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VISITING ALBUFEIRA?

WANT TO PLAY LAWN BOWLS?

THE BALAIA BOWLS CLUB NEAR ALBUFEIRA WELCOMES YOU

Visitors of all abilities are welcome

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 also bowling shoes if you need them.

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 WEBSITE

There are also lawn bowls clubs based near Alvor, Cabanas, Almancil and at Aldeia Azul near Lagos

HOLIDAY OR LONG TERM RENTAL

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 here.

SHAMELESS BOOK PLUG!
Bender Rules

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 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 2021 / 2022
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

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 - Sunday 16th January 2022

IMPORTANT - 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.

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VERY SMALL INCREASE IN SOME TRAIN FARES FROM 1st JANUARY

It's the first increase for two years. Some fares are not changing at all, for most others it's a matter of 5 or 10 cents extra. I have updated the trains page and will make changes on other pages asap..


NEW OPERATOR FOR ALGARVE REGIONAL BUSES - PREVIOUSLY EVA AND FROTA AZUL ROUTES

The regional bus service in the Algarve is now operating under a new name - VAMUS.
Most buses are already in the new colour scheme. Click a picture to see it full size. I will try to get some better ones!

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There is a new website vamusalgarve.pt and an 'app' for your mobile available in Portuguese, Spanish and (American) English. It includes interactive maps of all routes including the stops, an A to B  journey planner and a calculator for season ticket fares.  It also seems that there will be a pre paid ticket card available which can be renewed on line rather than having to go to a bus station as at present.


FARES INCREASE FROM 1st JANUARY

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.

RECENT  CHANGES TO REGIONAL BUS SERVICE

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 bus (route 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 16.59!

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

ALGARVE REGIONAL  BUS SERVICE - SITUATION STILL POOR AT WEEKENDS


HOLDERS OF REDE-EXPRESSOS LONG DISTANCE BUS (COACH IF YOU ARE BRITISH) TICKETS MAY NOW USE EVA OR FROTA AZUL BUSES FREE OF CHARGE WHEN TRAVELLING TO OR FROM A BUS STATION TO MAKE A CONNECTION

Regional bus service is still very much reduced from what it was, especially at weekends with gaps of 3 - 4 hours between buses even on some main routes eg Faro - Vilamoura - Albufeira and Faro - Tavira - Vila Real de Santo António. Many areas have no buses at all at the weekend or on public holidays.

REDE- EXPRESSOS CROSS BORDER COACH / LONG DISTANCE BUS SERVICE TO SPAIN

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 winter 2019.) There is no longer a night-time service on this route. Times here.

Flixbus is operating between Lisbon and Seville, with calls in Albufeira, Faro, Faro Airport and Huelva. They currently have one or two journeys every day in each direction. CHECK THE TIMES AT THEIR WEBSITE!

Bus Station ticket office hours

Most bus station ticket offices are open but with limited hours. There is an updated list here.  Remember 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 in the Algarve do not take contactless debit or credit cards. The 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 card.

Bus stops on Google Maps

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 warning!

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.

 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 here.

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 bus ticket office in Largo do Dique, Portimão. They are valid on ALL buses operated by VAMUS listed in timetables on this site. They are NOT VALID on Mundial Turismo (MT), Rede-Expressos or other long distance services or 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.

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 only €14,80.

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.

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 'disabled page' with details of the various stations.

BUS DELAYS

Traffic congestion and unrealistic timetables mean that many buses may not be relied upon to run to time, especially on the longer journeys. However, I have very little recent bus travel beyond Albufeira to report on! Some timetables for longer routes e.g. Faro to Lagos have had a few minutes added to make them more accurate.

On the longer routes eg Lagos - Faro and Albufeira - Lagos, delays of 10 - 15 minutes towards the end of the journey were 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 not seen at Faro and Loulé. They are never seen at most bus stops and as of December 2021 it is apparent that the new company is not yet replacing out of date timetables that are posted. Copies of the official timetables can be downloaded from the VAMUS website, 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 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 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 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 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 click 'idioma.'

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.

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RECOMMENDED BARS IN OLD TOWN ALBUFEIRA

Cavern Bar

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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 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 customers

TUNES BAR

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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.

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
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VICTORIA BAR, RUA SAMORA BARROS

Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village.

THE WANDER INN, AREIAS DE SÃO JOÃO

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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.

Restaurant Listing  - on another site!

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