An Alfa Pendular train

An Alfa Pendular at Porto Campanhã.

Buy train tickets from Lisbon to Faro

The best way to travel between Lisbon & Faro is by train.  Fast trains link Lisbon Oriente station with Faro in just 3 hours, city centre to city centre, and they serve other stations in the Algarve such as Lagos and Albufeira, too.  Choose between a front-rank tilting 200 km/h Alfa Pendular, or a slightly slower Intercity train.

Lisbon Oriente to Faro by train is 302 km (188 miles).

small bullet point  Train times Lisbon to Faro & the Algarve

small bullet point  Train times Faro & Algarve to Lisbon

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Lisbon ► Faro & Algarve

Faro & Algarve ► Lisbon

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Route map

Lisbon to Faro train route map


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Green = scenic sections.

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.  I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, with shipping worldwide.

European Rail Timetable and map

Alfa Pendular (AP) trains

These are CP's premier trains, and very classy indeed.  They're fully air-conditioned 6-car electric trains which reach 220 km/h (136 mph) on some sections of the Lisbon-Porto route, though they won't do that on the line to Faro.  Built by FIAT, they tilt into the curves, enabling them to go faster than conventional trains.  They have 1st & 2nd class and a cafe-bar.  There's free WiFi & power sockets at all seats.  They are shown in the booking system as AP.  See Alfa Pendular seat map.

Alfa Pendular train from Lisbon to Porto, at Porto Campanha

An Alfa Pendular train at Porto Campanhã.

2nd class on a Alfa Pendular train from Lisbon to Porto   Cafe-bar on a Alfa Pendular train from Lisbon to Porto

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


Cafe-bar serving sandwiches, snacks & drinks.

Luggage racks on a Alfa Pendular train from Lisbon to Porto   1st class on a Alfa Pendular train from Lisbon to Porto

Luggage racks at the end of each car.


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

Alfa Pendular train from Porto, arrived at Lisbon Santa Apolonia

An Alfa Pendular at Lisbon Santa Apolonia.  The large numbers on the side of each car are car numbers, not class!

Intercity trains

These are CP's second-rank express trains, fully air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class, also with cafe-bar.  You'll find power sockets at some 1st class seats, but not in 2nd class.  The cars are showing their age now on the outside, but are very comfortable inside.  They're shown in the booking system as IC.  Typical Intercity train seat map.

Intercity trainto Faro at Lisbon Oriente

An Intercity train about to leave Lisbon Oriente for Faro.

1st class on a Portuguese Intercity train   A half-bottle of wine from the bar

1st class seats.


A half-bottle of red & coffee from the bar.

Cafe-bar on a Portuguese Intercity train   2nd class on a Portuguese Intercity train



2nd class seats.

Suburban trains in Lisbon

Trains to Faro leave from Lisbon Oriente, quite a way east of the city centre.  I recommend using a suburban train between Lisbon Santa Apolonia in the city centre and Lisbon Oriente.  You can look up times at or the CP app on your phone.  You can do this at no extra charge if you have a Lisbon-Faro ticket.

Inside a Lisbon suburban train   Lisbon suburban train at Lisbon Oriente

Travel tips

What's the journey like?

Until 1999, trains to Faro left from Barreiro, a terminus on the southern bank of the river Tagus - the journey from Lisbon to Faro began with a ferry!  In 1999 a train deck was added to the Ponte de 25 Abril, the vast red 2.3km-long suspension bridge that has carried road traffic across the Tagus since 1966, and which bears a striking resemblance to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.  Trains now run direct from Lisbon Oriente to Faro over this dramatic bridge with no need for a ferry.  If you sit on the right hand side of the train you'll get the best views over central Lisbon when heading south to Faro.

The train from Lisbon to Faro crosses the Ponte de 25 Abril

View over Lisbon as the train to Faro crosses the Ponte de 25 Abril.  Courtesy of

Faro railway station

Faro's pretty railway station.

Faro station, main platform   Faro station, ticket hall

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