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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.

Everything is up to date to the best of my knowledge as of 6th September 2014

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 rail map of Portugal here Rail map of Spain and Portugal (external link) here.
Some more pictures etc for railfans here.

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Local trains in the Algarve are  operated by fairly modern trains, with air-con.  Click a picture to see it full size

Thanks to Steve Widdowson for the picture of unit 0454 running along the sea wall at Faro.  Bottom left hand picture is unit 0462 at Tavira - click for full size

One of the older trains has been kept as a spare and can be seen from time to time.  Below - trains getting bit of a clean at Faro.

trains at 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!

No wifi.These are old trains! Those between the Algarve and Lisbon have a café car.

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Timetables

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 in summer) 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.

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 €7.30 = about £5.90 for a journey of around 1 hour 40 minutes. The bus costs €5.85 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.

Sample single (one-way) fares on regional (local) trains  - Albufeira/Ferreiras to Faro €3.30, Lagos to Tavira €9.30; Faro to Tavira €3.15; Faro to Vila Real de S.António €5.20 and Albufeira/Ferriras to Tavira €5.80. A one way inter-city trip from Albufeira to Lisbon will cost either €20,20 or €21,20 in Turista (Second) class, depending on which train you take. First class is €27,80 or €25,80. Promotional fares are sometimes offered - I recently travelled 1st class Lisbon - Albufeira for €15.50. There is currently a 40% advance purchase discount for many AP and IC tickets bought more than five days before travel. These tickets are NOT REFUNDED if you do not use them.

On long distance journeys, a return (round-trip) ticket is slightly cheaper than two one-way tickets.

Half fare for over 65s -  I am reliably informed that if you take your passport or national ID card when buying a ticket you will get half fare. Children aged 5 - 12 travel half fare; children under 5 travel free.

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 €3.30; Intercity €9,10; Alfa-Pendular €11,10!  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, InterRegional 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. 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.

Book on line at www.cp.pt where the reservation system is available in English if you click on the little flag icon at the top of the page next to where it says 'Acesso Rápido. You can use a Multibanco ATM to buy tickets a maximum of 21 days in advance. Seat reservations are free when you buy your ticket(s), a fee is payable if you change a ticket or use some kind of International railpass. In the latter case, you cannot obtain seat reservations on line.

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 at Algarve Shopping near Guia and at Albfueira Continente / Modelo shopping

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, Rua Judice Biker 9.

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. 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

You CAN take bikes on Alfa Pendular (AP) and Intercity (IC) trains. However, the wheels must be removed and the bike taken aboard as 'hand' luggage. There is no baggage car or compartment on Intercity and ALFA trains. Bikes must be stored either on overhead luggage racks or in the luggage spaces between seats. This will present problems if the train is crowded. All luggage spaces are often full before you get on!

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.

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

REMINDER - SEAT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL AP AND IC TRAINS IN PORTUGAL
IF YOU USE AP OR IC TRAINS FOR THESE LOCAL JOURNEYS A MUCH HIGHER FARE IS PAYABLE - SEE NOTE

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

MFO - train runs Mondays to Fridays (weekdays) only except holidays SSH - train runs on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays only
SHX - train does not run on Sundays and Holidays
     ZZZ  SUMMER SUNDAYS only

To LIS -Train runs to Lisbon (Oriente) please also read the other notes in and 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
REG
IC
REG
REG IC
AP
REG
REG
IC
REG
REG
IC
REG REG
Days of operation

Daily
Daily
SHX
Daily
Daily
Daily Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
MFO
SSH
ZZZ Daily
Daily
Faro

0700
0717
0914
0946 1020
1241
1341 1505
1617
1718
1735
1757
1830
1904
1925
2011
Parque das Cidades
A
| 0724
0921
| 1032#
1248
| | 1624
1725
|
1804
1842#
|
1932
2018
Almancil
G
| 0730
0927
| 1038
1254
| | 1630
1731
| 1810
1848
I 1937
2024
Loulé
B
0711 0738#
0931
0956
1041
1258
1351
1516
1634
1740#
1752
1814
1852
1914 1946# 2033
Boliqueime
G
| 0745
0938
| 1048 1306
| | 1641
1747
| 1825#
1902
| 1953
2041
Albufeira-Ferreiras
C
0723 0754
0947
1008 1101
1318
1403 1528 1650
1756
1804 1834
1912
1931 2002
2101##
Tunes (arrival)

0729 0759
0953
1014
1106
1324
1408 1533
1656
1802
1809
1839
1918
1937 2007
2106
Train from Lisbon arrives
X
--- ---
---
---
1054
1311 ---
--- ---
1720
--- ---
---
--- 2011
2054
Tunes (departure)

0730 0800
0958
1016 1107
1325
1409 1535 1657
1803
1811 1840
1925
1939 2021
2107
Messines - Alte
H
|
|
|
1025
|
|
1417
|
|
|
1820
|
|
1945
|
|
Algoz
G
To
0806
1003
To
1113
1331 To To
1702
1808
To
1846
1929
To
2026
2113
Alcantarilha
F
Lisbon
0810
1008
Lisbon
1122#
1340#
Lisbon
Lisbon
1707 1813
Lisbon
1851
1935
Lis
2031
2118
Silves
D
arr
0821
1019
arr
1133
1351
arr
arr
1718
1824
arr
1901
1945
arr
2042
2128
Estombar/Lagoa
E
1004
0827
1026
1310
1139
1357
1705
1804
1728
1831
2110
1908
1952
2236
2049
2135
Portimão

---
0834
1034
---
1147
1405
---
---
1737
1839
---
1916
2000
---
2057
2143
Lagos

---
0853
1052
---
1206
1424
---
---
1755
1857
---
1939
2018
---
2115
2202

# arrives five minutes earlier. Waits for another train to pass on the single track
## arrives ten 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 Lisbon Oriente station. Also stops at Lisbon Entrecampos 7 minutes earlier.
AP trains continue beyond Lisbon via Coimbra and Aveiro to PORTO CAMPANHA arriving at 1244 and 2044 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. Entrecampos Station is closer to the city centre with a direct connection by metro/subway.
FOR NOTE ABOUT STATIONS (A to G) - CLICK HERE

X - arrival time at Tunes for connections towards Lagos. Trains are usually held at Tunes in the event of late running down from Lisbon. These trains from Lisbon continue to Faro.

TIMETABLE - LAGOS > PORTIMÃO > TUNES > ALBUFEIRA > FARO

SHX - train does not run on Sundays and Holidays
ZZZ - SUMMER FRIDAYS only
There are NO CONNECTIONS AT FARO TO OLHÃO, TAVIRA ETC

To LIS -Train runs from Lisbon (Oriente) please also read the other notes in and 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
AP REG
IC
REG
REG
IC
REG
REG
IC
REG
AP
IC
Days of Operation

Daily
SHX
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
ZZZ
Lagos

0614
0659
0900
---
1028
---
1253
1400
---
1701
1815
---
1919
---
---
Portimão

0633
0718
0919
---
1052
---
1312
1424
---
1720
1839#
---
1938
---
---
Estombar/Lagoa
E
0641
0726
0928
From
1101
From
1321
1433
From
1729
1848
From 1952#
From
From
Silves
D
0650
0734
0936
Lisbon
1110
Lisbon
1329
1440
Lisbon
1737
1902
Lisbon 1959
Lisbon
Lis
Alcantarilha
F
0701
0745
0947
at
1122
at
1340
1452
at
1748
1913
at 2010
at
at
Algoz
G
0706
0750
0952
0824
1127
1020
1345
1457
1420
1753
1918
1720 2015
1824
1950
Messines - Alte
H
|
|
|
|
|
1303
|
|
1712
|
|
2003 |
|
2237
Tunes (arrival)

0711
0755
0957
1054 1132
1311 1351
1502
1720 1758
1923
2011 2020
2055 2245
Train to Lisbon leaves
X
0730
---
1016
--- ---
--- 1409
1535
--- 1811
XXX
---
---
--- ---
Tunes (departure)

0712
0800
0958
1056 1133
1313 1352
1503
1722 1810
1924
2013 2021
2056 2247
Albufeira - Ferreiras
C
0722#
0807
1008#
1102 1139
1318 1403#
1509
1728 1817
1931
2019 2028
2102 2252
Boliqueime
G
0730
0815
1016
| 1146
| 1411
1521# | 1825
1939
|
2041#
| |
Loulé
B
0738
0822
1024
1115
1153
1330 1418
1529
1740 1833
1946
2033 2049
2115 2305
Almancil
G
0742
0826
1028
|
1157
|
1422
1533
|
1837
1950
| 2053
|
|
Parque das Cidades
A
0747
0832
1032
|
1202
|
1426
1538
|
1842
1955
| 2058
|
|
Faro

0754
0838
1038
1124 1208
1340 1433
1545
1750 1848
2002 2043 2104
2124 2315
to VRSA - through train to Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António - see below for
times beyond Faro. Other connecting trains wait except in cases of severe delay.



To
VRSA



# 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. Departure from Lisbon Oriente station but also stops at Lisbon Entrecampos 7 minutes later.
AP trains start in PORTO CAMPANHA at  0547 and 1547 respectively running via Aveiro and Coimbra. Full details at www.cp.pt
IC - Intercity train. Starts from Lisbon Oriente station (closest to Lisbon Airport) but also stops at Lisbon Entrecampos 9 minutes later, Lisbon Sete Rios 14 minutes later.
XXX-
train to Lisbon at 1939 on Summer Sundays only

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. 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 4 miles/6km from town. There are buses to/from the town bus station every 30 minutes.
D - Silves station is just over a mile/1.7km from the town.Uphill on the way back! There are only 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. It is bleak. There are occasional buses on weekdays but most of these do not connect with the trains
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

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

Trains marked MFO run Mondays to Fridays (weekdays) only. They do NOT run on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.

All trains are Regional services, second class only.

Days of operation

MFO
Daily
Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
MFO
Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Daily
Train from Lisbon arrives

---
---
---
---
1124
---
1340
1340
---
---
---
1750
---
2043
2124
Train from Lagos arrives
Z
---
---
0838
1038
1038
1208
---
1433
---
1545
---
---
1848
2104
---
Faro

0657
0736
0930
1041
1134
1212
1349
1445
1534
1625
1729
1829
1908
2108
2200
Olhão

0714
0747
0941
1052
1150
1224
1401
1457
1552
1636
1741
1841
1920
2116
2212
Fuzeta A ##
G
0724
0756
0949
1101
1200
1233
1411
1506
1601
1644
1750
1850
1930
2128
2221
Luz
G
0735
0811
1002
1112
1214
1244
1423
1517
1612
1659
1802
1901
1941
2139
2232
Tavira

0740
0818
1008
1118
1220
1250
1428
1523
1618
1705
1810
1913
1948
2145
2238
Conceição
G
---
0825
1016
runs
1227
1258
---
1530
---
1712
1817
1920
1955
2153
2245
Cacela
G
---
0832
1023
from
1235
1306
---
1538
---
1719
1824
1928
2003
2200
2253
Monte Gordo §
G ---
0842
1033
Lagos
1245
1315
---
1547
---
1729
1834
1937
2012
2209
2302
Vila Real de Santo António ++

---
0846
1038
---
1249
1319
---
1551
---
1733
1838
1941
2016
2213
2306

Z - The 0838 arrival in Faro from Lagos shaded mauve DOES NOT RUN on Sundays and Holidays!
The 1041, 1212 and 2108 from Faro are usually through trains from Lagos - see above.

Days of operation

Daily
MFO
Daily MFO
Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
MFO
Daily
MFO
Daily
Daily
Daily
Vila Real de Santo António ++
0549
0617
0720
---
0905
---
1122
1327
---
1607
---
1740
1845
2044
Monte Gordo §
G no
stop

0622
0724
---
0909
---
1127
1331
---
1612
Runs
1745
1849
2048
Cacela
G
0600
0632
0734
---
0919
---
1137
1342
---
1622
to
1755
1859
2058
Conceição G
0606
0639
0741
---
0926
---
1144
1348
---
1629
Lagos
1802
1906
2105
Tavira

0614
0648
0749
0823
0934
1125
1152
1356
1525
1637
1711
1810
1914
2113
Luz
G
0619
0653
0754
0829
0939
1130
1157
1402
1531
1643
1717
1816
1919
2118
Fuzeta A ##
G
0628
0704
0806
0840
0952
1142
1211
1416
1542
1654
1728
1827
1934
2132
Olhão
0637
0713
0815
0848
1004
1151
1225
1425
1551
1702
1742
1842
1943
2141
Faro

0648
0724
0826
0900
1015
1202
1236
1437
1601
1713
1754
1853
1954
2151
Train to Lagos leaves

0717
---
---
0914
1020
---
1241
---
1617
1718
1757
1925
2011
---
Train to Lisbon leaves

0700
---
0946
0946
---
---
1341
1505
---
1735
---
XXX
--- ---

XXX - train leaves for Lisbon at 1920 on Sundays only from 29 July to 2 September only.
The 1711 from Tavira is a through train to Lagos. Some of the others might be, but the timetable does not say.
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.

## - 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 10 minutes walk to the ferry across to Ayamonte in Spain.

click on the map below to see the larger size

rail map

RAIL ENTHUSIAST? CLICK HERE

Connections Algarve <> Beja and Évora

Travelling by train via Funcheira is no longer possible. The line between Funcheira and Beja closed to passengers on 31st December 2011. There is no known bus replacement.

Connections are available to Évora via Pinhal Novo using the trains from Faro at 07.00 and 15.05, arriving at 10.25 (weekdays) or 11.25 (weekends) and 18.25. Return journeys from Évora at 07.02 and 09.02 (weekdays only and with I hour 20 minutes wait at Pinhal Novo), 10.02 at weekends and only 15 minutes wait at Pinhal Novo, 16.55 on weekdays and 17.02 at weekends, arrival in Faro 20.43.

Reservation is compulsory on all these trains go to www.cp.pt

Rail connections to/from Beja are only possible via Pinhal Novo, owing to the withdrawal of local trains between Funcheira and Beja. A second change of train is needed at Casa Branca. Two northbound trains from Faro with connections daily at 07.00 and 15.05, arrival in Beja 11.10 (weekdays) 12.10 (weekends and holidays) and 19.15 daily.  Retturn journeys possible from Beja at 06.18 and 08.15 on weekdays and both requiring a 1 hour 15 minute wait in Pinhal Novo, at 09.15 on weekends and holidays then at 16.11 daily. The latter two journeys require only a 15 minute wait at Pinhal Novo.

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 2 hours. Extra journeys are operated on Fridays and Sundays during University terms and there is a fourth journey daily each way in summer.

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