The information has been obtained from printed timetables and other local sources (like taking the bus) and is given in good faith.
INFORMATION CHECKED AND UPDATED 20th September
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT BUS TRAVEL BETWEEN THE AIRPORT AND OTHER ALGARVE TOWNS CLICK HERE
Buses between the airport and city centre operate
daily from approx 0500 to midnight - details below.
EARLY FLIGHT? CHECK FARO HOTEL LISTINGS HERE AND GET
THAT EXTRA TIME IN BED
Travelling with a lot of luggage or very large
bags? These are ordinary city buses with very little space for
Adult cash fare is €2.35 - pay the driver. There is
no discount for seniors or children except residents.
The local Proximo (urban bus) route 16 runs from the Bus Station
(outdoor annex) to Aeroporto (Airport) and Praia de
Faro. Route diagram and official timetable on the official
website here. Picture
of the Próximo station entrance here -
note an ATM there. There is a small air-conditioned waiting room
Journey time to the airport is 20 minutes. Buses used have
on board wifi so you do not need to be off line for even a
These buses can be VERY busy and crowded. If you must be at the
airport at a certain time, I advise being at the stop in Faro bus
station 10 minutes at least before the departure time to ensure
you can get on.
First bus to Faro beach (Praia de Faro) is the 0700. Arrival
there is 5 minutes after the airport. Last bus to Faro Beach is
Buses in BOLD type run
only in summer - 1st July to second Sunday of September. Buses in
RED type do NOT run
during that summer period.
Buses highlighted in green run only on weekdays except in summer
when they run every day. Buses highlighted in blue run
only at weekends and on public holidays.
Departures on route 16 at 0500, 0600, 0700, 0800, 0830, 0900, 0930, 1010,
1050, 1115, 1200, 1215 (weekdays only), 1250, 1330, 1410, 1505,
1550, 1635, 1745, 1830, 1930, 2000, 2040, 2140, 2205,
If you are unlucky with the bus times, there is a taxi rank at
the Bus Station. A Taxi to the airport will cost you about €10.
Buses from the airport also stop
outside the Railway Station about 1 minute after leaving the bus
station. The stop at the station is across the square to the
right as you exit the station, in front of a tall apartment
block. However I recommend you walk the 2 minutes to the bus
station and board there. At busy times the bus will leave the
bus station full and may not stop to pick up on the way.
Buses also stop outside the Forum Algarve shopping centre, across the road for the bus stop for services from Loulé, Quarteira, Vilamoura and Albufeira. If you are tight for time and don't mind crossing a busy road, you can make your connection here. Otherwise your bus takes you into town and some time later your bus to the the airport will take you back the same way. Buses stop at the Forum Algarve about 5 minutes after leaving the Bus Station.
Proximo Bus 16 that is NOT
going to Praia de Faro, unless you want to go straight to the
beach!. Destination is normally shown as Terminal or
Avenida. The bus stop is outside the Airport terminal Departures
area, to the left of the arrivals area as you exit the terminal
building, under the concrete roof like structure.
Journey time is about 20 minutes. Buses leave Faro beach (Praia
de Faro) 5 minutes before the time at the airport, first bus is at
0725. Last bus from Praia de Faro is at 2230.
Departures from the airport on route 16 at 0520, 0620,
0730, 0830, 0905, 0935, 1005, 1045, 1105, 1135,
1205, 1250, 1335, 1400 (weekdays only), 1430, 1505, 1610, 1710,
1810, 1910, 2000, 2035, 2115, 2215, 2235, 2320, 0010.
Again, if you are unlucky with the bus times there is a taxi rank
to the right when you are outside the terminal. A taxi to the
train or bus station will cost about €10.
There are currently only two coaches (long distance
buses) each week to and from Huelva and Seville in Spain. For
details please see this page.
For ALL OTHER DESTINATIONS in the Algarve go to Faro railway station or Faro bus station (the local buses stop outside both) and then go by train or another bus.
Faro city centre map showing location of bus and rail stations. Diagram of urban bus routes in Faro here - external link.
Please allow plenty of time at Faro bus station
when buying a ticket, which you do inside at the ticket office.
You cannot buy bus tickets on line for for local bus journeys in the Algarve.
On arrival at the Faro Bus Terminal
from the airport, you must buy your next bus ticket at the
ticket window inside the building. Allow at least 10 minutes for
this, as queues are often long and there is always someone in
front of you with a complex transaction.
Faro railway station is 150 metres
from the bus station in the same street. Buses to and from the
airport stop outside the railway station.
LAST TRAINS AND BUSES FROM
FARO TO MAJOR DESTINATIONS AS OF 19th JUNE
MOST WEEKEND BUS SERVICE IS NOT OPERATING
Click place name for complete timetable
%% these buses leave from the stop in the street OUTSIDE the bus station.
Most buses to Albufeira, Olhão and Tavira do also, CHECK when buying ticket.
At Faro you buy your ticket at the ticket counter before getting on the bus!
Where a change of bus is needed, you buy a separate ticket for the other bus
(the previous bus is
Station is 4km from
the town, no bus
|** change bus at
and there is TWO HOURS WAIT
++ change bus in Portimão
|@@ - station is 6km
from town. Bus
available but not right into town centre
$$ via TAXI from Portimão station.
Click here for a summary
of major bus connections at Faro
For train information, click here
For a list of all the timetables on the site, click here
For an alphabetical list of places in the Algarve, click here
For some important general notes about buses in the Algarve, click here
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