Trains and Railways in the Algarve

Route maps and booking information for the national rail service, regional trains and the urban train network: to help you find your way around the Algarve...

  • CP (Comboios de Portugal) is the Portuguese national rail service. A limited English-language website lists prices, timetables, and online trip-planning: CP in English
  • InterRail is an international rail travel service around Europe, Morroco, and Turkey.

Portuguese Trains: Useful Information

CP Station Finder Website
CP Information and Reservations Tel: 808 109 110
CP Online ticket booking Website
CP network map Website

Trains in the Algarve Region

CP provides the Alfa Pendular, Regional, Intercidades and Intra_Rail train services to the Algarve region.

  • CP
    : (+351) 218 050 653 
    Tel (Call centre)
    : 808 109 110 (national calls)
    Open: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • The Alfa Pendular service connects Braga, Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon and Faro.
  • The Intercidades service travels through Guimarães, Porto, Guarda, Coimbra, Covilhã, Lisbon, Évora, Beja and Faro.
  • The Regional and Interregional service links the Portuguese regions together. Trains run between Valença, Vila Real, Braga, Porto, Mirandela, Pocinho, Régua, Guarda, Covilhã, Coimbra, Leiria, Marvão-Beirã, Elvas, Lisbon, Evora, Beja, V.R. S.Ant, Faro and Lagos.
  • IntraRail cards are valid for three or ten days and allow passengers between 12 and 30 years of age to travel within four pre-defined areas of Portugal. Cards are sold in some CP stations, Youth Hostels, Movijovem shops, and Ponto JA shops. There are two types of IntraRail cards:
    • IntraRail xcape card is valid for three days in one of the four pre-defined zones and gives free travel on Intercidades (second class), Regional, Inter-Regional and Urban trains from Friday to Sunday, plus two nights' stay (Friday and Saturday) in shared or double rooms at youth hostel
    • IntraRail xplore is valid for ten days in two adjoining zones, and gives free travel on Intercidades (second class), Regional, Inter-Regional and Urban trains (journeys starting between Monday and Thursday), plus nine nights' accommodation in shared or double rooms at youth hostels
    • Passengers with a Youth Card will be granted a discount on IntraRail cards
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Reduced Mobility Passengers

In order to accommodate passengers with reduced mobility, Alfa Pendular trains have access lifts to raise and lower wheelchairs, two reserved places, and specially equipped toilets.

Many stations have a large step between train and platform making access difficult for wheelchairs users.

The SIM (Integrated Mobility Service) provides information about CP train and station accessibility, special rates, access equipment, services, and assistance.

  • SIM Tel: 808 208 746 (open 24 hours a day)

Animals on Trains

There are regulations for animals travelling on trains in Portugal.

  • Assistance guide dogs may travel free
  • Animals in carriers may travel for free, but may not take up a seat
  • A half-price ticket is required for animals not in a carrier container
  • An animal must not cause inconvenience to the other passengers and must be in a carrier or muzzled and on a lead
  • Animals are not allowed on the seats

The CP website has more on travelling with pets

Bicycles and Scooters on Trains

Bicycles and scooters may be taken on certain Regional, Interregional and Coimbra trains subject to certain conditions. They may be carried for free at weekends and public holidays. If the train is full, it is not always possible to travel with a bicycle. Only 2 bicycles per carriage are allowed. It is recommended that passengers ask the ticket inspector whether a bicycle ticket is allowed.

The CP website has more on bikes and scooters on trains