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Tavira local bus and ferry connections

The information on this page has been obtained from printed timetables and other local sources (like taking the bus) and is given in good faith.

Bus service until further notice. Ferry times updated 30th October 2022
The bus route / line number may not always be shown on the front of the bus
checked and updated

Some personal pictures of Tavira here My map of Tavira here.

Buses operated by VAMUS
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Route 105 Tavira <> Santa Luzia <> Pedras d'el Rei

There are no longer any buses at weekends or public holidays

Days of operation
MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS (WEEKDAYS)
Tavira Bus Station
0720 0810 1020 1235 1305 1440 1710 1810
Santa Luzia
0730 0820 1030 1245 1315 1450 1720 1820
Pedras d'el Rei ** --- 0825 1035 1250 1320 --- 1725 1825
Days of operation MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS (WEEKDAYS)
Pedras d'el Rei ** --- 0830 1035 1250 1320 --- 1725 1825
Santa Luzia 0730 0835 1040 1255 1325 1450 1730 1830
Tavira Bus Station
0740 0845 1050 1305 1335 1500 1740 1840
** from here it is a short walk to the bridge or little train crossing to the Praia do Barril.

Ferry Santa Luzia to Praia Terra Estreita

A ferry operates across the lagoon to the island beach of Terra Estreita.
Thanks to Michiel for the information below. Ferry runs from early June to mid-October
WEBSITE https://www.passeios-ria-formosa.com/en/destinations/ferry-in-santa-luzia/

Operates 8 - 10 times a day depending on month

Ticket, there and back, is €2.10 , children 5- 11 years €1,60.

ROUTE 41 Tavira <> Conceição <> Cabanas

One way fare Tavira and Cabanas is €3,55
There are other buses (daily) between Tavira and Conceição - click here for times
The little railway station at  Conceição is an easy 12 -15 minutes walk from the centre of Cabanas, also Cabanas Park. Train times
There are no longer any buses at weekends or on public holidays. Buses shaded grey run only on schooldays

Days of operation
MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS (WEEKDAYS) ONLY
Tavira Bus Station 0740 0815 0930
1055 1230 1335 1630 1740 1840
Conceição (Rotunda)
0750 0825 0940
1105 1240 1345 1640 1750 1850
Pedras da Rainha/Cabanas Village Apts 0752 0827 0942
1107 1242 1347 1642 1752 1852
Cabanas ** 0755 0830 0945
1110 1245 1350 1645 1755 1855
Days of operation
MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS (WEEKDAYS) ONLY
Cabanas** 0755 0830 0945
1110 1245 1425 1645 1755 1900
Pedras da Rainha/Cabanas Village Apts 0758 0833
0948 1113 1248 1428 1648 1758 1903
Conceição (Rotunda)
0800 0835 0950
1115 1250 1430 1650 1800 1905
Tavira Bus Station 0810 0845 1000
1125 1300 1440 1700 1810 1915
** Cabanas end stop is at the roundabout at the entrance to Cabanas Park and the Golden Club resorts.
The previous stop near the Spar supermarket, where the bus turns off the main road,
 is closer to the centre of the village and the ferry to the island.
In July, August and early September there are passenger ferries from Tavira to Cabanas.

Ferries and Water taxis from Cabanas to the Ilha Cabanas

cabanas

Ilha Cabanas / Cabanas island from town.
A ferry operates on demand from the quay costing €1,50
each way. Starts 9am ends according to time of year.
Water taxis are also available at about 10 Euros each way.

There is NO road access to the island.


Bus Tavira <> Quatro Águas for the ferry to Ilha de Tavira

Service discontinued

The Tavira tourist road 'train' also goes to Quatro Águas, about once each hour. This did run from early February to end October. I cannot confirm details for this year.
Some previous information here which is posted on the company website. Please revisit the website or ask at the tourist office about this.

FERRY DETAILS - OPERATED BY SILNIDO LDA

Ferry Quatro Águas <> Tavira Island

ferryQuatro Águas is about a mile (1.6km)  from town. The bus service along that road no longer operates.

The ferry between Quatro Águas to the island operates daily all year, except probably no service Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  As of 30th October 2022 this ferry is running five times daily from 1000. Last ferry back from the island is at 1635. Current timetable here. There is a more frequent service, about once an twice an hour every day, during the summer months.

Return fare (adult) is €1,70, children aged 4 to 12 €0.90 under 4 years free.

There is limited free parking at Quatro Águas; additional parking (1 Euro per hour) is available in summer.


Ferry Tavira (town) to the island


These leave from the quayside in Tavira just beyond the old market building, the Doca da Pesca and the fishing boats, going towards the tall bridge over the river.   As of 30th October 2022 running five times every day from 0930. Last ferry back from the island at 1635. Timetable here. A much more frequent service operates in the summer months.

Fare €2.20 (adult) return, children  aged 4 - 12 €1.

The Albacora Hotel also runs its own boats from the hotel jetty across to the island.

THESE ARE FOOT PASSENGER FERRIES ONLY. BIKES AND DOGS ARE NOT CARRIED AS NEITHER ARE ALLOWED ON THE ISLAND.

BOARDING AND ALIGHTING IS VIA A SHORT FLIGHT OF STONE STEPS. BABY BUGGIES MUST BE FOLDED AND CARRIED, BABIES LIKEWISE. WELL, CARRIED AT LEAST

THOSE LESS ABLE MAY HAVE DIFFICULTIES. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS TO THE FERRIES IS NOT POSSIBLE.

Water Taxis

There are also water taxis available to take you to the island from Tavira and Quatro Águas, also to and from Cabanas etc. These operate restricted hours outside the main holiday season. For prices and contact details please click here. This company website may be useful http://sequatours.com/watertaxiservice.html

Route 121 Tavira <> Santa Catarina <> São Bras de Alportel

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THE ROUTES BELOW HAVE NO SERVICE ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS OR HOLIDAYS
aucune services les weekends/dias úteis somente/nicht am wochenende
Check carefully for which days the buses operate. A scenic ride but come back a different way!
MON - Mondays only - what is the purpose of this bus?   TTF - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only
MFO - Mondays to Fridays (weekdays) only SCH - Schooldays only
The 0715 bus from Santa Catarina also the 1345 and 1750 from Tavira run via Tavira railway station. The others do not.

days of operation
MON
TTF
MFO
SCH MFO
Tavira Bus Station
0850
0850
1345
1800 1845
Prego
0900
0900
1355
1810 1855
Santa Catarina
0910
0910
1405
1820 1905
São Bras de Alportel
0930
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days of operation
MFO
TTF
MON
MFO
SCH
São Bras de Alportel
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0930
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Santa Catarina
0715
0915
0950
1405
1820
Prego
0725
0925
1000
1415
1830
Tavira Bus Station
0735
0935
1010
1425
1840

Route 49 Tavira <> Santo Estevão <> Esteiramantens

One bus each schoolday - from Esteiramantens at 0740; From Tavira to Estiramantens at 1720. No other buses.

Route 40 Tavira <> Luz de Tavira <> Amaro Gonçalves

From Tavira on WEEKDAYS (MFO) at 1325 and 1840. Also on at 1630 SCHOOLDAYS. The 1840 bus continues to Brejos (Cruz.) arriving at 1900.

From Amaro Gonçalves on WEEKDAYS (MFO) at 0705 (starts at Brejos at 0700) and 1340 also at 1650 on SCHOOLDAYS.
Journey time 15 minutes

There are more buses between Tavira and Luz de Tavira - click here for times.


Tavira Urbanas - TUT local minibus around town

Tavira has two overlapping, local urban minibus routes from the Bus Station.They make a couple of loops around the town and suburbs, at very irregular intervals, between 0800 and 2000 MFO (weekdays) only. Five journeys also run on Saturdays on Linha Azul between about 0800 and 1400. There is no service at all on Sundays or Holidays. Times are posted at the most of the bus stops. Bus stops are marked on Google Maps together with bus times.

Official maps and timetables on line here
Click either Descarregar Horário Linha Azul or Descarregar Horário Linha Vermelha for a printable timetable.

On both routes, stop 0 is the bus station, stop 2 the railway station.

There is a stop outside the Tavira Gran Plaza shopping centre, number 23 on the map.
The routes are very complicated with many stops only served on a few journeys.
TICKETS ISSUED BY VAMUS ARE NOT VALID ON THESE BUSES

NOTE ABOUT TAVIRA BUS STATION

Tavira Bus Station is situated in the Rua dos Pelames, on the riverbank, about 3 minutes walk from the town centre, the old arched bridge and the Praça da Republica.

terminal
It is about six or seven minutes walk from the Railway Station  - signs to it say "Terminal Rodoviário".
The building itself is rather anonymous, but you will see buses going in and out.

My map of Tavira here.

For a list of all the timetables on the site, click here
For an alphabetical list of places in the Algarve, click here
For some important general notes about buses in the Algarve, click here

Site home page here

Pedras d'el Rei train to Barril Santa Luzia
Pedras d'el Rei tourist train across to Praia do Barril - it has a diesel engine
Santa Luzia

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