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An unofficial website for buses and trains in the Algarve
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All drivers originally from the UK.
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Pricematch Guaranteed, book your return transfer and get a free gift!
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Faro Airport Taxis

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Airport, golf and local transfers

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Bring your team to the Algarve!! Click to visit our website

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Alternatives to satellite dishes also supplied and installed

WWW.TANTAPRENDA.COM
We specialise in personalised giftware and novelty items.

Albufeira Golf Club Hire and Souvenir Shop

Golf Club Hire €25 one player, €20 per person two or more.

Also hats, gloves, shoes and balls.
We provide the golf course and transport, you just play.


Phone Joe 00351 922127665 or
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
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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 Tuesday and Friday mornings. Woods and shoes can be hired. Visitors pay €10 per person.

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.

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For more information visit the website at www.albufeirabowls.com

VILLA / TOWN HOUSE IN ALBUFEIRA CERRO GRANDE AREA FOR HOLIDAY RENT


Sleeps 6, private pool. Fully licensed and insured.
1.5km from Albufeira old town on top of a hill in a quiet residential area overlooking Albufeira marina.
Intermarché supermarket and Arte Bar five minutes walk.
Car not necessary. I know the owners.

Website is www.villavistamarina.com
some sample pictures below

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and the interior.

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MODERN TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT FOR HOLIDAY RENT LONG OR SHORT STAYS IN THE VERY CENTRE OF ALBUFEIRA OLD TOWN

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No pool, no parking, but 2 minutes walk from the beach area.
The apartment is NOT suitable for those who cannot manage 46 stairs up from the street! No lift / elevator.

Long lets available until Easter €800 a month everything included.  Free wifi, fully equipped kitchen. Large balcony.
 I know the owner!

Bookable at Booking.com - click here.

or contact the owner direct via this page

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 2017/2018
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 - 12th December 2017

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR ALTERATIONS ON THE TRAINS

ON SUNDAY December 24th, CHRISTMAS DAY Monday December 25th,
New Year's Eve Sunday December 31st and New Year's Day Monday January 1st
THE NORMAL SUNDAY SERVICE WILL APPLY EXCEPT LAST TRAINS ON  THE 24th and 31st cancelled
and a couple of early trains on December 25th and January 1st cancelled
Trains that do not normally run on Sundays and Holidays WILL NOT RUN on these days. Details for the ALGARVE are shown in the timetables here

CHECK DETAILS FOR WHOLE COUNTRY AT https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt/consultar-horarios/avisos/natal-ano-novo
CURRENTLY ONLY IN PORTUGUESE 
SUPRIMIDO = CANCELLED


WEBSITE UPDATE

I have completed a check of all Algarve related pages. I can find no changes to local train or bus times other than the specific changes over Christmas and New Year which are noted as required. All non-Algarve pages have been checked. I have found no major changes are required.

It's curious somewhat that some Algarve area bus timetables haven't changed for ten or even twenty years, despite there having been massive population growth and shift, plus a huge increase in the number of tourists over that time.There seems no drive to provide regular and more frequent buses along busy routes or to improve weekend services where currently few or none are operated.

The next complete website update will be on or around 10th January.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR ON LOCAL BUSES

Local buses do run on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day, to Sunday times.
Normal Sunday service will operate on December 24th and 31st.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR ON LONG DISTANCE BUSES (COACHES)

CHECK AT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES!!! Some late and overnight journeys on December 24th and 31st will not operate. Some journeys on December 25th and January 1st will also not operate. The Algarve - Seville service operated by EVA and DAMAS does not operate on either December 25th or January 1st.

LAGOS BUS STATION TICKET OFFICE HOURS

A notice at the ticket office seen on 5th October 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 service from Lagos and who do not book on line are advised to check this before turning up and perhaps finding it closed!

NEW WEBSITE FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT IN THE ALGARVE

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.

NEW BUS STATION SOON TO OPEN IN PORTIMÃO (thanks to Chris H. for the information)

SPECIAL NOTICE - A NEW AND 'PROPER' BUS STATION IS TO OPEN IN PORTIMÃO SOME TIME SOON.
THE EXACT DATE I DO NOT YET KNOW. IT IS SOME DISTANCE FROM THE EXISTING FACILITY ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE RAILWAY LINE, A LONG, LONG WAY FROM THE CENTRE. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE STOPS BY THE RIVER AROUND LARGO DO DIQUE AND AVENIDA GUANARÉ WILL STILL BE USED. THE NEW LOCATION DOES HOWEVER IMPLY CHANGES TO ROUTES AND TIMETABLES. INFORMATION ON RELEVANT PAGES WILL BE UPDATED AS AND WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE

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 there 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.

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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.

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

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 journeys.

For example, 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 (but not at 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.

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 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

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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. Facebook

Restaurant Listing  - on another site!

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ALGARVE SENIOR LIVING
Buy your dream retirement home abroad
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