If you’re visiting Lagos, Portugal soon then chances are you’ll be flying into Faro Airport (FAO) which is the main airport serving the Algarve.
Getting from Faro Airport to Lagos can be challenging if you’ve never done it before. I spent hours researching it before my trip to Lagos and everything I’d read online turned out to be wrong when I got there.
That’s why I’ve put together this ultimate guide on exactly how to get from Faro Airport to Lagos by car, bus or train including prices, timetables and other helpful information.
(I update this post regularly to ensure it has the most up to date information!)
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How Far Is Faro Airport To Lagos?
The distance from Faro Airport to Lagos, Portugal is 91.3 km (56.7 miles).
Although it takes around an hour by car, Faro Airport is actually the closest airport to Lagos, Portugal.
How To Get From Faro Airport To Lagos, Portugal
You can travel from Faro Airport to Lagos by car, bus or train however these options vary drastically in duration, cost and availability.
Here’s an overview of each option:
- Private transfer: 1 hour, ~ €80, 24/7 availability (direct)
- Taxi/Uber: 1 hour, €85 – €110, 24/7 availability (direct)
- Bus: 2 hours, €15, from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM (direct)
- Train: 2 hours, €10.25, from 7 AM to 8:50 PM (indirect)
I personally think that the best way to get from Faro to Lagos is by booking a private transfer.
Pre-booking a transfer is cheaper than getting a taxi when you arrive and it’s the most comfortable and fastest option.
The train is the cheapest option overall but it isn’t direct. You need to take a bus to the city center first then take the train to Lagos from there so it’s a bit inconvenient and long.
The bus is the best option if you’re on a budget as it’s not too expensive and goes directly from the airport to Lagos. It does take twice as long as a private transfer/taxi though.
Below I’ll go into more detail on each of the above options giving you all the details you need to make a decision. I include prices, links to timetables, availability and so much more.
Transfers From Faro Airport To Lagos
As I said, I personally think that the best way to get from Faro Airport to Lagos is by pre-booking a private transfer.
This one is actually really good value for money and costs less than what you’d pay for a traditional taxi.
Another bonus is that the transfer will be sitting there waiting for you when you arrive (no haggling with a driver who just tried to charge you 3x the normal price!) and there’s WiFi onboard.
Taking a private transfer from Faro Airport to Lagos is by far the easiest and most comfortable option so I’d definitely recommend it if your budget allows.
It’s also the fastest as it takes just one hour.
Whilst you will save money by taking a bus/train, they take twice as long as going by car and you’ll have to lug around your suitcase too.
The private transfer will drop you off right outside your hotel making the whole thing actually feel like you’re on vacation.
How Much Is A Transfer From Faro To Lagos?
With private transfers, you’re looking at paying around €80 for a standard car. This should suit a group of up to 4 people.
As I said, this is much cheaper than a standard taxi. Another bonus is that you won’t have to go around hunting for a taxi when you arrive.
The driver will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name on so you can just jump straight in and start your vacation.
Taxi From Faro Airport To Lagos
Another way to get from Faro to Lagos is by taxi. This is a great option if you didn’t pre-book a transfer.
There will usually be lots of taxis hanging around by the airport terminal when you arrive and they’ll all be happy to take you over to Lagos. The drive will take around one hour.
Taxis are also a great option if you’ll be arriving into Faro at a weird time. The trains and buses don’t run through the night so you’ll have to get a taxi if you’ll be arriving late.
You can also take an Uber from Faro Airport to Lagos which I think is a better option as it’s easier than a traditional taxi (more on that later).
Taking a taxi is definitely one of the best ways to travel from Faro Airport to Lagos as it’s really relaxing and comfortable. You’ll also get dropped off right outside your hotel.
Taxi Cost From Faro Airport To Lagos
The price of a taxi from Faro Airport to Lagos will be between €85 and €110.
The main downside to taking a taxi is that it is the most expensive option. You also usually have to haggle with the driver as they often try to charge tourists ridiculous prices.
I personally wouldn’t pay any more than €110 so if a driver won’t agree to that then find a different one as they’re trying to scam you.
Is There Uber At Faro Airport?
Yes, you will find both Uber and Bolt available at Faro Airport.
I personally use Bolt when I’m traveling in Portugal as it’s really reliable, easy to use and I’ve always found the drivers to be really professional and friendly.
I checked the price for the journey from Faro Airport to Lagos and it quoted me €95.
It should cost a similar amount with Uber too. Uber/Bolt are great options as you don’t have to worry about being overcharged and you can just order the car when you’re ready.
There are always loads of drivers in the area so you’ll only be waiting a few minutes to be picked up.
Buses From Faro Airport To Lagos
Taking a bus from Faro Airport to Lagos is one of the cheapest options so it’s ideal for travelers on a budget but it does take a long time.
There is a shuttle bus service available at the airport which will take you directly to Lagos from the airport.
I actually used the shuttle bus on my recent trip to Lagos and found it to be really comfortable and good value for money.
There are 2 bus companies that run a bus service directly from the airport: Eva and Alsa.
The Alsa bus from Faro Airport to Lagos has 2 departures each day. These are at 11:45 AM and 5:45 PM.
A one-way ticket costs €15 and the journey takes 2 hours.
You can pre-book your ticket for this bus on Omio which I’ve used several times. It’s super easy to use and offers great prices.
These buses depart directly from the airport and arrive at the main bus station in Lagos (Lagos Terminal Rodoviário).
This bus station is right in the center of town so you can probably walk to your hotel from here. That’s what I did and it only took me 4 minutes! (I stayed at Tivoli Lagos by the way).
Eva line 56 goes from Faro Airport to Lagos as well.
The bus schedule varies depending on the day and month but there are usually 5 departures each day.
On average, the bus leaves approximately every 2 hours between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM.
Tickets cost €15 and the bus takes around 2 hours.
You can’t pre-book the Eva bus so if you choose this option then you’ll have to buy your ticket at the airport either when you get onboard or at the ticket office.
I bought my ticket at the airport and the process was fairly simple. I got really lucky that when I arrived the next bus left within the next 15 minutes as you could end up waiting up to 2 hours.
You can check the Eva bus timetable here. Their website is kinda confusing to use.
To see the bus departure times, click on the blue link that says ‘check timetables – download PDF’ and this will download the PDF with the full timetable on it.
The bus leaves from Faro Airport which is listed as ‘Aeroporto Faro’ on the timetable and arrives at Lagos central bus station which is listed as ‘Lagos (Terminal Rodoviário).
The bus timings vary depending on whether the university is open or closed, the day of the week and the time of year so use the key at the bottom of the timetable to figure out which timings apply.
Take The Bus Into Faro Center
Another option is taking the bus from the airport into Faro city center and then taking a bus to Lagos from there.
This option takes much longer than the direct buses discussed above and obviously involves you having to change buses which can be a bit annoying.
It could be a good option for you if you’ll end up waiting for a couple of hours for the next shuttle bus to Lagos though.
The No. 16 bus which is run by Próximo goes from Faro Airport to the main station in Faro. This journey takes around 20 minutes.
This bus departs approximately every 30 to 50 minutes and tickets cost €2.25. You can purchase the ticket from the driver.
You can view the No. 16 bus timetable here.
From Faro central bus station, you now need to get onto the Eva line 57 bus to Lagos which takes around 2 hours.
There are around 7 departures each day between 8 AM and 7:40 PM. You can view the exact timetable here. Please note that on weekends there are only 2 departures.
You’ll depart from Faro Terminal Rodoviário (which is the first pick-up point) and you’ll arrive into Lagos which is the last stop. The bus costs approximately €6.
Train From Faro Airport To Lagos
The final way that you can get from Faro Airport to Lagos is by train.
This option is a little inconvenient as there isn’t a train station at the airport.
This means that you’ll have to take the bus from Faro Airport to Faro city center and from there you can take the train to Lagos.
You can use the No. 16 bus to get from the airport to the city center (I gave all the info in the bus section of this post). The bus takes 20 minutes.
Luckily the train station in Faro is right next to the bus station so it’ll only take you a few minutes to walk over.
The Faro to Lagos train has between 10 and 13 departures throughout the day so there’s plenty of choice that should suit you.
The earliest train leaves at around 7 AM and the last train leaves at around 8:50 PM.
The train takes around 1 hour 45 minutes to get to Lagos and most of them are direct. There are a few where you’ll need to change in the town of Tunes but these are less frequent.
You check the current train times and book your ticket on Omio. It’s really easy to use (I’ve used it many times).
As I said, this option is a little inconvenient especially if you have lots of luggage as you’ll have to get a bus and then a train.
There are lots of departure times though so it might end up being quicker than waiting for the direct bus to Lagos from the airport (they only leave once every 2 hours).
How Much Is The Train From Faro Airport To Lagos?
Overall the cost of getting from Faro Airport to Lagos by train is €10.25 which actually makes it the cheapest option.
The No.16 bus that you’ll need to take to the city center from the airport costs €2.25 and then the train from Faro to Lagos costs €8 one-way.
And that’s it!
Thanks for reading this ultimate guide that covers everything there is to know about Faro Airport transportation to Lagos.
If you’re currently planning your Lagos trip then you might be trying to decide where to stay.
I actually wrote a guide on where to stay in Lagos that includes an area guide and the top hotels. You might find it useful.