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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 12th December 2018 checked on official websites.

TRAIN SERVICE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

If you plan to travel on December 24th, 25th, 31st or on 1st January, check your trains at https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/train-times for the EXACT date you are intending. I have updated the timetables below with latest information. The general pattern is this :
December 24th - normal weekday service except some late trains do not run. December 25th - Sunday service except that the earliest trains do not run
December 26th is not a holiday in Portugal so normal weekday service; December 31st - as for December 24th and January 1st - as for December 25th

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.

Thanks to Steve Widdowson for the picture 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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Local service in the Algarve is operated by fairly modern trains, with air-con.  Click a picture to see it full size

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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                    Faro
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The 0700 and 1505 from Faro; also the 0840 and 1824 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 hours  between Faro and Porto via Lisbon, Coimbra and Aveiro.  Click the picture for a larger size. 

These trains have power sockets at some First Class (Conforto) seats and all AP trains now offer free wifi to all seats. All AP trains have a café car.

Seat reservation is COMPULSORY!

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

Seat reservation is COMPULSORY!

Wifi equiment is now being 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 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 = about £5.90 for a journey of around 1 hour 40 minutes. The bus costs €5.90 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

TOURIST_TICKET_POSTER

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 €15,00.




Other Fares


Sample single (one-way) fares on regional (local) trains  - Albufeira/Ferreiras to Faro €3,35, 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 €6,00. A one way inter-city trip from Albufeira to Lisbon will cost at most either €20,60 or €21,60 in Turista (Second) class, depending on which train you take. First class is €28,30 or €25,20. Promotional fares are offered for bookings in advance. Current such fares can reduce the cost of a trip to Lisbon to between €9 and €13 and €16 or €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.

Half fare for over 65s - If you take your passport or national ID card when buying a ticket you will get half fare on these 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 €3.35; Intercity €9,30; Alfa-Pendular €11,30!  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.

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 Cacais, 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.

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 COM. MODELO LOULÉ - Olivais de Stº António-S. 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. 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 run 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 - updated

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 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.

TRAIN TIMES BELOW ARE VALID UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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

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

TRAIN TYPES : AP - Alfa Pendular high-speed train.  IC - Intercity train. AP and IC are air-conditioned stock. 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
SUN - RUNS ON SUNDAYS ONLY EXCEPT IF MONDAY IS A HOLIDAY RUNS ON MONDAY INSTEAD
SHX - train does not run on Sundays and Holidays

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 IC
AP
REG
REG
IC
REG
REG REG
Days of operation

Daily
SHX Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
Daily Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
WILL NOT RUN

25 Dec
1 Jan
25 Dec
1 Jan


25 Dec
1 Jan









24 Dec
31 Dec
Faro

0700
0711
0822 ---
0902
1023
1222
1354 1600 1617
1718
1756 1812
1919
2038
Parque das Cidades
A
| 0718
| ---
0909
1030
1229
| | 1624
1730#
| 1819
1926
2045
Almancil
G
| 0724
| ---
0915
1036
1235
| | 1630
1736
| 1825
1932
2051
Loulé
B
0710 0728
0833 ---
0919
1039
1239
1405 1611 1638
1740
1806 1834
1941 2055
Boliqueime
G
| 0735
| ---
0926
1046 1248
| | 1646
1747
| 1841
1948
2102
Albufeira-Ferreiras
C
0723 0743
0845 ---
0935
1100#
1307#
1417 1624 1655
1756
1818 1851
2001#
2111
Tunes (arrival)

0729 0749
0850
---
0941
1106
1312
1422 1628
1700
1801
1823
1856
2007
2116
Train from Lisbon arrives
X
| |
|
---
|
1052
1300 |
| 1705
|
| |
1953
2120
Tunes (departure)

0729 0754
0851 ---
0942
1107
1313
1424 1630 1708
1807
1825 1857
2008
2124
Messines - Alte
H
|
|
0900
---
|
|
|
1431
|
|
|
1834
|
|
|
Algoz
G
To
0800
To
---
0947
1112
1319 To To
1714
1813
To
1903
2014
2129
Alcantarilha
F
Lisbon
0805
Lisbon
---
0952
1118
1324
Lisbon
Lisbon
1719 1819
Lisbon
1908
2019
2134
Silves
D
arr
0821#
arr
---
1003
1130
1335
arr
arr
1730
1830
arr
1919
2036
2144
Estombar/Lagoa
E
1005
0827
1156
---
1010
1142#
1342
1726
1905
1737
1843#
2126
1925
2043
2135
Portimão

and to
0834
---
0931
1018
1150
1350
---
and to
1745
1851
---
1933
2051
2158
Lagos

Porto
0853
---
0950
1036
1208
1408
---
Porto
1803
1910
---
1952
2108
2216

# 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 7 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 to Lisbon Oriente station. Also stops at Lisbon Sete Rios 12 minutes earlier, Lisbon Entrecampos 8 minutes earlier than arrival time shown above.
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
FRI - runs on FRIDAYS only EXCEPT if Friday is a holiday when runs on Thursday instead
 MFO - train runs Mondays to Fridays (weekdays) only except holidays
SHX - train does not run on Sundays and Holidays

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

Daily
SHX
Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily Daily
WILL NOT RUN

25 Dec
1 Jan

25 Dec
1 Jan

25 Dec
1 Jan










Lagos

0616
0658
0746
0903
---
1114
---
1310
1513
---
1705
1815
---
---
2000
Portimão

0634
0717
0805
0922
---
1133
---
1329
1532
---
1724
1834
---
---
2019
Estombar/Lagoa
E
0642
0725
0813
---
From
1142
From
1342
1541
From
1737#
1843
From From 2028
Silves
D
0650
0733
0821
---
Lisbon
1150
Lisbon
1350
1549
Lisbon
1745
1851
Lisbon Lisbon 2026
Alcantarilha
F
0700
0743
0832
---
at
1201
at
1403
1600
at
1756
1908#
at at 2046
Algoz
G
0705
0748
0837
---
0823
1206
1002
1409
1605
1402
1801
1913
1723 1822 2051
Messines - Alte
H
|
|
|
---
|
|
1252
|
    |
1657
|
|
! 2111
|
Tunes (arrival)

0710
0753
0842
---
1052 1211
1301 1414
1610
1705 1806
1918
1953 2120 2057
Train to Lisbon leaves X
0729
---
0851
---
| |
| 1423
1630
| 1825
---
| |
|
Tunes (departure)

0711
0754
0851
---
1054 1212
1302 1423
1611
1707 1807
1919
1955 2122 2058
Albufeira - Ferreiras
C
0722#
0800
0858
---
1059 1218
1307 1429
1623#
1712 1818#
1926
2000 2127 2111#
Boliqueime
G
0735#
0808
0905
---
| 1226
| 1437
1631 | 1826
1933
|
|
2119
Loulé
B
0743
0815
0919#
---
1113 1239#
1319 1444
1638
1724 1834
1941
2014 2139 2126
Almancil
G
0747
0819
0923
---
|
1243
|
1448
1642
|
1838
1945
| | 2130
Parque das Cidades
A
0752
0829
0928
---
|
1248
|
1453
1647
|
1843
1950
| | 2135
Faro

0759
0835
0934
---
1123 1254
1330 1459
1654
1735 1849
1956 2023 2150 2142







to
VRSA
weekdays

to
VRSA
daily







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 from Lisbon Oriente station also stops at Lisbon Entrecampos 7 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. Starts from Lisbon Oriente station (closest to Lisbon Airport) also stops at Lisbon Entrecampos 8/9 minutes later, Lisbon Sete Rios 14 minutes later.

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

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

Days of operation

Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
Daily
WILL NOT RUN

25 Dec
1 Jan






25 Dec
1 Jan




24 Dec
1 Jan
Train from Lisbon arrives

---
---
---
1123
---
1330
---
---
1735
---
---
2023
2150
Train from Lagos arrives
Z
---
0835
0934
---
1254
---
1459
1654
---
---
1849
1956
2142
Faro

0750
0857
0955
1134
1255
1355
1500
1706
1751
1823
1922
2036
2206
Olhão

0805#
0908
1006
1145
1306
1406
1511
1721
1802
1835
1933
2047
2218
Fuzeta A ##
G
0813
0916
1014
1153
1314
1414
1519
1729
1810
1845
1948
2058
2228
Luz
G
0824
0927
1025
1204
1330
1426
1530
1740
1821
1854
1956
2106
2237
Tavira

0830
0938#
1031
1210
1336
1432
1536
1746#
1827
1900
2003
2112
2243
Conceição
G
0838
0945
1039
1217
1344
1440
1544
1754
1834 1908
2010
2120
2250
Cacela
G
0845
0953
1045
1225
1352
1448
1552
1809
1842
1920#
2018
2127
2258
Monte Gordo § G 0855
1002
1056
1234
1402
1458
1602
1819
1851
1929
2028
2137
no
stop

Vila Real de Santo António ++

0858
1006
1100
1238
1405
1501
1605
1822
1855
1933
2031
2141
2308

Z  1254 and 1459 arrivals at Faro are 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
MFO
Daily
WILL NOT RUN

25 Dec
1 Jan
25 Dec
1 Jan

25 Dec
1 Jan





24 Dec
1 Jan

24 Dec
1 Jan
Vila Real de Santo António ++
0548
0642
0711
0908
1113
1239
1429
1533
1627
1754
1905
2044
Monte Gordo § G 0552
0646
0715
0912
1116
1243
1433
1537
1631
1758
1909
no
stop
Cacela
G
0602
0656
0725
0922
1125
1253
1448#
1552#
1641
1808
1920
2054
Conceição G
0609
0703
0732
0929
1131
1300
1455
1559
1648
1815
1926
2100
Tavira

0617
0711
0740
0938
1139
1308
1459
1607
1657
1827#
1934
2112
Luz
G
0622
0716
0745
0943
1144
1313
1503
1612
1702
1832
1939
2118
Fuzeta A ##
G
0634
0728
0756
0954
1158
1324
1534
1623
1713
1848
1951
2127
Olhão
0643
0736
0805
1006#
1206
1332
1533
1631
1721
1856
1959
2136
Faro

0653
0747
0815
1017
1217
1343
1544
1642
1731
1907
2009
2146
Train to Lagos leaves
Z
0711
---
0902
1023
1222
---
1617
1718
1812
1919
2038
---
Train to Lisbon leaves
0700
---
0822 ---
---
1354
1600
---
1756
---
---
---

Z - The 0711 train from Faro to Lagos does NOT RUN on Sundays and Holidays.
The 1812 train from Faro to Lagos runs on weekdays only. It does NOT RUN on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
The 1217 and 2009 arrivals at Faro normally run through to Lagos

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.

RAIL MAP OF THE ALGARVE

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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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Click here for an alphabetical list of places in the Algarve
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