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Faro Airport is the closest arrival point by air to the city of Lagos. The airport has several regularly scheduled direct flights from many major European destinations. It is about a 60-minute ride from the airport to the Lagos arrival by car, and a little longer by bus.
Taxis arrival outside the terminal building near the arrivals concourse. Check for official cabs, as there are many unofficial cars that will offer you a ride as well. The rates for cabs vary and you should confirm the fare with the driver prior to accepting a ride.
You will almost always find that a pre-booked van transfer to Lagos will be considerably less expensive than a taxi. VIP Chauffeurs (www.vipchauffeurs-algarve.com) provide a transfer service from Faro, Lisbon, Saville. Also try the Lagos based service from http://www.gentlebeetransfers.com/ or a midium and good transfer service with Myttaxi. A budget-friendly option can be found via http://www.resorthoppa.com .
Faro airport is about six miles from the city. Independent travellers heading for Lagos by bus or train must first get from the airport into the city.
Buses Faro to Lagos.
Buses run from Faro's city centre bus terminal to Lagos, seven times a day on weekdays but only twice a day on Sundays and Holidays. The journey takes about 2 hours 20 minutes and costs (July 2008) €5.35
Most people will take a taxi from the airport into the city. This will cost about €10 and take about ten minutes.
Buses are also operate, rather irregularly, between Faro airport and Faro city centre. The bus stop at the airport is right outside the arrivals area. The journey takes about 15 minutes and the bus stops at both Faro railway station and the bus station. There is no other scheduled public transport at the airport. For all other destinations, it is necessary to go the city centre and the railway or bus stations as required.
Bus times airport/city can be seen at www.algarvebus.info/003.htm train times Faro to other Algarve destinations www.algarvebus.info/006.htm and bus times from Faro to Lagos at www.algarvebus.info/002s.htm
Trains Faro to Lagos
There is regular, daily train service between Faro and Lagos. There are nine trains on weekdays and Saturdays, seven on Sundays and holidays. They operate at irregular intervals, with a journey time of around 1hour 50 minutes and one way ticket at €6.40. Train times at www.algarvebus.info/006.htm
Rental cars at the airport
Rental cars are also available the Faro airport and include Auto Jardim, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, Rentauto and Sixt. Service counters located in the arrivals area.
In addition to Faro, the Lisbon Portela Airport is about 120 miles from Lagos. There are three daily air connections available from Lisbon to Faro.
Trains and buses from Lisbon
Trains and buses are available between Lisbon and Lagos. Buses take between three and four hours. Trains take about 4 hours with a change of train required en route. There are two different bus companies, RENEX www.renex.pt and Rede-Expressos www.rede-expressos.pt while train times and fares can be found on the Portuguse Railways website at www.cp.pt.
Train or bus will cost about €20 for a one-way ticket. Reservations required.
Otherwise rental cars are the main option for getting to Lagos from Portela.
Driving in Portugal is generally easy however, and from Lisbon the most direct route is along the A2 motorway to the A22. The three-hour drive is scenic, but especially so when you reach the beauty of the Algarve coastlines! Here is where it might be hard to keep an eye on the road and still appreciate the view.