Category Archives: Transport

Car hire

Car hire is readily available and best booked on the internet price comparison websites eg www.travelsupermarket.com prior to arrival.  On arrival at Faro Airport, most cars are picked up in Car Park 4, a short walk from the Terminal Building. 

Travel time by road to Tavira is approximately 40 minutes and you will probably use the main A22 motorway.  Since December 2011, tolls have been introduced.  The tolls are charged by cameras recording the car registration number and are approximately 2euros 70 between the Airport and Tavira.  Car hire vehicles are fitted with transponders which record your usage and the total cost will be debited to your credit card.

Driving in Portugal:  Roads in the Algarve are generally of good quality and relatively quiet compared to the UK.  Driving is on the right and most road signs are easily recognisable.  Sign posting is usually of a good standard.

You will find that Portuguese drivers are extremely courteous in town and will  stop for pedestrians at the numberous zebra crossings.  Outwith town, driving tends to be a little more “racy” and tailgating together with overtaking when inappropriate can happen.  Also, be aware when passing parked cars as doors can suddenly open or pedestrians appear as from nowhere.  The golden rule is “expect the unexpected”!

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Train travel to & from Tavira

If you wish to travel to Tavira by train from Faro Airport, take a taxi from the Airport to Faro train station from where there is a frequent train service to Tavira Porta Nova Station.  It is a ten minute walk from Porta Nova to the apartment.

It is possible to explore the length of the Algarve by train and there are good services from both Porta Nova and Tavira Town stations to Vila Real de San’ Antonio on the Spanish Border and to Faro, Albufeira and Lagos on the West Algarve.  Train timetable can be found at http://www.cp.pt/StaticFiles/Passageiros/horarios/horarios/PDF/r_ir_uc/vrantonio_lagos.pdf

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Bus

Bus transport in the Algarve is mainly provided by EVA Transport.  The main bus station in Tavira is located on Rua dos Pelames, on the west bank of the river. 

There is a frequent service to Faro town and Vila Real de San’Antonio.  The bus does not take the direct route and whilst it provides an interesting view of some of the smaller towns, it is quicker and cheaper to travel by train.

It is also possible to travel from Tavira bus station to both Lisbon and Seville twice a day – check at either the Tourist Office or bus station for up to date timetable information.

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Tavira Local Transport

It is not necessary to hire a car to enjoy a holiday in Tavira as all facilities are within easy walking distance of the apartment.

The town is served by two railway stations for trains to Faro or Vila Real de San Antonio. Porta Nova  is approximately one third of a mile from the apartment, and Tavira Town is approximately one mile from the apartment.  The bus station is located approximately half a mile from the apartment with buses serving Faro and most major towns in the Algarve, and Seville.

Local taxis are readily available and are generally more reasonably priced than in the UK.

Faro Airport is roughly thirty five minutes away and provides services to most of continental Europe including a daily Ryanair service to Porto in northern Portugal giving the opportunity to spend a short break in this interesting and attractive Portuguese city.

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