Albufeira, the Algarve, Portugal Fisherman's Beach, Albufeira – image courtesy of Ed Kitaura/Wikimedia

How to get to Albufeira

Albufeira is located on the southern coast of Portugal, 37km west of Faro and 325km southeast of Lisbon.

Unless you are arriving from London, the most convenient route to Albufeira is to fly into Lisbon Airport and connect with one of the many daily flights to Faro (the nearest international airport). Faro is just a 40-minute flight from Lisbon.

Trains and buses run frequently between Faro and Albufeira (train station), taking around one hour. From the train station, buses and taxis are available for the short trip to the resort.

Alternatively, it's just as easy to take an express train from Lisbon to Albufeira taking just 2 hours 30 minutes. Indeed, it's possibly to travel by express train from just about anywhere in Europe to Albufeira.

Getting to Albufeira

From Australia: The most convenient and quickest flights to Lisbon are via Bangkok on Thai Airways connecting with Air France via Paris or via Singapore on Qantas or Singapore Airlines again connecting with Air France via Paris to Lisbon.

From New Zealand: The most convenient flights are via San Francisco or Los Angeles on Air New Zealand or Qantas connecting with United, Continental or Tap-Portugal to Lisbon.

From the UK: British Airways, EasyJet, Thomas Cook and Monarch fly direct from London Gatwick to Faro. British Airways offers daily flights from Heathrow as well as from Gatwick; Tap-Portugal offers daily direct flights between Heathrow and Lisbon.

From the USA: The most convenient flights from Los Angeles and New York (Newark) are on United, US Airways, Continental and Tap-Portugal to Lisbon connecting on Tap-Portugal to Faro Airport.

Flight time to Faro, Portugal

Lisbon to Faro is 45 min, direct flight
London to Faro is 2 hr 45 min, direct flight

Flight time to Lisbon, Portugal

Brisbane to Lisbon is 27 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Lisbon is 26 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Lisbon is 26 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Lisbon is 20 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Lisbon is 22 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Lisbon is 2 hrs 35 min, direct flight
New York to Lisbon is 6 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Lisbon is 12 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Faro Airport is located 2.6km west of Faro and 46km east of Albufeira, a 40-minutes drive. Taxis and hire cars are available at the airport. A bus service operates every 30 minutes from the airport to Faro train station at Largo da Estação for connections to Albufeira.

Lisbon Airport is located 7km north of the city centre. A frequent bus service links the airport terminal with the main downtown train station.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

Getting around

Apart from walking, taxis, buses, trains and hire cars are all available to explore the Algarve coastline.


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Latest update: How to get to Albufeira: 29 March, 2019


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