www.algarvebus.infoAn unofficial website for buses and trains in the Algarve
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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
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.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE NEW 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.
The apartment is NOT suitable for those who cannot manage 46 stairs up from the street! No lift / elevator.
Long lets available from mid September at approx €200 a week or €800 a month everything included. Unlimited 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 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
- 11th June 2018
SUMMER TIMETABLES START ON LOCAL BUSES ON 1st JULY
Some local buses change to summer timetables on 1st July. This particularly concerns buses around Portimão and Lagos, some other routes also change. Do make sure you are looking at the correct times. These summer times remain in force until the second weekend of September. Buses marked as 'SCH' (schooldays only) do not run during this period.
RAILWAY STRIKE 12 and 13 JUNEFew Algarve line trains will run nor will most trains to and from Lisbon.
For LOCAL trains please check locally before travelling or here. It's a long list; you will need to go down the page to find which trains are running. Faro <> Lisbon : only the Alfa Pendular trains will run, plus on the 13th only the 1732 IC service Lisbon to Faro.
EXTRA TRAINS FOR SUMMER LISBON TO FARO AND BACK
Times confirmed for the extra train down from Lisbon on Friday evening and back to Lisbon on Sunday evening. Details added to trains page here. I don't know yet if the extra Saturday trains will run as they have been in previous summers.
NEW BUS STATION IN PORTIMÃO FOR LONG DISTANCE SERVICESI have put together such information how to get there etc as I have been able to gather- page here. It is about 1.5km (nearly a mile) from the city centre. There are no signs pointing to it, it is really out of the way! Transrápido Faro - Lagos buses now also stop at the new long distance bus station at Rua Abicada as well as the stop in Avenida Guanaré by the river. Confirmed by EVA themselves. However, neither the printed timetable nor the on line times have been revised to show this.
ALGARVE - SEVILLE BUS / COACH SERVICE
The service operated by EVA / DAMAS has been completely revised for summer 2018. There will be four journeys each way every day but some stops (eg Huelva, Lagoa and Tavira) will be no longer be served. There is no downloadable timetable as yet. I have done my best with the information available at this page. PLEASE CHECK VERY CAREFULLY AT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES when you make bookings. I accept no responsibility....
NEW PAGE ADDED FOR THE AIR ROUTE PORTIMÃO - CASCAIS - VISEU - VILA REAL - BRAGANÇA
Sevenair flies this route twice a day, except Sundays and Holidays. I have added a page to show this operation.
ELECTRIFICATION WORK ON THE ALGARVE RAILWAY LINE ANNOUNCED
An announcement was made early in January that the work to electrify the two remaining stretches (Tunes to Lagos and Faro - Vila Real de Santo António) will begin this year with conclusion in the fourth quarter of 2020. The first phase is the construction of new or enlarged electrical sub stations to provide the necessary power. Bidding for the major overhead line works and signalling contracts will be held later in 2018, with most work taking place in 2019 and 2020.
There may be an effect on existing operations while work is in progress. Any information I find will be published here and on the trains page.
LAGOS BUS STATION TICKET OFFICE HOURSA notice at the ticket office 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.
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 at the bus station or bus stop. If those are not correct then there is no hope!
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 some timetables have not changed for 15 or even 20 years!
TOURIST PASS FOR ALGARVE LINE REGIONAL TRAINS
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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