www.algarvebus.infoAn unofficial website for buses and trains in the Algarve
Owned and maintained by a local resident
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All drivers originally from the UK.
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Airport, golf and local transfers
Bring your team to the Algarve!! Click to visit our website
Alternatives to satellite dishes also supplied and installed
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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Bike rentals, tours, sales and service. Click to see their site.
Located on the N125 near Algarve Shopping, Guia.
VISITING THE ALGARVE? WANT TO PLAY LAWN BOWLS?Under current laws, we are unable to offer any equipment for hire. So, sorry, but unless you have a set of bowls in your luggage you can't play.
There are currently no regular roll-ups. All rinks must be booked in advance.
THE BALAIA BOWLS CLUB NEAR ALBUFEIRA WELCOMES YOU
Roll-ups Tuesday and Friday mornings, meet at 0945 for 1000 start. 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.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE CLUB WEBSITE
MODERN TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT FOR HOLIDAY RENT LONG OR SHORT STAYS IN THE VERY 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!
Bookable at Booking.com - click here.
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 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
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
- Monday 13th July
IMPORTANT - WEARING A MASK IS COMPULSORY BY LAW ON ALL FORMS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT WITH BIG FINES IF YOU DO NOT. THIS INCLUDES TAXIS AND FERRIES.
REGIONAL BUS SERVICE AROUND THE ALGARVE IS STILL VERY LIMITED.
INTERNATIONAL BUS / COACH SERVICES WITH SPAIN RESUMED ON 2nd JULY
A very limited service of just two daytime journeys each way now operates on the Lagos - Seville route. On some nights there is an an additional journey but this costs more than twice the fare of the daytime option!
LOCAL AND REGIONAL BUSES - SITUATION AS OF 13th JULY
Regional (inter urban) buses - no recent changes
On many routes only about 30 - 40% of the 'normal' bus service is running. Many rural routes are completely out of service. It seems that the major changes for summer-time will not take place as they have in previous years.
At the beginning of July, a few more buses were added to most important routes such as Lagos - Sagres, Lagos - Portimão (local), Albufeira - Faro via Vilamoura and Quarteira, Faro - Loulé and Faro - Olhão. However, the level of service is still very much reduced compared with what it was.
The Transrápido fast bus between Faro and Lagos via Albufeira and Portimão is limited to two journeys each way and on weekdays only. The 'Get On' airport bus to Albufeira, Portimão and Lagos remains suspended. Trains are the most useful way of travel between Faro, Portimão and Lagos, also along the eastern part of the coast towards Tavira etc.
Local buses in the major towns
Normal timetables are operating for the 'urban' buses in Albufeira,
Lagos, Quarteira / Vilamoura, Portimão / Alvor and Tavira. Some good
news is that the local minibus services around Loulé, Vilamoura and
Quarteira are now free to use, for everyone.
The Proximo local bus service around Faro (including the airport bus route 16 into town) has a slightly reduced timetable.Buses here do not take contactless debit or credit cards for fares paid on board. Perhaps this situation will push them towards it.
Bus station ticket offices are keeping reduced hours. Full list on the EVA website here. Encerra = closed.Tickets for long distance trips, eg to Lisbon can be purchased on line, but not local tickets.
EVA and Frota Azul stops in the region are now marked on Google Maps! Major breakthrough! Click on a bus stop symbol and you will see the NORMAL 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.
Most of the trains between the Algarve and Lisbon are now running. The only exceptions are the morning Alfa Pendular train down from Lisbon and its return trip in the afternoon. These do not run.
Ticket sales on Alfa Pendular (AP) and Intercidades (IC) trains are limited
to two-thirds of the normal capacity. In addition, all on board catering
service is suspended. Remember that reservation is COMPULSORY on these
Those travelling elsewhere in Portugal should check FOR THE EXACT DATE OF TRAVEL at the official website www.cp.pt
On the Algarve regional line, the normal timetable is in operation. Bikes can once again be taken on board trains.
LONG DISTANCE BUSES / COACHES
REDE EXPRESSOS (coach / long distance bus) is now operating about 75% of normal scheduled service on main routes.They are currently selling tickets only up to 2 weeks in advance. Any journey must be carefully checked at www.rede-expressos.pt
TAXIS INCLUDING UBER
Taxis and Uber (normal size) are limited to TWO passengers per vehicle. Most taxis here do NOT accept card payments.
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
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 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.
Facebook Page. Near the traffic lights at the 'strip'. Closed Saturdays.
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