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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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 ad baby equipment to hire
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Useful website for visitor information on safety and
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Bike rentals, tours, sales and service. Click to see their
Located on the N125 near Algarve Shopping, Guia.
WANT TO PLAY LAWN BOWLS?
THE BALAIA BOWLS CLUB
NEAR ALBUFEIRA WELCOMES YOU
of all abilities are welcome
YOUR ARE ASKED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE.
Please visit this page for the details
Roll-ups Tuesday and Friday mornings, meet at 0945 for
1000 start. (This may be changed, so please check.)
Visitors pay €10 per person for about two hours play. We
can provide woods, but not shoes at this time.
We are also happy to welcome touring sides and can provide
our own team as your competition. Four rinks on natural
grass. Bar adjacent!
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE CLUB
There are also lawn bowls clubs based in Alvor, Cabanas,
Almancil and Parque Floresta near Lagos
HOLIDAY OR LONG TERM
MODERN TWO BEDROOM
APARTMENT FOR HOLIDAY RENT LONG OR SHORT STAYS IN THE
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
the owner and can put you in touch with him direct!
Bookable for holidays at Booking.com - click here.
The same owner has a 1 bedroom apartment, fully modernised
last year, in a quiet residential area about 5 minutes
walk from the old town and close to all amenities. Details
available as a paperback and Kindle at Amazon.
Paul Marsh has lived in the Algarve for fifty years.
This is the first part of Paul's story – how he threw away
the opportunity of a privileged education and a glittering
career in accountancy and opted instead to bum his way
around Europe for a few years until finally settling in
the Algarve, where he had a stroke of good fortune, became
emotionally attached to a local street dog – that’s him in
the title of this book – and fell in love with the country
and its people.
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 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
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 <>
along the coast between Faro, Almancil,
Quarteira, Vilamoura, Albufeira, Lagoa, Portimão
|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
between the Algarve and Seville (Spain)
|Buses between Lagos and Sagres
of Algarve bus routes
| List of
on the bus systems
list of towns and villages with links to
in Portugal 2021
markets in the Algarve
|Local buses around Albufeira
||Bus maps of Albufeira
Buses in other parts of
buses (coaches) in Portugal
|Trains in the Algarve and
(soccer) in the Algarve
conversion table - download and save this
file then find out how much your
beer here really costs!
News and updates - latest
- Thursday 14th October 2021
- WEARING A MASK IS STILL COMPULSORY BY LAW ON ALL
FORMS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT WITH BIG FINES IF YOU DO
NOT. THIS INCLUDES TAXIS AND FERRIES.
NEW BUS ROUTE ALJEZUR - VALE DA TELHA - ARRIFANA - ALJEZUR
Although this bus runs only on schooldays it may be useful to people
staying in the area. There are five buses each schoolday some connecting
with the buses between Aljezur and Lagos, also with the long distance
services between Aljezur and Lisbon. Times here.
ALGARVE REGIONAL BUS SERVICE
OF REDE-EXPRESSOS TICKETS MAY NOW USE EVA OR FROTA AZUL BUSES FREE OF
CHARGE WHEN TRAVELLING TO OR FROM A BUS STATION TO MAKE A CONNECTION
Bus service is
still very much reduced from what it was,
especially at weekends even on main routes with
gaps of 3 - 4 hours between buses. All Algarve timetables have been recently checked
However, minor changes are being made all the
time and often with no warning. The 'non Algarve' pages have now been
checked and updated.
If planning for a future trip please check your
times closer to the actual date.
Bus service within the main towns of Albufeira,
Faro, Lagos, Portimão and Tavira operates
normally. Long distance bus (coach) service
between the Algarve towns and Lisbon is operating
almost all the 'normal' service. Regional rail
service operates normally.
I have removed the printable timetables from the
site. There have been so many changes to timetables
it has become an almost impossible task to keep them
updated. They will be re-instated as and when a
reasonable level of service is restored and there is
some stability. Now that buses are often showing the
route number on the front of the bus, I shall soon be adding these to
the map. I have already included them in the timetable pages.
NEW PASSES FOR EVA AND FROTA AZUL REGIONAL BUSES
EVA and Frota Azul changed their pre paid passes
and season tickets from 1st August. If you have used
one before, it will no longer be valid for renewal
and must be changed for a new one at a bus station
ticket office. It seems that these new passes can be
renewed via their websites or using an 'app' but
neither service is yet available. This applies ONLY
to the buses between various towns and villages and
not to the local buses in places like Albufeira,
Faro, Portimão and Lagos.
REDE- EXPRESSOS CROSS BORDER COACH / LONG
DISTANCE BUS SERVICE TO SPAIN
The cross border coach / long distance bus service
to and from Seville has resumed, but with a limited
service. There are currently four 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 ten journeys each way in
In addition there is an overnight journey Lisbon to
Seville and v.v. which calls at Albufeira, Faro
Airport, Faro and Tavira during the night. This also
stops in Huelva. Times here.
operating a daytime service between Lisbon and
Seville, which calls in Albufeira, Faro, Faro
Airport and Huelva. They currently have three
journeys every day in each direction, plus an
overnight journey on some nights. CHECK THE TIMES AT
Bus Station ticket office hours
Most bus station
ticket offices are open but with limited hours.
There is an updated list here
that passes and tickets for local journeys cannot be
purchased at any website. If you need a ticket for a
long distance journey go to www.rede-expressos.pt
Paying for the
bus - local buses in the Algarve region
Buses here do not
take contactless debit or credit cards.
crisis situation did not push them towards it. Unless
you have a pre paid pass or season ticket, for local
journeys it's cash only on board. Change is given, but
bus drivers will not thank you for a €20 note. You can
pay for a pre paid pass or season ticket at a bus
station using a debit
Bus stops on Google
EVA and Frota Azul stops in the Algarve region are
now marked on Google Maps! Major
breakthrough! 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 are however
fictitious. They are not shown on the front of the
bus. 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
at the official websites if your journey is important.
The information on Google is not necessarily going to
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.
TRAINS - TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS
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.
TAXIS INCLUDING UBER ETC
Taxis, Uber, BOLT etc are
available almost everywhere. Most municipal taxis do
NOT accept card payments. All taxi companies have
English speaking staff. In most areas, they operate as
co-operatives with a central contact point by phone or
app. A simple internet search 'taxi + (name of town)'
will find this information. Permitted capacity remains
slightly limited. Passengers are not permitted
to sit next to the driver. Therefore a 'normal' size
vehicle can carry a maximum of three passengers.
FURTHER DISCOUNTS TO 'SEASON TICKETS' ON
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
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 features is a map, overlaid onto Google Maps,
which shows every inter-urban bus route and all
stopping places. A commendable start but 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 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 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.
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 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
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 might not be 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
details of the various stations.
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 was ALWAYS at least 10 minutes late by the
time it reached Albufeira, a 20 minute delay in
summer was not unusual. I regularly
experienced similar delays returning from Lagos or
Portimão to Albufeira in the late afternoon and
early evening. However, I have very little recent
bus travel beyond Albufeira to report on!
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 may not be
currently posted at bus stations and were never seen
at Faro and Loulé. They are never seen 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. The official timetables have information in
English as to which days buses do or do not run.
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 made here whenever changes are
found on official websites or through
personal experience!. 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 often introduced
with little or no advance warning.
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. 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.
ALGARVE HOLIDAY FUN
INFORMATION, ADVICE AND DISCOUNTED
BOOKINGS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY FUN - CLICK THE LOGO TO VISIT
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TRACY BURTON'S GUIDE TO THE VIA ALGARVIANA
IN OLD TOWN ALBUFEIRA
English owned and run since 1991 Old town Albufeira, Rua
do MFA, two minutes walk from the square.
Open from 12 noon weekends for the sports, during winter
open from 6pm weekdays but
not necessarily every day!
60's and 70's music plus all UK sport on TV. Free wifi for
Under new ownership
Old town Albufeira near the Sol e Mar Hotel
Up the steps by the tunnel and turn right to Praça Miguel
Good music, UK Sports on TV. Free wifi for customers
Open 11am until late, every day.
RECOMMENDED BARS IN OTHER PARTS OF TOWN
These inserts are not paid for. Just places I sometimes go
to, plus ideas from regular visitors. Hours may vary
according to season.
FAT CATS DINER, RUA DUNFERMLINE
Near Paraiso, Tropical Sol, Eirasol, Forte do Vale etc
VICTORIA BAR, RUA SAMORA BARROS
Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village.
THE WANDER INN, AREIAS DE SÃO JOÃO
In Rua Alexandre Herculano. British owned.
THE YORKSHIRE TAVERN
Facebook Page. Near the traffic
lights at the 'strip'. Closed Saturdays.
ARTE BAR, CERRO GRANDE
Now open from 11.00 daily. Under new management and
completely refurbished. They have a Facebook page for
the latest news.
ALGARVE SENIOR LIVING
Buy your dream retirement home abroad
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