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VISITING ALBUFEIRA?

WANT TO PLAY LAWN BOWLS?

THE BALAIA BOWLS CLUB NEAR ALBUFEIRA WELCOMES YOU

We are open but with some minor restrictions.
Visitors are welcome
BUT YOU SHOULD 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. 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 WEBSITE

There are also lawn bowls clubs based in Alvor, Cabanas, Almancil and Parque Floresta near Lagos

HOLIDAY OR LONG TERM RENTAL

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 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 about 5 minutes walk from the old town but 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 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 2021
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 13th June 2021

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.

RESTORATION OF FULL TRAIN SERVICE ALGARVE <> LISBON


    The full daily service of five trains each way is restored. All seats will be available.


CHANGES TO ALGARVE REGIONAL  BUS SERVICE

If planning for a future trip please check your times closer to the actual date. I am not aware of any changes to regional bus service being made this week. But, in the past, changes have been announced with as little as 24 hours notice.

Weekend bus service is still very limited in all areas. Some routes have no service at all. Bus service in 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 are 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.


RESUMPTION OF REDE- EXPRESSOS CROSS BORDER COACH /  LONG DISTANCE BUS SERVICE

The cross border coach / long distance bus service to and from Seville has resumed, but with a very limited service for the present. There is one journey each day Lagos - Seville in the morning, returning from Seville in the afternoon, calling at Portimão, Albufeira, Faro Airport, Faro and Tavira. Starting this week there will be a morning Seville to Lagos journey, returning in the afternoon.

In addition there is an overnight journey Lisbon to Seville and v.v. not every night which calls at Albufeira, Faro Airport, Faro and Tavira during the night. This also stops in Huelva. Times here.

Flixbus is operating a daytime service between Lisbon and Seville, which calls in Albufeira, Faro, Faro Airport and Huelva. They currently have one journey every day in each direction, plus an overnight journey on some nights. CHECK THE TIMES AT THEIR WEBSITE!

Bus Station ticket office hours

Most bus station ticket offices are open but with limited hours. Some are still closed completely. 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 here 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 at a bus stations using a debit card.

Bus stops on Google Maps

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 - although there have been few recent changes to regional bus times, they are made with as little as 24hrs notice. I recommend you check bus times 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

Ticket sales on Alfa Pendular (AP) and Intercidades (IC) long distance trains are limited to two-thirds of the normal capacity. Remember that reservation is COMPULSORY on these 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

GOOD NEWS - tickets for REGIONAL trains can now 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. As of 14th June, 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 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

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 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 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. With everything closed and nowhere to go, I have very little recent bus travel 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 not posted at bus stations and were never seen at Faro and Loulé. They were 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 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 are currently (April 2021) very frequent and have been since the 'crisis' began. They are often introduced with little or no advance warning. Changes are highlighted on websites often only two or three days before they come into effect, but sometimes only the day before!

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. 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

NUMBERS PERMITTED INSIDE MAY BE LIMITED
THOSE THAT ARE OPEN CAN NOW STAY OPEN UNTIL 01.00
ALL NIGHTCLUBS, DISCOS AND BARS WITHOUT A FOOD SERVICE LICENCE REMAIN CLOSED

Cavern Bar

Currently closed by reason of government laws

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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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Under new ownership
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.

Restaurant Listing  - on another site!

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