How to get around in the Algarve

If you’re new to a holiday destination, then it’s easy to be unsure of how to get around. If you don’t want to hire a car when you travel to the Algarve, then not to worry, there are lots of options that would suit you. 


The Algarve is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations for a European vacation. If you’re new to the Algarve, then it’s wise to familiarise yourself with the area you are staying in and also the possible transportation options. 


It’s completely possible to get around the Algarve without renting a car and often, this can lead you to new and interesting parts of the town that you may not have seen before. If you’re new to the Algarve, then here are some of the most popular ways to get around.



A walking holiday on the Algarve is a truly awe-inspiring experience, as there are so many naturally stunning areas to discover. For example, there are lots of stunning coastal walks where you can discover stunning natural rock formations, such as Praia da Rocha, Praia da Marinha. Not to mention, this is also a really eco-friendly choice.


The rocks coast of Lagos is home to some of Europe’s most magnificent views along the coastline. In addition to this, whether you’re staying in Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo or Quinta do Lago, you will be greeted with entirely different and charming areas, from a beautiful marina, to quaint and colourful little towns.




Portuguese trains are operated by CP and timetables and prices are available online. As a standard, you can also buy your train tickets directly from the station and during the summer months, it’s common for special discounts to be available for tourists.


Albufeira, for example, has a tourist train that travels to several sites around the town, with a hop-on-hop off basis. 


There are local bus services across the Algarve that will take you to popular destinations, such as the beach. If you’re going to use the bus frequently, then it may be worth investing in a Tourist Pass, that’s falis for either 3 days (30.10 euros) or 7 days (37.5 euros), which is really great value, especially if you plan on doing a lot of sight-seeing during your time. 




Portuguese taxis are really easy to spot as they are either green, black or beige in colour. In the city centres, you will find lots of taxi ranks and are a really fast, easy and convenient way to get around, especially if you’re staying in more urbanized areas. 


If you have Uber, you will also be able to use your application in the Algarve, which is especially great if you’re staying in a villa. A driver will be able to pick you up straight from the door and take you where you need to go.


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