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TRAIN SERVICE IN THE ALGARVE also ALGARVE to and from LISBON

This page is unofficial. The information has been obtained from printed timetables and other local sources (like taking the train) and is given in good faith.
Timetables apply until further notice. Information correct as of 4th August 2019 checked on official websites.

There is a useful unofficial 'app' called Catch Up available on Google Play. This is taking information from the railways network control centres and presenting more or less real time train running information on a station by station basis. I know it works on Android phones! The official railway website does NOT offer this information.

TRAINS IN THE ALGARVE REGION OF PORTUGAL ARE OPERATED BY THE NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses.

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Algarve train timetables here  Diagram showing the rail lines and stations in the Algarve is here
Official map of railways in Portugal here  - does not show all stations. Rail map of Spain and Portugal (external link) here.
Some more pictures etc for railfans here.

Local service in the Algarve is operated by fairly modern trains, with air-conditioned interiors.  They do NOT have wifi and also there are never any on board announcements, so pay attention to where you want to get off. Click a picture to see it full size

Thanks to Steve Widdowson for the picture below of unit 0454 running along the sea wall at Faro.



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The rebuilt Tavira station. Click to see full size.
Trains use the high platform to the left of the station building.
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The 1327 to Faro about to leave Vila Real de Santo António. Click to see full size.

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Below - trains getting bit of a clean at Faro.

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The 0700 and 1600 from Faro to Lisbon; also the 0823 and 1723 back from Lisbon are the Intercity Alfa Pendular (AP) tilting trains. 

These are through trains to and from Porto, offering a one-seat ride in about 5hrs 30mins between Faro and Porto via Lisbon, Coimbra and Aveiro.  Click the picture for a larger size.  Seating plan here.

These trains have power sockets at some First Class (Conforto) seats. AP trains now offer free wifi to all seats but in some rural areas you will be out of range of any signal. All AP trains have a café car.

Seat reservation is COMPULSORY!

The other trains between Lisbon and the Algarve are Inter City (IC) trains. These are locomotive hauled with air-conditioned coaches. Click the picture for a larger size.

Seat reservation is COMPULSORY!

Wifi equipment is now installed on these older trains. However, in many rural areas you will be out of reach of any signal. IC trains running between the Algarve and Lisbon have a café/bar car. Access with wheelchair is impossible, the doors are too narrow.

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Faro station building - click to see full sized.

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Steve Widdowson sent me some excellent pictures of trains in the Algarve taken in October 2014 - take a look at them here.

There is a further set of pictures from Steve taken May 2015 here.

Included are some pictures of the inside of the rarely photographed museum building by Lagos station. This has been closed for many, many, years owing to lack of money.

Timetables and Information

Timetable summary here, complete printable timetable here at official site. Regional (local) trains stop at all stations, except for a couple of very early and very late trains which miss the smaller 'halts'. Services are for the most part designed to connect with the trains to and from Lisbon. This results in some very large gaps during the day when there are no trains at all, especially at weekends. Trains do however run later into the evening than most bus routes.

The local line (diagram here) is usually operated as two separate sections, either side of Faro. Although it's not advertised, some trains run do through. The conductor will confirm whether or not a change is needed at Faro. Local trains connect with most trains to and from Lisbon, but at Faro some local trains do not connect with each other.

There are five daily trains (with summer weekend extras) between Faro and Lisbon, two of which continue to or start from Porto. For the full intercity timetable in printable PDF format visit www.cp.pt. External link which will open a new window.

Note that the railway line does NOT cross the border into Spain. The nearest station in Spain is at Huelva, about 33 miles/55 km from the border at Vila Real de Santo António.

Information - there are NO ANNOUNCEMENTS at most stations, no boards or screens on platforms to indicate 'next trains' and rarely if ever are there any announcements on board trains. Most railway staff have some English, it is polite to ask first. They are quite happy to help ensure you know where to change trains etc. You will have to keep alert so you don't miss your station, especially at night.

Fares

Fares are about the same, for short journeys in some cases cheaper, as the equivalent bus journey. However, Faro to Lagos by train one-way is €7,40 for a journey of around 1 hour 40 minutes. The bus costs €6,20 but takes 20 - 30 minutes longer. There is a simple fare structure for local journeys - single (one-way), return (round-trip) and that's it! I have a copy of the regional train fares chart here. Using this, you can calculate the fare between any pair of stations on the Algarve line using REGIONAL trains.

TOURIST TICKET FOR THE ALGARVE LINE -  REGIONAL TRAINS ONLY

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Available from STAFFED stations only. (Lagos, Portimao, Tunes, Albufeira, Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António)

NOT VALID ON ALFA PENDULAR OR INTERCITY TRAINS

Do the sums first. A return (round-trip) ticket from Faro to Lagos is only €14,80




Other Fares - fares on REGIONAL trains were not increased ths year.


Sample single (one-way) fares on regional (local) trains  - Albufeira/Ferreiras to Faro €3,40, Lagos to Tavira €9,45; Faro to Lagos €7,40, Faro to Tavira €3,20; Faro to Vila Real de Santo António €5,25 and Albufeira/Ferreiras to Tavira €5,90. A one way trip from Albufeira to Lisbon will cost at most either €20,90 or €21,60 in Turista (Second) class, depending on which train you take. First class is €28,30 or €26,50. . Promotional fares are offered for bookings in advance, but not available on all trains. Currently such fares can reduce the cost of a trip to Lisbon as low as €9  but more likely €13 to €17 Euros. These tickets are NOT REFUNDED if you do not use them but can be exchanged under certain conditions.

On long distance journeys, a return (round-trip) ticket is slightly cheaper than two one-way tickets. There are however no 'open' tickets, so the journeys must be made on the booked trains

Half fare for over 65s - If you take your passport or national ID card when buying a ticket you will get half fare on all trains. Children aged 5 - 12 travel half fare; children under 5 travel free on local trains. However children under 5 travelling on Alfa Pendular or Intercity trains and who will occupy their own seat require a reservation and their own ticket. Small children who would sit on their parent's lap travel free and do not need a ticket.

Higher fares for AP and IC trains - you can use the intercity trains for local journeys (if there are seats available) but you will pay much more than on the regional trains.

Example: Albufeira to Faro - Regional €3.40; Intercity €9,50; Alfa-Pendular €11,50!  Note - Regional fares apply to journeys between Messines and other Algarve stations.

Larger stations have ticket offices, but most smaller stations are unstaffed. You can buy your ticket on the train without penalty, but in cash only. There are no longer ticket machines at any Algarve station. Tickets for Regional trains cannot be purchased on line or in advance.

Penalty fares: if you are caught without a ticket the fine is 100 times the single fare for the trip! There are no reservations or advance purchase or other discounts on Regional trains except as below.

Under 25? CP offers 25% off

If you are aged 25 or under, CP is offering a 25% discount on all Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, Inter-Regional and Regional train tickets.

You can use this discount in any class, any day of the week. Just show official ID with proof of your age such as a Citizen card, ID card, driving licence or passport.

You can buy your tickets from long-distance ticket offices, netTICKET travel agents. These tickets can be reissued or refunded.

Young people aged 26 or over can still enjoy the Cartão Jovem discount for individual journeys.

SEAT RESERVATIONS

These are compulsory on all AP and IC trains. These are included FREE when you buy your ticket. You can reserve on-line a maximum of 60 days in advance. You can take a chance and try for a ticket at the last minute but, especially in summer or on Fridays and Sundays all year, you might be disappointed if the train is already full. Some trains are only three carriages in winter, four or five carriages in summer. You can choose which seat(s) you take when booking on line.

There is a very large discount available on many long distance trains when tickets are purchased more than eight days in advance. Some discounts are available for tickets purchased 5 - 7 days in advance but these often do not apply for al trains. However these very cheap tickets will not be refunded if you do not use them, but can be exchanged under certain conditions.

It is possible to buy tickets on line for a complete journey  for example Lagos to Lisbon or Tavira to Porto where a mix of regional and long distance trains are involved. But it's not possible to or from places like Sintra and Cascais, which trains have a separate fare structure. Those tickets to or from Lisbon must be obtained locally. The full range of destinations / origins has not been checked!  However tickets for local trips in the Algarve eg Lagos - Faro cannot be purchased on line and there are no reservations.

BUYING TICKETS FOR LONG DISTANCE TRIPS

Book on line in English at https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/buy-tickets. You can pay with credit card or by using Paypal. There is also a Smartphone app that does the same thing. Tickets can either be printed or shown to train staff on a suitable device. There are no ticket barriers to worry about. Click here for an example of a long distance train ticket purchased via the website. Will open in a new window or tab.

You can also use a Multibanco ATM to buy tickets a maximum of 21 days in advance. Seat reservations are free when you buy your ticket(s) on line or at an ATM.

If you have an international railpass, reservations can be only be obtained at a station or accredited sales agent. A reservation fee is payable.

You can buy tickets at railway stations with a ticket office, which in the Algarve region are these : LAGOS, PORTIMÃO, TUNES, ALBUFEIRA, LOULÉ, FARO, OLHÃO (mornings only), TAVIRA and VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO (until about 1500hrs). You CANNOT buy long distance tickets from the conductor when starting your trip on a regional train.

Tickets and reservations can also be obtained at these Algarve based travel agents. Information taken from CP website. There is no mention of the hours they keep.

Albufeira area - GEOSTAR Travel at Algarve Shopping near Guia and at Albfueira Continente / Modelo shopping, Avenida dos Descobrimentos opposite McDonald's.

In Faro at ABREU, Avenida da República, 124; EL CORTE INGLÈS Av. 5 de Outubro;  TAGUS Av. 5 de Outubro;  TOP ATLÂNTICO Rua Conselheiro Bívar and TUI, Monte da Ria.

In Loulé at GALERIA COMERCIAL. MODELO LOULÉ - Olivais de Stº António-São. Sebastião (It doesn't say which shop. This is the big mall out of town.)

In Portimão at ABREU Rua Pé da Serra; GEOSTAR Centro Comercial Modelo; TOP ATLÂNTICO Rua Judice Biker, 26 and TUI Travel, Rua Judice Biker 9.

BUYING TICKETS FOR SHORT REGIONAL TRIPS

Tickets for trips on Regional trains CANNOT be purchased on line or in advance. Tickets are valid for one day only. A return (round-trip) ticket can be used to get back on any train the same day. Regional tickets are NOT VALID for use on Intercity (IC) or Alfda Pendular (AP) trains.

If boarding at a staffed station, buy from the ticket office if it's open. If boarding at an unstaffed station or when the ticket office is closed, you buy your ticket from the train conductor and it's CASH ONLY. Most stations in the Algarve are unstaffed.

FARO RAILWAY STATION

Faro Railway Station is about 150 metres from the Bus Station and close to the town centre and marina. It is 4.0miles/6.3km by road from the airport. There is a map here - which opens in a new window. Buses to and from the airport stop outside the station, the bus journey between airport and station is about 20 minutes. There is a taxi rank at the station. A taxi to or from the airport will cost you around €10 depending on numbers, luggage etc. The journey by taxi is about ten minutes. There is decent café/bar opposite the station and there is a small bar on the station itself. There is a limited left luggage facility, privately operated, on the main platform in a little kiosk. There are no shops in the vicinity.

Intending passengers be aware that there are no signs or indications on the platforms at Faro to tell you which train goes where. There are announcements (usually only in Portuguese) but they are often inaudible above the noise of the trains! There are NO ANNOUNCEMENTS made on board Regional trains. Ever. Some trains split into two sections on arrival. If in doubt, ask.

Bikes on trains

You CAN take bikes on Alfa Pendular (AP) and Intercity (IC) trains. On Alfa Pendular (AP) trains, bikes must be disassembled and taken on board as hand luggage. On IC trains, there are two dedicated spaces for bikes on each train. Transport is free but there are rules! Please see this page in English before considering a journey - https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/passenger-information/Useful-information/bike-transport

Bikes are carried FREE on all local (regional) trains in the Algarve. The low platforms and high steps do mean a bit of lifting up and down into the baggage compartment, which is at one end of the train. It does help if there are two of you! Chain it to something inside the baggage compartment; there are ill-minded individuals who will make off with your property given half a chance. I was warned about this by a train guard. The last thing you want is to leave the train only to find your road bike missing and nowhere to be found. Proper bike locks are a must for travel.

ALGARVE LINE TRAIN TIMETABLES

The timetables below are a summary - all trains but not all stations are shown.
To view and print the complete Algarve timetable,
click here external link opens in new window.

For the detailed timetable for trains to and from Lisbon, Coimbra, Aveiro and Porto, click here; external link opens in new window.

SUNDAY SERVICE WILL APPLY ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS - additional alterations apply at Christmas and New Year

REMINDER - SEAT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL AP AND IC TRAINS IN PORTUGAL

TRAIN TYPES : AP - Alfa Pendular high-speed train.  IC - Intercity train. REG - Regional (local) train, no reservations, no advance purchase, trains have air-con. First and Second class seats are available on all AP and IC trains. Regional trains are second class only.

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TIMETABLE - FARO > ALBUFEIRA > TUNES > PORTIMÃO > LAGOS

Daily - train runs every day including most holidays
MFO - train runs Mondays to Fridays (weekdays) only except holidays

SAT - runs on Saturdays only, 29th June to 31st August. Also runs on 15th August
SHX - train does not run on Sundays and Holidays

SUN - train runs on only SUNDAYS from June 16th and only until 1st September: also runs on Monday 1oth June
XXX
- TRAIN RUNS ON SATURDAYS 29th JUNE TO 31st AUGUST
ALSO ON Thursdays 20th June and 15th August
which are public holidays. The train in the previous column does NOT run on those dates
1741 ex - Faro - On SUNDAYS until 1st September the train will be FOUR MINUTES EARLIER at these stations

To Lisbon - trains run to Lisbon Oriente also calling at Lisbon Sete Rios (IC trains only) and Entrecampos
please also read the note below the timetable
IF YOU USE AP OR IC TRAINS FOR THESE LOCAL JOURNEYS A MUCH HIGHER FARE IS PAYABLE - SEE NOTE

Train type

AP REG
IC
REG
REG
REG
REG
REG IC
AP
AP REG
REG
IC
REG
REG Special
REG
Days of operation

Daily
SHX Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
XXX
Daily Daily
SAT
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
MFO
Daily
SUN Daily
Faro

0700
0711
0822 ---
0902
1023
1023
1222
1415 1515
1600 1617
1741
1815 1825
1922
2008 2050
Parque das Cidades
A
| 0718
| ---
0909
1030
1030
1229
| |
| 1624
1748
| 1832
1929
| 2057
Almancil
G
| 0724
| ---
0915
1036
1036
1235
| |
| 1630
1754
| 1838
1935
| 2103
Loulé
B
0710 0728
0833 ---
0919
1039
1039
1239
1426 1526
1611 1638
1758
1825 1842
1940 2026 2107
Boliqueime
G
| 0735
| ---
0926
1046 1046
1248
| |
| 1646
1805
| 1850
1947
| 2114
Albufeira-Ferreiras
C
0723 0743
0845 ---
0935
1100#
1100#
1307#
1438 1538
1624 1655
1814
1837 1900
2001#
2039 2123
Tunes (arrival)

0727 0749
0850
---
0941
1106
1106
1312
1443 1543
1628
1700
1819
1842
1905
2006
2043 2129
Train from Lisbon arrives
X
| |
|
---
|
1052
1121
1300 |
|
| 1705
|
| |
1953
| 2132
Tunes (departure)

0729 0754
0851 ---
0942
1107
1124
1313
1444 1545
1630 1708
1825
1844 1914
2007
2045 2133
Messines - Alte
H
|
|
0900
---
|
|
|
|
1453
|
|
|
|
1853
|
|
2055 |
Algoz
G
To
0800
To
---
0947
1112
1130
1319 To To
To
1714
1831
To
1919
2013
To 2138
Alcantarilha
F
Lisbon
0806
Lisbon
---
0952
1118
1135
1324
Lisbon
Lisbon
Lisbon
1719 1836
Lisbon
1924
2018
Lisbon 2143
Silves
D
arrive
0825#
arrive
---
1003
1130
1150#
1335
arrive arrive
arrive 1730
1851#
arrive 1935
2030
arrive 2151
Estombar/Lagoa
E
1009
0831
1156
---
1010
1142#
1157
1342
1756
1818
1909
1737
1858
2156
1946
2043#
0007 2157
Portimão

and to
0839
---
0931
1018
1150
1205
1350
---
---
and to
1745
1906
---
1950
2051
---
2205
Lagos

Porto
0858
---
0950
1036
1208
1223
1408
---
---
Porto
1803
1921
---
2008
2110
---
2222

# arrives five minutes earlier. Waits for another train to pass on the single track  | - train does not stop at this station

AP - Alfa Pendular high speed tilting train. Arrival time is at Lisbon Oriente station. Also stops at Lisbon Entrecampos 8 minutes earlier.
AP trains continue beyond Lisbon (Oriente) via Coimbra-B, Aveiro and Gaia to PORTO CAMPANHÃ arriving Porto at 1250 and 2150 respectively. Full details at www.cp.pt
IC - Intercity train arrival time shown is at Lisbon Oriente station. Also stops at Lisbon Sete Rios 12 minutes earlier, Lisbon Entrecampos 8 minutes earlier.
Special - summertime special train on SUNDAYS only and until 1st September. NO seat reservation and no café car. One class only. Formed of electric multiple units.  Also calls at Sete Rios and Entrecampos. Complete timetable here.
Lisbon Oriente is the closest station to Lisbon Airport. Sete Rios or Entrecampos stations are closer to the city centre with a direct connection by metro/subway.
FOR NOTES ABOUT ALGARVE STATIONS (A to H) - CLICK HERE

X - arrival time at Tunes for connections towards Lagos.  Connection is usually on the same platform. Trains are usually held at Tunes in the event of late running down from Lisbon. These trains from Lisbon continue to Faro via Albufeira and Loulé.

TIMETABLE - LAGOS > PORTIMÃO > TUNES > ALBUFEIRA > FARO

Daily - train runs every day including most holidays
 MFO - train runs Mondays to Fridays (weekdays) only except holidays
FRI - Runs only on Fridays and only until  30th August
SAT - runs on Saturdays only, 29th June to 31st August. Also runs on 15th August
SHX - train does not run on Sundays and Holidays
SUN - train runs on SUNDAYS only and only until 1st September

From Lisbon - trains run from Lisbon Oriente also all calling at Lisbon Entrecampos also IC trains call at Lisbon Sete Rios
please also read the note below the timetable
IF YOU USE AP OR IC TRAINS FOR THESE LOCAL JOURNEYS A MUCH HIGHER FARE IS PAYABLE - SEE NOTE

Train type

REG
REG
REG
REG
AP AP
REG
IC
REG
REG
IC REG
REG
REG
AP
REG
IC Special
Days of Operation

Daily
SHX
Daily
MFO
Daily
SAT
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
MFO
SUN
Daily
Daily
Daily FRIDAY
Lagos

0614
0658
0752
0903
---
---
1114
---
1326
1513
---
1721
1815
1839
---
2015
---
---
Portimão

0634
0717
0809
0922
---
---
1133
---
1350#
1532
---
1745#
1834
1902#
---
2034
---
---
Estombar/Lagoa
E
0642
0725
0817
---
From
From
1142
From
1358
1541
From
1754
1843
1911
From 2043#
From From
Silves
D
0650
0733
0825
---
Lisbon
Lisbon
1150
Lisbon
1405
1549
Lisbon
1802
1851
1919
Lisbon 2051
Lisbon Lisbon
Alcantarilha
F
0700
0743
0836
---
at
at
1201
at
1416
1600
at
1813
1903
1924
at 2101
at at
Algoz
G
0705
0748
0841
---
0823
0830
1206
1002
1421
1605
1402
1819
1912
1935
1723 2106
1832 1932
Messines - Alte
H
|
|
|
---
|
|
|
1252
|
    |
1657
|
|
|
! |
2122
2253
Tunes (arrival)

0710
0753
0848
---
1052 1121
1211
1300 1426
1610
1705 1824
1914
1941
1953 2111
2132 2301
Train to Lisbon leaves X
0729
---
0851
---
| |
|
| 1444
1630
| 1844
---
2045
|
|
| |
Tunes (departure)

0711
0754
0851
---
1054 1123
1212
1302 1427
1611
1707 1825
1919
---
1955 2112
2134
2303
Albufeira - Ferreiras
C
0722#
0800
0858
---
1059 1128
1218
1307 1438#
1623#
1712 1837#
1921
---
2000 2123#
2139 2309
Boliqueime
G
0735#
0808
0905
---
| |
1226
| 1446
1631 | 1850#
1928
---
|
2131
| |
Loulé
B
0743
0815
0919#
---
1113 1140
1239#
1319 1453
1638
1724 1858
1940#
---
2014 2138
2151 2322
Almancil
G
0747
0819
0923
---
|
|
1243
|
1457
1642
|
1902
1944
---
| 2142
| |
Parque das Cidades
A
0752
0829
0928
---
|
|
1248
|
1502
1647
|
1907
1949
---
| 2147
| |
Faro

0759
0835
0934
---
1123 1150
1254
1330 1508
1654
1735 1914
1956 ---
2023 2154
2202 2333








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VRSA
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to
VRSA
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Some local trains run through from Faro to Vila Real de Santo António (VRSA) via Tavira as shown, but this is not advertised. There may be others than shown above


# arrives about five minutes earlier. Waits for another train to pass on the single track    | - train does not stop at this station

AP -Alfa Pendular high speed tilting train. Departure time is from Lisbon Oriente station also stops at Lisbon Entrecampos 8 minutes later.
AP trains start in PORTO CAMPANHÃ at  0540 and 1440 respectively running via  Gaia, Aveiro and Coimbra-B before Lisbon (Oriente) station. Full details at www.cp.pt
IC - Intercity train. Deparrture time is from Lisbon Oriente station (closest to Lisbon Airport) also stops at Lisbon Entrecampos 8 minutes later, Lisbon Sete Rios 12 minutes later.
Special - summertime special train on FRIDAYS only and until 30th August. NO seat reservation and no café car. One class only. Formed of electric multiple units.  Also calls at Entrecampos and Sete Rios. Complete timetable here.

NOTES ABOUT STATIONS

A - this is the nearest station to the Algarve Stadium, about 1km (3/4 mile) away. This station has no ticket office; buy your ticket on the train.

B - Loulé Station is over 3 miles/5km from the town. A bus (official times here) connects Loulé Avenida 25 Abril (NOT the Bus Station)  with trains thus : EXCEPT Sundays and Holidays 0640 arr 0655 for 0710 to Lisbon. Sundays and Holidays ONLY at 1445 to connect with 1516 to Lisbon. Daily except Saturdays there is a bus into Loulé connecting with the 2114 arrival from Lisbon. Otherwise, there is a bus stop about 250 yards/metres from the station; use the crossing at the end of the platform and follow the path by the green fence and turn right. The bus stop is just beyond the stop sign; buses to Loulé on the left hand side as you look.
C - Albufeira station is in FERREIRAS about 3.5 miles/6.5km from old town. There are buses to/from the town bus station (which itself is a 1 mile / 1.6km from the old town) every 30 minutes.
D - Silves station is just over a mile/1.8km from the town. Uphill on the way back! There are a few buses to/from town; click here for times.
E - Estombar/Lagoa station is in ESTOMBAR 2 miles/3.5km from Lagoa. This station has no ticket office; buy your ticket on the train.
F - Alcantarilha Station is 4 miles/6km from the village of that name. It has no ticket office. There are four buses on weekdays some of which connect with trains. There no buses at weekends. The bus route also serves Pêra and Armação de Pêra.
G - this station has no ticket office; buy your ticket on the train. Cash only.
H - this station is unstaffed. Buy your ticket on the train, cash only. Regional fares are charged for trips between Messines and other stations in the Algarve. Reservation not needed.
X - departure time at Tunes for trains towards Lisbon originating in Faro. Connection is usually on the same platform.

FARO <> OLHÃO <> TAVIRA <> VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO

ALL TRAINS BUT NOT ALL STATIONS ARE SHOWN  BELOW

To view and print the complete Algarve timetable, click here. External link opens in new window.

Daily - train runs every day including most holidays.
MFO train runs Mondays to Fridays (weekdays) only. Does NOT run on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.
SUN - trains run only on Sundays and only until 1st September
XXX
- TRAIN RUNS ON SATURDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 29th JUNE TO 31st AUGUST
The train in the previous column does NOT run on those dates.
YYY - train does not run on Sundays until 8th September
On Sundays until 1st September this train will be 6 minutes later at these stations

All trains are Regional services, second class only.
Trains call at all stations, except for the 1113 and 2044 from Vila Real de Santo António and the 2212 from Faro.

# arrives five minutes earlier. Waits for another train to pass on the single track

Days of operation

Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
XXX
MFO
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
MFO
SUN
YYY
Daily
Daily
Train from Lisbon arrives

---
---
---
1123
1150
---
1330
---
---
1735
---
---
---
2023
2202
Train from Lagos arrives
Z
---
0835
0934
---
---
1254
1254
1508
1654
---
---
1914
1914
1956
2154
Faro

0750
0857
0955
1134
1155
1300
1355
1517
1706
1753
1825
1923
1925
2036
2212
Olhão

0805#
0908
1006
1145
1206
1311
1406
1532#
1721
1804
1837
1934
1936
2047
2224
Fuzeta A ##
G
0813
0916
1014
1153
1215
1319
1414
1540
1729
1812
1845
1942
1944
2058
2232
Luz
G
0824
0927
1025
1204
1227
1335
1426
1551
1740
1823
1856
1953
1959
2106
2243
Tavira

0830
0938#
1031
1210
1234
1341
1432
1557
1746#
1829
1902
2000
2006
2112
2249
Conceição
G
0838
0945
1039
1217
1243
1349
1440
1605
1754
1836 1910
2007
2013
2120
2256
Cacela
G
0845
0953
1045
1225
1259#
1357#
1452#
1613
1809
1844
1923#
2015
2021
2127
2304
Monte Gordo § G 0855
1002
1056
1234
1308
1407
1502
1623
1819
1853
1932
2025
2031
2137
no
stop

Vila Real de Santo António ++

0858
1006
1100
1238
1312
1410
1505
1626
1822
1857
1936
2028
2034
2141
2314

Z  1254 and 1508 arrivals at Faro are usually through trains Lagos to Vila Real de Santo António. Others may be, but this is not advertised.
The 1956 arrival in Faro from Lagos shaded blue runs on weekdays only. It does NOT RUN on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Days of operation

Daily
Daily Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
SUN
MFO
Daily
Vila Real de Santo António ++
0548
0642
0711
0908
1113
1244
1437
1524
1635
1751
1835
1908
2044
Monte Gordo § G 0552
0646
0715
0912
1116
1248
1441
1528
1639
1755
1839
1912
no
stop

Cacela
G
0602
0656
0725
0922
1125
1258
1452#
1539
1649
1810#
1849
1923
2054
Conceição G
0609
0703
0732
0929
1131
1305
1459
1545
1656
1816
1856
1929
2100
Tavira

0617
0711
0740
0938
1139
1313
1507
1557#
1705
1829#
1904
1937
2112
Luz
G
0622
0716
0745
0943
1144
1318
1512
1602
1710
1834
1910
1942
2118
Fuzeta A ##
G
0634
0728
0756
0954
1158
1329
1524
1613
1718
1851
1921
1954
2127
Olhão
0643
0736
0805
1006#
1206
1337
1532
1622
1729
1859
1934
2002
2136
Faro

0653
0747
0815
1017
1217
1348
1544
1632
1739
1910
1946
2012
2146
Train to Lagos leaves
Z
0711
---
0902
1023
1222
---
1617
1741
1825
1922
2050
2050
---
Train to Lisbon leaves
0700
---
0822 ---
---
1415
1600
---
1815
---
2008
---
---

Z - The 0711 train from Faro to Lagos does NOT RUN on Sundays and Holidays.
The 1825 train from Faro to Lagos runs on weekdays only. It does NOT RUN on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
The 1217 and 1910 arrivals at Faro normally run through to Lagos. Others may do but this is not shown in the official timetable.

The good news is that these stations are mostly in the towns they are named after!

Note G = this station has no ticket office; buy your ticket on the train - CASH ONLY

## - there are two stations in Fuzeta - this one is better placed for the town centre, beach and seaside area. It is often unstaffed and at first sight is a bit off-putting!.
The other station (called Fuzeta - Moncarapacho) is two minutes further down the line towards Luz, but some way from the town and beach.
§ Monte Gordo's little 'halt' is about ¾ mile/1.2km from the resort. The walk is along a road and flat.
++ the station here is about 1.4km (15 minutes walk) to the ferry across to Ayamonte in Spain.

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Connections Algarve <> Beja and Évora

There are no direct trains between any Algarve station and Évora or Beja.

Connections are available to Évora via Pinhal Novo using the trains from Faro at 07.00, 13.54 and 16.00, arriving at 10.35 (weekdays) or 11.26 (weekends) and 18.35 respectively. Return journeys leave from Évora at 07.06 (weekdays only and with 1 hour  15 min wait at Pinhal Novo), 09.06 daily, 55 minutes wait at Pinhal Novo, and in the afternoon leaveing Évora at 16.57  again with 1hr 15 minutes wait in Pinhal Novo.

Rail connections to/from Beja are only possible via Pinhal Novo. Times as above, a  second change of train is needed at Casa Branca.

Reservation is compulsory on all these trains. Tickets are on sale up to 60 days in advance. Discounts are available if booked more than a week in advance. Go to https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/buy-tickets

The more direct way to travel between Beja and the Algarve is by long distance bus (coach) www.rede-expressos.pt or the twice weekly bus from Vila Real de Santo António. Rede-Expressos has three daily journeys each way, taking about two hours. Extra journeys are operated on Fridays and Sundays during University terms. There is a fourth journey daily each way in summer.

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For an alphabetical list of places in the Algarve, click here
For some important general notes about buses in the Algarve, click here
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