All drivers originally from the UK.
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Pricematch Guaranteed, book your
return transfer and get a free gift!
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Airport, golf and local transfers
Bring your team to
the Algarve!! Click to visit our website
Alternatives to satellite dishes also supplied and
BESPOKE GOLF HOLIDAYS -
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Family friendly holidays and baby equipment to hire
click the logo to visit their site
Useful website for visitor information on safety and
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Bike rentals, tours, sales and service. Click to see their
Located on the N125 near Algarve Shopping, Guia.
VISITING THE ALGARVE? WANT TO PLAY LAWN BOWLS?
Under current laws, we are
unable to offer any equipment for hire. So, sorry, but
unless you have a set of bowls in your luggage you
There are currently no regular roll-ups. All rinks
must be booked in advance. THE BALAIA BOWLS
CLUB NEAR ALBUFEIRA WELCOMES YOU
Roll-ups Tuesday and Friday mornings, meet at 0945 for
1000 start. Woods and shoes can be hired. Visitors pay €10
We are also happy to welcome touring sides and can provide
our own team as your competition. Four rinks on natural
grass. Bar adjacent! Open (almost) all year around. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE CLUB
WEBSITE HOLIDAY RENTAL
MODERN TWO BEDROOM
APARTMENT FOR HOLIDAY RENT LONG OR SHORT STAYS IN THE
VERY CENTRE OF ALBUFEIRA OLD TOWN
No pool, no parking, but 2 minutes walk from the beach
area, 1 minute walk from the old town's main square.
The apartment is NOT suitable for those who cannot manage
46 stairs up from the street! No lift / elevator.
Long lets available in winter. Price around €250 a week,
negotiable, minimum 'long' let is three weeks. Unlimited
wifi, fully equipped kitchen. Large balcony. I know
The Algarve region of Portugal - information on bus
and train services
This is an unofficial website compiled by a
resident of the Algarve. It has come about as a result
of many enquiries in various forums. No responsibility
can be accepted for any problems caused by errors or
omissions. This site is not connected with, nor endorsed
by, any official operator or organisation. I welcome any
feedback, comments and
suggestions. In all cases I strongly recommend that you
check times locally at the bus terminal etc as timetable
changes are usually made without prior warning!
Timetables are NOT posted at most bus stops. They still
wonder why few people use the buses here.
Contents - summary
YOU ARE STRONGLY
ADVISED TO READ THE GUIDANCE NOTES first as,
at first sight, the operations here can seem a bit
For example, most buses in the Algarve do not have
route / line numbers as they do in many countries.
I HAVE NOT SPOTTED
ANY RECENT CHANGES TO LOCAL BUS TIMES IMPORTANT
- WEARING A MASK IS COMPULSORY BY LAW ON ALL
FORMS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT WITH BIG FINES IF YOU
DO NOT. THIS INCLUDES TAXIS AND FERRIES.
BUS / COACH SERVICES WITH SPAIN HAVE RESUMED
A very limited
service of just two daytime journeys each way now
operates on the Lagos Albufeira - Faro - Seville
route. On some nights there is an an additional
journey but this costs more than twice the fare of
the daytime option! The overnight Lisbon - Seville
service is also running every night. This stops in
Albufeira and Faro around 0200hrs in each
LOCAL AND REGIONAL BUSES - SITUATION AS OF 6th
Regional (inter urban) buses
Service is reduced on almost all routes, with some
having less than half of the 'normal' service
operating. Some rural routes remain suspended. Many
villages have had no bus service since the end of
March when schools closed.
The Transrápido fast bus service between Faro
and Lagos via Albufeira and Portimão is now four
journeys each way but on weekdays only. The 'Get On'
airport bus to Albufeira, Portimão and Lagos remains
suspended. Trains are the most useful way of travel
between Faro, Portimão and Lagos, also along the
eastern part of the coast towards Tavira etc.
Local buses in the major
Normal timetables are operating for the 'urban'
buses in Albufeira, Lagos, Quarteira / Vilamoura,
Portimão / Alvor and Tavira. Some good news is
that the local minibus services around Loulé,
Vilamoura and Quarteira are now free to use, for
The Proximo local bus service around Faro
(including the airport bus route 16 into town) has a
slightly reduced timetable.
Buses here do not
take contactless debit or credit cards for
fares paid on board. Perhaps this situation will push
them towards it.
Bus station ticket offices are keeping reduced hours.
Full list on the EVA website here. Encerra =
closed.Tickets for long distance trips, eg to Lisbon
can be purchased on line, but not local tickets.
EVA and Frota Azul stops in the region are now
marked on Google Maps! Major breakthrough!
Click on a bus stop symbol and you will see the NORMAL
times of the buses and their destination. The route
numbers on the departure board are however fictitious.
They are not shown on the front of the bus. Some stops
do not show up on the map unless you zoom right in.
Most of the trains
between the Algarve and Lisbon are now running. The
only exceptions are the morning Alfa Pendular train
down from Lisbon and its return trip in the
afternoon. These do not run EXCEPT on Saturdays in
Ticket sales on Alfa Pendular (AP) and Intercidades
(IC) trains are limited to two-thirds of the normal
capacity. In addition, all on board catering service
is suspended. Remember that reservation is COMPULSORY
on these trains.
Those travelling elsewhere in Portugal should check
FOR THE EXACT DATE OF TRAVEL at the official website www.cp.pt
On the Algarve
regional line, the normal timetable is in operation.
Bikes can once again be taken on board trains.
GOOD NEWS - tickets for REGIONAL trains can now
be bought from the CP website or using their 'app'.
You must either print your ticket or keep it on your
mobile device. There is no 'collection' option, if
only because most stations have no ticket office and
there are no ticket machines.
LONG DISTANCE BUSES / COACHES
REDE EXPRESSOS (coach / long distance bus) is now
operating about 75% of normal scheduled service on
main routes.They are currently selling tickets only up
to 2 weeks in advance. Any journey must be carefully
checked at www.rede-expressos.pt
TAXIS INCLUDING UBER
Taxis and Uber (normal 4
seater size) are limited to TWO passengers per
vehicle. Most taxis here do NOT accept card payments.
FURTHER DISCOUNTS TO 'SEASON TICKETS' ON
A promotional drive has further reduced the cost of
monthly passes to 50% of the base fare and with a
maximum price per month of €40 ie equivalent to €2
each working day. Might be useful to long term
visitors staying outside towns or in places not served
by the purely urban networks. Details at http://eva-bus.com/pdf/tarifas_inter_2020.pdf
Are official bus timetables up to date?
People have asked whether the timetables on the
official sites are up to date. So far as I am aware
they are. It is just that despite a huge increase in
population and general demographics, some timetables
have not changed for 15 or even 20 years!
NEW WEBSITE FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT IN THE ALGARVE
- USEFUL MAP OF BUS ROUTES AND STOPS
A new website has been created with the aim of
promoting sustainable transport in the Algarve. Among
the early features is a map, overlaid onto Google
Maps, which shows every inter-urban bus route and all
stopping places. A commendable start and at first
glance you may think it's a comprehensive network, but
remember that many routes run only once or twice a
day. The site offers no timetable information that I
can find. The map will be a useful cross reference to
other information. It can be found at https://algarve.city-platform.com/app/?a=carreiras
- link will open in a new window. The main website
itself is www.vamus.pt and is available in
Portuguese and English.
TOURIST PASS FOR ALGARVE
LINE REGIONAL TRAINS
Available from STAFFED stations only. (Lagos,
Portimao, Tunes, Albufeira, Loulé, Faro, Olhao, Tavira
and Vila Real de Santo António) and are NOT VALID ON
ALFA PENDULAR OR INTERCITY TRAINS. Do the sums first.
A return (round-trip) ticket from Faro to Lagos is
Two days for €20,90 and three days for €31,90.
Reduced fares for children. Days must be consecutive.
The seven day pass is not being advertised, that I can
Discounts for long distance train travel!
If you book more than
8 days in advance there are some really cheap fares
available on trains, eg between the Algarve stations
and Lisbon. These fares can be cheaper than coaches
(buses). These tickets are not refunded if you do
not use them. Go to www.cp.pt
for all you need to know.
OTHER DISCOUNTS ON TRAIN TICKETS
If you are aged 25 or under, CP is offering a 25%
discount on all Alfa Pendular, Intercidades,
InterRegional and Regional train tickets. You can
use this discount in any class, any day of the week.
Just show official ID with proof of your age such as
a Citizen card, ID card, driving licence or
passport. You can buy your tickets from
long-distance ticket offices, netTICKET travel
agents. These tickets can be reissued or refunded.
Young people aged 26 or over can still enjoy the
Cartão Jovem discount for individual journeys.
In addition, a 40% or higher discount is available
to all travellers on long distance Intercity and
Alfa Pendular trains who make reservations on line
eight days or more in advance. Reservations open 60
days before travel. On some trains the number of
these discounted tickets is limited. These tickets
can be exchanged for a different train, but are not
refunded if you don't make the trip. You can buy
your print at home tickets at www.cp.pt and in English. DO
NOT buy tickets from RailEurope or any other site as
they cannot offer the discount and cannot provide
you with the mandatory seat reservations. These you
would have to obtain locally and pay an additional
fee for them. Anyone over 65 can travel half fare on
local trains so long they have ID eg passport.
STEP FREE ACCESS TO TRAINS - NOT POSSIBLE
I must emphasise that there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS at
any Algarve station to any train while it is in the
platform. All trains in use have steps up into the
carriage. Some platforms are very low, making it
difficult for some. I have added an item to the
'disabled page' with detail
of the various stations.
TOURIST PASSES FOR ALGARVE BUSES
These are available as three day versions at €30,50
and seven days for €38,20. Days must be consecutive.
They can be bought at any bus station ticket office,
also the Albufeira old town Bus Shop and the EVA
ticket office in Largo do Dique, Portimão. They are
valid on ALL buses operated by EVA or Frota Azul
listed in timetables on this site. They are NOT
VALID on EVA Mundial Turismo (MT), Rede-Expressos or
other long distance services, international
services, the so called 'airport shuttle' between
the airport, Albufeira, Portimão and Lagos, nor on
the local urban buses in Lagos, Portimão, Albufeira,
Loulé, Vilamoura, Quarteira, Faro and Tavira. The
local buses in those towns have their own day
passes, multi-ride tickets and season tickets for
frequent or regular users.
Traffic congestion and
unrealistic timetables mean that many buses cannot
be relied upon to run to time, especially on the
The 1800 bus from Lagos to Albufeira is ALWAYS at
least 10 minutes late by the time it gets to
Albufeira, 20 minutes delay in summer is not
unusual. I regularly experience similar delays
returning from Lagos or Portimão to Albufeira in the
late afternoon and early evening.
On the longer routes eg Lagos - Faro and Albufeira -
Lagos, delays of 10 - 15 minutes towards the end of
the journey are commonplace, on any day of the week.
Delays are even more likely in summer.
TIMETABLES AT BUS STATIONS ETC
Timetables are posted at
most bus stations (except Faro or Loulé) but not at
most bus stops. Copies of the official timetables can
be downloaded from the various websites but finding
which one(s) you need can be a problem, for example
between Albufeira and Portimão there are four
different bus routes each with its own timetable.
Copies can be obtained from bus station ticket
DISABLED OR FIND IT HARD TO GET AROUND?
DEFICIENTE? BEHINDERTE? HANDICAPÉ?
Please click here
for some observations on this issue. You will
have problems using the buses and trains
in the Algarve. I am able-bodied by
Why the site exists
I have built this site of local bus,
train and ferry information here in the
Algarve in response to many queries raised
through various forums.
The main idea is to allow visitors and
potential visitors to plan ahead by
getting an understanding of the local
public transport operations and the places
they serve and don’t! I recommend that
wherever possible you check times locally.
Updates are continuous. Whenever I go
somewhere, I check the information. Each
timetable bears the date on which I was
last able to verify it as being
correct.Schedule changes are not very
frequent, but do happen and often with
little or no advance warning.
Changes are rarely highlighted on websites
I live in the Algarve and use these buses
and trains as I do not drive. Not all
routes and services are included. I have
left out those unlikely to be of use to
visitors, for example some short
schooldays only runs.
I have not included full details of some
of the local 'city' bus type operations.
They have websites to which I can
redirect. You can make enquiries at the
local bus station or tourist information
offices if required. Please note that
tickets are NOT interchangeable between
these purely urban buses and the other
As much as possible has been checked on
the ground eg by using the buses concerned
and/or obtaining the printed timetables.
The official website of the major
local operator, EVA, can be found at www.eva-bus.com ;
the other, smaller, company Frota Azul
also has a website. They have
'search' functions enabling you to find
which buses run between two places, but do
not list buses to and from all
destinations nor all the fares. The
official timetables are available for
download and printing. As neither site has
a map of routes, it can be difficult to
discover which route serves which place.
There are often differences between the
information on the websites and the
timetables at the bus stations etc. I use
the printed information.
The urban operators around the
larger towns also have websites, with
varying degrees of information, That for
Albufeira is the worst. No timetables are
published! Each site is mentioned on
relevant pages, with links to them.
I would be pleased to receive any
timetables not included here. If you can
scan or photo them please email
them to me. I can then include the
data in these pages.
ALGARVE HOLIDAY FUN
INFORMATION, ADVICE AND DISCOUNTED
BOOKINGS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY FUN - CLICK THE LOGO TO VISIT
CLICK THE PICTURE FOR
TRACY BURTON'S GUIDE TO THE VIA ALGARVIANA
IN OLD TOWN ALBUFEIRA
some are not permitted to be open during the 'crisis'.
Those that are must close by 11pm.
The Cavern Pub
- closed until further notice
English owned and run since 1991 Old town Albufeira, Rua
do MFA, two minutes walk from the square.
Open from 12 noon weekends and some UK Bank Holidays (for
the sports) , open from 6pm weekdays.
60's and 70's music plus all UK sport on TV. Free wifi for
TUNES BAR - OPEN
Old town Albufeira near the Sol e Mar Hotel
Up the steps by the tunnel and turn right to Praça Miguel
Good music, UK Sports on TV. Free wifi for customers
Open 11am until late, every day
Tel : 289 153 178 email :email@example.com
RECOMMENDED BARS IN OTHER PARTS OF TOWN
These inserts are not paid for. Just places I sometimes go
to plus ideas from regular visitors. Hours may vary
according to season.
ARTE BAR, CERRO GRANDE - CLOSED
Open daily all year. Seating on large terrace. Quizzes and
barbecues in summer. Facebook page
Between the old town and marina. Close to 'Windmill Hill'
FAT CATS DINER, RUA DUNFERMLINE
Near Paraiso, Tropical Sol, Eirasol, Forte do Vale etc Facebook page
VICTORIA BAR RUA SAMORA BARROS - CLOSED
Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village.
THE WANDER INN, AREIAS DE SÃO JOÃO
In Rua Alexandre Herculano. British owned. Closed
THE YORKSHIRE TAVERN
Facebook Page. Near the traffic
lights at the 'strip'. Closed Saturdays.