How to Reach Albufeira


By plane: There are no direct flights to Albufeira. Albufeira doesn’t have its own airport. Albufeira can be reached via plane from Faro airport, which is 26km away from the city.

Right now, 39 airlines operate out of Faro Airport.

Faro Airport offers nonstop flights to 74 cities.

Every week, at least 189 domestic flights and 1,078 international flights depart from Faro Airport.

By bus: From East and West of Albufeira Council, Albufeira Train Station, East Algarve (Quarteira/Faro/Tavira), West Algarve (Armacao de Pera/Portimao/Lagoa), Lisbon/Porto, Seville, you can get buses to the Albufeira Bus Terminal, located on the outskirts of town and most of these buses do not pass through the town centre.

The bus departs from here every 20 minutes from 9AM to 11PM all year and runs until 1AM from June to end of September and also during the festivals of Easter and Carnival. On New Year’s and the August 20th holiday, it runs until 4AM. Albufeira travel is easy by bus.

Bear in mind that you must buy your ticket from the ticket office when boarding at the Bus Terminal, except when boarding the Frota Azul bus to Messines or the local GIRO buses. Allow a few minutes for this.

Here’s a tip: If you’re boarding anywhere else, pay the driver as usual. Try to keep small change on you for this, or at the most a EUR 5 note!

By train: Albufeira Train Station is 7 km from the Albufeira Town. There are taxis and buses from the Train Stain to the Town. Albufeira tour is great by train. 

From Albufeira you can take a Train to the West or East of Algarve, and to the North of the country: Lisbon/Porto.


Although it is an option, renting a car isn’t advisable as parking can be a real hassle especially during tourist season in the summer. Here are the modes of transport at your disposal for getting around Albufeira:

By Tourist Train: The tourist train is a great way to travel around a town and helps visitors get accustomed to the place as well. The Albufeira travel guide recommends a tourist train that departs every 20 minutes from 9AM to 11PM, all year round. The train runs until 1AM from June to the end of September as well as during Easter and Carnival. On New Year’s and the August 20th holiday, it runs until 4AM.

It makes a round trip from between the Areias de Sao Joao just off the Strip, the Old Town and then to a stop outside the Brisa Sol Hotel (close to the Modelo shopping centre) and then back to Areias de Sao Joao. The whole journey takes about 45 minutes.

By Taxi: These operate at a set route and ply city routes that are, obviously, not solely pedestrian. It is customary to hail taxis on the road at any point.

By Bus: The local bus network in Albufeira is called Giro. It covers the whole city, with five different routes, identified by different colours, namely red 1, red 2, blue, green and orange, all of which start from and return to the bus station, with over 100 stops.

Buses on these routes run every half-hour, seven days a week.

The local GIRO bus network connects the Bus Terminal, the old town and other districts of Albufeira, including the train station.

The buses run east as far as the top and bottom of the strip, to the west as far as the new marina, and to the north as far the Ferreiras Train Station.

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