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Faro

Getting there & around

Bus & tram

Bus

From the Eva bus station (289 899 760; Avenida da República 5) express coaches run to Lisbon (€17, five hours, at least hourly, one night service); some services involve changing at Vale do Paraíso, north of Albufeira. Opposite the bus station, Renex (289 589 602; 9-11.15am & 1.30-8pm Mon-Fri, to 9-11.15am & 30min before bus leaves Sat, noon-8pm Sun) sells tickets for the Renex Lisbon express bus (€15.50, four to six daily).

Buses run to Vila Real de Santo António (€4.20, 1¾ hours, six to nine daily), via Tavira (€3, one hour, seven to 10 daily); and to Albufeira (€3.60, 1¼ hours, at least hourly), with some going on to Portimão (€4.50, 1½ hours, seven daily weekdays, two daily weekends) and Lagos (€4.50, 1¾ hours). For Sagres, change at Lagos. There are regular buses to Olhão (€1.50, 20 minutes, every 15 minutes weekdays) and buses to São Bras de Alportel (€3.20, 35 minutes, four to 10 daily) via Estói (15 minutes).

Eva services run to Seville in Spain (€13, five hours, two daily) via Huelva (€7.50, 3½ hours).

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Air

Portugália and TAP (Air Portugal) provide multiple daily Lisbon–Faro flights (40 minutes) as well as LisbonPorto connections (45 minutes).

For flight inquiries call the airport (289 800 800). TAP has a central booking office (707 205 700; www.tap.pt; Rua Dr Francisco Gomes; 9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri).

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Car & motorcycle

Car

The most direct route from Lisbon to Faro takes about five hours. A nonmotorway alternative is the often traffic-clogged N125.

Major car-rental agencies are at the airport. Local heroes include Auto Jardim (289 800 881) and Rentauto (289 818 718). In town try Megatur (289 807 485; www.megatur.pt; Rua Conselheiro de Bívar 80).

Portugal’s national auto club, Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP; 289 898 950; www.acp.pt; Rua Francisco Barreto 26a; 9am-1pm & 2-4.30pm Mon-Fri) has an office here.

Faro’s easiest parking is in Largo de São Francisco (free).

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Train

There are trains from Lisbon (€18 to €19.50, 3 to 3¾ hours, four daily). You can also get to Porto (€38 to €54, 6½ to 7½ hours, three daily) usually changing at Lisbon; there is also one train per week going via Coimbra (5½ hours to Coimbra, seven to 7½ hours to Porto).

Trains also run daily to Albufeira (€2.50, 30 minutes, eight to 12 daily); Vila Real de Santo António (€5, 1¼ hours, 10 daily) via Olhão (20 minutes); Lagos (€6.20, 1¾ hours, eight daily); and Loulé (€1.25, 20 minutes, 10 daily).

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