Travel from Lisbon to Faro.
Compare and combine trains, buses and flights. All options explained.
What is the best way to get from Lisbon to Faro?
Lisbon and Faro are well connected both by train
, with similar prices and durations.
However, if you book your trip around 30 days in advance, there are good chances to find a train Promo-ticket, being this the optimal option.
Driving by yourself
is not recommended, especially if you are only one or two peaople traveling, since it is more stressful and much more expensive.
From Lisbon to Faro by train
Comboios de Portugal
is the Portuguese national railway company and operates five direct trains per day. All trains to Faro depart from Lisboa Entrecampos station
The first train departs at 08:22 and the last one at 18:22.
The exact duration of the ride and its price will depend on the type of train:
The Alfa Pendular (AP) are the high-speed trains of Comboios de Portugal. They cover the distance from Lisbon to Faro in 3 hours and 1 minute.
Standard fare is 23€ for 2nd class and 31€ for 1st class. They have many commodities onboard, including WiFi.
When Promo-tickets are available, you can find tickets for 14€ or even less.
Intercidades trains (IC) are about 30 minuts slower, but slightly cheaper. The duration with these kind of trains is 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Standard fare is 22€ for 2nd class and 29€ for 1st class.
Promo-tickets, if available, usually cost 13€.
Good to know
Train tickets from Comboios de Portugal are usually available for purchase between 30 and 60 days before departure.
The earlier you book, the more chances you have to find a Promo-ticket.
The station of Lisboa - Entrecampos is at the north of the city and it is well connected to the airport with the bus line 12, that runs every 5 minutes.
In order to get to the station of Entrecampos from the city center you can use the underground system.
Faro train station
Faro has only one station for long-distance trains.
It is conveniently located in the city center, just a few minutes walk from the main attractions in town.
From Lisbon to Faro by bus
During the week there are in total 15 buses running daily while in the weekend a couple of them do not run, as you can see in the timetable
The fastest buses cover the distance in 3h and 15 minutes, while the slowest takes more than 4 hours.
The price is fixed at 19€ - 20€ per way, depending on the company.
Rede expressos operates 8 daily buses, the first departing at 01:00 and the last one departing at 22:30.
All buses have a fixed price: 19€. However, you might want to book it in advance in to make sure you can get it even if it is fully booked.
EVA operates 6 daily buses, the first departing at 08:15 and the last one departing at 20:30.
The price is always 20€. However, similarly to Rede expressos, you might want to book it in advance to avoid any surprise if it is fully booked.
Lisboa Sete Rios
The bus station of Sete Rios is located at the north-west of the city. There is also a train station with the same name next to it.
Lisbon's undergound system connects the station with the city center.
Faro bus station
The bus station in Faro is located in front of the train station. See train station
for more information.
Flights from Lisbon to Faro
TAP Portugal offers three daily flights.
The first flight departs at 09:45 and the last one at 22:40.
From Lisbon to Faro by car
A distance of 280 km separates Lisbon from Faro. This can be covered by car in about 2h 40m with normal traffic conditions.
Car-pooling from Lisbon to Faro
A fun alternative to train or bus is car-pooling. With this system you have the chance to meet new interesting people and share the costs of the ride.
The biggest platform is BlaBlaCar
. A ride usually costs between 14€ and 17€.
By checking only a couple of days in advance there are good chances to find a ride. However, if you search for a date later than one week before departure, it is difficult to find a ride. Anyway, it might be worth checking just in case.
Driving your own car will cost 45€, according to Via Michelin
. The cost includes 23€ for fuel consumption and 22€ for tolls.
If you don't own a car and you need to rent one, you will have to add also that cost.
Renting a basic car in Portugal can be very cheap. However, if you plan to drop the car in a different city from where you picked it up, you will have to pay an additional fee.
Private car transfer from Lisbon to Faro
If money is not an issue, there is also the possibility to book a private car transfer. This option is very flexible regarding times and as hassle-free as you can get.
You might also want to check Suntransfers.com
, as they have also good reviews on both Tripadvisor
. This option might be especially interesting if you are a large group, as they have Private Minicoaches and Coaches and the price per person will decrease drastically.
What can I visit on my way from Lisbon to Faro?
If you want to plan the journey with any stops along the way, you will have to take and alternative route which will be a detour. The most straight-forward route through the E1 does not have any attractions or sights.
In both cases you can first stop at the fishing village of Sesimbra, just 43 km (27 miles) south from Lisbon.
By taking an inland alternative, you will extend your trip by more than one additional hour driving, but you will have the chance to visit such beautiful places as Évora
Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986.
The old town is surrounded by walls. Inside those walls you can find a cathedral, a Roman temple and the Chapel of Bones!
For more information about what to see in Évora, check out Julie Dawn Fox's blog
, written by a Brit living in central Portugal.
Named Pax Julia
by Julius Caeser, Beja is not as touristic as Évora
, but has also interesting monuments.
The main one is the castle, located at the top of a hill, and its Keep (Torre de Menagem). You can climb to the top and enjoy a wonderful view of the town and its surroundings.
For more information about Beja, The Crazy Tourist
explains well in detail everything you can do there.
Mértola is a small town located on a hill over the Guadiana River. It has a castle and stunning views.
Due to its historical importance and uniqueness, it is currently in the process to become a Unesco World Heritage site.
If you want to know more, ZigZag on Earth
has one of the most complete articles about what to do in Mértola.
Last but not least, arriving to the south coast of Portugal and already very close to Faro stands Tavira.
Some clame that Tavira is the most beautiful city of the Algarve.
Along the coast
By taking the route as close to the Algarve coast as possible, you will extend the trip by almost two additional driving hours. The landscapes you can find will compensate that extra effort, though.
Santiago do Cacém
Santiago do Cacém is located 160 km south from Lisbon.
Its beaches, the castle and the Roman ruins of Mirobriga are the main attractions.
Vila Nova de Milfontes
Vila Nova de Milfontes is a small town located at the mouth of the Mira river to the Atlantic ocean.
Here you can have a swim at one of its four beaches or visit the town itself.
Odeceixe is known among surfers and families due to its beaches.
The village itself is 3 km inland.
Sagres is located at the most Southwestern point of mainland Europe.
Apart from water sports, the Fortress and the Lighthouse of Cabo de São Vicente are the main attractions.
How can I get from Lisbon to Faro Airport?
There is not any bus or train that rides directly from Lisbon to Faro Airport.
Your possibilities are:
Once there, for 3€ you can take the shuttle bus number 16 that runs approximately every hour. Alternatively you can book a transfer for 7€ with Terravision
or just take a taxi for around 11€.
Check if there is any Car-pooling option available.
Book a car private transfer from Lisbon directo to Faro airport.
Accommodation in Faro
If you are travelling to Faro, you might be interested in looking for accommodation. We have researches some of the best options in several types of accommodation, from low-budget hostels, to apartments and stylish hotels.
Keep in mind that usually the sooner you book, the cheaper it will be. In some cases you might have free cancellation under certain conditions, so why waiting to book?
Faro City Life Hostel is a very interesting option for travellers in a tight budget. It is located at 0.5km (0.3 miles) from the old town and offers comfortable beds. Prices for a bed in a shared room starts at 20€/night.
Sunlight House is close to the historic center, offering an excelent location at an affordable price. Prices for a double bedroom usually start from 55€/night.
Casa de Estoi is an old traditional house converted into a charming hotel. It is not located in the city of Faro itself, but in the nearby town of Estoi. Prices for a double bedroom start from 60€/night.
Hotel 3K Faro Airport is a safe bet if you want to stay close to the airport. It is just at 5 minutes walking distance to the airport and there is a 24h reception. Prices for a double bedroom start at 70€/night.
Another alternative close to the airport is Sleep & Go Faro Airport Guest House. It is slightly further away than Hotel 3K Faro Airport, at about 15 minutes walking-distance, but cheaper, with prices starting at 50€/night for a double room.
Luxury Guest House_Opus One is another of the top-picks for high-quality accommodation in Faro. Rooms are generally very spacious and staff is qualified by most of the guests as very firendly. Prices for a double bedroom start from 90€/night.
Hotel Eva is a 4-star hotel with great views and a rooftop pool, just next to the sea. Prices for a double bedroom usually start from 115€/night.