There are several options to travel from Lisbon to Faro, a distance of 175 miles (280 km). Air travel is the quickest way, though another convenient method is taking the train, with a travel time of just under three hours. Driving takes around 2.5 hours and is a good option if you prefer making pitstops and going at your leisure.
Consider this 21-day tour of Portugal and Spain with time in both Lisbon and Faro, plus a stop in Porto and time in the Algarve.
Duration: 45 minutes
Flying is the quickest way to arrive in Faro, with many airline carriers offering daily flights from Lisbon. It's important to note that despite a short flying time, flying may take around the same time as driving or taking the train when you factor in transfer time to the airport and time spent in the terminal.
Duration: 3 hours
Road tripping is a fun way to get to Faro. The drive is relatively easy, taking the A2 highway for the majority of the way. Near the last stretch of the trip, you'll merge onto the A22 toll road as you enter the Algarve region. The scenic drive passes through clusters of towns, farmland, and greenery. You'll notice that the landscape becomes more arid as you go further south.
Like most highways in Portugal, this route has toll roads. You can pay by credit card at most toll booths but it's always a good idea to have cash on hand. If you have a rental car, most cars will have a device that is registered to the license plate number so you don't have to worry about cash or credit cards while enjoying your trip. Tolls will be added to your rental car bill.
Duration: 3 hours
Taking the train is one of the most efficient and comfortable ways to travel from Lisbon to Faro. Riding on the train is a lovely way to see the landscape of this region. A bonus of this train ride is you'll have views of the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado, which you can't see any other way. You'll want to sit on the left-hand side of the train for the best views and to take photos from your seat. As you continue on, you'll pass through villages and plenty of farmland.
Trains depart from all Lisbon train stations offering services in the morning until late evening. Most trains are direct but confirm when booking as sometimes train carriages will split during the journey. The fastest train takes under 3 hours and some trains take up to 3.5 hours, depending on how many stops it makes and if it's a regional, intercity or fast train. You can book your tickets online- directly from the company or in-person.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Traveling by bus is another option that only takes a bit longer than the train. Buses are comfortable and reliable, offering power outlets and wifi onboard. Buses operate frequently with departures starting in the morning until late evening. Weekends and public holidays often have reduced schedules so check before making your plans. Tickets can be booked online or at the bus station.