173 miles ( 280 km) separate Lisbon and Algarve, and the trip can take between 2.5 hours to 3.5 hours depending on the mode of transport. There are four ways to get from Lisbon to Algarve, with the train being the best option for most travelers. 

Traveling by car or bus will take you across the 7.6 miles (12 km) Vasco de Gama Bridge, crossing over the Tagus River. Self-drivers or those using a car service also have the freedom to choose a leisurely route closer to the Atlantic coastline.

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By Train

Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes

Five trains per day offer a direct service between the Entrecampos Station in Lisbon and the Faro Station in Algarve. The journey takes nearly three hours, and you can buy tickets online or in person. There are both first and second class cars, with varying levels of amenities.  Prices for the tickets will vary depending on which carriage class you’d like.

By Car

Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes 

The drive between Lisbon and Algarve is a pleasant one, with uncomplicated directions. Once you are outside of Lisbon, cross over the impressive Vasco de Gama Bridge and continue on the A12 for 6 miles (10 km). Then you’ll get on the A2 Highway for 160 miles (257 km) before arriving into the Algarve. 

For those who would like a more scenic route, try taking the N120 which gets you closer to the coastline and offers several detours with excellent viewpoints. 

Take note that Portugal operates many toll roads and not all accept cash. Be sure to have a credit card on hand or arrange a pre-paid device with the car rental company to keep yourself in the fast lane.

By Bus 

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes to 4 hours depending on stops

Buses depart the Lisbon Sete Rios Station every hour for the Faro Station. There are several companies offering the service, with travel time depending on the number of scheduled stops. 

The buses follow the same route along the Vasco de Gama Bridge and A2 Highway, so it’s a good opportunity to admire the immense bridge and scenery of inland Portugal

By Plane

Duration: 45 minutes

TAP Portugal offers several direct flights daily from Lisbon Airport to Faro Airport. When taking into consideration the time spent in transit to and from both airports, this trip is nearly as long as the train ride and doesn’t provide any distinct advantages.

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