GETTING TO LAGOS PORTUGAL
For our more in-depth guide, giving you clear directions from the point of arrival in Faro or Lisbon, to the centre of Lagos, see our post “Getting to and from Lagos Portugal” here.
FARO AIRPORT ↔ FARO CENTRE
By Bus: ±2€, duration 15-20mins, every half an hour.
From the airport, leave the arrivals hall and behind the taxis find the bus stop. This bus will take you to the centre of Faro, leaving you outside the bus station.
» Search the Airport → Faro bus timetable here.
By Taxi: ± 8€, approx. 10 mins.
FARO ↔ LAGOS
By Bus: 5.85€, approx. 2hrs, serviced by eva-bus.
» Search the Faro → Lagos bus timetable here
The Lagos bus station is just off Avenida dos Descobrimentos. There is a Goodtimes map in the waiting room to help orientate yourself when you arrive, or print one here.
By Train: 7.20€, approx. 1hr50, serviced by cp.pt.
From the Faro Bus station, follow the road, walking away from the marina. Just around the bend you will find the train station, in a typical old station building. There are about 9 trains daily. Search the Faro-Lagos train timetable here.
The Lagos train station is located behind the marina. If you are staying in the old town, you will need to walk through the marina, over the foot bridge and down Avenida dos Descobrimentos.
By shuttle: 17.50€ /person. A2B transfers offer airport shuttles and can be booked on their website around 24hrs in advance. The shuttle will collect you and other guests, leaving from the airport to your accommodation. As you will be sharing the shuttle with others, you may need to wait for them, or go early in time for their flight.
By private shuttle: 72€ for 1-4 people, approx 1 hr, also offered by A2B transfers.
Taxi: ±90€, 50min-1hr. If you take a regular taxi from the airport, it will cost you around 90€, more at night or on public holidays.
LISBON ↔ LAGOS
By Train: ±27€, ±3h40. Operated by cp.pt. There are five trains daily.
Search the timetable here.
LOCAL TRANSPORT, IN AND AROUND LAGOS
There are several local bus routes around Lagos, taking you to Porto da Mos beach, Praia da Luz and around the old town. They are the small Onda buses you will see driving along the Avenida. Their website is not very tourist friendly, but find a stop at the town centre, or Praça dom Henrique, and see more info at the shelter.
CAR AND SCOOTER HIRE
There are several car hire companies in Lagos, all of which are based around the bus station and along Avenida dos Descubrimentos. In general the local companies are cheaper than the larger international companies. We recommend Luzcar. They rent cars from as little as 25€/day and also have scooters. You can pick one up at Faro airport, or from their shop behind the Repsol Service station (Av. Descubrimentos). They also have scooter hire. Unfortunately this is not covered on their website.
Keep in mind there is a hefty toll-fare on the highway from Faro to Lagos (approx. 18€), so get the car company to show you an alternative route if you wish to avoid this.
The only properly serviced taxi-rank is at the town centre – Praça Gil Eanes. Its unlikely you will find one passing in the street, so its best to call one.
(+351) 282 763 587 or 917 813 107.
Very few places in Lagos accept payment with card, so you need to have cash handy. Most of the banks/ATMs are located around the central plaza. There is also one inside the Lagos Cultural Centre. If you need to exchange money, there is an exchange place on Praça Gil Eanes (central plaza) and a Western Union where Rua 25 de Abril (main street) divides to Rua Marques de Pompal.
The Algarve has a stable climate, with sunshine all year round. In Summer (June-Sept) the temperature is pleasant, around 28°. In Spring (April-May) and Autumn (Oct-Nov), the temperature is around 20-22°, and in Winter, the temperature is around 13-17°. For an annual weather chart, click here.
Almost all the hostels and hotels provide free wifi. Also many of the bars, so you can check in and update your status. But if you are looking for a good cafe to spend a little time travel planning / working, we suggest: Cafe Fresco, Cafe Mimar (Rua Antonió Barbosa Viana), Bora Café (Rua Conselheiro Joaquim Machado 17), Cultural Centre cafe & Rockefellas Diner.
To dial Portuguese numbers from foreign phones,
you need to enter the international dialing code:
00351 before the number.
Tourist Office: 282 763 031, Praça Gil Eanes (main plaza), 9:30–18hs
Train station: 282 762 987 Train info – CP: 808 208 208, www.cp.pt
Bus station: 282 762 944, Av. dos Descobrimentos
EVA Buses: 282 762 944, www.eva-bus.net
Faro Airport: 289 800 800
Taxi Lagos: 282 763 587 or 917 813 107. Taxi rank at Praça Gil Eanes
SOS: 112 Ambulance: 282 760 115
Fire Brigade: 282 770 790, Rua dos Bombeiros Voluntários de Lagos
Police: 282 762 930, Largo Convento Nossa Senhora da Glória
Hospital: 282 770 100, Rua Castelo dos Governadores