How to get to Golden Trail Championship: Faial and Pico Island, Azores Portugal

DESTINATION AIRPORT FOR WGRUT: HORTA AIRPORT (HOR)

You can reach Faial Island from Lisboa, Ponta Delgada (Island of São Miguel) and Terceira Island.

>> From Lisbon there are daily flights to Faial Island by Azores Airlines (www.azoresairlines.pt)

>> From São Miguel and Terceira Islands, both in Azores, there are daily flights to Faial Island by Azores Airlines (www.azoresairlines.pt).

You can reach São Miguel Island ou Terceira Island by Azores Airlines from:

 

  • From Portugal, there are direct flights from Lisbon, Porto and Funchal (Madeira Island)

  • From North America, there are direct flights from Boston, Providence and Oakland (USA) and from Toronto and Montreal (Canada)

  • From other European countries, there are direct flights from London, Frankfurt and Gran Canaria.

  • From Cape Verde, there are direct flights from Santiago Island.

OPTION: Fly to Pico Island airport. At the airport, take a taxi to Madalena do Pico and a boat to Horta, on Faial Island (30-minute journey along the Atlantico Line).

WHERE TO STAY

Faial Island has many options: Hotels in Horta, Rural Hotels, Hostel, Bed & Breakfasts, a Glamping, many houses for renting (regulated). You can make reservations using commons websites such as booking and airbnb. 

The main city of the event is Horta City. That's where there's going to be the secretariat of the race, from where the buses for the start lines departures and where the buses from the finish line come back to. So, if you are not going to stay in Horta, we recommend you to make transportation arrangements with your Hotel or B&B - most of them are well organized to help the runners - or book a taxi in advance.

Main Hotels in Horta: Hotel do Canal, Azoris Faial Garden, Hotel da Horta,  Internacional Azores Boutique.

Main City of the Event: HORTA

If you are not going to stay in Horta, we recommend you to make transportation arrangements to start line and from finish line with your lodging option

MOBILITY ON THE ISLAND

Faial Island doesn't have a large public transportation service. If you want to visit the island, we recommend renting a car in advance or booking jeep tours with local operators. 

You can also rent a moto, a bike or even plan a horse ride, but be aware that all that services are limited so we strongly suggest that you make reservations in advance.

FOR THE RACE: Azores Trail Run® will provide bus for the runnerss for the start lines and back from the finishing line. The buses are for athletes only and they will depart and arrive in Horta City only. So, if you are going to stay far from Horta or if you have someone following you, we recommend that you plan and book transportation and advance because the organization will not provide that.

TRIP TO PICO

One of the Stage will happen on Pico Island, a 30 minutos boat trip from Horta. The boat tickets for the runners are secured by the organizations. But only for the runners. If you have someone following you, you can buy the boat ticket at www.atlanticoline.pt 

COVID and the possibility of cancellation

in case of cancelling the race due to Covid or if a runner can't come because of Covid, the fee will be refunded to the runners.

We recommend that you insure air travel and check the conditions of the accommodation in case of cancelation.

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