All drivers originally from the UK.
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Pricematch Guaranteed, book your
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Airport, golf and local transfers
Bring your team to
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Alternatives to satellite dishes also supplied and
BESPOKE GOLF HOLIDAYS
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Family friendly holidays and baby equipment to hire
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Useful website for visitor information on safety and
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VISITING THE ALGARVE? WANT TO PLAY LAWN BOWLS?
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
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
Bookable at Booking.com - click here.
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.
list of all the timetables on the site
Alphabetical list of all places in
the Algarve served by train or bus
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.
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
between Lagos and Sagres
Diagram of Algarve
| List of timetables
Notes on the bus
|Alphabetical list of
towns and villages with links to timetables
|Public Holidays in
|Outdoor markets in the
buses around Albufeira
maps of Albufeira
in other parts of Portugal
|Long-distance buses (coaches) in
in the Algarve and to/from Lisbon
Football (soccer) in the
conversion table - download and save this
file then find out how much your
beer here really costs!
News and updates - latest
- Thursday 20th February
SITE UPDATED - CHANGES TO SOME BUS TIMES AROUND ALBUFEIRA, PORTIMÃO, LOULÉ AND TAVIRA FROM 17th FEBRUARY
With almost no advance warning, as usual, a number of changes have been made to some bus times around these towns. I have been able to update the timetables, I hope correctly. Some changes were fairly complicated. Lowlights - a further reduction in the local bus service between Portimão and Lagos, earlier last buses between Faro and Albufeira via Quarteira in both directions (and still the two hour gaps between buses at times over the weekend!), reductions in some village buses to the north of Loulé and Vila Real de Santo António, some early morning weekend buses between Loulé and Quarteira discontinued and earlier last buses on that route every day except in summer. The only plus point I found was that the summer bus service between Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo António along the coast road will run every 45 minutes this summer from start to finish of service. All other pages checked. Only some minor changes were required elsewhere.
CARNAVAL (SHROVE TUESDAY) HOLIDAY TUESDAY 25th FEBRUARY
A reminder that local trains and most local buses in the Algarve will run to SUNDAY times, even though this is not an official holiday. Please check if you have an important journey to make.
EVA RETAINS ALGARVE REGIONAL BUS CONTRACT
The Association of Algarve Municipal Authorities (AMAL) has announced the award of a five year contract to existing operator EVA for the continued operation of the region's inter-urban bus services. There is little detail of any improvements yet available, other than that provision is to be made for the transport of bicycles on the three main coastal routes and on the 'Aerobus' service between Lagos and the airport. How that will be managed on a day to day basis should be interesting! Let's hope that AMAL have asked for more frequent and more regular services at least between the major towns, especially at weekends. Intervals of 2 - 3 hours between buses are simply not acceptable if they wish to attract more users.
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!
ELECTRIFICATION WORK ON
THE ALGARVE RAILWAY LINE - LACK OF PROGRESS REPORT
Work to electrify the two remaining stretches (Tunes - Lagos and Faro - Vila Real de Santo António) was supposed to begin this year, with conclusion in the fourth quarter
of 2020. The first phase is the construction of new or
enlarged electrical sub stations to provide the
necessary power. Bidding for the major overhead line
works and signalling contracts took place late in
2018, with most work planned to take place in 2019 and 2020. However, here we are in the fourth quarter of 2019 with no visible sign of any work taking place.
The latest word is that the Environmental Impact Study for the eastern section was started in July and is due for completion in February 2020. It's possible therefore that some work may begin in the Spring of next year. The Environmental Impact Study for the western section (Tunes to Lagos) was supposed to be starting in November 2019, completion due May 2020.
Meanwhile the old trains will continue to run, which technically will be illegal from 1st January. The equipment and stations do not comply with EU laws related to Persons of Restricted Mobility which come into force that day.
LAGOS BUS STATION
TICKET OFFICE HOURS
A notice at the ticket office states
opening hours as 0600 to 2030hrs daily. This differs
from the information on the EVA bus company website.
Travellers intending to get a very early long
distance service from Lagos and who do not book on
line are advised to check this before turning up and
perhaps finding it closed! Also, do allow 10 - 15 minutes to buy your bus ticket if doing so at the bus station. There is only one member of staff. Tickets for local buses cannot be purchased via any website.
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
' with detail
of the various stations.
TOURIST PASSES FOR ALGARVE BUSES
These are available as three day versions at €30,40
and seven days for €38,00. 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.
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
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
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 THE SITE
CLICK THE PICTURE FOR TRACY BURTON'S GUIDE TO THE VIA ALGARVIANA
IN OLD TOWN ALBUFEIRA
The Cavern Pub
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
60's and 70's music plus all UK sport on TV. Free wifi
Old town Albufeira near the Sol e Mar Hotel
Up the steps by the tunnel and turn right to Praça
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 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
Open daily all year. Seating on large terrace. Quizzes and barbecues in summer.
Between the old town and marina. Close to 'Windmill Hill'
FAT CATS DINER,
Near Paraiso, Tropical Sol, Eirasol, Forte do Vale etc
RUA SAMORA BARROS
Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village. Facebook
ALGARVE SENIOR LIVING
Buy your dream retirement home abroad
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