The information has been obtained from printed
timetables and other local sources (like taking the bus) and is
given in good faith.
Information below correct as of 29th October 2022
For TRAINS at Faro, please go to this page
Bus and rail station map - click to see full sized
Right hand picture shows the main Faro Bus Station entrance - the building above is the Hotel EVA.
An outdoor annex (to the right of this view) is used by the city's PROXIMO bus system. Picture here.
All regional and most city buses start and finish
at the Bus Station (Terminal) on the Avenida.
This is about 150 metres from the railway station and very close to the city centre and marina.
When boarding at the bus station, other than for
PROXIMO local buses, you must buy your ticket from the ticket
office inside the building.
Be aware that timetables for buses to other towns may not be displayed at bus stops or inside the bus station.
If you need a timetable, download it from this site, or the official website or obtain one at the bus station.
Buses towards Loulé, also Quarteira, Vilamoura and Albufeira also stop outside the Forum Algarve Shopping Centre.
For the buses along the
coast to Quarteira, Vilamoura, Albufeira, Armação de
Pera, Lagoa, Portimão and Lagos
|AIRPORT||Faro - Loulé||Faro - Olhão||Faro
- Estoi/S. Bras
||Faro - Tavira||Praia de Faro|
|Alfandanga||Moncarapacho||Faro - Vila Real de Santo António||Bela Curral||Pechão|
|Sta. Barbara de Nexe and Gorjões|
|University Campuses and Faro suburbs||Faro city minibus|| Huelva and
|Algarve Stadium||For train times at Faro, please click here|| Ferries
Journey 40 minutes fare one-way €3.55. This bus stops a
mile/1.6km from the Algarve Stadium near the Parque das Cidades
railway station and also serves the Mar Shopping mall and IKEA
store. The stop at Mar Shopping is about 25 minutes from leaving
This bus stops also stops in Faro at Tribunal (city centre court
house), Radio Naval, Rotunda Hospital, Alto Rodes, Escola Alfonso
III and Forum Algarve shopping centre. Summary :-
Mondays to Fridays except
holidays from : 0700, 0730, 0810 then at irregular
intervals until 1930, 2130 and 2300.
FULL TIMETABLE including intermediate stops click here
Mondays to Fridays except holidays at : 0700, 0730, 0820
then at irregular intervals until 1520, then 1730, 1830, 1920,
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays - only at 0730, 0900,
1030, 1115, 1330, 1520, 1730, 1920 and 2345.
Times at Mar Shopping are 13 minutes after the time leaving
Loulé. Loulé to Faro takes 40 minutes.
FULL TIMETABLE including intermediate stops click here
Journey 20 - 25 minutes fare one-way €3.55. Most of these buses
also stop in the centre of Faro, near the 'Tribunal'. Timetables
have been removed from all bus stops! Bus service has been very
much reduced especially at weekends.
Many buses go beyond Olhão to different places.
Mondays to Fridays except
holidays at : first bus Faro Bus Station to Olhão is at
0715 then at very irregular intervals until the last bus at
1945 - full list of times here
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays : first bus is at 0715, last bus at 1945 but with some gaps of 2 - 3 hours between buses check timetable here
There is also route 68 direct between Mar Shopping and Olhão via
the Faro ring road. Those
buses do not go to Faro bus station. Route 69 runs between Olhão
and the Gambelas University campus only on weekdays when the
University is open. I have included those times in the information
There are also regular trains about once every hour weekdays, slightly fewer at certain times on weekends and holidays between Faro and Olhão; one-way fare is €1.45, journey time 10 minutes.
Mondays to Fridays except holidays at : first buses Olhão to Faro Bus Station are at 0705, 0720, 0730 , 0800, 0815, 0825, then then at very irregular intervals until 1630, 1715, 1755, 1850 with last bus at 1920 full list of times here.
Saturdays, Sundays and
Holidays first buses at 0720, 0825 then at very
irregular intervals until 1920 check timetable here.
There is also route 68 direct between Olhão and Mar Shopping via
the Faro ring road and route 69 from the Gambelas University
Campus to Olhão via the ring road. Those buses do not go to Faro
bus station. I have included the times in the information above.
Some buses on weekdays serve the Calvarinha, Bairro dos
Pescadores and Patinha areas of Olhão, going round in a loop from
the bus station. That information can be found on the
official website at https://vamusalgarve.pt/#/pt/vamus%20algarve/routes
- click number 63 in the drop down list on the left hand side
Service has been very much reduced with no buses from Faro at
weekends before 1345!
Journey 20 minutes to Estoi fare one-way €3.40; 40 minutes to São
Bras de Alportel fare €4.50
The Milreu Roman museum and site is closer to Estoi (X) than the
village. Estoi (X) = the crossroads where the bus turns off the
Weekdays except holidays 0745, then an almost 5 hour gap until 1235 then another 4 hours gap until 1630, then 1730, 1830 and 1930
Saturdays, Sundays and
Holidays: 1345, 1630 and 1830 only.
Coming back on weekday afternoons buses leave São Bras de
Alportel at 1345 and at 1745.
Buses at weekends and holidays from São Bras to Faro only at 0705, 1515 and 1745
All buses from São Bras call at Estoi 15 minutes after leaving
FULL TIMETABLE – click here
Trains are more frequent, faster and cheaper! Train times at
official website in English here.
Journey about 1 hour. Fare one-way €4.70
Weekdays except holidays: Eight buses at very irregular intervals from 0715 until 1830.
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays : only four buses each way - check the timetable.
A similar pattern exists for buses back to Faro.
FULL TIMETABLE – click here timetables have been
removed from all bus stops in Faro!
Very infrequent and irregular on weekdays, no service at all
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Mostly for schools and industrial
areas. There are also some journeys over a different route to Bela
Curral operated by 'Via Faro' which includes two buses on
FULL TIMETABLE FOR BOTH– click here.
The buses below
are the times for the main local network, operated by EVA on
behalf of Faro city council.
For all timetables click here
- external link. (None of the timetable links on the English
version of the website worked when I checked. Some of those on the
Portuguese version do not work either.). More information about
buses at the Airport here. Maps and
timetables are displayed at most stops. All Proximo buses have
wifi so visitors need to be off-line even for 15 minutes!
Routes 14 and 16 run between the City Centre and Praia de Faro
via the Airport. For official timetables click here
- external link. Buses start from the outdoor section of the bus
station complex. Network routes diagram here.
The Praia de Faro bus stop is possibly unique, as it is on a bridge in the middle of the sea! The island is linked to the mainland by a narrow bridge; the bus cannot go any further than half way owing to a weight restriction, so you have to walk the last 150 metres or so to the island sands!
All buses from or via the city centre stop at the outdoor section
of the bus station complex. Cash fare for any journey is €2,35.
Various discounted tickets and passes are available for regular
users. Consult the official prices here - not available in English. Purchase
passes at the bus station.
Main routes :
14 Atalia - city
centre - Forum Algarve shopping centre - Marchil - Montenegro -
Airport - Praia de Faro. Weekday rush hours plus a few other
15 Gambelas (University) – Montenegro – Alto Rodes – Rotunda Hospital – Avenida (Terminal) Weekday rush hours plus a few other journeys.
16 Praia de Faro – Airport
– Montenegro – Forum Algarve Shopping Centre - Avenida (Terminal)
Daily service, one or two buses each hour from about 06.00 to
24.00 (midnight). More details on this page.
17 1st July to second Sunday in
September. São Luis - Penha - São Luis -
Rotunda Hospital - Alto Rodes - Gambelas (University) (not
all buses, check) - Praia de Faro runs about once an hour mornings
and afternoons / early evenings, no buses around lunchtime) NB no
longer goes via the airport, but stops at the roundabout (Rotunda)
3 minutes walk from the terminal building.
18 Gambelas (University) – Penha (University) – Avenida
(Terminal) frequent weekday service of two or three buses every
hour during University terms, reduced during holidays. Eight buses
each way at weekends all year.
A supplementary network of minibus routes circulates from the bus
station to various suburbs, including the University campus at
Penha. Buses run at irregular intervals from approximately 0700 to
2000hrs on weekdays, then some later buses until about 2200hrs.
Timetables are displayed at most bus stops. There are only a very
few journeys on Saturdays, none after 1400hrs and no service at
all on Sundays and holidays.
For map and timetables please go to the official website here - external link. Cash fare on
board for one zone is €1.15, two zones €1.78 (!). Various
discounted pre-pay passes are available, including a day ticket
within zone 1 (City centre) costing €5,30.
Route 8 - Faro Avenida Républica
(outside bus station) - Patação - Bracias - Ameiro - Avenida
Rèpublica : ten journeys on weekdays at highly irregular
intervals. One bus on Saturday morning. Times here.
Route 9 - reverse of route 8. Similar service, times here
Route 10 - Faro Avenida Républica - Fórum Algarve Shopping - Centro do Saúde - Avenida Républica : nine journeys on weekdays at very irregular intervals from about 0900, five journeys on Saturday mornings. Times here. Basically a bus for shoppers.
Route 11 - reverse of route 10, similar service. Times here.
There are passenger ferries from Faro to Praia de Faro (beach on
the island), Ilha Farol (the lighthouse island) and Culatra. Most
run only in summer
Website for complete timetables - https://www.cm-faro.pt/421/barcos-para-as-ilhas.aspx
Times : Faro to Praia de Faro
Journey about 20 minutes. Runs five times daily at least until
31st December Ticket (there and back) €3,50 adults, €2,00
children. More frequent in summer.
From Faro daily until 29th October at 1000, 1110, 1220, 1430, 1550 and 1710. Return from Praia de Faro at 1010, 1140, 1250, 1519, 1630 and 1740.
From Faro daily 30th October to 31st December at 1000, 1110,
1220, 1420 and 1540. From Praia de Faro at 1030, 1140, 1250, 1500
Times for 2023 unknown but will be on that website page in due
Faro to Ilha do Farol
ferries operate from 1st June to 30th September.
Faro to Culatra ferries
only operate from 1st June to 31st August.
Departures are from Portas do Mar, a short walk from railway and
bus stations beyond Faro marina and past the old fire station,
beside the old city wall. Map here. Parking is available at the Largo São
Francisco, Avenida Eng. Joachim Belchior and elsewhere in the
In winter there are no other scheduled ferries from Faro to the outlying islands – these leave from Olhão. There are water taxis available all year - details here. These also leave from Portas do Mar, as above.There are also speedboats and ferry cruises to the nature reserve and the Ilha Deserta daily all year. Some details here - external link that will open in a new window. The same company also offers a ‘water-taxi’ service to and from the islands. You will see the various posters etc of other companies at the marina.
There is no scheduled bus service to the stadium (5 miles/8km
from Faro) and special service is not usually provided for events
- for more information about access to the stadium please click here. There is a
small railway station called Parque das Cidades about 3/4 mile
(1km) from the stadium. However, there are very few trains and
none at night.
A cross border coach (long distance bus) service is available
daily. All journeys stop at the airport as well as the city
centre. For more details about cross border travel options, please
click here. There
are NO TRAINS across the border. There never have been. There is a
wide river in the way. Local train service on the Spanish side
ended many years ago.
Also, check these bus company websites : www.rede.expressos.pt
For a list of all the timetables on the site,
For an alphabetical list of places in the Algarve, click here
For some important general notes about buses in the Algarve, click here
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