Ria Formosa circuit

The sea on one side and the estuary on the other. A true natural paradise in the Algarve to discover by train.

The Ria Formosa circuit is temporarily suspended. As soon as possible we will publish new information.

Adventure along trails that are as stunning as they are filled with history. Smell the sea breeze and enjoy the sand dunes, marshes, salt pans and streams. 

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CP Services: Alfa Pendular | Intercidades | Regional and InterRegional

ECOTOURISM - Culture and Nature in Ria Formosa

This programme is available with departures from Lisbon and Pinhal Novo (Alfa Pendular/Intercidades trains) or Lagos and Vila Real de Santo António Regional trains).

  • Welcome reception at Faro station with a Formosamar guide and beginning of the tour; 
  • Walking tour of the Old Town, Arabic Door of the XI century, the Roman Forum, the Episcopal Palace/Seminary, tunnels of the XI century or visit the ancient Porta Secreta do Templo dos Árabes and the Arco do Repouso, which lasts about 2 hours;
  • Lunch break (not included in the programme); 
  • Traditional boat trip through the Ria Formosa channels, lasting two hours;
  • Return to Faro station.

Includes: journeys, personal accident insurances, technical equipment, guides and the described activities.

Alfa Pendular/Intercidades

From Adult Children (4-12 years old inclusive)
Note: prices in euros including VAT
Lisbon Oriente 59,50 39,50
Pinhal Novo 57,00 37,50

The programme from Lisbon/Pinhal Novo does not run in July and August.

Regional train

From Adult Children (4-12 years old inclusive)
Note: prices in euros including VAT
Lagos 45.30 24.70
Portimão 43.00 23.50
Albufeira 38.00 21.00
Tavira 37.70 20.80
Vila Real de Santo António 41.50 22.70


  • Programme subject to a minimum number of participants.
  • Seat booking mandatory.
  • These tickets cannot be refunded or altered.

Runs all year round, except December 24 and 31, and in July and August for the programmes beginning from Lisbon and Pinhal Novo.

Departures from Lisbon/Pinhal Novo (Alfa Pendular/Intercidades)

  • OUTWARD:  Lisbon/Oriente  08:23 >  Pinhal Novo  09:06  >  Faro  11:23
  • RETURN:  Faro  18:15 >  Pinhal Novo  21:05  >  Lisbon Oriente  21:56 

Departures from Lagos (Regional train)

  • OUTWARD:  Lagos  07:52 >  Faro  09:34
  • RETURN:  Faro  17:41 >  Lagos  19:25

Departures from Vila Real de Santo António (Regional train)

  • OUTWARD:  Vila Real de Santo António  08:40 >  Faro  09:46
  • RETURN:  Faro  17:53 >  Vila Real de Santo António  19:00

 You can board at intermediate stations.

  • GruposLC-RG@cp.pt.
  • Telephone (working days from 09:30 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 17:30) - 919 273 772

Tickets can be bought up to 60 days in advance. 

Special conditions at Lisbon Oriente Station cark park if you show your ticket.