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Getting from Faro Airport to the City Centre

As the main airport of the Algarve region in southern Portugal, Faro Airport handles a great number of daily flights, especially during the summer period. The airport is located 6.5 km southwest of Faro City and you have three transportation options to get from Faro Airport to the city; taxi, private transfer and bus.

Airport taxis are generally considered to be the easiest and most convenient travel options; trips around the city last less than 15 minutes with prices ranging from €15-€25.

Your only other option to get to Faro city centre is Bus 16 provided by Proximo. It’s a great budget-friendly choice as a regular one-way ticket costs just €2.25, however, the journey lasts a little longer than a taxi, taking around 20 minutes

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 €15 10min 24/7
Bus €4.50 20min 05:20–00:11

How to get from Faro Airport to the city centre by taxi

Taxis in Faro are very reliable and have very few accounts of tourist scams, especially compared to other European cities. Similar to the rest of the country, taxis at Faro Airport are black with a light green/teal roof and a classic rooftop sign.

Due to the short distance between the airport and the city, trips take around 10-15 minutes at most, even during rush hour, with prices around €15-20.

Taxi fare from Faro Airport to the city centre

Taxi fares in Faro calculate fares using a metered system, however, some drivers or companies may agree upon a fixed price if booked in advance. This system appeals to tourists as it is convenient and the price is expected.

That being said, a taxi fare from Faro Airport to the city centre will be around €15-€25, under normal traffic conditions.

*Keep in mind that prices are different at night and on weekends and holidays. There may also be additional costs for tolls and airport surcharges.

For a guaranteed fixed fare with no hidden fees, you can pre-book an airport taxi with Welcome Pickups and enjoy a fully personalised and worry-free start to your holiday.



Trip Duration

10 Min

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

Value for Money

Taxis at the airport are available 24/7

Where do I get it from?

The taxi rank at Faro Airport is located outside of the arrivals terminal, on the right side of the exit doors.


The best and most practical way to get to the city centre is by taxi. There is such a short distance between Faro Airport and the centre, that taking a taxi is easier than ever. You can pick up your bags and baggage claim, enter a taxi and be in the centre in less than half an hour.

Plus, your fare can be shared when travelling in a group, costing only €4-€6 per person. Moreover, some drivers offer further discounts for large groups.

Editor’s Note

It may occur that all the taxis at the airport are taken, in this case, you can use the National Taxi Central Contacts available 24 hours to call a taxi to Faro Airport.

Useful Tips

Try to avoid private transfer companies with negative reviews, these companies scam tourists with high prices.
The transport of pets in taxis is allowed, provided that they are in a pet carrier bag. In this case, an extra fee of €1.60 may be applied.

How to get from Faro Airport to the city centre by bus

There is currently only one public transportation option From Faro Airport to the centre of Faro; Bus 16. Proximo Line 16 offers regular, direct bus trips from 05:20 until 00:10, making 13 stops along the route, via the city’s main train station.

The bus trip takes around 20 minutes to reach the city centre and a one-way ticket costs just €2.25.

How much is the bus from Faro Airport to the city centre?

Unlike most airports, bus tickets can only be purchased from the driver in cash. Regular one-way tickets cost €2.25 but unfortunately, there are no return trip options.



Trip Duration

20 Min

Waiting time is around 30-50 minutes.

Value for Money

Bus 16 is available from 05:20 until 00:10.

Where do I get it from?

Both buses depart from the bus station located in front of the arrival terminal building, next to the parking lot n°2.


Besides the potential 30-minute waiting time at the airport, Bus 16 is a relatively practical and cheap way to travel to the centre of Faro. However, depending on your hotel’s location, you might need to walk 5 to 15 minutes.

Editor’s Note

When arriving late at night, your only option is a taxi or a private transfer. The first bus departs at 05:20.

Useful Tips

Remember to carry small cash in Euro (€), as drivers may have a limited amount of change.

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

Where is the best place to stay in the Algarve?

The best overall destinations for people visiting the Algarve are; Lagos, Albufeira or Praia da Rocha.

Is there a train Faro to Lisbon?

Yes, there are an average of 5 trains a day between Faro and Lisbon, with at least one fully direct service daily. The first train leaving Faro is at 07:00 and the last is at 18:32, leaving approximately every 3 hours and 20 minutes.

How to travel to other towns from Faro Airport?

All visitors who are reliant on bus or train services for onward travel must go to the town of Faro. From Faro, there are train and bus services along the coastline that connect to all the major resort towns. Alternatively, you can hop in an airport taxi and be whisked off to your destination in complete comfort.

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