Different Ways On How To Get To The Algarve, Portugal

Discover How to Get to the Algarve With Our Travel Guide


The Algarve region of Portugal is a beautiful destination that can be reached in a variety of ways. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and miles of sandy coastline, it’s no wonder why millions of tourists flock to this popular region each year. Traveling to the Algarve can be an incredible experience. Portugal Getaways is pleased to offer the best packages and travel deals to the Algarve.


Praia da Marinha is a breathtaking beach with stunning views and plenty of activities to enjoy for visitors of all ages.

You can get to the Algarve in various ways. You can fly into Faro Airport directly or via connecting flights from major European airports. If you prefer a road trip, driving lets you explore Portugal's countryside and stunning 800-mile coastline at your own pace. Renting a car or taking a bus are popular land travel options. For a unique experience, you can take a ferry from Spain, enjoying scenic sea views. Alternatively, the train offers comfortable seating with picturesque village and hillside views. No matter your choice, an unforgettable journey awaits.


- Arriving in The Algarve Region of Portugal By Air

One of the most common ways to get to the Algarve is by air. Faro Airport (FAO) serves as the main gateway into Portugal from Europe and other countries around the world. The airport is located near Faro Beach, which offers stunning views and plenty of activities for travelers who want to explore after their flight arrives. From Faro Airport, visitors can take buses or taxis that will transport them directly to their hotel or transfer them onto public transportation such as trains and buses that will take them further inland. Once travelers arrive in the region, they have several options for accommodations such as luxury hotels, resorts, guesthouses, and even camping sites in Lagos and surrounding areas. Hotels near the Faro Airport are particularly convenient as they allow travelers easy access to both the city center and nearby beaches without having to worry about transportation costs or delays.


The best way to see the coastline of the Algarve is from above!

- Arriving in The Algarve Region of Portugal By Car

If you plan on driving your vehicle, two main highways run through Portugal that lead directly into the Algarve: A22 (also known as Via do Infante) and A2 (also known as Auto Estrada Lisboa-Algarve). Both highways will take you directly into Faro where you can explore all that the city has to offer before heading on your way further south into other parts of the Algarve region. For those who are looking for a more hands-on experience with their travels, car rentals are available from Faro Airport, allowing visitors to roam freely throughout Portugal’s breathtaking landscape at their own pace. Many rental services also provide pick-up and drop-off locations at various points around the Algarve so guests can easily plan their itinerary according to their individual needs.


A long drive is a perfect way to see Portugal's stunning coastline.

- Arriving in The Algarve Region of Portugal By Sea

Taking a cruise or a ferry boat to the Algarve is an amazing experience. From the moment you board the ferry or boat, you are surrounded by beautiful sights and sounds. There’s actually a ferry boat available from Ayamonte in Spain to Vila Real de Santo Antonio in the Algarve. With the ocean breeze in your hair and stunning views of the coast, it's hard not to feel relaxed and inspired as you begin your 15-minute journey.


Step aboard for a cruise to the stunning beach region of The Algarve in Portugal

- Arrive in The Algarve Region By Train

Going to the Algarve by train is also a great way to travel. Since there are no direct trains from outside of Portugal, those looking to take the train to Algarve should plan on arriving at Porto or Lisbon Airport in Portugal first. From there, you can take a bus or shuttle to the main railway station that connects many other cities throughout Portugal including Lisbon, Porto, and Lagos Algarve. 


Traveling by train to the Algarve Region of Portugal it's a nice way to see the countryside and meet new people

The train ride from Lisbon all the way up to the Algarve takes approximately four hours. If your destination is further north, such as Porto, it will take about six hours on one of the express trains that go directly from Porto to the Algarve without any intermediate stops along the way. Those who are planning on taking advantage of these express trains should be sure to purchase their tickets ahead of time as they do sell out quickly due to the popularity of this route amongst tourists visiting Portugal's beautiful beaches and attractions.



No matter how you choose to travel there, visiting the Algarve promises an exciting escape filled with sun-drenched beaches, delicious cuisine, and unique experiences that you won’t soon forget. So if you’re planning a trip soon make sure you consider all your options because getting here has never been easier. So why not start planning your trip today? Book your trip now!


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