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return transfer and get a free gift!
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Bring your team to
the Algarve!! Click to visit our website
Alternatives to satellite dishes also supplied and
We specialise in personalised giftware and novelty items.
Golf Club Hire and Souvenir Shop
Golf Club Hire €25 one
player, €20 per person two or more.
Also hats, gloves, shoes
We provide the golf course and
transport, you just play.
Phone Joe 00351
Keith on 0044(0)7761 227146
Shop is in Praça Miguel
Bombarda (old town) opposite the São Sebastião
church museum and Tunes Bar.
Family friendly holidays and baby equipment to hire
click the logo to visit their site
Useful website for visitor information on safety and security.
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VISITING THE ALGARVE? WANT TO PLAY BOWLS?
THE BALAIA BOWLS CLUB NEAR ALBUFEIRA WELCOMES YOU
Roll-ups Tuesdays and Fridays at 1000am. Woods can be hired.
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.
For more information visit the website at www.albufeirabowls.com
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
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
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
between Faro, Olhão, Tavira, Monte Gordo, Vila Real de Santo António
|Travel between the Algarve and
|Buses between Lagos and Sagres
Diagram of Algarve
| List of timetables
Notes on the bus systems
|Alphabetical list of towns and villages with links to timetables
|Public Holidays in Portugal 2017
|Outdoor markets in the
|Local buses around Albufeira
||Bus maps of
in other parts of Portugal
(coaches) in Portugal
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
- 20th February 2017
CARNAVAL 'HOLIDAY' TUESDAY 28th FEBRUARY - TRAINS WILL RUN TO SUNDAY TIMES
Although not an official holiday, on carnival Tuesday (Mardi-Gras), 28 February, the Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, InterRegional, Regional, Lisbon, Oporto and Coimbra urban trains will run according to the public holiday schedule.
According to the official websites, local buses are operating normal weekday timetables except that 'schooldays only' buses do not run. Those 'schooldays' buses will also not be running on Monday 27th February and Wednesday 1st March.
NEW PAGE ADDED - ROTA DAS FALÉSIAS (CLIFFS ROUTE) TOURIST BUS LAGOS - CARVOEIRO - FERRAGUDO
This 'hop on hop off' minibus links Lagoa, the Carvoeiro area and Ferragudo during the daytimes. Details are limited at this time, but what I have discovered is here. More information will be added as and when available. It is operated by the same company that runs the Albufeira tourist 'train'.
REPAIR AND REHABILITATION OF ALGARVE LINE RAILWAY STATIONS - FUTURE ELECTRIFICATION
Users will be pleased to know that work has taken place to remove graffiti at several locations and is continuing. An item translated from Portuguese can be read here. How long the stations will remain clean is another matter!
It is unfortunate that graffiti and minor vandalism is endemic here. With most stations unstaffed and only one secure location for trains to be kept overnight, much of the system is thus completely open to the depredations of the local youth.
The project for the electrification of the two sections Tunes - Lagos and Faro - Vila Real de Santo António, has been confirmed by government with a total of 33.6 million Euros to be invested. Preliminary work will begin later this year but will not be completed until mid-2020 at the earliest! This could create a problem for CP as by 1st January 2020 EU law requires that all trains must be fully accessible to wheelchair users etc. Those who know the current trains and stations will appreciate that 'disabled' access is almost completely impossible.
Let's hope that this project also includes more frequent trains. At present there are gaps of 3 hours between trains at certain times of the day.
In the short term there could be disruption to train service while works are under way. Watch this space. NB the buses they might use as replacements for train services are also unlikely to be accessible!
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.
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
TOURIST TICKET FOR ALGARVE LINE REGIONAL TRAINS
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
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 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.
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
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. 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.
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!
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
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
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
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
RECOMMENDED BARS IN OLD
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, 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
Between the old town and marina.
FAT CATS DINER,
Near Paraiso, Tropical Sol, Eirasol, Forte do Vale etc
RUA SAMORA BARROS
Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village. Facebook