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The Algarve region of Portugal - information on bus and train servicesThis 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 often made without prior warning! Timetables are NOT posted at most bus stops.
Contents - summary
YOU ARE STRONGLY
ADVISED TO READ THE GUIDANCE NOTES first as,
at first sight, the operations here can seem a bit
list of all the timetables on the site
Alphabetical list of all places in
the Algarve served by train or bus
THE MOST FREQUENTLY CONSULTED PAGES
News and updates - latest
- Sunday 16th January 2022
There was a small fares increase from 1st January,
the first for two years. Some fares have not
changed, others are increased by 5 cents. At the
moment, the official website does not list fares for
single journeys, only season ticket prices. Special
fares apply to Aerobus route 56.
However, the new company is following the policy of the previous organisations by announcing changes with as little as 1 day's notice. If you are planning a trip for the future, please check times again.
There are two completely new bus routes for the Mar
Shopping / IKEA complex between Faro and Loulé. One
2) runs six times daily between Quarteira,
Almancil and Mar Shopping, while another bus runs
five times daily from Olhão via the Faro ring road
(and not via the main bus station) to Mar Shopping
and Loulé, times here. Also re-instated is
the fast bus direct between the airport, Albufeira,
Lagoa, Portimão and Lagos. Now branded
Aerobus, this runs twice a day during winter,
planned to be six times a day in summer. Details here.
Also new is route 118, three times each
weekday between Loulé and the airport via Mar
Shopping and the University campus at Gambela.
Times on the Transrápido (Faro - Lagos) and Linha Littoral (Albufeira - Lagos) routes have been adjusted to give a few minutes extra for the journeys and make times more accurate.
A backward step was the reduction in weekend
service on the 'Linha Littoral' between Albufeira
and Lagos, with the result that the last bus from
Lagos to Albufeira at the weekend is at the
ridiculously early hour of 16.15 and from Portimão
to Albufeira the last bus at the weekend is at
For next summer, a new route 'EVA Cliffs Line' is planned to run daily every two hours between Alvor and Armação de Pêra via Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Benagil and Praia da Marinha. Proposed timetable here
The cross border coach / long distance bus service
to and from Seville is operating, but with a limited
service. There are currently only two journeys each
day in each direction Lagos - Seville, calling at
Portimão, Albufeira, Faro Airport, Faro and Tavira
in Portugal, also in Huelva in Spain. (By
comparison, there were eight journeys each way in
There is no longer a night-time service on this
route. Times here.
VAMUS regional bus stops in the Algarve region are
now marked on Google Maps! Click on a bus stop
symbol and you will see the times of the buses and
their destination. The route numbers on the departure
board may not be shown on the front of the bus, just
the destination. Some stops do not show up on the map
unless you zoom right in. Warning - because of short
notice changes to bus times, I recommend you check bus
times and other details at the official websites if
your journey is important. The information on Google
is not necessarily going to be correct.
Also shown on Google Maps are the Albufeira local
GIRO system bus stops, routes and times - but a
Many of the times shown on Google are WRONG by up to 10 minutes. Also, last buses are up to 30 MINUTES EARLIER than Google states. There is NO officially published timetable. The times here and on linked pages are correct and based on almost daily use of the system.
Remember that reservation is COMPULSORY on all long distance trains. Tickets are sold up to 60 days in advance. Timetable changes may be made at short notice. You should check times FOR THE EXACT DATE OF TRAVEL at the official website www.cp.pt
Reserved seats are not available on regional trains.
Tickets for regional trains can 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. Payment on board the train is cash only.
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 here.
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 maths 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 find.
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.
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 official website of the
regional bus company, VAMUS, is at https://vamusalgarve.pt/
available in English, Portuguese and
Spanish. To change language, go to the
bottom right hand corner of the page and
This has interactive maps for each
route, showing all stopping places. There
is a journey planner but to use it you ned
to know the exact stops yuu will board and
alight and in some cases it is a different
stop number depending on direction.
The urban operators around the
larger towns also have websites, with
varying degrees of information.That for
Albufeira is the worst. Some information
is out of date. No official timetables are
published! Each local site is mentioned on
relevant pages, with links to them.
I would be pleased to receive any additional information you think would be useful. If you can scan or photo timetables, leaflets etc, please email them to me. I can then include the data in these pages.
Facebook Page. Near the traffic
lights at the 'strip'. Closed Saturdays.
Now open from 11.00 daily. Under new management and
completely refurbished. They have a Facebook page for
the latest news.
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