View and print these timetables as a
PDF file here
Some pictures of Tavira I took on 7th July 2015 here My map of Tavira here.
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.
Correct to the best of my knowledge as of 5th June 2017 ferry information updated for summer 2017
Buses operated by EVA
NO SERVICE on Saturday afternoons, nor all day
Sundays and Holidays.
No service at Pedras d'el Rei at weekends or holidays.
|Days of operation
|Pedras d'el Rei **||---||0825||0920||1035||1250||1320||---||1600||1725||1825||---||---||---|
|Days of operation||MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS (WEEKDAYS)||SATURDAYS
|Pedras d'el Rei **||---||0830||0920||1035||1250||1320||---||1615||1725||1825||---||---||---|
|** from here it is a short walk
to the bridge or little train
crossing to the Praia do Barril.
One way fare Tavira and Cabanas is €2.30
There are other buses (daily) between Tavira and Conceição - click here for times
Buses to and from Cabanas do not run on Saturday afternoons, nor all day Sundays and Holidays.
The little railway station at Conceição is an easy 12 -15 minutes walk from the centre of Cabanas, also Cabanas Park. Train times
|Tavira Bus Station||0740||0815||0940||1055||1230||1335||1630||1740||1840||0830||1055||1320|
|Pedras da Rainha/Cabanas Village Apts||0750||0825||0950||1105||1240||1345||1640||1750||1850||0840||1105||1330|
|Days of operation
|Pedras da Rainha/Cabanas Village Apts||0800||0835||1000||1115||1250||1430||1650||1800||1900||0850||1115||1340|
|Tavira Bus Station||0810||0845||1010||1125||1300||1440||1700||1810||1910||0900||1125||1350|
** Cabanas end stop is at the roundabout at the entrance to Cabanas Park and the Golden Club resorts.
The previous stop outside 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
Ilha Cabanas / Cabanas island from town.
There is NO road access to the island.
JULY to second Sunday in SEPTEMBER - Journey time 7
BUS DOES NOT RUN ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS OR HOLIDAYS
Quatro Águas is about 1 mile/1.6km from Tavira.
Buses leave Tavira Bus Station at 0905,1305,1505,1635,1850
Buses leave Quatro Águas at 0915,1315,1515,1645,1900
These buses pass the railway station about 2 minutes after/before the time at Tavira Bus Station.
The Tavira tourist road 'train' also goes to
Quatro Águas, about once each hour and every day in summer. Some
or ask at the tourist office about this.
The afternoon and evening trips do not run ´without customers'.
FERRY DETAILS - OPERATED BY SILNIDO LDA
The ferry between Quatro Águas
to the island operates daily all year, except when the weather is
In high summer (July and August) it operates frequently from 0800 until midnight.
In June and September there is a boat at least once every hour from 0900 to 1900, often two each hour.
Complete timetable here - opens in a new window but only the current months times are shown. They run extra boats if demand requires. Ferries until late evening during July and August.
There are additional
ferries in the summer. 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. These operate
at least once an hour. Summer timetable here
- external link. Picture to the right is the ferry approaching
Tavira. Click to see full size.
Silnido ferry fare
€2.00 (adult) return, children half price. This service runs from early June to the second
weekend of September, with ferries every 30 minutes at the busiest
In summer there are also ferries between Tavira (town) and Cabanas operating 0900 - 2000 (1900 in September). The posh 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.
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 2016 prices and contact details please click here. I will probably be unable to update for 2017, but there won't be much difference.
This company website may be useful http://sequatours.com/watertaxiservice.html
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 MX - not on Mondays TTF - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only
WED - Wednesdays only MW - Mondays and Wednesdays MFO - Mondays to Fridays (weekdays) only
SCH - Schooldays only but not on Wednesdays!
|days of operation
|days of operation
way only - from Esteiramantens at 0725 MFO
From Tavira to St. Estevão at 1715 (SCH, except Wednesdays) and to Esteiramantens at 1845 MFO. Journey time 15 minutes
From Tavira on WEEKDAYS (MFO) at 1325 and 1825**. Also on SCHOOLDAYS
at 1630. The 1825 bus continues to Brejos (Cruz.) arriving at
** only in winter! In summer the bus leaves at 1920hrs.
From Tavira on SATURDAYS only at 1350hrs. No buses on Sundays and Holidays.
From Amaro Gonçalves on WEEKDAYS (MFO) at 0715* and 1340 also at 1650 on schooldays. On Saturdays at 0755 only. * starts from Brejos Cruz. at 0710
There are more buses between Tavira and Luz de
Tavira - click here for times.
Tavira has two overlapping, local urban minibus
routes from the Bus Station.They make a couple of loops around the
town and suburbs, about once every hour between 0800 and 2000 MFO (weekdays) only. Five
journeys also run on Saturdays, but only 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. Maps and timetables on line here. Click either Descarregar Horário Linha
Azul or Descarregar Horário Linha Vermelha for a printable
timetable.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.
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.
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,
For an alphabetical list of places in the Algarve, click here
For some important general notes about buses in the Algarve, click here
Back to the main page here
Rei tourist train across to Praia do Barril - it has a
Steve Widdowson kindly sent me some more pictures, taken in October 2014
You can see them here.