Flying to the Algarve

Flight time from the UK and Ireland to the Algarve range from between 2.5 to 3 hours. This is manageable with a baby or toddler but remember to bring plenty of distractions for the plane. See our travel tips on flying with babies and toddlers for more information on getting over the flight.

On Arrival in Faro

Faro Airport  is the main airport for the region. On arrival there is a wide selection of car hire desks in the airport and also within the terminal at a meeting point. There are also buses and taxis leaving from outside the arrivals hall. From Faro airport the train station and bus terminals can be reached by taxi.

Getting to the Algarve by Bus

There are daily bus connections between Lagos, Olhao, Faro (and many other cities) and Spanish cities such as Seville and Huelva. A single ticket Sevilla – Faro costs €16 and the journey takes 4 to 5 hours.

Getting to the Algarve by Train

There are daily fast train connections between Faro and Lisbon (4 hours).

Getting to the Algarve by Boat

There is a ferry service between Vila Real de Santo António and Ayamonte (Spain). The ferry was once a main mean of transportation although after the construction of the Guadiana International Bridge it is nowadays mostly used by tourists. Naviera Armasoperates a ferry to Portimão from Madeira (connecting with Gran Canaria) with a couple of departures per month.