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Getting there & around

Bus & tram


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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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


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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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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