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 3rd APRIL
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
- 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 moment!!
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.
Departures on route 16 DAILY at 0600, 0700, 0800, 0930, 1050, 1215, 1330, 1410, 1505, 1550, 1635, 1745, 1830, 1930, 2030, 2205, 2345
In summer 2019 buses were more frequent, especially in summer.
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 DAILY at 0620, 0730, 0830, 1005, 1135, 1250, 1335, 1430, 1505, 1620, 1710, 1810, 1910, 2000, 2115, 2235, 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
Faro railway station is 150 metres from the bus station in the
same street. Buses to and from the airport stop outside the
TRAINS AND BUSES FROM FARO TO MAJOR DESTINATIONS AS FROM 5th APRIL :
MOST WEEKEND BUS SERVICE IS NO LONGER 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
|Armação de Pêra**
(the previous bus is
5 hours earlier!)
Station is 4km from
the town, no bus
|** change bus at
++ 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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