Portugal’s railway company is launching a new train service between Lisbon Oriente and Faro to cater for a rise in seasonal tourism.
There are no spare intercity trains so old rolling stock is being used which will take four hours to complete the journey.
The service will run from Friday, June 7, until September 1.
The old rolling stock was used on the Beira Baixa line between 2011 and 2018 and, due to the slow journey, ticket prices will be cheaper than the Lisbon Entrecampos to Faro service.
“In view of the high summer demand for the Algarve, Comboios de Portugal (CP) will strengthen its weekend offer on the Lisbon – Faro – Lisbon route, creating two special trains – starting on Friday in Lisbon, towards Faro and returning on Sunday.
These trains will run at the end of the day, after the last connection of the regular service between the two cities,” said official source at CP.