The port town of Faro, in Portugal's Algarve region, is a regular arrival point for visitors to Portugal. The sunny shores of the Algarve attract many flights bringing tourists in search of summer fun. But Portugal is culturally rich and worth exploring, and Faro is the perfect jumping-off point to explore Lisbon as well. The capital also attracts a lot of summer tourists and boasts an array of interesting attractions. You can also book Portugal tours from Lisbon and take day trips from both Lisbon and Faro.
If you are only flying to Faro to take a train to Lisbon, consider going via Porto instead—its connections with Lisbon are better, and the city and its surrounding wineries are a vibrant destination in the summer.
The Best Way to Make the Journey
The train is a little quicker than the bus between Faro and Lisbon, but it's also a bit more expensive. If you don't mind the bus, you could make your choice based on which station is closest to your hotel in Lisbon. Faro is so small that which type of transportation you choose won't affect the convenience of your departure from there one way or another.
Train and Bus: Cheap and Convenient
There are two types of trains that go from Lisbon to Faro. The trip takes just under three hours if you take the fast train, called the Alfa Pendular, or three hours and 45 minutes if you take the Intercidade. They cost about the same.
The bus from Lisbon to Faro, like the Intercidade, takes about three hours and 45 minutes but costs a bit less than the train. You can book a bus ticket from Rede Expressos or RENEX. Both bus companies offer comparable prices and journey times.
Car: Scenic, But Beware of Toll Roads
If you like road trips and would like to have the convenience of a car to make stops along the way and during your stay in Lisbon, driving might be your best option. The trip from Lisbon to Faro takes about two hours and 45 minutes by car and is about 280 kilometers, or 175 miles, traveling mainly by the A2 road. The A2 is a toll road, and this could push your travel costs up significantly. But if you don't particularly care about having a car in Lisbon and unless you're traveling with a full car, you might find it cheaper and easier to travel by bus or train.
While it might be a more expensive option, the drive is scenic, and it gives you the option of stopping in Evora and the Alentejo wine regions.
Plane: Most Expensive but Quickest Choice
You can take a flight from Lisbon to Faro, but it will cost you many times the price of a train or bus ticket. Flights take 45 minutes, but when you add on the time it takes to get to and from the airport and check-in time, the difference in the amount of time the two options take diminishes.