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Transfer Options from Faro Airport to Albufeira

A former fishing village that has emerged as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Algarve, Albufeira is a charming coastal city boasting sweeping sandy beaches and a vibrant nightlife scene.

You have three transportation options when travelling from Faro Airport to Albufeira; taxi, private transfer or bus. Taking a taxi or private transfer is the most convenient choice, as the journey takes just 40 minutes and is door-to-door, ensuring a hassle-free arrival. However, if you’re on a budget, the best choice for you is the Aerobus 56. The service is direct and you’ll pay €8 for a ticket to Albufeira. The bus takes 40 minutes to get to the coastal city, but you’ll probably need to walk or take a taxi from the bus stop in Albufeira, adding time to the total journey duration.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Faro at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

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Taxi €45 40min 24/7
Bus €16 40min 09:15–19:45

How to get from Faro Airport to Albufeira by taxi

Unlike the airports in most countries, the taxis in Faro Airport are black with green or turquoise roofs. Most vehicles will also carry the classic “TAXI” sign along with the rates on top of the roof. Taxis are the most convenient way to travel around the Algarve as public transportation is somewhat limited in the region.

A taxi from Faro Airport to Albufeira can range from €45 to €55. 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 €55 for a regular-size car.

However, if you’d rather be sure of the price beforehand and ensure that someone is at the airport waiting for you when you land, you can book a private transfer in advance.



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 one of the most reliable and friendly in all of Europe. Service quality is very important for taxi drivers, since they get reviewed regularly.

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 green/blue colour combination.
Most vehicles at Faro Airport have 4 seats. 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

Travelling from Faro Airport to Albufeira by bus is a great option for budget-conscious travellers. The service is run by Valmus and is direct, departing from the airport 5 times a day. You can catch the Aerobus 56 from the airport straight to Albufeira in 40 minutes and tickets cost just €8.

Alternatively, you can catch a combination of buses; Bus 16 from the airport to Faro main station and then the Interurban or Express services to Albufeira. The trip is a little longer, taking over 2 hours.

How much is the bus from Faro Airport to Albufeira?

Aerobus tickets from Faro Airport to Albufeira cost €8. If you choose to take the bus combination, you’ll pay €2.25 for Bus 16 and between €4-€6 for the connecting bus to Albufeira.

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



Trip Duration

40 Min

Bus 16 has a waiting time of 15 minutes. Waiting times for the Aerobus can be up to 4 hours.

Value for Money

Buses to Albufeira are available from 09:15 until 19:45.

Where do I get it from?

The Aerobus stops right outside the terminal. In Albufeira, the bus stops at Terminal Rodoviario bus station. You can walk for a kilometre to the tourist areas or hop in a taxi from there.


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

Editor’s Note

The Aerobus 57 is a solid choice between May and October. In the winter months, your only option is to catch Bus 16 to Faro's bus or train station in the centre.

Useful Tips

Always be careful with your luggage when getting off the bus, since bags can be easily stolen due to lack of security.
If arriving at Faro main station to take a connecting bus, it is advised to ask for the location of the bus stops to Albufeira, since buses might change stations depending on the season.

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.

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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, traffic and other surcharges will further affect the taxi fare. For a guaranteed fixed fare with no hidden costs, you can pre-book a private transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups and get access to our convenient app, 24/7 customer support and more.

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

Regular one-way bus ticket for the Aerobus 56 costs €8. 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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