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New trains

Algarve’s railway system is to welcome new, “more modern and comfortable” trains during the first half of the year.

The 11 new diesel-run trains will each have 164 seats, including 40 in first class carriages, and be air conditioned.

However, the new additions will mean a 5% increase in ticket prices for passengers.

Comboios de Portugal, CP, the entity that manages trains in Portugal, said: “The new trains provide superior conditions and, in actual fact, train fares in the Algarve are 5% cheaper than the rest of the country.”