Albufeira Airport Transfers

If you are travelling to Albufeira and are looking for a transfer between the airport and Albufeira, you have different options, all of them with advantages and disadvantages.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Albufeira Airport Transfers

Reached at | ©Andy2Boyz

Albufeira is one of the most touristic cities in the Algarve. There are many things to see and do in Albufeira, making it an ideal holiday destination. From choosing between the best boat trips to relaxing on the beaches, you can enjoy all kinds of plans, especially during the summer months.

If you are planning a trip to Albufeira and want to know how to get from the airport to Albufeira, read on. I will tell you about all the options you have, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

1. Private transfer, comfort and exclusivity

Private transfer| ©Ricky Hernandez
Private transfer| ©Ricky Hernandez

If you are looking for absolute comfort for your transfer between the airport and Albufeira, the best option you can choose is a private transfer. The driver will adapt to your needs and you will have total freedom to choose the times and meeting points that suit you best.

One of the greatest advantages of a private transfer is that you will not have to worry about your luggage, as the driver will take care of storing it in the vehicle. You can also choose the number of passengers if you are travelling with more people. Vehicles of different sizes are available, so the service can be adjusted to suit the number of passengers you are travelling with.

The private transfer is available at any time, as it operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including public holidays. All you have to do is wait for your driver to arrive at the right place and enjoy the ride.

Interesting details

  • Journeytime: Approximately 40 minutes.
  • Price: Around 28 euros per person. No group offers are available.
  • Advantages of using this method: It is a unique way to travel, offers more comfort than any other type of transport and adapts to your needs.
  • Disadvantages of using this method: It is slightly more expensive than shared transfer.
  • How to book this transport: You will need to provide your pick-up date and time, pick-up and drop-off location, flight number and airline name.
  • Recommended if you are looking for a comfortable, exclusive means of transport that is completely tailored to your needs.

2. A shared transfer, comfort at a reasonable price

Shared transfer| ©eGuide Travel
Shared transfer| ©eGuide Travel

Shared transfers are one of the most common options for transfers between the airport and Albufeira. There are many companies offering this service. You will need to book in advance, providing your flight number, time of arrival at the airport and terminal.

In case you want to go from Albufeira to the airport, you will have to provide the name and address of the hotel, as well as the time you have to be at the airport.

Once you have made the booking, you will have to consider the meeting point for the pick-up. At Faro airport, the meeting point is usually located near a bus stop or at the office of the bus company. This is where you and the other passengers will have to wait for the vehicle.

Generally, a minibus or van is used for shared transfers. The number of people you will share the journey with will vary depending on the size of the vehicle, but is usually between 6 and 10. The duration of the transfer is approximately 45 minutes.

Timetables for shared transfers

Shared transfer times vary according to a number of factors. Firstly, the timetable obviously depends on the company providing the service. Therefore, I recommend that you compare the different companies operating in the area to see which one best suits your travel needs. Secondly, timetables also change depending on the season.

For example, there are not the same timetables for Albufeira in November as there are for Albufeira in April. The city is mainly a summer tourist destination. Therefore, in summer there is usually a wider choice of timetables for shared transfers, as many tourists go to the south of Portugal in search of the best beaches in Albufeira.

Interesting details

  • Journeytime: About 40 minutes
  • Price: Around 10-30 euros per person, depending on whether you are travelling in high or low season, as well as the company you choose.
  • Advantages of using this method: It offers a cheaper price than a private transfer and is a comfortable and safe way of transferring.
  • Disadvantages of using this method: It does not offer as much flexibility as private transfers when it comes to choosing routes and schedules.
  • How to book this transport: Through the website of the company you choose. You will have to provide certain personal details as well as information regarding the method of payment.
  • Recommended if you are looking for a comfortable way to travel between the airport and Albufeira, but cannot afford a private transfer.

3. Train, the fastest option

Train to Albufeira| ©Andy 81E
Train to Albufeira| ©Andy 81E

If you don't want to use a private or shared transfer, you can always use the train service. However, Faro airport does not have a train station, so you will have to take a bus, taxi or similar to get to Faro train station, where there are direct trains to Albufeira.

The train that connects Faro with Albufeira is the Algarve line of the company Comboios de Portugal, also known by its acronym CP. As this connection is a very popular service, it has many departures throughout the day. Generally, a train leaves every hour from Faro station to Albufeira.

The line operates from 7am to 9pm. So, unless you are looking for a night transfer, you are sure to find a time that suits you. The journey time is about 20/30 minutes.

In terms of price, there are trains costing from around three euros to fifteen euros. In general, it is a fairly inexpensive service, especially if you book in advance and don't wait until the last minute.

Interesting details

  • Journeytime: 30/40 minutes or so, depending on how long it takes you to find a taxi to the train station, how much traffic there is at the time and how long you have to wait for the train.
  • Price: Between 13 and 35 euros.
  • Advantages of using this method: The train to Albufeira is a very economical, fast and comfortable service.
  • Disadvantages of using this method: There is no direct train service between Faro airport and Albufeira, so you will have to change trains.
  • How to book this transport: You can buy your train ticket on the official Comboios de Portugal website. All you have to do is select the dates and the place of origin and destination. Then, select the timetable that suits you best from those available and proceed to payment. You will receive your ticket in your email.
  • Recommended if you want a quick and economical way to travel between Faro Airport and Albufeira.

4. A shuttle bus, longer but cheaper

Bus from Albufeira| ©Kim L
Bus from Albufeira| ©Kim L

Another option at hand to travel between Faro airport and Albufeira is to use a shuttle bus. Unlike the train service, the bus can be taken directly from the airport, without the need for any other transport. In addition, it has several stops in different parts of the city.

This has its good and bad sides. On the one hand, as it has many stops, you are likely to find one that is close to the point in Albufeira where you want to go or where you are leaving from. On the other hand, it makes the journey much longer than other types of transfer. Therefore, if you are in a hurry or tired, it is not the best option.

The shuttle bus from Faro airport to Albufeira belongs to the company EVA Transportes. On their website you can see the prices and timetables of the buses.

The journey time is usually about an hour and a half. As you can see, this is much longer than the train or private transfer. So, unless you are going to Albufeira for many days, it seems to me to be a waste of time. In my opinion, you could use this time to do some of Albufeira's best activities.

Details of interest

  • Duration of the trip: About an hour and a half.
  • Price: The price is around 5-10 euros, depending on the time of the year and how far in advance you buy the ticket.
  • Advantages of using this method: You can go directly from Faro airport to Albufeira in a very economical way.
  • How to book this transport: You can buy your ticket from the official EVA Transportes website or at the airport itself at one of the ticket offices. If you have little time to spare, I recommend the first option.
  • Recommended if you want a cheap way to travel between Faro airport and Albufeira.

5. Taxi or Uber, more expensive option

Using Uber| ©Dan Gold
Using Uber| ©Dan Gold

Of course, you can also travel between the airport and Albufeira by taxi, Uber or similar. In the case of taxis, there is a taxi rank just outside the departures area of the terminal. Whatever time you arrive at the airport, you will find a long queue of taxis available, so it won't take you long to catch one.

In Faro, unlike in other cities, taxis operating to the airport do not have a special fare for this type of connection. The price indicated on the taximeter is calculated according to the distance covered by the vehicle, as well as the duration of the journey. In addition, the price set by the taximeter may also be influenced by the time of day, as there are night fares that are more expensive.

So you will not know what the cost of your journey will be until you arrive at your destination. If you don't want to get caught out and know in advance what the cost of the transfer will be, I recommend that you hire a private transport service such as Uber or Bolt.

Interesting details

  • Journeytime: Generally, the journey by taxi or Uber takes about 30-40 minutes.
  • Price: around 40 to 60 euros, more or less. It all depends on the time of day, time of year, traffic and where you are going in Albufeira.
  • Advantages of using this method: It is a very convenient door-to-door service and usually you will not have to wait more than a few minutes.
  • How to book this transport: For a taxi transfer, you will have to wait until you arrive at the airport and pick up the vehicle at the taxi rank. For the Uber or Bolt transfer, you can book it through the company's mobile app.
  • Recommended if you've had a last-minute inconvenience, for example your flight has been delayed and you've missed your shuttle bus.

What is the closest airport to Albufeira?

Albufeira Airport| ©Jimmy Pierce
Albufeira Airport| ©Jimmy Pierce

Albufeira does not have its own airport. However, the great thing about the Algarve is that all the towns are within easy reach of each other, so you will have no problem getting to Albufeira from elsewhere in the region.

The closest airport to Albufeira is Faro airport. This is the main airport in the Algarve, as Faro is the capital of the region. It is small and has only one terminal, which means that you don't have to waste time moving around the facilities to get to your gate.

In addition to Faro airport, the Algarve also has two other airports: Lagos and Portimão. However, both are mainly dedicated to private flights and do not usually offer commercial flights.