Flying to your destination
We'd recommend flying into and out of Faro or Lisbon. Faro is served by budget (including Easyjet and Ryanair), charter (including Thomson Airlines and Monarch) and scheduled airlines (including British Airways and TAP - non-direct) from many UK airports. Lisbon is served by fewer airlines from fewer UK airports, but these included Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways and TAP.
Arrival and departure information
At the start of your trip you can fly into Lisbon or Faro airports.
By public transport from Lisbon airport:
There are public buses from Lisbon airport to Sete Rios bus station in Lisbon city centre every 40 minutes and hourly between 07.30 and 23.00 on Aerobus 2, Carris company. For further details please see: http://www.yellowbustours.com/en/cities/lisbon/airport-transport
From Lisbon Sete Rios bus station to Zambujeira:
In high season there are 4 buses a day (5 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) between 07.30 and 17.00, with Rede Expressos. Duration 4 hrs. For further details please see: www.rede-expressos.pt
In low season there is one daily direct bus at 17.00 (with an additional one at 10.30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). Alternatively there is a bus at 15.00 to Odemira (approx. 4 hours). From there a taxi to Zambujeira (20km) costs approx. 20 euros.
If you miss the 17.00 bus, at 17.30hrs there is a bus to San Teotonio (duration 3.15hrs). You will then have to take a taxi to Zambujeira (15min).
By public transport from Faro airport:
Take a taxi or bus from Faro airport to Faro bus station (Terminal Rodoviaria, EVA bus company). Alternatively if you have travelled by TAP there is a free shuttle bus.
From Faro bus station (Terminal Rodoviaria, EVA bus company) travel first to Portimao:
Departures Mon to Fri at 08.00 and 09.00 (except bank holidays) and daily at 12:30. Duration 1 hour and 45 min. For further details please see: http://www.eva-bus.com/.
From Portimao take the Rede Expressos bus to Sao Teotonio:
Departures daily at 15:00. Duration 1,5 hrs. For further infornmation please see: www.rede-expressos.pt
From Sao Teotonio, take a taxi to your accommodation in Zambujeira (15 min).
On departure from Vila do Bispo to Lisbon airport:
From Vila do Bispo travel with EVA bus company to the bus station in Lagos. (The bus stop in Vila do Bispo is opposite Caixa Agricola bank. You buy your ticket to Lagos on the bus). Duration is 30 to 45 minutes. There is at least one bus every 1.5 hours. The first bus departs at 06:15 Monday - Saturday (07:15 Sundays and holidays). Check departure times at the cafe opposite the bus stop or at http://www.eva-bus.com/. (Alternatively take a taxi from Vila do Bispo to Lagos).
Travelling with Eva bus company from Lagos to the bus station in Lisbon, there are approx. 5 regular departures a day (the first at 05:45, last at 18:15 hrs). Duration is just under 4 hours. See http://www.eva-bus.com/ for complete timetables. From Lisbon bus station you take a shuttle bus or taxi to the airport.
On departure from Vila do Bispo to Faro airport:
Travel to Lagos as above.
From Lagos to Faro by bus or a train:
1. Lagos-Faro by bus with EVA (Terminal Rodoviaria). Duration 2 hours. Departures from 06:50 to 17:15 hrs, with services approximately every 2 hours.
2. Lagos-Faro by train. To get to the train station, from the Rodoviaria bus terminal cross the footbridge and walk right alongside the harbor building. There are trains every 2 hrs approx, from 06:15 to 19:15 hrs. Duration 2 hours. From Faro, you take a bus or taxi to the airport.
From Faro (bus station) to Faro Airport:
1. Airport shuttle: the bus stops opposite the Rodoviaria Terminal (take the 'Urbana' bus, direction 'Praia de Faro'). Duration approx 20min. Several departures daily during the week. Timetable is more irregular at the weekends. Ask the driver for assistance.
2. A taxi from Faro to the airport costs about 10 euros. There are taxi ranks in front of the bus station and by the park ('Jardim Manuel Bivar' near the History Museum).
From Faro (train station) to Faro Airport:
There are buses every 45min (approx) from 07.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs, with fewer services on Saturdays and Sundays.
Further information on bus services with Rede Expressos at
http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx (click on the English flag).
Further information on bus services with EVA bus at
Further information on train services in Portugal at www.cp.pt