NEW BUS STATION IN PORTIMÃO - INFORMATION
The information has been obtained from printed
timetables and other local sources (like taking the bus) and is
given in good faith.
A new bus station has opened in
Portimão to the north of the city centre.
It is currently being
used by all LONG DISTANCE buses (coaches) to and from Lisbon, Seville etc.
There is no information I can find about whether or even if
local and regional buses will start to use it.
new facility is located in Rua da Abicada near the Portimão
Arena. Map here. NB there is no 'shortcut' between the railway station and bus station.
This is so far from the city centre bus stops that a local
'shuttle' bus has to be provided to link them. Times here.
It is a large vehicle with
baggage space. Local routes 31, 32 (weekdays) also 37 (weekends and holidays)
stop outside the new bus station. Timetables here
It is not known at this time when other local routes will be
adjusted. There is a taxi rank marked outside the bus station but
I saw no taxis on any of my three visits.
There are NO signposted walking routes to or from this location.
The walking route on my map is about 12 minutes walk, flat and
alongside the river.
If you don't want to wait 45 minutes or pay for a taxi to
travel 1.5km (a bit less than a mile) and don't mind a walk,
here's how to do it from the place where local buses stop and
most of the city centre. It is flat and not not unpleasant as
you go alongside the river.
First head towards the two bridges, following the
obvious marked paths by the river. Go under the first (road)
bridge then under the second (railway) bridge.
You will see a vast almost deserted car park just to the left of
you. Walk up the short ramp. Aim for the left hand end
of the big shiny building of the Portimão arena.
You will see buses in front of you but that is not
it. That's the bus maintenance depôt.
Follow the red brick road and you will see a gate. It is open! Go
through the gate and the bus station entrance is directly in front
Inside is a ticket office and small waiting area, otherwise it is
an open air facility. NB the ticket office opens at 0610
weekdays, 0700 weekends and holidays closing at 2030hrs daily.
If you are travelling outside those hours, you
must obtain a ticket in advance or from the website
|If you get off at Portimão,
here's how to find that way once you have finished
wondering 'where on earth am I'?
Come out of the bus station, look to your left across the
road and spot the green gate.
Go through the gate and follow the red brick road towards
the trees. - picture bottom right - and head towards the
river when you get there.
Once at the other end you will see the way of the path
around by the river and under the bridges. Follow
that down by the river and you will come out at the Largo
Do Dique for city buses and a short distance beyond buses
for places like Monchique, Lagos, Ferragudo etc
STATION - if for any reason you need to go to or from the
railway station, this is a real pain as it is quite a walk
because of the industrial area in between. Come out of the
bus station, turn right and follow the road to the end,
turn left, go over the level (grade) crossing, then
turn left again and keep going. About a 10 minute walk.
Coming from the station, turn right and follow the road to
the end, turn right again, go over the crossing and turn
There are absolutely NO signposts.