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Faro Airport Taxis (FAO)

Transport options from Faro Airport include taxi services, which, although more expensive than buses, are a very convenient way to travel. Taxis travel to all destinations in and around the city of Faro.

Arrivals and departures are handled from a single terminal building at Faro Airport, which currently has the capacity to handle six million passengers per year. However, plans are in progress to increase the airport’s capacity to eight million passengers per annum by the year 2013. Passengers will arrive at the airport on the lower level (ground floor), while all departures take place from the upper level of the building. Check-in processes are also handled from the ground floor. Once passengers have collected their luggage and are ready to leave the airport, the taxi rank is found just next to the arrivals area. Alternatively, passengers can make use of the bus services to reach the central bus station or train station in Faro.

Although always more expensive, many people prefer the services of a taxi to bus or train transport. The greatest advantage of a Faro Airport taxis is that it will take you to the doorstep of your residence, hotel, business premises, or to any other place you need to go. This is a highly convenient service when compared to buses and trains, as they are only able to travel set routes, and stop at selected locations. Your ultimate destination could still be quite far from where the bus drops you off, and you will still be in need of a taxi. Many of the train and bus stations in the Algarve region are also located quite far from the centre of their towns or cities. Additional bus services may not always be available to take you nearer to your destination. Taxis usually provide a faster service than buses, as they travel directly to where you need to go, and do not stop along the way for any other passengers. The taxi journey is also more private, which is an aspect many customers prefer.

The main disadvantage of taxi services is their price. The bus and train routes are so inexpensive that anybody can easily afford to travel anywhere in the country, but a taxi’s fare is much more costly. A taxi can be metered, or run according to set fares. A metered taxi has a device which records the number of kilometres travelled to the final destination, and the fare is calculated accordingly. The first few kilometres may be more expensive, and the longer the distance, the less is charged per kilometre. A metered taxi is often considered to provide a more reliable service in terms of price, but set rates to more popular areas travelled are also fine. Passengers are always advised to discuss the fare with the taxi driver before leaving Faro Airport. It is much better to negotiate a price at the beginning of the journey, rather than once it has been completed.

The taxi driver will also be able to inform you of any additional costs applicable to your journey. There may be fees for travelling to or from the airport, and for luggage loaded. Travelling late at night, after nine in the evening, and early before six in the morning will be more expensive than during daytime hours. Taxis can be of a usual size, and seat four passengers, or larger, and seat up to six passengers. A larger taxi may charge more for its services.

The average fare charged by a 4-seater taxi to Faro, including luggage costs, is nine Euro, and the cost of a taxi to Loulé is 19 Euro. Other nearby areas and their taxi prices include Estoi – 16 Euro, Fonte Santa – 22 Euro, Almancil – 16 Euro, Bordeira – 19 Euro and Boliqueime – 28 Euro. Further destinations and their taxi fares include Albufeira – between 36 and 41 Euro, Lagos – 78 Euro, Ferragudo – 59 Euro, Castro Marim – 55 Euro and Ferreiras – 40 Euro. These prices are an estimate, and are the rates charged during the less expensive, daytime hours. Later at night, or for larger taxis, a few extra Euros can be added.

Passengers arriving at Faro Airport who have arranged hotel accommodation should find out whether their chosen hotel provides complimentary transport services to or from the airport. Many of the larger hotels have shuttle buses that travel to the airport and back. This service is also usually free of charge, and the most convenient option for those travelling directly to their hotel after arriving at the airport. The transportation should be reserved in advance of your flight, perhaps at the time of booking the accommodation.

Further information regarding taxi services at Faro Airport is available from the terminal information desk, or passengers can call (+351) 289 827 203 for enquiries.