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Faro Airport to Tavira by bus or train transfer
Tavira is a charming Portuguese town that makes for an enjoyable holiday destination. The main international airport of the Algarve is Faro airport, and it is possible to travel from the airport to Tavira by public transport. The journey is inexpensive (less than €7 per person) but it can be very long transfer, as services are infrequent and the regional train is very slow........ This guide will provide a guide to travelling between the airport and Tavira, and includes fares, tourist advice and links to local timetables (which are often very difficult to find!)
Faro Airport to Tavira an overview
Faro airport is situated 35km to the west of Tavira and the journey by public transport has two stages. The first stage is from the airport to Faro train (or bus) station and the second stage is from Faro to Tavira. There is no direct public transport link from Faro airport to Tavira and a connection in Faro is required. The last daily train from Faro to Tavira is at 21:51 (correct July 2017 - please check timetable link later on in the article). If arriving in Faro airport after 19:30 it is advisable to pre-book a transfer or consider spending a night in Faro, which is a surprisingly pleasant city.
TAP is the national airline of Portugal
Private Transfer from the airport
A private transfer is the easiest and fastest method of travel from Faro airport to Tavira. The most reliable and highest regarded (by people who live and work in the Algarve) transfer company is Yellow Fish Transfers. They operate smart, clean and safe cars and their drivers are renowned for being punctual. A transfer from Faro airport to Tavira costs €45/90 (single transfer/return), takes 40 minutes and can be booked here. (The link opens new window)
Yellow Fish operate the best transfer service in the Algarve
How do we travel from Faro Airport to Tavira?
We regularly travel from the airport to Tavira using public transport and this is how we combine cost and time….
Generally, we catch a taxi from the airport to Faro (€10-15), as the bus from the airport is so infrequent. We then catch the train to Tavira but as they are so few daily departures we usually end up having a late or long lunch in Faro while we wait for the 15:00 or 16:24 departure (timetable later in the article). This transfer may take a couple of hours, but it costs less than €20 for a couple and allows for a nice long lunch.
Our key advice is, always book the first flight from your home country to the Algarve/Faro airport. The earlier arrival will allow longer for the transfer and the first flight of the day usually has the fewest delays.
The following section will explain in detail all the different stages of travelling from the airport to Tavira using public transport.
Faro Airport to Faro City
A taxi from the arrivals terminal building to Faro train station will cost between €10-€15, and the journey is 10 minutes. There are two intermittent bus services operated by Proximo (Route 16 and the lesser Route 14), which connects the airport to Faro city. There are departures every 30-50 minutes, and the latest timetable can be seen on the Proximo website at:
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The number 16 bus in the Proximo bus station in Faro
A single ticket costs €2.25 and is purchased from the driver. The bus departs from the bus stands to the west of the terminal building (turn left when exiting the arrivals hall). The number 16 bus terminates at the Proximo bus station in central Faro, which is next to the intercity bus station and 200m walk to the train station.
Train or Bus from Faro to Tavira?
Tavira is 30km to the east of Faro and is connected by both rail and bus services. The journey from Faro to Tavira is quicker by train than the bus (train takes 40 minutes while the bus takes 1 hour) also the train ticket is slightly cheaper. Train travel is more relaxed, with more leg room and plenty of space for large luggage. We prefer train but as there are so few bus or train services just take the first convenient departure.
Train travel from Faro to Tavira
The train journey from Faro to Tavira is a slow regional service, but the route is scenic as it follows the coastline. The 30km journey takes 40 minutes, and a single adult ticket costs €3.15. Tickets must be purchased before boarding the train from the ticket office. If you have a real desire to see all of the train fares for the Algarve the prices can be seen on the CP websites here:
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The train from Faro to Tavira
As the this is a regional railway, tickets cannot be pre-booked but there are always seats available. The main issue with the Algarve railway is that there are only ten daily departures, which means that depending on the time of your flight there could be a long wait for a train. Also the last train is at 21:51, (correct July 2017), which is unsuitable for evening or late night flights . The latest timetable can be viewed at the CP (Comboios de Portugal) and the link to the PDF is:
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The frequency of the train services does mean that Faro or Tavira can be visited as a day trip from the other. Both cities are very different and equally enjoyable as day trips. For a guide to visiting Faro as a day trip please click here.
Faro train station is small and easy to navigate
Faro train station is the largest station along the Algarve regional railway but still could be considered as a small station. There is a ticket office, magazine stand and not much else - the station is very easy to navigate around. Outside of Faro station, there is a taxi stand and a couple of good cafes, ideal for a quick meal. Faro station is less than a 5-minute walk from the marina and the bus station.
Tavira train station is much smaller than Faro station and is located on the southwestern side of the town. The walk from the train station to the Praça da Republica and central Tavira, takes around 10 minutes and is all downhill but is along cobbled streets.
Tavira's small train station
Faro to Tavira by Bus
The journey from Faro to Tavira by bus takes 1 hour, and the service is operated by Eva buses. There are seven daily departures, which increase to eleven Monday to Friday. The first bus of the day from Faro is at 07:15 and the last is at 19:30, (correct July 2017). The latest timetable can viewed at the Eva Bus website at:
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Inside Faro bus station
A single ticket from Faro to Tavira costs €4.35 and a return ticket costs the same as two singles, €8.70. Tickets must be purchased before boarding the bus, from the ticket office. Heavy or bulky luggage is loaded into the luggage compartments on the side of the bus. The Faro regional bus station is next to the Proximo bus station, and it is a 200m walk from the train station.