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Trains to and from Faro Airport (FAO)

Getting To Faro Airport By Train

There is no train station at the airport and no metro link either to the town centre, but frequent buses cover the short 5 km distance to the main train station in Faro centre in less than 25 minutes. The bus stop is right outside the arrivals zone of the terminal.

The airport buses drop passengers off at the main bus terminal in Faro and the train station is within a very short walk of the bus terminal. Faro Airport trains may not exist as such but from Faro town centre train station passengers have access to some of the most important towns and cities in the Algarve and to Portugal’s capital Lisbon.

From Lisbon it is possible to catch trains to the rest of the country, such as Sintra and Porto as well as across the border into Spain. The Faro to Lisbon connection is provided by a fast intercity rail network. On the way the train stops at Funcheira, Setubel and Barreiro before finally reaching Lisbon.

From Lisbon passengers for Spanish destinations need to take intercity trains to Entrocarmento, where they have onward connections with regional trains into Spain. The best route to take for Huelva and Seville are regional trains that head for Caceres, Merida and Zafra, where the rail network divides into two lines, one for Huelva and one for Seville.

From Faro train station it possible to take regional trains to Lagos in the west and Santo Antonio in the East. There are also regional train connections to Olhão. The train journey is not long and costs just EUR 1.10 per person for a one-way ticket.

A train of a very different kind operates in Faro town centre: a small tourist train (comboio turistico) travels around the town and covers some of the best parts of the Old Town of Faro, the harbour and tourist information office, where the “train” journey starts.

The tourist train helps visitors to find their way around and familiarise themselves with the town. Starting from outside the tourist office, the tourist train runs at one hour intervals between the hours of 10.00 am to 5.00 pm with a lunchtime break from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm every day.

There’s plenty to see within Faro’s town centre, such as the Museum of Living Science for example. Within the old town there are still many examples of urban regeneration Portugal style: aristocratic families and wealthy merchants built themselves magnificient mansions, which still line some of Faro’s cobbled streets today.

On the outskirts of the town, where wealthy families built their palatial homes in the past, the Palace of Estói is one of the major tourist attractions. Also on the outskirts of the town is the wonderful Rio Formosa Natural Park, a must for all young and old natural scientists and people who love a walk in unspoilt nature.

In the nearby town of Tavira archaeological digs have shown that settlements existed in the area some 6,000 years ago. Under Moorish occupation the town was renamed temporarily into Tabira during the 8th and 9th century, but today the ancient town thrives once again under its original name. There are many tourist attractions here dating back to the 15th century, when the Voyages of Discovery made Portugal rich.

For more tourist information about Faro trains, please visit the official tourist website for Portugal at http://www.visitportugal.com.

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