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Lisbon to Lagos by Bus
Lagos is a fantastic beach resort situated on the western edge of the Algarve that offers a stunning coastline, a historic centre and a lively nightlife. Lisbon is the vibrant capital of Portugal and the location of the country’s main international airport. Lisbon and Lagos are connected by means of a reliable and inexpensive bus network that provides direct and safe bus services. This guide will detail how to travel from Lisbon to Lagos by bus including ticket prices and an overview of the bus stations.
Lagos to Lisbon Overview
Lagos is situated 300km south of Lisbon, and the fastest route follows the A2 toll expressway that travels through the centre of Portugal. By car, the journey takes two and half hours, but be warned that driving in Lisbon is notoriously difficult, with erratic drivers, limited parking and horrendous traffic.
For visitors who are reliant on public transport, there are both train and bus services between Lisbon and Lagos. The express bus services are faster and offer more daily departures. The Lagos to Lisbon train route is more relaxing, but a connection at Tunes is required, making the total journey significantly longer. The train route requires a regional train journey from Lagos to Tunes and then an intercity service from Tunes (or Faro) to Lisbon. This intercity service must be pre-booked; for a full guide about travelling from the Algarve to Lisbon by train, please click here.
Lisbon Lagos Bus Services
There are three coach operators who provide regular Lisbon to Lagos bus services: Rede Expresso is Portugal’s main intercity coach company, Renex operates limited specific routes, and Eva is the regional bus operator of the Algarve. Eva and Rede Expresso are part of the same organisation and therefore operate from the same bus stations and have the same fares.
All three companies offer very similar services, follow the same routes and have comparable prices. The average journey time between Lisbon and Lagos is just over 4 hours, but always check that the service is direct and also an express service. An adult return ticket between Lagos and Lisbon costs €36.00, while an adult single costs €19.50.
Lagos bus station on the Avenida dos Descobrimentos
Tickets during the high season should be pre-booked from the relevant bus station or from the internet - Eva and Rede Expresso buses tickets can be booked up to 30 days in advance at www.rede-expressos.pt. All services get very busy on Sundays, as the Portuguese head back home after weekend breaks in the Algarve.
Lisbon Lagos Bus Stations
Eva and Rede Expresso buses depart Lisbon from the Sete Rios bus station. Sete Rios is the main bus station in Lisbon and is located on the blue metro line and connected to the Jardim Zoológico metro station. Renex coaches leave from the Gare do Oriente bus station, which is part of the Expo Park development, to the east of Lisbon. This area is connected to the red metro line by the Expo metro station.
Gare do Oriente is the more modern, cleaner and safer bus station. The bus station in Lagos is about 1.5km to the north of the city, on the Largo Rossio de Sao Joao road, and the ticket office is open every day from 7:30 to 20:30h. Tickets for the Renex coach service are purchased from the market close to the bus station.