Transport & travel
Most airlines will fly into either Faro airport in the Algarve or Lisbon airport, however Beja airport in Alentejo should open soon as well. From Porto, there are ryanair flights to Faro airport for those who want to see some more of the country.
Public transportation is available throughout Portugal, yet outside the big cities it can be a slow way of travelling. For travelling in the Algarve we would recommend to hire a car.
The taxis are nowadays all metered and have a standard tariff, although prices have gone up they are still cheaper than in most European countries. You can flag a taxi down when the green light is displayed, look for a taxi rank. Via your hotel ´s reception, you can also arrange for pick up and drop offs.
Throughout Portugal, there are the intercity busses which are a fairly quick and affordable way of transportation. Local buses have a good network around the cities and main arteries in the country side. Some councils will have mini buses to service certain parts of their municipalities.
From all main cities in Portugal there is a good railway system which is fairly efficient. In the Algarve you will find a scenic route going along the coast by diesel powered trains. This is a good way to enjoy the coastal scenery across the Algarve.
From Portimao, Algarve there is a ferry boat service (named Naviera ARMAS) service, once a week going to Funchal, Madeira and the Balearic islands. Portimao & Lisbon are also popular stop overs for many cruise liners.