Faro for the day

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Janet O
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Faro for the day

Post by Janet O » Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:53 pm

Has anyone got the train from Estombar to Faro?
I should imagine the journey is very scenic.

I am coming to Carvoeiro in September and would like to see more of Faro than just the airport and also plan a day in Alvor but I will possibly get the bus if there is one for that
Any tips would be welcome.
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Re: Faro for the day

Post by tricky » Thu Aug 06, 2015 6:01 pm

Hi Janet. Hope you are well

Yes we've got the train from estombar to faro a few times. Unless the trains have been upgraded recently, they are a bit battered and bruised, but much cleaner than in the uk. The scenery on the way to be honest is not particularly impressive, but it's a fast efficient service. Watch out for the trains comng back as they tend to be a bit spaced out. The station is in the centre and a short walk from the old town with the walled square and lots of original restaurants. It really
Is a lovely day out. Next time we go, I want to stay overnight, as there are lots of good restaurants many with fado

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Re: Faro for the day

Post by madaboutangling » Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:28 am

Recommend going to the harbour and taking a boat trip to see the unusual river systems and wildlife or/and going to one of the islands.
The old town is pleasant to walk around and there are some good restaurants. The market is good too.

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Re: Faro for the day

Post by Janet O » Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:49 am

Thank you both for your suggestions. I can't wait to get started..it sounds like a great day out..

Janet O :)

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Re: Faro for the day

Post by smudger » Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:57 am

I use Faro to Estombar train couple of times a year, single fare is €5.60 or thereabouts. Never managed to find timetable at Estombar station.

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Re: Faro for the day

Post by SAM SPARKLE » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:44 pm

tricky wrote:Hi Janet. Hope you are well

Yes we've got the train from estombar to faro a few times. Unless the trains have been upgraded recently, they are a bit battered and bruised, but much cleaner than in the uk. The scenery on the way to be honest is not particularly impressive, but it's a fast efficient service. Watch out for the trains comng back as they tend to be a bit spaced out. The station is in the centre and a short walk from the old town with the walled square and lots of original restaurants. It really
Is a lovely day out. Next time we go, I want to stay overnight, as there are lots of good restaurants many with fado
Hi Tricky, I can recommend the Hotel Eva and the Restaurant Faro e Benfica, both close to the Marina. 8)

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Re: Faro for the day

Post by tricky » Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:07 am

Thanks Sam x

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Re: Faro for the day

Post by Ma-Ja's » Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:10 pm

The train website is www.cp.pt and is available in English. All train timetables are available on here.

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Re: Faro for the day

Post by Geoff » Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:24 am

We went the other way in February : Parchal to Lagos ( 1.1€ single if >60)....that is scenic, and nice to wander around marina & old town at Lagos....there is a big gap in trains in the afternoon though. You can get out at Meia Praia , nice beach restaurants and walk by lagoon...or to Marina and get train back. Lagos is the end of the line.

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Re: Faro for the day

Post by smudger » Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:25 pm

Just remembered I had train times from Faro to Lagos on my phone for when I was over in May.

9.02, 10.23, 12.22, 16.19, 17.15, 18.12, 19.38 and 20.18.

As Geoff points out a long wait early afternoon!

Also, as it is single track for most of the time, train sometimes has to wait at a station until train coming in other direction passes. Last time the Lisboa/Faro express was late and we waited at Albufiera for 15 mins. Time for conductor to have a cigarette and bica at nearby cafe!! Had I known length of delay, I would have joined him!!

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Re: Faro for the day

Post by HampshireRich » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:04 pm

Went to the beach at Faro last year - to be honest, I thought it and the town was a bit dreary and scruffy.

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Re: Faro for the day

Post by Geoff » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:27 pm

Yes, wouldn't waste my time going to Faro beach either...but marina and old town/pedestrian precincts are worth a wander....there is an old church with an ossuary too : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capela_do ... %28Faro%29

I don't think the connections are very good, but if you then got the train to Tavira, you would see the lovely old Roman Bridge and Castle ruins...a great place to wander!

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Re: Faro for the day

Post by SJ & RE » Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:11 pm

Tavira is beautiful and well worth the trip to get to it.
Lovely old buildings, fab cafes and resturants, especially along the riverside and a few good hotels and B & B's
We walk to it from Cabanas de Tavira, a long walk, but worth it. Cab it back tho.

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