This page is unofficial. The information has
been obtained from printed timetables and other local sources
and is given in good faith.
The planes, trains and buses on this page are operated by numerous different companies, so some sections will be more up to date than others.
The main focus of information is travel
between the Algarve and Seville.
I have added such information on travel between the Algarve and certain other parts of Spain, either gained through personal experience or contributed by others.
I accept no responsibility for any problems
caused by errors or changes made by the operators that I can’t
find out about.
I will of course update when new information becomes available. If you have any contributions to this information, please email me!
Thanks again to Barlavento Expert for the information on buses between various parts of Spain and Portugal - summarised here.
There is now only one Spanish destination that
can reached by scheduled flights direct from Faro.
operates between Faro and Palma de Mallorca four times a week.
Flying to Palma de Mallorca might sound a bit odd, but there are connections there for Barcelona, Bilbao and many other places
There are currently no flights between Faro and anywhere in mainland Spain.
See below. There are no trains between the Algarve and Spain. The lines do not cross or even meet up at the border.
The nearest station
in Spain is in Huelva, some 60km /36 miles from the border.
Huelva has only four trains a day, three to Seville and one
direct to Cordoba and Madrid.
In fact there are now only THREE trains a day between anywhere in Portugal and anywhere in Spain. And none of them go anywhere near the Algarve.
This bus (coach) service between Lagos and Seville is
operated jointly by Eva Bus (Portugal) and DAMAS
Connections are available at Faro to and from Lisbon
There are also direct buses (coaches) between Lisbon and Seville via the Algarve, operated by the Spanish company ALSA see below
One way fare Lagos to Seville is €21; return/round trip €35. To print the timetable below click here.
THESE TIMETABLES ARE CHANGED WITHOUT WARNING SO PLEASE CHECK ON THE WEBSITES!
|Spanish time is 1 hour AHEAD of
*** runs ONE HOUR LATER in summer ### runs 30 minutes LATER in summer.
NO BUSES RUN ON DECEMBER 25th or JANUARY 1st!!
|Summer 28th June to first
weekend of September (perhaps!)
|Winter - until 27th June 2014
|Daily||Winter - until 27th June 2014
||Seville Plaza de
Bus Station (1.6km from old
||CROSS INTO PORTUGAL and change to Portuguese time - 1 hour)|
Bus Station (150m. to railway station)
||Vila Real de Santo António Bus Station|||
||Tavira Bus Station||0850
||Olhão Bus Station|||
Real de Santo António Bus Station
||Faro Bus Station (150m. to railway station)||0920
|CROSS INTO SPAIN and change to
Spanish time + 1 hour
||Albufeira Bus Station (1.6km from old town centre!)||1000
||Lagoa Bus Station|||
|Seville Plaza de
||Lagos Bus Station||1045
These are the only stops. Tickets are not
sold on board. This is an 'all-reserved' service. Tickets
can be bought on line for all journeys.
Go to www.eva-bus.com for journeys starting in Portugal, www.movelia.es for journeys starting in Spain.
A correspondent noted that when you book ON LINE your ticket may show the departure in SPANISH TIME even if you are leaving from Portugal.
Spanish websites definitely do show the times in Portugal in Spanish time! Do double check.
Otherwise, you must buy your ticket at
the ticket office before the bus arrives, so allow sufficient
time or go there a day or two earlier.
Warning - a correspondent travelled on the 1330 Seville - Lagos last year. There were tickets available at the DAMAS ticket office but by the time the bus arrived it was obvious that some 15 - 20 more tickets had been sold than there were seats on the bus. Those who had bought tickets on line were not given priority. Late arrivals had to wait for the next journey. This has, they said, happened before. Advice - arrive early even if you have booked on line!
These buses usually have on-board toilets you will be pleased to know!
# for information about onward connections at
Seville please click here. Plaza das
Armas is 2km from the main Santa Justa Railway Station and the
other main bus station at Prado San Sebastian.
The Plaza de Armas bus terminal in Seville is
about 2km across the city from the Santa Justa railway station.
It is also about 2km from the Prado San Sebastian Bus
Station. It is very busy, even on a Sunday morning, so
allow ample time to buy your ticket. Perhaps go there a day or
two earlier as I did, or book on-line if you can.
There is no direct bus between the Plaza de Armas and the Santa Justa railway station. You need to take bus C4 to Prado San Sebastian then change to the C2 for Santa Justa. The official website of the Seville city bus service is at www.tussam.es including a downloadable map. There is a lot more information about Seville generally, including maps, here.
The first line of Seville's metro (underground)
rail network is in service. It does not serve either the Plaza
de Armas bus station or the Santa Justa rail station. It does
have a stop at the Prado San Sebastian, the other major bus
station. The metro website is
http://www.metro-sevilla.es/en/ - only in Spanish.
Most parts of Seville can also reached by city
buses from outside the Plaza de Armas.
There is comprehensive information on buses in the Seville region (in Spanish only) at the 'Consorcio Transportes' website.
Buses to many suburban destinations leave from
the Plaza de Armas, but some leave from the Prado San Sebastian.
The C3 and C4 circular routes link the two bus stations. The bus
station at Prado San Sebastian is the yellow painted building
with the arches, just around the corner from the
tram/light rail stop**. The entrance is actually in the Plaza
San Sebastian. The bus companies Casal, Los
Amarillos, Linesur and Alsina Graells (ALSA) use this
terminal. They each have their own ticket/enquiry offices
inside. Timetables were displayed when I last visited.
** The short tram line runs between San Bernado metro station via Prado San Sebastian (close to a lot of bus stops) to the old city centre at the Plaza Nueva, a distance of about 1km. Ticketing is integrated with the city buses operated under the Tussam banner.
Buses from Seville to many regional destinations (eg Cadiz, Jerez, Tarifa, La Linea and Algeciras) are operated by DAMAS and Transportes
Generales Comes. TG Comes buses use the Prado San
Sebastian bus station.
You can check times of buses from the
Plaza de Armas bus station on this website http://www.autobusesplazadearmas.es/
note that the site is in Spanish only
The ALSA and Eurolines sites are available in
English, the TG Comes site has quite of a lot of its information
in English (but isn't very easy to navigate!) but the other
sites are only in Spanish.
The airport bus (EA, Especial Aeroporto) now
runs to and from the bus station at Plaza de Armas in the city
centre, passing the Prado San Sebastian bus station and the
Santa Justa railway station on the way.
At Plaza de Armas the airport bus stops in front of
the bus station on Calle Torneo (not evident from the Tussam website).
There are two city bus stops in front of the station, on the same side
of Calle Torneo as the bus station itself. The airport bus stops at the one furthest away to the left from the bus station exit.
First bus from town is at 0430am daily, last bus
at 0030. From the airport the first bus is at 0520, last bus at
0120. Buses run three times each hour between about 0730 and
2300hrs, earlier and later twice an hour, mostly at slightly irregular
intervals. One way fare is 4 Euros, return fare 6 Euros. Journey is between 20 and 30
minutes, depending on traffic.
In the direction Algarve - Seville, you
have to take the train or bus to Vila Real de Santo António
(VRSA). This town is on the Portuguese side of the wide Guadiana
river, which forms the border between Portugal and Spain.
The railway station at Vila Real de Santo António is at the end of the Algarve line from Lagos, which also serves Portimão, Faro and Tavira etc as do the buses above. Trains run about every two hours; train times are here.
The station in VRSA is about ten minutes
walk (flat, no hills) from the ferry terminal. To get from the
railway station to the ferry, walk out of the station, straight
down the road, past the roundabout and on to the next junction.
Turn left and pass through a rather dismal lot of mostly closed
factories, until you get to a T-junction and can see the river.
Turn right and you will see the bus station ahead of you. The
ferry is just beyond. The Intermarché supermarket outside the
VRSA train station is a good place to stock up. It’s open daily
including Sunday afternoons. There aren't any other supermarkets
until you get to Spain. The town centre of VRSA is off to the
right when you get to the bus station. There you will see bars,
restaurants etc. Map here - opens in a new window.
The ferry runs every 30 minutes in summer,
every 60 minutes in winter, between about 0830 and 1930 only. No service on winter Sundays.
If you are staying somewhere (eg Faro, Tavira, Monte Gordo) there is a bus to Vila Real de Santo António and bus might be best, as the bus station at VRSA is at the ferry terminal
Seville - Algarve - I have used the
bus/ferry/bus option from Seville to Albufeira! It was fairly
painless except for a half hour delay caused by traffic
congestion on the outskirts of Seville. The bus (cost now
€14.25) took me from Seville to Ayamonte, on the Spanish side of
the river. The Spanish railway line runs only as far as Huelva
and there are only three trains a day, so unless you are coming
from elsewhere, the bus from Seville is best. Then it's about 15
minutes easy walk through the town to the ferry terminal. This
isn't signposted very well, so keep the river to your left. Then
there's the ten minute ferry ride (€1.70) across to Portugal.
I have used the ferry
a few times. That’s a picture of it to the left. It can take two
or three cars and maybe 50 passengers maximum. All the
times published in Portugal are in PORTUGUESE TIME so check return times
from Ayamonte carefully.
(Spanish time is one hour ahead of Portugal, so you gain or lose an hour in the 10 minute crossing of the river.)
THE SPANISH BOAT IS THE ONLY ONE RUNNING UNTIL 31.3.14 AT THESE TIMES - NO FERRIES OPERATE ON SUNDAYS IN WINTER!!
From Vila Real de Santo António at 0845, 0930 then every hour until 1630 then last trip at 1815. From Ayamonte SPANISH TIME at 0930, 1000 then every hour until 1700 then last trip at 1900. Don't forget to adjust your watches.
2013/2014 valid from 16th September until 30th April 2014 according to information available at Vila Real.
When the PORTUGUESE boat is running:
From Vila Real de Santo António at 0815, 0900 then every hour until 1700 then at 1830; from Ayamonte Spanish time at 0930 then every hour until 1830 then at 1930.
Summer service - every
30 minutes daily from 0830 to 1930. Summer service
valid from 1st July 2014 to mid-September, subject to confirmation. In
May and June ferries operate every 60 minutes between 1000hrs and
An English language website for Ayamonte has a timetable on line here. The information differs greatly from what is available in Portugal!
The crossing takes about 10 minutes. Fare for
foot passengers is €1.70; children under 4 go free, ages 4 to
10yrs €0.85.The ticket office at Vila Real is within the
restored former customs control building.
TAKE YOUR PASSPORT OR ID CARD! PORTUGUESE FRONTIER POLICE SOMETIMES CHECK THEM BOTH OUTBOUND AND INBOUND.
Note that the timetables issued in Portugal show all departures (including those from the Spanish side) in PORTUGUESE time.
CHECKED AND UPDATED 6th March 2014
PLEASE REFER TO THE TIMETABLE/TICKET WEBSITE FOR SPECIFIC BUS/COACH TIMES FOR THE DAY YOU WISH TO TRAVEL
For all BUS timetable enquiries around Ayamonte,
Isla Cristina and Huelva go to the
regional bus website here this site is only in Spanish.
There are several different buses between Ayamonte and Huelva,
so you will have to fish around a little.
For times, fares and tickets for longer journeys
in Spain eg Ayamonte - Seville go to www.movelia.es - this site is
available in English.
The DAMAS bus company runs between Seville (Plaza da Armas) and Ayamonte four times daily on weekdays, three times daily at weekends and on public holidays. Journey to Seville is about 2¾ hours. There are also buses between Ayamonte and Huelva about every two hours. You have more options Ayamonte - Seville with a change of bus in Huelva. These buses are also operated by DAMAS.
There are trains (www.renfe.com)
between Huelva and Seville (Santa Justa). The railway between
Ayamonte and Huelva closed long ago and the railway station in
Ayamonte was converted into the bus station. Train times Huelva
to Seville- trains leave daily at 0700, 1500 and 1920 with an
extra train on Sundays at 1750. Journey
is about 90 minutes, one way 'Turista' fare is €11.75 but
discounted fares are available for advance purchase. There is NO
CONNECTION by bus Ayamonte to Huelva for the 0700 train or the
0800 to Madrid below. Trains leave Seville Santa Justa for
Huelva at 1000, 1700 and 2050 with an extra train on Fridays at
1902. Reservation is not needed except for the 1902 Friday train, which
comes from Madrid.
There is also a direct fast train between
Huelva and Madrid Atocha NOT STOPPING in Seville. The Huelva -
Madrid train leaves at 0800 arriving at 1140 Return train
leaves Madrid at 1805 arriving in Huelva at 2145. These trains
stop in Cordoba. Details and fares at www.renfe.es -
normal tourist class fare one-way is €71,50. Reservation
There is an extra weekend trip between
Huelva and Madrid. Train leaves
Madrid Puerta de Atocha station on Fridays at 1620 arriving in Huelva at 2023, returning to Madrid on Sundays at
1750 arrival 2158. Subject to alteration around major public holidays eg Easter.
A number of companies and travel agents
advertise that they will do airport transfers to Seville, so
that could be an avenue worth exploring, especially if there is
a group of you. For example, try www.yellowfishtransfers.com
Section checked and updated 5th March 2014
Thanks to Barlavento Expert for much of this
information about various other bus services between Portugal
and Spain. There are a lot of enquiries about these buses, as
there are almost no trains between Portugal and Spain, as
already stated. Don't forget that Spanish time is one hour
ahead of Portugal. All times given below are local time to
the country and city concerned.
I have checked as much of the information as I
can through the company websites. Advance reservation is
required on almost all the buses (coaches to UK readers) so you
must check all times etc before committing yourself.
Many of the buses between Portugal and Spain
are operated by the ALSA company. This company is owned
by National Express, a UK train and bus operator. Most of their
on-line booking system is in English. Also, the INTERNORTE
consortium website offers domestic and international services.
EUROLINES - see below.
The timetables do not state so specifically,
but services on holidays are usually as
for Sunday times. Service does not usually operate on New Year's
Day (1st January) and may be reduced on December 24th, 25th,
31st and subject to change around major holidays eg Easter.
Also, according to my leaflet, you are supposed to 'present
yourself' 45 minutes prior to departure. Tickets should be
bought in advance if at all possible, especially in summer. I do
not claim that this information is comprehensive. There may well
be other links, especially in the north of the country, but this
site is really about the Algarve.
Operated by ALSA. - Please check details on their website
Leaving Barcelona North Bus Station at 1230 (a)
and 2300 (b) arriving Lisbon Sete Rios at 0700 and 1700
respectively. The 1230 departure also stops at : Barcelona
(Sants), Lerida and Zaragoza. Change buses in Madrid (Est. Sur
de autobuses) then it calls at Elvas, Estremoz, Evora, Montemor,
Setubal and Lisbon Gare Oriente. The 2300 departure stops at the
same places as far as Madrid then Evora and Lisbon only.
(a) the 1230 from Barcelona operates Mondays,
Thursdays and Sundays all year plus Saturdays in summer. (b) the
2300 from Barcelona operates Tuesdays and Fridays all year, also
Wednesdays in summer.
From Lisbon towards Barcelona buses leave at
1130 and 2100. The 1130 runs on SUNDAYS only, all year round and
is the fast service arriving in Madrid at 2130, change buses for
Barcelona arrival at 0700. The 2100 stops in all the towns and
arrival in Barcelona is 1645 the next day. The 2100 runs every
day except Sundays in summer; in winter it runs on Mondays,
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only.
Operated by ALSA - please check details on their website.There are one or two buses each day taking about 18 hours for the trip. Times vary according to season, so please check details on the website above and note that their English language section refers to Porto as 'Oporto'. There is a two hour wait in Madrid. Some journeys operate via Madrid Airport.
The Internorte bus company also operates Porto - Madrid -
Barcelona three times a week; times and reservations at http://www.internorte.pt/
Madrid <> Lisbon via Badajoz and Évora
operated by ALSA.
One-way fare €44,00, return (round-trip) €73.00 some small taxes and charges will be added to the total.
Two buses daily all year one daytime and one
overnight bus, journey time 12 hours daytime, 11 hours
overnight. Buses leave/arrive at Madrid's Est Sur de Autobuses
and to/from Lisbon Sete Rios Bus Terminal but calling at Lisbon
Gare Oriente 15 minutes later/earlier.
Madrid <> Lisbon via Badajoz, Elvas,
Montemor and Setubal - Operated by Avanzabus
Three buses each way on weekdays, two each way
at weekends and on holidays. One journey each day is overnight.
Journey time about 8 hours. Full timetable on the Avanzabus
website; in Spanish only. Downloadable timetables are
available for all their routes across Spain under the 'horarios'
tab. One-way adult fare Lisbon > Madrid is €42,10. Vehicles are
configured with 33 seats only, including single seats.
Madrid <> LIsbon via Merida, Badajoz,
Elvas, Evora and Setubal - operated by Anibal timetable is no longer on their website may therefore have ceased operation
Madrid <> Porto via Salamanca with connection to Coimbra etc Operated by ALSA.
One daytime journey each way every day, journey
time 9hrs 30 minutes. Check the ALSA website for times. One way
There is a connection at Madrid from and to
Valencia daily in summer, four days a week in winter.
Four journeys each way on weekdays, only one journey each way
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. One extra journey every day if
pre-booked. Operated by AUTNA www.autna.com website is in Spanish only.
Madrid Airport stop is at Terminal
Please check all times when buying tickets as there are no longer any downloadable timetables on the website
|Operated by Socibus
Barajas Airport T1
Bus Station (*)
|Madrid Est. Sur de Autobuses||1100
|Seville Plaza de Armas||D
|Huelva Bus Station||1840
Plaza de Armas
|Isla Cristina §||1930
Est. Sur de Autobuses
|Ayamonte Bus Station (*)||1955||0055||0640||Madrid
Barajas Airport T1
for these buses can be bought on line at www.socibus.es
* 15 minutes walk to the ferry to/from Portugal which, at best, runs 0900 - 2000 only!
§ There is an infrequent local bus service betwen Ayamonte and Isla Cristina
C via Cordoba at 1800 or 0100 D via Cordoba at 1555 or 2055
One-way fare Madrid (City or Airport) <> Ayamonte €28,90
Socibus operate other buses between Madrid, Seville and Huelva.
The Eurolines company operates a number of
routes connecting Portugal with the outside world. Their
Portugal timetable can be found here - external link.
A number of these times are the same as routes operated by the ALSA bus company, they are a 'code share' type operation.
Several of the routes involve a change of bus but through tickets are available.
- Setubal - Lisbon
Madrid-Ávila-Salamanca-Ciudad Rodrigo>>>>Guarda-Viseu-Porto-Fatima-Lisbon - Vila Real St. António
Valencia>>>>Elvas-Estremoz-Evora-Setubal-Lisbon - V. Formoso-Guarda-Viseu-Porto
Spanish company Socintarbus runs a service three times
a week across from Vila Praia da Ancora through Braga, Guimarães, Porto
(stop is at Campanhã railway station), Amarante, Mirandela and Bragança
to Valladolid, Burgos, Zaragoza, Lleida and various places in Andorra.
Timetable and more details at http://socintarbus.com/showPG.php?Id=2
Click here for a list
of Portuguese public and religious holidays until end 2014.
All Spanish holidays are listed here - external link in a new window.
Note that, as in Portugal, Spanish holidays are not ‘moved’ and are held on the given date regardless of the day of the week. Also, there are many local holidays and festivals.
For an alphabetical list of places in the
Algarve, please click here
For a bus map of the Algarve click here
For a quick list of all timetables on the site click here
For some important general notes about buses in the Algarve, click here