Portimao is around 8km (5mi) east of Lagos, 40km (24mi) west of Albufeira and 70km (43mi) west of Faro.
The most convenient route to Portimao is by air to Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, located 82km (51mi) east of Portimao.
Taxis and hire cars are available at the airport. Faro Airport to Portimão is around 45 minutes by car, and around 1 hour 20 minutes by bus, three times daily.
Trains on the Algarve Line run frequently throughout the day to Portimao taking around 1 hour 25 minutes.
From Lisbon, an express bus takes 3 hours 30 minutes.
The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Faro Airport (FAO), the Algarve, Portual.
Within Portugal: TAP Portugal offers the most convenient daily flights to Faro.
Lisbon to Faro is 45 min, direct flight
From United Kingdom: British Airways, Ryanair and esyJet offer the most convenient daily flights to Faro.
London to Faro is 2 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Manchester to Faro is 3 hrs, direct flight
From Ireland: Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Faro.
Dublin to Faro is 2 hrs 55 min, direct flight
From France: Transavia France and easyJet offer the most convenient flights to Faro.
Paris to Faro is 2 hrs 35 min, direct flight
From Germany: Lufthansa, Condor Flugdeinst, Eurowings, Ryanair, easyJet and TUIfly offer the most convenient flights to Faro.
Berlin to Faro is 3 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Dusseldorf to Faro is 3 hrs, direct flight
Frankfurt to Faro is 3 hrs 5 min, direct flight
Hamburg to Faro is 3 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Munich to Faro is 3 hrs 10 min, direct flight
From United States: British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Air Lingus and TAP Portugal offer the most convenient daily flights to Faro.
Atlanta to Faro is 11 hrs 51 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Faro is 10 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Faro is 10 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Faro is 12 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Faro is 8 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Faro is 14 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Faro is 13 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transat and TAP Portugal offer the most convenient daily flights to Faro.
Toronto to Faro is 8 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Faro is 8 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Faro is 13 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
From Australia: Qantas, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, TAP Portugal and easyJet offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Faro.
Adelaide to Faro is 26 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Faro is 26 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Faro is 27 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Faro is 25 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Faro is 22 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
From New Zealand: Air New Zealand, Air Canada and Ryanair offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Faro.
Auckland to Faro is 27 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and easyJet offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Faro.
Singapore to Faro is 16 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
(ˆincludes transfer time.)
Faro Airport (FAO) is located 52km (32mi) east of Portimão, a 50-minute drive.
Taxi: Taxis can be hailed from outside the terminal building. Journey time into Faro is around 15 minutes, with a fare of around €10. Taxis also operate to other resorts along the Algarve coast
Several taxi companies serve the airport 24/7, including Auto Faro (tel: +351 289 822 333; www.auto-faro.com) and Antral (tel: +351 218 444 050; www.antral.pt).
Shuttle: A number of pre-bookable minibus services operate from Faro Airport – check with your resort for further information.
Bus: Proximo (tel: +351 289 899 760; www.proximo.pt) runs bus services (buses 14 and 16) from outside the terminal building to various locations in central Faro, including the central rail and bus stations.
The journey time to Faro is 20 minutes, and the one-way fare starts at €1.10.
From here long-distance services run to destinations throughout the Algarve, including Albufeira, Lagos, Portimão and Tavira – full details of routes and times are posted near the information desk.
From Lisbon, an express bus to Portimão takes 3 hours 30 minutes.
Rail: Trains on the Algarve Line (tel: +351 707 210 220; www.cp.pt) run frequently from Faro’s central station to Portimão taking around 1 hour 25 minutes.
Buses connect the airport to the train station.
Car hire companies at Faro Airport include Avis-Budget, Europcar, Guerin, Sixt, Goldcar and Hertz.
Counters are located in the arrivals area, and hire cars are picked up and dropped off at a car park a short distance from the terminal.
Money: There are ATMs in the arrival and departure halls. A bank branch and a bureau de change are located in the public arrivals hall
Food: There are several snack bars, cafés and bars at Faro Airport.
Shopping: Duty-free and tax-paid outlets at Faro Airport offer a wide variety of goods. A large selection of shops, from fashion boutiques and gift retailers to a football and sports shop are located in the departures concourse.
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Faro Airport. A post office is located in the public concourse and public telephones are positioned in key areas.
Other: Other facilities at Faro Airport include several travel agencies, baby-changing facilities and a first aid station.
Lifts and disabled toilets are located throughout Faro Airport.
Passengers with reduced mobility can request the MyWay service from their carrier or travel agent up to 48 hours before departure time. This service includes mobility-enhancing mechanical means as well as assistance at the airport from trained professionals.
Passengers requiring wheelchairs or assistance should inform their airline at the time of booking. Disabled passengers can park in reserved spaces in the car park opposite the terminal building.
A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Apart from walking, taxis, buses, trains and hire cars are all available to explore the Algarve coastline.
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Latest update: How to get to Portimao: 12 February, 2020
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