Sample ticket prices: Faro - Lisbon 18,50 - 21€ Faro - Lagos: 8,25€ (April 2010, one way ticket, tourist class)
Linha do Algarve From Lagos to Vila Real de Santo António
The west-eastern railway from Lagos in the western Algarve to Vila Real de S.A. on the Portuguese border with Spain.
The 140 km single track railway line between Lagos in the western Algarve and Vila Real de S. António began operating at the beginning of last century. The 1.688 mm track width of this brad gauge railway can be compared to Spanish railways, which it connects with at 3 border crossings in the North, North-West and East of Portugal. The former ferry connection between Vila Real de S. António and Ayamonte in Spain stopped operating a few years ago.
The tracks between Faro and Tunes have been electrified for Inter-City and modern Alfa Pendular trains to operate, thus reducing the time from Faro to Lisbon to almost 3 hours. On the other section between Lagos and Tunes and Faro to Vila Real de S.António only the old 3 three-part railcars can operate, so that travelling from Lagos to Vila Real takes up to 3 hours 45 min.