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Transfer Options from Faro Airport to Albufeira

Despite the fact that Faro airport is the only major hub of Portugal’s southern Algarve region, it’s public ground transportation system is considered very poor since the airport offers only a single bus line to Faro town. In other words, traveling directly from Faro airport to Albufeira is only viable using a taxi or a private car. However, people looking for an inexpensive transportation method can use the Express or Interurban bus from Faro town to Albufeira. Bus tickets cost: 2.25€ for Line 16 from the airport to Faro and 3.85€ / 5.50€ for the Interurban and Express bus respectively from Faro to Albufeira. Faro airport taxis to Albufeira cost around 45€ and the trip takes 40 minutes on a normal day.

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Taxi €45 40min 24/7
Bus €15.50 70min 08:00–19:40

How to get from Faro airport to Albufeira by taxi

Unlike the airports in most countries, the taxis in Faro airport are black with light blue or turquoise roofs. Most vehicles will also carry the classic taxi sign along with the fare rate on the top of the roof. Considering a transfer under normal conditions from Faro airport to Albufeira, rates can range from 40€ to 50€. Trips will usually take around 40 minutes under moderate traffic conditions.

Taxi fare from Faro airport to Albufeira

Taxis at Faro airport use normal taximeters but rates can vary depending on a plethora of other factors such as: time of the day and year, luggage, traffic levels, tolls and more. All in all, rates to Albufeira should not exceed 50€ for a regular size car.



Trip Duration

40 Min.

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis at Faro airport are available 24/7 all week long.

Where do I get it from?

The location of the taxis at Faro airport is very clear, right next to the arrivals terminal. People can hire taxis just outside the main gates.


The taxi industry in southern Portugal and especially at Faro airport is considered as one of the most reliable and friendly in all of Europe. Service quality is very important for the taxi drivers, since they get reviewed on a regular basis. Lastly, Trips from Faro airport are almost certain to be pleasant and safe.

Editor’s Note

There is also the option of sharing a ride with people traveling to the same destination. A flat rate can be applied to certain destinations if multiple parties are available for the trip.

Useful Tips

It might be useful to avoid scammers knowing that only licensed taxis are allowed to have the black and light blue color combination.
Most vehicles at Faro airport are 4 seated cars. In case you need a larger vehicle, refer to the taxi desk inside the airport.

How to get from Faro airport to Albufeira by bus

Unfortunately, there is not any direct public transportation network from Faro airport to Albufeira. Therefore, people who do not want to take a taxi or a private transfer, must first travel to Faro town in order to get a bus from the main bus station. There are two bus lines from faro to Albufeira: the Interurban and the express; Tickets cost 3.85€ / 5.50€ respectively. The total trip from the airport to Faro main station and then to Albufeira will take under 2 hours with the Interurban and 70 minutes with the express.

How much is the bus from Faro airport to Albufeira?

Ticket prices for a one way trip: Bus line No16 from Faro airport to Faro: 2.25€ / Interurban Bus from Faro to Lagos: 3.85€ / Express Bus from Faro to Lagos: 5.50€. Tickets can be purchased only through the ticket counters and ticket machines.

* The buses to Albufeira will have as their final destination the town of Lagos, thus do not get confused with the Lagos sign on your bus to Albufeira.


2.25€ + 5.50€

Trip Duration

70 Min.

Bus No16 waiting time: 15 minutes. Express bus to Albufeira waiting time: 1 to 2 hours.

Value for Money

Buses to Albufeira are available from 08:00am to 07:40pm

Where do I get it from?

The bus stop to Faro town can be found right in front of the exit gates leaving the arrivals terminal.


In general, the public transportation system of Algarve and consequently of Faro airport lacks the resources to properly accommodate the amount of tourists visiting southern Portugal every year. Thus, Faro airport supports only a few public transportation networks to the town of Faro, making the trip to nearby towns such as Albufeira a very exhausting experience.

Editor’s Note

Arriving at Faro main station, it is advised to ask for the location of the bus stops to Albufeira, since buses might change stations depending on the season.

Useful Tips

Always be careful with your luggage when getting off the bus, since bags can be easily stolen due to lack of security.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

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.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Faro airport to Albufeira?

The average taxi fare from Faro airport to Albufeira is 45€. Factors, such as the time of the day and traffic will further affect the taxi fare.

How much is a bus ticket from Faro airport to Albufeira?

Regular one-way bus tickets cost 2.25€ + 5.50€ for adults. Tickets can be purchased through ticket machines and from the ticket counter next to the bus station.

How far is it from Faro airport to Albufeira ?

The total distance from Faro airport to Albufeira is 46 km. The total trip with a car usually takes around 40 minutes.

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