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Buses to and from Faro Airport (FAO)

Faro Airport is one of the main gateways to the popular tourist area of the Algarve region in southern Portugal, and is actually the only airport serving this region. It is located only a few kilometres from the city centre of Faro, and is at its busiest during the summer months, when visitors from various destinations come to enjoy the region’s beautiful beaches and charming towns. Faro Airport is also a hub for the popular low-cost airline carrier of Ryanair. Passengers arriving at the airport will find a number of buses available, which provide convenient transport to Faro city centre, from where further buses are available to other towns and cities in the region. Buses are a very widely used form of transport to and from many airports in Europe.

Faro Airport consists of a single terminal building, which currently handles over five million passengers per year. Improvements will be made to the terminal in order to increase its capacity to eight million passengers per annum over the next few years. Passengers will arrive on the lower, ground floor level of the airport, from where check-in procedures are also handled, and will find the bus stops just outside the arrivals area. If confirmation of bus timetables is required, passengers can stop at the information desk in the terminal to make enquiries. However, in general, the buses serving the airport are available every half an hour to an hour.

The Faro Airport buses only provide transport to the central bus terminal in the city of Faro, and not to other nearby towns and cities of the Algarve region. For further bus connections passengers will first need to travel to the main bus terminal. The public buses are available from the airport between 05:00 and 23:00, with the last bus departing at 23:15, from Monday to Friday. Over the weekends, and on public holidays, buses are also available, but at slightly less frequent intervals. Since that the busiest months of Faro Airport are from June to October, during the summer, another special airport bus is used for additional transport to Faro’s bus terminal. This bus is referred to as the Aerobus service. The Aerobus provides efficient and faster services on average than the usual public buses.

The main bus terminal in Faro is located along the Avenida da Republica, and is nearby the harbour. It is also in the centre of the city, and approximately 200 meters from the railway station. Additional bus services depart from the Jardim Manual Bivar close by as well. The company of EVA operates the majority of buses, which serve the Algarve region. Their buses are predominantly white, with green and yellow trimmings, and offer routes to the main towns along the coast and within the Algarve region, as well as to the rest of the country. EVA buses are all air conditioned with their own toilet facilities, and are equipped with the latest technology, quality and comfort. On board, passengers can watch the EVATV channel, with shows for entertainment and as an additional source of information. A popular route travelled by buses is along the coast to the towns of Lagos, Portimao and Albufeira. The journey to Lagos is approximately two hours and ten minutes, and will only cost in the region of five to six Euros. The bus terminal in Lagos is a few minutes walk from its popular historic town centre, and about five minutes walk from the railway station.

Bus tickets should be purchased in advance from the ticket offices found at the bus terminals, or from the bus company’s website. Certain bus stations of towns in the Algarve region do not have extensive facilities, and may simply be a shelter, rather than a bus terminal. At places that do not have a ticket office, passengers will pay the bus driver. It is appreciated for passengers to provide the correct amount for payment of the journey, but change can be provided if necessary. The average bus fares range from 3 to 6 Euro, and are therefore extremely cost effective. A Tourist Pass is also available, which allows for unlimited travel on intercity EVA buses. The pass is usually for three days worth of travel.

Besides the EVA bus company, there are a number of other long-distant coaches available for transport in the Algarve region. The Transrapido bus service is known to offer quick connections from Faro to Lagos, while Frota Azul is another bus company operating a fleet of buses usually white in colour with blue and green trimmings. The bus station in Faro serves a number of daily departures to Lisbon, by two companies known as Rede Expressos and Renex. A seat for these buses should be reserved in advance, especially on weekends and public holidays. The various bus companies operating in Algarve may have different stopping places for their buses, and passengers should keep in mind that sometimes the bus stations and stops are located quite far from the towns’ centres. This is because the roads in the centre of certain towns are too narrow and busy to accommodate buses. However, the Renex bus stop in Lagos is about 300 meters from the main bus station, and also nearby the indoor marketplace. In Faro, the buses leave from just opposite the central bus station.

Passengers arriving at Faro Airport may also find that their hotel accommodation provides complimentary shuttle bus services to their location. The bus journey will take about 20 minutes to the resort of Almancil, half an hour to Vilamoura, 45 minutes to Albufeira and about an hour to Portimao. Further information regarding bus services or as well as taxis at Faro Airport please visit the airport’s official website, at http://www.ana.pt.