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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 complicated.
For example, most buses in the Algarve do not have route / line numbers as they do in many countries.

A list of all the timetables on the site

Alphabetical list of all the places in the Algarve served by bus or train

All timetable pages carry the date on which I was last able to verify the times as being correct. I have used almost all the buses and trains myself.

THE MOST FREQUENTLY CONSULTED PAGES

Fast Buses Faro <> Albufeira <> Portimão <> Lagos
Buses along the coast between Faro, Almancil, Quarteira, Vilamoura, Albufeira, Lagoa, Portimão and Lagos
Buses along the coast between Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa, Albufeira, Vilamoura, Quarteira, Almancil and Faro
Buses between Faro, Olhão, Tavira, Monte Gordo, Vila Real de Santo António
Travel between the Algarve and Seville (Spain)
Buses between Lagos and Sagres

Diagram of Algarve bus routes
List of timetables

Notes on the bus systems
Alphabetical list of towns and villages with links to timetables
Public Holidays in Portugal 2016/7
Outdoor markets in the Algarve
Local buses around Albufeira Bus maps of Albufeira

Buses in other parts of Portugal

Long-distance buses (coaches) in Portugal
Trains in the Algarve and to/from Lisbon Football (soccer) in the Algarve
EMAIL ME Beer price conversion table - download and save this MS EXCEL file  then find out how much your beer here really costs!

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NEWS and updates - latest -  24th September 2016

FORTHCOMING PUBLIC HOLIDAY 5th OCTOBER

A reminder that Wednesday 5th October is a public holiday (Republic Day) and that trains and buses will be running to Sunday times.

UPDATES

I have checked the official websites. The changes I found affect mostly school buses around Loulé and are therefore of little import to visitors! All relevant pages have been updated. Winter timetables, where different, are now in force on all EVA and Frota Azul buses in the region until 30th June 2017. Winter timetables on the Albufeira local GIRO buses will commence on 1st October.

LAGOS <> SEVILLE SERVICE WITH ALSA

The ALSA website shows that there will again be three daily return trips between Lagos and Seville from 25th June to 30th September. From 1st October the service runs only twice a day. These coaches (and those of the EVA / DAMAS joint operation) are the the only way to travel direct from Lagos, Portimão, Albufeira and Faro to Seville and back. These also call at Faro Airport.  All times in full here.

Linha Litoral branding returns

The Albufeira - Lagos limited stop bus route is once again carrying the branding 'Linha Litoral´- an orange sign on the front window. I have updated various pages to show this.

Even bigger discounts for long distance train travel!

If you book more than 8 days in advance there are some really cheap fares available on certain trains, eg Porto to Lisbon for just €9,50 one way. These tickets are not refunded if you do not use them. Go to www.cp.pt for all you need to know.

Checked in person?

I have been asked what this signifies. It means I have been to the place concerned on that date, I will have been on one or more of those buses and checked the timetables as as shown at the bus station or bus stop. If those are not correct then here is no hope!

TOURIST TICKET FOR ALGARVE LINE REGIONAL TRAINS

tourist_ticket_posterAvailable from STAFFED stations only. (Lagos, Portimao, Tunes, Albufeira, Loulé, Faro, Olhao, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António)

NOT VALID ON ALFA PENDULAR OR INTERCITY TRAINS

Do the sums first. A return (round-trip) ticket from Faro to Lagos is only €15,00.

Click the poster to see it full size.

STEP FREE ACCESS TO RAILWAY STATIONS AND TRAINS

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.

OTHER DISCOUNTS ON TRAIN TICKETS

CP offers 25% off. 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% discount is available to all travellers on long distance Intercity and Alfa Pendular trains who make reservations on line five days or more in advance. Reservations open 30 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.

TOURIST PASSES FOR ALGARVE BUSES

These are available as three day versions at €29,10 and seven days for €36,25. 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, Rede-Expressos or RENEX long distance services, international services 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. There is no other discount on buses for persons over 60 / 65 except for residents.

BUS DELAYS - SOME RECENT EXAMPLES

Traffic congestion and unrealistic timetables mean that many buses cannot be relied upon to run to time, especially on the longer journeys.

For example, a 1725 Transrápido bus from Faro was 10 minutes late arriving in Albufeira. The 1625 Transrápido bus Faro - Lagos was observed 15 minutes late arriving at Portimão. One Wednesday the 1725 Transrápido bus from Faro was 23 minutes late arriving in Portimão. On Thursday 7th July the 1715 Transrápido bus from Lagos to Faro was 32 minutes late at Albufeira.

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.

OUT OF DATE TIMETABLES AT BUS STATIONS ETC

On my journeys I have noticed that out of date timetables are posted at several of the bus stations etc. If the bus companies cannot be bothered then we have problems! I have used the most up to date versions where I can find them - the people at Lagos and Portimão are pretty good, not so good elsewhere. There are no EVA timetables at all posted at Faro Bus Station!

THANK YOU

This site is being visited about 500 times a month. May I thank you for the positive comments and feedback I am receiving.



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 the way!

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 usually without advance warning. Neither the website nor the bus station posts are used for this type of information and changes do happen without my being aware.

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. In some cases eg Portimão and Lagos they have a website to which I can redirect. In other cases eg Albufeira the published information ranges from the poor to non-existent. You should make enquiries at the local bus station or tourist information office if required.

Please note that tickets are NOT interchangeable between these purely urban buses and the other buses.

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. Both have limited timetable information. They list buses to and from main destinations only, plus fares between major points. Not all the timetables are available for download and printing. There are often differences between the information on the websites and the timetables at the bus stations etc. I use the printed information.

I would be pleased to receive any timetables. If you can scan or photo them please email them to me. I can then include the data in these pages.

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RECOMMENDED BARS IN OLD TOWN ALBUFEIRA

ONE FOR THE ROAD

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Open weekdays from 4pm, weekends from noon.
Subject to alteration for major sports events.
All UK sports channels. Free wifi for customers
From Easter to end September - quizzes Tuesday and Saturday 10pm,
No smoking inside, outside seats available.
Rua das Telecommunicações near old town Map


The Cavern Pub

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English owned and run since 1991 Old town Albufeira, Rua do MFA, two minutes walk from the square.
Website
Open from 12 noon weekends, 6pm weekdays.

60's and 70's music plus all UK sport on TV. Free wifi for customers


TUNES BAR

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ENGLISH OWNED
Old town Albufeira near the Sol e Mar Hotel
Up the steps by the tunnel and turn right to Praça Miguel Bombarda

Good music, UK Sports on TV. Free wifi for customers

RE-OPENED SATURDAY 9 JULY UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
(Mike has retired - more info to follow.)
Tel : 289 589 977


RECOMMENDED BARS IN OTHER PARTS OF TOWN

These are NOT personal recommendations neither are these inserts paid for. Just ideas from regular visitors I meet.
Hours will vary according to season.

ARTE BAR, CERRO GRANDE

Website  Facebook
Between the old town and marina.

FAT CATS DINER, RUA DUNFERMLINE

Near Paraiso, Tropical Sol, Eirasol, Forte do Vale etc
CLOSED 1st November to mid December
Facebook page

VICTORIA BAR RUA SAMORA BARROS

Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village. Facebook

Restaurant Listing  - on another site!

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