The Algarve railway is the most convenient way to get around in Algarve if you are travelling West/ North from Lagos. The train service connects Lagos with Vila Real de Santo António on the border to Spain, stopping at most towns and cities along the way. There are also buses connecting the major towns in the region although, if you book with a package holiday provider they will be able to arrange tours and taxis with car seats.
Driving in the Algarve
A car is often the best way of seeing the Algarve, owing to the limited public transport services. Cars can be hired at Faro Airport and in other towns and cities along the coast. Most car rental companies will stipulate a minimum age of 21. Prices start from about €30 a day for a small car and there is often a wide range of cars to choose from. Make sure that you prebook a car seat if you are not bringing your own to ensure availability and always check the car seat for cracks or damage before setting off.
Driving is on the right hand side of the road in Portugal. The Algarve has a good network of roads, but be aware that some country roads are little more than dirt tracks. Roads are generally well maintained, however, road markings may randomly disappear.
Petrol stations are found all over the Algarve.Unleaded petrol is known as gasolina sem chumbo and diesel gasoleo. Petrol prices in Portugal are high in comparison to other European countries. For more information on driving in the region check our Portugal, General Information page.