada.
The airport is located on the western edge of Ponta Delgada and is just a 5 minute drive from the centre of town.
We had read that a taxi from the airport to Ponta Delgada would cost a set fare of €10 each way, so the aerobus, at €5 per person return, was better value for the two of us.
The aerobus, a bright orange, modern minibus, is operated by UTC Tours and tickets can be purchased from their office inside the airport arrivals hall. The lady who served us was very helpful, furnishing us with all the necessary maps and information that we required. She also arranged our pick up for our return journey to the airport at the end of our stay.
Our flight back to Lisbon departed at 8:25am on a Wednesday morning, so we were advised that a 6:40am pick up at our hotel (Hotel Ponta Delgada; a 5 minute drive from the airport) would be sufficient. The minibus picked us up right on time and we arrived in ample time to check in for our flight.
The aerobus is quite small. There is a luggage storage area at the back of the bus and seating for just 12 passengers. This wasn't a problem; there were only 8 of us on the outbound journey and 6 of us on the return journey.
The aerobus offers a door-to-door service, calling at all the major hotels in Ponta Delgada as well as the tourist office.
Flights from Ponta Delgada to the USA & Canada
SATA airlines has direct flights from Ponta Delgada to the USA and Canada.
A companhia aérea SATA tem voos diretos de Ponta Delgada para os EUA e o Canadá.
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