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Getting from Faro Airport to Portimao

Situated on the western side of the Algarve, the port city of Portimao is known for its stunning beaches, historic Old Town and unbeatable sailing. It’s approximately 64 km from Faro Airport and is a popular destination for tourists visiting this spectacular region.

There are three transport options when travelling between Faro Airport and Portimao; by taxi, by private transfer or by bus. Opting for a private transfer or taxi ride is by far the most convenient option as there is no train station at the airport and no direct public transportation options between the two destinations. 

Taking an airport taxi is definitely the fastest and most convenient choice, as it takes less than an hour to get to Portimao. Alternatively, the cheapest yet least convenient option is to take two separate buses, which will cost you a total of €14 one-way.

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Comparison of the options

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Bus €28 120min 08:30–21:59

How to get from Faro Airport to Portimao by taxi

Once you’ve arrived at Faro Airport, you probably want to get to your destination in the easiest and fastest way possible. If that’s the case, taking a taxi from Faro Airport to Portimao is the most comfortable and convenient transportation method for you. It has the fastest journey time of all the transport options, taking just 45 minutes depending on traffic and you’ll pay around €65

Taxi fare from Faro Airport to Portimao

Faro taxis don’t operate on a set rate system, instead, they use a taximeter to calculate fares based on the distance travelled and time of day. You’ll end up paying around €65 for a taxi from Faro Airport to Portimao, not including any surcharges or night rates

It’s good to be aware that local taxis may add additional charges to your final fare. Opting for an airport taxi from Faro Airport to Portimao guarantees a set-rate fare with no hidden fees and a fully personalised door-to-door service.



Trip Duration

45 Min

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Faro Airport.

Where do I get the taxi from?

The taxi rank at Faro Airport is located outside of the arrivals terminal, on the right side of the exit doors. Faro taxis are black with a light green roof and a classic rooftop sign.


Forget about arriving at the airport and having to figure out public transport or stand in queues, opting for taxis or private transfers from Faro Airport to Portimao is by far the most convenient option. The ride is quick, comfortable and takes you door-to-door, so you can get your holiday off to a smooth start.

Editor’s Note

There are no direct transport options to Portimao except by taxi or private transfer. So if you want a quick arrival without having to deal with waiting times or stopovers, taking a taxi from Faro Airport to Portimao is wise.

Useful Tips

Faro taxi drivers don’t carry change for notes larger than €20, so be sure to carry coins with you.
If you’re planning to book transfers from Faro Airport to Portimao, search for private transfer companies with positive reviews as there are many companies known to scam tourists with higher prices.
All Faro taxi drivers are required by law to hand customers their receipt upon request.

How to get from Faro Airport to Portimao by bus

The most cost-effective option to get from Faro Airport to Portimao is by bus, however, there’s no direct service so you’ll need to take two buses. If you’re travelling with heavy luggage in tow or as a group, opting for a taxi or private transfer may be a better fit for you. However, if you’re happy to hop on and off buses to keep the cost down, this option is for you.

First, you’ll catch Aerobus No 56 from Faro Airport, which leaves from the bus stop outside of arrivals every 2 hours or so. From the Aerobus, you can transfer onto buses 51 or 31 to get to central Portimao. Both routes take about 2 hours but could be longer due to waiting times and changeovers.

How much is the bus from Faro Airport to Portimao?

Taking a bus from Faro Airport to Portimao is the cheapest transfer option, costing a total of €14. A one-way fare for Aerobus 56 is €12 and a single ticket for urban buses 31 and 51 cost just €1.55.

You can purchase your tickets at the ticket counters at the airport, from the ticket machines or the Vamus app.



Trip Duration

120 Min

Waiting times can be up to 2 hours.

Value for Money

The 56 Aerobus from Faro Airport operates from 08:30 to 20:15 and from 06:00 to 17:45 if you’re travelling in the opposite direction. The 51 bus route operates every day from 07:30-18:54 and the 31 bus route runs from 07:19 to 21:59.

Where do I catch the bus from?

Upon arrival at Faro Airport, follow the signs outside and you’ll see the bus stop on the left side of the arrivals terminal, with ticket machines nearby. You have the option of two different routes.

You can take the 56 Bus to Gare Rodoviaria de Portimao, which should take you around an hour and half, and then catch Bus 31 to Camara Municipal 1 in central Portimao.

Alternatively, you can disembark Aerobus 56 at Lagos Terminal Rodoviario and transfer onto Bus 51 for a one hour journey to stop Portimao (Guanare).


If you’re looking for a cheap way to travel, the bus is your best bet. However, the lack of direct routes makes it the least convenient mode of transport, with waiting times between buses anywhere from 1 to 2 hours long.

Editor’s Note

If you plan to use the bus system frequently throughout your stay, you can save money by purchasing a daily ticket for €3.50, a 3-day pass for €7 and a 7-day pass for €14.

Useful Tips

When arriving late at night, your only option is a taxi or private transfer. The first bus departs from Faro Airport at 08:30. However, you can take buses into the centre of Faro from 06:00.
Remember to carry small cash in Euro (€), as drivers may have a limited amount of change.
Check your maps beforehand to make sure you know the route.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Faro. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Faro Airport to Portimao?

There are three ways to get from Faro Airport to Portimao; by taxi, by private transfer or by bus. Taking a local taxi or private transfer is the fastest and easiest way to get to Portimao. On the other hand, if you’re happy using public transportation, you can take 2 buses to get to Portimao, costing just €14 one-way.

How much does a taxi cost from Faro Airport to Portimao?

A taxi from Faro Airport to Portimao costs approximately €65 and takes around 45 minutes depending on traffic. Keep in mind that night charges and other surcharges may be applied to your final fare. Not to worry though, pre-booking a private transfer with Welcome Pickups guarantees you an all-inclusive price and a fully personalised service, taking the stress out of your arrival and allowing you to enjoy your trip from the second your feet hit the tarmac.

Is there a direct bus from Faro Airport to Portimao?

There are no direct public transportation options from Faro Airport to Portimao. If you want to use the bus service, you can catch the Aerobus 56 from the airport and transfer onto buses 51 or 31, both taking you to central Portimao. The journey takes around 2 hours and should cost you €14.

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