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Roll-ups Tuesday and Friday mornings, meet at 0945 for 1000 start. Woods and shoes can be hired. Visitors pay €10 per person.

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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 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.

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 2020
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

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News and updates - latest - Monday 30th March

STATE OF EMERGENCY - TRANSPORT RESTRICTIONS

TRAINS

Portugal Railways has announced that they are limiting ticket sales on Alfa Pendular (AP) and Intercidades (IC) trains to ONE THIRD of the normal capacity. This will further limit travel options. In addition, all on board catering service is suspended

Remember that reservation is COMPULSORY on these trains. Most long distance service is suspended anyway.

They also announced reductions in other train service across the country. I have noted these changes as they affect the Algarve on the trains page here. Changes are being made at very short notice! Those travelling in the Algarve and especially elsewhere in Portugal should check FOR THE EXACT DATE OF TRAVEL at the official website www.cp.pt

LOCAL BUSES

Until further notice, almost all regional buses in the Algarve operated by EVA and Frota Azul will basically run to SUNDAY times every day until further notice.  In particular, the fast Transrápido buses between Faro, Albufeira, Portimão and Lagos also the 'Get On' direct service between those places and the airport will not run at all. Several routes will operate with even less than the normal Sunday service. Last buses may be earlier than usual. A few routes that do not have Sunday buses are being provided with a skeleton service on weekdays only.

I have updated all the pages as best I can, but you are advised to check locally. Changes are being made at short notice.

No reductions in service are yet apparent for the 'urban' buses in places like Albufeira and Portimão. Both those town services are currently free of charge - no fares are being taken. I shall be checking frequently, updating as and when information is available.

Normal on board ticket sales on EVA and Frota Azul regional buses will be resumed as from Tuesday 31st March.

Bus station ticket offices are keeping reduced hours. Some, including Albufeira, are closing at lunchtime or shortly thereafter. Full list on the EVA website here.

LONG DISTANCE BUSES / COACHES

REDE EXPRESSOS (coach / long distance bus) has published a list of CANCELLED SERVICES HERE but they have not yet announced any limit of ticket sales for those that are still running, other than not selling the front four rows of seats.

TAXIS INCLUDING UBER

Taxis are being advised to limit themselves to TWO passengers per vehicle.

INTERNATIONAL

ALL coach / long distance bus operations across the border with Spain will not operate until further notice. All international trains are likewise suspended.

 FURTHER DISCOUNTS TO 'SEASON TICKETS' ON REGIONAL BUSES

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 only €14,80.

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 find.

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.

BUS DELAYS

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

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 offices.


DISABLED OR FIND IT HARD TO GET AROUND? DEFICIENTE? BEHINDERTE? HANDICAPÉ?

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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 etc.

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 buses.


As much as possible has been checked on the ground eg by using the buses concerned and/or obtaining the printed timetables.

Official websites

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.

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RECOMMENDED BARS IN OLD TOWN ALBUFEIRA

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.

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 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
Open 11am until late, every day

Tel : 289 153 178 email :tunesbar2016@gmail.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 GRANDE
Open daily all year. Seating on large terrace. Quizzes and barbecues in summer.
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Between the old town and marina. Close to 'Windmill Hill'

FAT CATS DINER, RUA DUNFERMLINE

Near Paraiso, Tropical Sol, Eirasol, Forte do Vale etc

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VICTORIA BAR RUA SAMORA BARROS

Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village.

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