This page explains how to buy train tickets from Faro, Albufeira & the Algarve to other European cities at the cheapest prices, buying online direct from the operators, usually with print-at-home tickets.  Click here to buy tickets starting in another city.

I want to go from the Algarve to...






Vigo, Santiago de Compostela






Seville, Cordoba, Malaga


San Sebastian


Paris & Bordeaux


Alicante & Valencia


All other destinations




Before you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  And most important, click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

European train travel FAQ...

An introduction to European train travel


Senior fares (over 60)


Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)


Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits


Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains


Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations


Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train


Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train


Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train


Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network


What to do when things go wrong...

Faro & Algarve to Lisbon from €11...
An Alfa Pendular at Lisbon Santa Apolonia   2nd class on an Alfa Pendular   Alfa Pendular 1st class

A 125mph Alfa Pendular train (AP) at Lisbon.

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2nd class, seats 2+2 across the car width.


1st class, seats 2+1 across the car width.

Lisbon-Faro InterCity train...   Comfortable seats inside the Lisbon-Faro InterCity train

An InterCity train (IC).  These link Lisbon with Faro and the Algarve several times daily, and also operate some slower Lisbon-Porto trains.  Photos courtesy of Luisfer

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Faro & Algarve to Porto from €19...

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Faro & Algarve to Madrid from €17 + €28...

Option 1, using the Lisbon-Madrid sleeper train.  The most time-effective option & saves a hotel bill...

Option 2, by bus to Seville then AVE high-speed train.  The cheapest & fastest option...

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Faro & Algarve to Barcelona...

Option 1, by bus to Seville, then AVE high-speed train from Seville to Barcelona.  The fastest & cheapest option...

Option 2, using the Lisbon-Madrid trainhotel.  The most time-effective option & saves a hotel bill...

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Faro & Algarve to San Sebastian...

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Faro & Algarve to Vigo, Santiago de Compostela...

The regional express train between Porto & Vigo.  Photos courtesy of Martin Hill.

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Faro & Algarve to Seville, Cordoba, Malaga & Costa del Sol...

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Faro & Algarve to Alicante & Valencia...

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Faro & Algarve to Bordeaux & Paris...

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Faro & Algarve to all other destinations...

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