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Faro Airport is well connected to the rest of the region, with a good bus service connecting the terminal and the city centre. Buses run reasonably regularly between 5am and 11pm, take around 20 minutes and cost less than €2.50 for a single journey.
If your tour operator hasn’t laid on transport to your resort then the more efficient alternative is to take a taxi. There’s a taxi rank in front of the main terminal building and you can expect to pay around €10 for a ride into central Faro.
Staying in a more remote resort and can’t quite stretch to the taxi fare? Private shuttle operators offer airport transfers to dozens of the area’s major towns – including Albufeira, Ferragudo, Lagos and Praia da Luz – for a much more reasonable sum.
An even cheaper alternative is to hop on a train from the centre of Faro. The regional line visits Lagos, Portimão, Tunes, Albufeira, Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, and ticket prices are seriously reasonable. You’re looking at less than €8 for a single to Lagos, for example – a journey that takes an hour and 40 minutes. The bus is cheaper but the ride takes slightly longer at two hours and 20 minutes.
Buses are useful for exploring the region – they’re cheap, regular and relatively speedy.
Most hotels have timetables available, but if yours doesn’t then ask at the local bus station.
EVA runs the regional services and connects the area to major international destinations, while Rede Nacional de Expressos operates routes between more than 300 Portuguese locations.
Buses and trains regularly connect the major resorts and are also very cheap to use – it’s best to buy tickets at the station beforehand.
If you’re feeling intrepid then you could always make like the locals and hire a scooter.
Expect to pay around €25 per day for the privilege of speeding around on a two-wheeler – not far off the cost of hiring a car.
A more relaxed way to discover the Algarve’s sun-kissed coastline is by boat, with a selection of cruises, yacht charters and group boat trips on offer from most of the major seaside resorts.
Car hire in the Algarve is good value and delivers the independence and freedom that no other method of transport can. Learn more on our Algarve car hire page.