Albufeira is one of the most popular Algarve resorts, offering a lively nightlife and entertainments scene, a pretty marina and a historic Old Town dating back to Roman times. Faro Airport is the closest international airport to Albufeira at approximately 27 miles away. It handles over 6 million passengers annually, and additional seasonal flights are scheduled throughout peak summer months.
The main airport for flights to Albufeira is Faro Aiport, although holidaymakers can also fly into Lisbon, which is approximately 150 miles from the resort. Passengers can take local buses 14 or 16 from the airport to Faro city centre, and from there, the local buses into Albufeira town take about 50 minutes to complete this short trip. The rail station in Albufeira is approximately 4 miles from the town centre, so is not the best transport solution for most people.
Some airlines offering flights to Faro from the UK include easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways, and TUI Airways. Flights take from two hours 30 minutes to three hours, and in peak season, they depart from a variety of UK airports, including the main London hubs, East Midlands, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.
Travelling to Albufeira in the Algarve is quick and convenient for passengers opting to fly. Frequent, scheduled flights are available to Faro throughout the year, and journey times of less than three hours from the UK mean it's easily possible to fly out to Albufeira for weekends or short breaks. Transferring from Faro Airport to Albufeira is easy, quick and affordable thanks to local buses, with travel time being approximately one hour.
Travel tip: booking a cab from Faro Airport to Albufeira can be an expensive travel solution. The Orange route buses from Faro all stop in Albufeira, but services are unavailable after about 7.30 p.m. and less frequent at weekends. One simple travel solution for travellers arriving at night or at weekends is to check into a Faro hotel for a night or more, and this offers plenty of opportunities to explore this historic city. Visitors to Albufeira should definitely make time to explore the cobbled streets and alleys of the Old Town and check out some of the most popular restaurants. The Strip is where many of the most vibrant clubs and bars are situated and is close to Praia da Oura beach. Some of the funkiest clubs on the Strip are Kiss, le Club and Club Vida.