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Faro to Portimao

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Faro to Portimao

We are flying to Lisbon and wonder whether it is more economical to catch another flight to Faro and a transfer to Portimao, or catch a bus from Lisbon to Portimao. It seems that there is no rail service in March when we plan to travel. Do you save much time by flying to Faro or do all the connections and transfers diminish any savings?

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1. Re: Faro to Portimao

There are trains, five per day, but reservations do not open until 30 days before travel. They don't show up on the ticket reservation system until then

The timetable is here

cp.pt/StaticFiles/…ap_ic.pdf

All Lisbon to Faro trains have connections for Portimao at TUNES station with only a few minutes wait. Reservations are strongly recommended especially if travelling down from Lisbon on Friday evenings.

One way fare is 19,55 Euros on Inter city or 22,05 Euros on the Alfa Pendular fast train. They all stop at Gare Oriente in Lisbon, which is 5 minutes cab ride from the airport.

Alternatively there are two bus companies with direct routes Lisbon to Portimao for about the same fares and about the same journey time.

www.renex.pt operates from the Gare Oriente Bus terminal, next to railway station and thus fairly convenient.

www.rede-expressos.pt use the Sete Rios terminal which is several miles from the airport right across Lisbon.

NB both those websites are in Portuguese only. Advance reservation is recommended but tickets are not available this early.

Given that there are only 3 flights each day Lisbon to Faro and then you still have 1hr 30minutes journey to Portimao I suggest a direct train or bus ride from Lisbon to Portimao is better unless you get a really good price for a flight.

I hope that helps.

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2. Re: Faro to Portimao

Thanks

That is really helpful. Last time we went to the Algarve (about 10 years ago), we took either a train or bus from Lisbon (can't remember which) but we also had to take a ferry across the river. Do we lose this step by taking either the train or bus this time? Maybe we just started out at the wrong station...? We'll already have flown from Canada with a stop and I'm trying to arrange for as few transfer as possible...

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3. Re: Faro to Portimao

Well, since you were last here the Ponte 25 de Abril in Lisbon has been carrying both road and rail traffic high above the river. A new rail line has been built and trains can now run from the north (city) side of the river and the ferry crossing to Barriero is needed no more.

Here's picture of the bridge:

…wikipedia.org/wiki/…Ponte25Abril1.jpg

It's now an electrified railway all the way to the Algarve, with two of the daily journeys being made by 125mph tilting trains - well 125mph for a lot of the journey but they do have to slow down when they hit the mountains!

Likewise buses now have a quicker route following the various highway constructions completed in recent years..

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4. Re: Faro to Portimao

Well that was the answer I was hoping for - thanks for allyour help.

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