How To Get To The Algarve

The Algarve, well known as one of the most breathtaking regions in all of Europe, is a must-visit destination during your trip to Portugal. Ensuring convenient access to this remarkable region significantly enhances your overall travel experience, whether you choose to drive, ride or fly. Find out how to get to the Algarve to enjoy this stunning region of Portugal.

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The primary modes of transportation to reach the Algarve are by car or by flying into Faro, which are likely your best options. Given the richness of the region’s offerings, renting a car is highly recommended for flexibility.

It also helps to have a plan ahead of time after you review your options so that you can reach your accommodations stress-free.

The Green House in Lagos, Portugal


To reach the Algarve from Lisbon or northern Portugal, renting a car is likely the most optimal choice. The approximately 3-hour drive from Lisbon is straightforward and mostly a straight shot via the A2, making it an easy and pleasant journey.

The A2 connects Lisbon to the Algarve, and within the region, the A22 facilitates east/west travel, linking you to the various towns you’ll want to explore. Our drive from Lagos to Lisbon along the A22 and A2 was smooth, with no challenging terrain and convenient rest areas along the way.

Renting a car in Portugal is a simple process, requiring only your driver’s license, passport, and rental information.

Compare prices and find great deals on your car rental here.


For those who prefer bus travel, there are several options available to take you to the Algarve. Ticket prices vary depending on your departure location and the timing of your purchase.

Rede Expressos and Flixbus are the two main carriers, providing a cost-effective alternative if you don’t want to worry about directions or renting a car.

Booking bus tickets in advance ensures a smooth and budget-friendly journey. You can purchase your tickets here.


While trains offer an alternative, there are no direct connections from Lisbon to the Algarve. Trains depart from Entrecampos Station with a stopover in Tunes and a transfer to a regional train for the remaining journey.

Although slightly more expensive than buses, trains are another great option, especially if you’re not driving.

You can purchase your train tickets here.


When visiting the Algarve region, Faro International Airport (FAO) serves as the main gateway. Renting a car is likely the best option for convenient exploration, with several rental agencies operating at Faro Airport.

We chose Sixt for our trip, rented a car from the airport, and enjoyed the freedom it provided. Renting a car from the airport is a simple process, similar to renting in the States. Taxis and airport shuttles are alternative transportation options, each with its considerations and costs.

If Not Renting a Car

Taxi: Taking a taxi is a great option if you prefer not to rent a car. Taxis are available just outside the arrivals area but keep in mind that they can be quite expensive, especially if your destination is up to an hour away from the airport. Confirm the fare before leaving.

Airport Shuttle: If you’re staying at a resort or popular hotel, check if they offer an airport shuttle service. This can be a stress-free way to reach your destination. Book your transportation ahead of time for a shared ride that can be more cost-effective than a taxi or private car.

Bus: Public transportation is another option to consider. Taking the bus (EVA Transportes #16) requires going to the city of Faro first, and from there, you can connect to a regional bus to reach your exact destination.

Train: If you opt for the train, you’ll need to make your way to the Faro city center to reach the train station. Once there, you can take the train to your desired destination.


Ponta da Piedade

In the end, the choice between driving, public transportation, or alternative services depends on your preferences, family needs, and budget. Whatever you choose, visiting the Algarve is a decision you won’t regret. Explore our best tips for visiting the Algarve, our essential 3-day itinerary for the Algarve as well as our guide on the best areas to stay in the Algarve to plan an unforgettable trip!


  • Jeremiah Pittmon

    Jeremiah Pittmon is a published travel writer and photographer from Cleveland, Ohio. Passionate about exploring the world with his family, he finds inspiration in all types of travel. Through his blog,, and social media channels, he shares captivating experiences and valuable tips for families who love to travel.

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