Due to its peripheral location, the Algarve enjoys good transport connections, both internally with other Portuguese cities and externally with the rest of the world. The city of Faro has a privileged location, enhanced by the proximity to Faro International Airport, where various national and international airline regular flights connect Algarve to several main European cities. Faro International Airport is 4 km from Faro city centre.
The Algarve can easily be reached from anywhere in continental Europe. A superb network of motorways and dual carriageways allow one to reach Faro across attractive regions of southern Portugal. Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is about 2 hours and 30 minutes away by motorway (A2), and Andalusia, in Spain, less than an hour, via the A22.
Travelling by train is also an option, since Portugal is part of the European rail network and can easily be reached from most European capitals.
An alternative way to reach Faro is by bus. A train or a bus from Lisbon to Faro takes between 3 to 4 hours.
Last, but not least, you can reach the Algarve through the many ports and marinas spread all along the south coast of Portugal.
Useful links to get to Faro
By air: www.ana.p
By train: www.cp.pt
By road: National Access Roads: IC1, N2, N120, N122 | International Access Roads: N431 (Huelva, Spain) / A22
By sea: www.imarpor.pt
To go to the International and Mobility Office
Students are strongly advised to inform the International and Mobility Office of way of travel, date and time of arrival.
The best is to arrive in a working day and during working hours for assistance if needed. However, if impossible this Office and the Student Union will try to help.
University offices are open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00.
Students are advised to go to the International and Mobility Office as soon as possible, which is situated at the Gambelas Campus. The best way to reach this Office from Faro is by bus. Please take the bus no. 15 or 18 to Gambelas, which leaves every 30 minutes.
Gabinete de Relações Internacionais e Mobilidade
Universidade do Algarve | Campus de Gambelas, Bldg. 5 (Library Building)
8005-139 Faro – PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 289 800 003 | Fax: +351 289 800 025
To go to the University Accommodation
Upon arrival, you may report directly to the residence. If you arrive late in the evening or during weekend, you should notify the International and Mobility Office who will provide you with all the necessary information.
If you were accepted to stay at a University Residence Hall, you first need to go to the Student Support and Welfare Services (Serviços de Ação Social) in order to complete entry formalities and payment.
Serviços de Ação Social – SAS (Student Support and Welfare Services)
University of Algarve | Campus da Penha | 8005-139 Faro
Working hours: Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00.