Albufeira Airport Transfers

If you are traveling to Albufeira and you 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

Reaching | ©Andy2Boyz

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

If you are planning a trip to the town and want to know what forms of transfer are available between the airport and Albufeira, read on. I will tell you 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 adjust to your needs and you will have total freedom to choose the times and meeting points that suit you best.

One of the biggest 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, in case you are traveling with more people. Vehicles of different sizes are available, so that the service can be adjusted to the number of passengers you are traveling with.

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

Interesting details

  • Duration of the trip: Approximately 40 minutes.
  • Price: About 28 euros per person. No group offers are available.
  • Advantages of using this method: It is an exclusive way to travel, offers more comfort than any other type of transport and adapts to your needs.
  • Disadvantages of using this method: It is somewhat more expensive than the shared transfer.
  • How to book this transportation: You will need to provide the pick-up date and time, pick-up and destination location, flight number and airline name.
  • Recommended if you are looking for a comfortable, exclusive and 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 to move between the airport and Albufeira. There are many companies offering this service. You will have to book it 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 the reservation is made, you will have to consider the meeting point for the pick-up. At Faro airport, normally, the meeting point is located near a bus stop or at the office of the corresponding company. This is where you and the rest of the passengers will have to wait for the vehicle.

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

Shared transfer schedules

Shared transfer schedules vary according to certain factors. First of all, the schedule obviously depends on the company providing the service. So, I recommend that you compare the different companies operating in the area to see which one best suits your travel needs. Secondly, schedules also change depending on the time of year.

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

Interesting details

  • Duration of the trip: About forty minutes
  • Price: About 10-30 euros per person, depending on whether you travel in high or low season, as well as the company you choose.
  • Advantages of using this method: It offers a cheaper price than the private transfer and it is a comfortable and safe way of transfer.
  • Disadvantages of using this method: It does not offer as much flexibility as private transfers when choosing routes and schedules.
  • How to book this transportation: 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 transfer 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 make use of the train service. However, Faro airport does not have a train station, so you will have to take a bus, cab 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. Since this connection is a highly demanded service, it has many departures throughout the day. Generally, a train leaves every hour from Faro station to Albufeira.

The line is operational from 7 am to 9 pm. 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.

Regarding the price, there are trains with a cost of about three euros to others for fifteen. In general, it is a fairly inexpensive service, especially if you book in advance and do not wait until the last minute.

Interesting details

  • Travel time: 30/40 minutes or so, depending on how long it takes you to find a cab to the train station, the traffic 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 website of Comboios de Portugal. You just have to select the dates and the place of origin and destination. Then, select the most convenient timetable from all available and proceed to payment. You will receive your ticket in your email.
  • Recommended if you want a fast 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 you have at hand to move between Faro airport and Albufeira is to use a shuttle bus. Unlike the train service, the bus can be taken directly at the airport, without the need for any other transport. In addition, it has several stops in different parts of the city.

The latter has its good and bad sides. On the one hand, as it has many stops, you will surely find one that is close to the point in Albufeira where you want to go or from where you are leaving. On the other hand, it makes the journey much longer than other types of transfers. 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 schedules of the buses.

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

Details of interest

  • Duration of the trip: One hour and a half, more or less.
  • 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: To buy your ticket, you can do it from the official website of EVA Transportes or at the airport itself at one of the ticket offices. If you are on short notice, I recommend the first option.
  • Recommended if you want an economical way to move between Faro airport and Albufeira.

5. A cab or an Uber, more expensive option

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

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

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

Thus, you will not know what the cost of your trip will be until you arrive at your destination. If you do not want to get your fingers caught and know in advance what the price of the transfer will be, I recommend that you hire a private transportation service such as Uber or Bolt.

Interesting details

  • Duration of the trip: generally, the journey by cab or Uber takes about 30-40 minutes approximately.
  • Price: about 40 and 60 euros, more or less. It all depends on the time of the day, the time of the year, the traffic and the point of Albufeira where you go.
  • 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 transportation: To make the transfer by cab, you will have to wait until you arrive at the airport and pick up the vehicle at the taxi stand. As for the transfer by Uber or Bolt, you will be able to book it from the company's mobile app.
  • Recommended if you have had a last minute inconvenience, for example your flight was delayed and you 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 good thing about the Algarve is that all the cities are very close to 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 of 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 until you reach your gate.

Besides 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.