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Trains to and from Faro Airport (FAO)

There is no train station at Faro Airport, but passengers can travel by bus to the central railway station in the city. Railway transport between the towns of Portugal is a fairly common form of transport, but perhaps not as modern and well organized when compared to services offered in countries such as Italy and France.

Faro Airport is international, and consists of a single terminal building. Passengers departing from the airport will go to the upper level of the building after checking in on the ground floor, while all passengers arriving will come in on the lower level. The terminal building is well equipped to meet the needs of all passengers, including those with reduced mobility challenges. Although there is no railway station at Faro Airport, there are frequent bus services that take passengers to the city centre of Faro. The main bus terminal is located along the Avenida da Republica, and is approximately 200 meters from the Faro train station.

In general a local bus is available from just outside the arrivals area of the airport every half an hour to an hour, from early in the morning to later in the evening. Buses are more frequent during weekdays. There is also a second bus service provided by the airport during the busier months from June to October, known as the Aerobus. The journey on this bus is slightly quicker than that of the local buses. Bus tickets can be purchased from the driver, and more information regarding the latest timetables are available from the airport information desk within the terminal building. A taxi can also be taken from Faro Airport in order to reach the railway station.

Faro Train Station is found on the railway line which runs from Vila Real de Santo Antonio in the east, nearby the Spanish borders, to Lagos in the west. The trains that run this route are regional, and call at most towns and cities along the way, but the railway line does not cross the border into Spain. The nearest train station in Spain is approximately 55 km, or 33 miles from Ayamonte, which is about a six kilometer drive or short ferry trip from Vila Real de Santo Antonio. The regional trains serving Algarve are older Budd-type diesel multiple units, and seldom seem to have air conditioning. They are also not very fast trains, but are available approximately every two hours from Faro Train Station. The journey to Lagos is about an hour and 45 minutes, and all train journeys cost about the same as the bus services.

The company of CP, or the Portuguese national railway company manages the railway services in the Algarve region of Portugal. In general, CP offers a wide range of railway links to various destinations within the country. However, although Faro Train Station is located within the city centre, nearby the bus station and harbour, many of the stations are located quite far out from the towns’ main tourist areas. Therefore, passengers aboard trains may well need to catch another bus or taxi service in order to travel to their accommodation. For example, the Loulé Station and the railway station in Albufeira are 5 km from the town centres, the Alcantarilha Station is 6 km north of the town’s centre and the Ferragudo Station is approximately 4 km north of the town. They are not necessarily nearby the bus stations either. It is therefore worthwhile to spend some time carefully planning your trip by train in Algarve.

Alternative railway options from Faro include the intercity, or Alfa Pendular (AP) train services. These are faster tilting trains with better facilities than regional trains, such as air conditioning. Passengers are advised to book as early as possible for either AP or Intercity trains, as they fill up very fast. They can even be full as far in advance as a month from their departure. They also cost a little more than regional trains, but are ultimately a reasonably priced means of transport in Portugal. Many people prefer the trains to a bus service as well. IC or AP train fares may be half-price for individuals over 65 years of age, and for children between the ages of five and twelve. Children under five travel for free.

The Alfa Pendular trains are through services to and from Porto, and stop at Lisbon, Coimbra and Aveiro. The journey from Faro to Porto is approximately five and a half hours in duration. Intercity Trains stop at various locations in the Algarve region, and along the way to Lisbon, including Setubal.

Travelling by train from Faro Airport is a convenient way to reach many areas in the Algarve region, as well as destinations located further north of Faro, within the country of Portugal. Further information regarding railway services can be obtained from the information desk at Faro Airport.