An Alfa Pendular train from Lisbon to Faro
 

An Alfa Pendular at Porto Campanhã.

Courtesy of Angus Duncan

The best way to travel between Lisbon and the Algarve is by train.  Fast trains link Lisbon Oriente station with Faro in just 3h00, city centre to city centre.  Choose between a front-rank tilting 200 km/h Alfa Pendular, or a slightly slower Intercity train.  Further feedback or photos would be appreciated.

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

COVID-19 update:  Trains are running with some service reductions.  More COVID-19 travel info.

small bullet point  Train times Lisbon to Faro & the Algarve

small bullet point  Train times Faro & Algarve to Lisbon

small bullet point  How much does it cost?

small bullet point  How to buy tickets

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small bullet point  What are the trains like?

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Lisbon ► Faro & Algarve

Faro & Algarve ► Lisbon

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets

Route map...

Lisbon to Faro & the Algarve 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, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.

European Rail Timetable and map

What are the trains like?

Alfa Pendular trains are CP's premier trains, fully air-conditioned 6-car electric trains.  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.  For a seating plan, see the seat numbering page.

Alfa Pendular train from Lisbon to Faro

Alfa Pendular trains reach 220 km/h (136 mph) between Lisbon & Porto.  Courtesy of www.youtube.com/c/nonstopeurotrip.

1st class on an Alfa Pendular

1st class leather seats on an Alfa Pendular train, arranged 2+1 across the car width.  Photo courtesy of @rexybexy

2nd class on a Alfa Pendular train from Lisbon to Faro   1st class at-seat meal on a Lisbon-Porto train

2nd class leather seats on an Alfa Pendular, arranged 2+2 across the car width.  Courtesy Thomas Streit.

 

Optional 1st class at-seat meal, ordered when booking.  Courtesy Andreas Wiedenhoff.

Intercity trains are CP's second-rank expresses, fully air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class, most also with cafe-bar & free WiFi.  You'll find power sockets at some 1st class seats, but not in 2nd class.  The distinctive stainless-steel exterior built in Portugal hides an interior design closely based on SNCF's (French Railways) successful Corail carriages.  They are shown in the booking system as IC.  For a seating plan, see the seat numbering page.

Portuguese Intercity train to Faro

Portuguese Intercity train.  Photos courtesy of Matt from www.youtube.com/c/nonstopeurotrip.

2nd class on a Portuguese Intercity train   1st class on a Portuguese Intercity train

2nd class seats...

 

1st class seats...

Cafe-bar on a Portuguese Intercity train   Seats in the cafe-bar on a Portuguese intercity train

Cafe bar on an Intercity train...

 

Seats in the cafe-bar...

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 2.3 km red suspension bridge that has carried road traffic across the Tagus in 1966, and which bears a striking resemblance to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.  Trains now run direct from Lisbon Orient 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.  If you get any other good scenery photos from this journey, let me know!

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 www.youtube.com/c/nonstopeurotrip.

Station information...

Lisbon Santa Apolonia is the city's main terminus, walking distance from the old city centre.  However, Lisbon-Faro trains all start & end at Lisbon Oriente, if you want to travel to or from Santa Apolonia you'll need to use a frequent suburban train between Santa Apolonia and Lisbon oriente.  See location map.

Lisbon Santa Apolonia station

Lisbon Santa Apolonia station.  Photo courtesy of Ian Moffat.

Lisbon Santa Apolonia station

Inside Lisbon Santa Apolonia.  Photo courtesy of Ian Moffat.

Lisbon Oriente is a modern station & transport hub to the east of the city centre.  Designed by celebrity architect Santiago Calatrava (who also designed Lyon St Exupéry and Liege Guillemins), it opened in 1998 next to Expo '98, an area now occupied by the Parque da Nações.  The Lisbon to Faro trains start from here.  Click for location map.


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