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The Algarve enjoys good transport connections, both internally with the other Portuguese cities and externally with the rest of the world. Various international airlines provide regular flights to the Algarve, making Faro a busy international airport.

The Algarve is within easy reach from most major European cities. There are direct flights to Faro International Airport from destinations around the world with a variety of international scheduled and charter airlines. Key conference and incentive markets linked by direct flights for instance include the UK, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Switzerland, Netherlands and Scandinavian countries, among others.

Rail transport is another alternative for visitors to the region. The Portuguese rail service (CP - Comboios de Portugal) has a vast network of trains to places all over the country.

The Algarve also benefits from a good road network, composed of motorways, national roads and a range of secondary roads, making the journey comfortable and efficient whether you're travelling by bus or driving in a rented car.

  • How to Get to the Algarve

    International Access

    Faro International Airport

    Tel.: (+351) 289 800 800

    www.ana.pt

     

    International Access by Road

    N431 (Huelva, Spain) / A22 - (Via do Infante, Portugal)

    International Access by Sea

    Port of Portimão

    Tel.: (+351) 282 400 680

     

    National Access

    Roads

    A2, IC1, N2, N120, N122

    Trains

    Alfa Pendular: fully equipped, fast and comfortable trains.

    Intercity trains: connections to various cities in Portugal, such as Lisbon-Algarve

    Inter-regional trains

    www.cp.pt

    Buses

    Express service: from various locations

     

    Flying Times and Distances

    In kilometres between Faro and European capitals

     

    Amsterdam 02h55 2590km 
    Berlin 03h30 3290km
    Berne   02h45 2323km
    Brussels 02h30 2207km
    Copenhagen 03h00 3322km
    Dublin 03h00 3160km
    Helsinki 4h20 5020km
    London 02h30 2320km
    Luxembourg 02h50 2420km
    Madrid 01h30 729km
    Oslo 03h10 3876km
    Paris 02h30 1908km
    Stockholm 04h30 2979km
    Vienna 03h20 3293km

     

  • Gettting Around

    Main road links

    A22 - (Via do Infante) | N125

     

    Urban transport

    Public transports in all major locations.

     

    Taxis

    Colour: beige or black and green

    Pricelist must be displayed inside the taxi.

    Fare changes: there is a 20% increase between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am and during the weekends; any luggage carried in the taxi boot is subjected to a fixed charge.

     

    Renting a car

    Car rental (with or without a chauffeur) can be found in all major centres, hotels and travel agencies.

    Compulsory conditions for renting: Valid identity card (European Union citizens), valid passport (other non-EU citizens), valid driving licence, minimum age of 21 years. It is mandatory to have a third party personal insurance.

    Trains

    Stations in all major centres between Lagos and Vila Real de Santo António.

    Driving

    In Portugal, cars drive on the right side of the road. Wearing seat belt is compulsory for all passengers, and motorcyclists must always wear helmets. Specific legislation is in force banning the use of mobile phones while driving, except when using hands-free systems.

    Traffic signs comply with international conventions. When driving, the drink drivelimit allowed is 0.5 grams/litre (grams of alcohol per litre of blood).

    There are 24-hour service stations in main urban centres, as well as on motorways and main roads. Other petrol stations have variable opening hours.

    Maximum road speed limits for passenger vehicles without trailers and motorcycles:

    • 50 kilometres per hour in built up areas
    • 90 kilometres per hour on rural roads
    • 120 kilometres per hour on motorways (minimum speed : 50km per hour)
    • Other speed limits might be indicated (be aware)

    Compulsory documents:

    Identity card or passport

    Driving licence

    Insurance certificate

    Vehicle Registration Certificate - known as the log book and the Registration Document (a blue paper named Título de Registo de Propriedade in Portuguese), or just the all-in-one document (Documento Único Automóvel, which comprises all the necessary information on both owner and vehicle).