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INFORMATION CORRECT AS OF 1st DECEMBER 2022
All buses except the local GIRO routes are now running to reduced timetables compared to what they used to be, especially at weekends. Covid innit?
MASKS ARE NOT REQUIRED
Depending on where you may be staying, you may not
have to go to the Bus Station if travelling to/from Guia, Galé,
Loulé, Olhos D'Agua, Vilamoura or Quarteira. Most buses to Armação
de Pêra, Lagoa and Portimão plus all buses to Praia da Rocha,
Alvor and Lagos only stop at the main bus station
The information has been obtained from printed timetables and other local sources (like taking the bus) and is given in good faith.
The Albufeira Bus Station is 1 mile/1.6km from the
old town! Almost all buses* to and from ALBUFEIRA end or start
Many do not go anywhere near the old town centre and beaches.
Map of Albufeira showing bus station and various town districts. Map here to show you 'how far' from old town and strip.
Large map of old town showing different bus stops and other transport information here. For detailed interactive street maps of Albufeira, visit www.albufeira.com
Distances from the Bus Station (by road) which is
why you might need a a local bus or taxi to get to your final
|Old Town Square 1.6km/1mile||"The Strip" 2.3km/1½ miles
||Marina 3km/1¾ miles
||Oura Praia Hotel 3.2km/2 miles||Páteo Village 2.4km/1½
|Montechoro 1.8km/1 mile and
||Oura Beach 3.1km/1¾ miles
||Brisa Sol/Modelo 1km/1100
||Olhos de Agua 5.8km/3½
||Balaia 4.7km/3 miles|
There are usually taxis at the Bus
Station. If you need one phone 289 583 230. Official Albufeira
taxi website with fares etc here
but is far from comprehensive.
Uber and Bolt work in Albufeira.You can use them if you prefer. The 'tuk-tuks' you may have heard of or seen are NOT licensed as taxis. They charge by the hour.
Albufeira Bus Station has a covered waiting area
and café/bar. There are nineteen different bus stops, clearly
labelled with the routes and destinations. There are however no
maps to show where the buses go nor any timetables, except those
on the noticeboard inside.
The official GIRO bus map for Albufeira's town buses is here . There are other maps here.
ALBUFEIRA LOCAL BUS SERVICE OPERATES UNDER THE NAME GIRO
There are now 11 routes connecting the town and
suburbs. Click the Giro logo to the left for the route map.
Buses oeprate between about 0700 and 2000 daily in winter. One some routes the summer service runs until about 2300hrs.
Most routes have buses every 30 minutes weekdays, every 60 minutes weekends and holidays but there are considerable variations, especially on those routes serving outlying areas. All timetable and route maps can be viewed and downloaded here.
Detailed interactive maps showing all stops can be found at the new website https://vamusalgarve.pt/#/pt/albufeira/routes
|The council has some
fairly new 32 seat buses.
New Bus exterior - click to see full size.
These buses have a ramp at the centre doors for wheelchairs and buggies.
click to see full size.
Another type of vehicle in use. These also have a ramp at the centre doors and a wheelchair space
| Fifteen seat minibuses are
used on some journeys on weekdays and many journeys at
weekends. These have a wheelchair and buggy space at the
back with a ramp. Click for large size.
Below - GIRO buses of various types and colours at the bus station
One of the new electric buses now on trial on the Albufeira Giro routes.
These will replace the existing diesel bus fleet over the next few months.
Official notice of new increased fares here.
There is now a two zone fare system as shown on the map above.
Travel across two zones will cost €2,40 cash, €1,45 with a pre
paid pass. One Zone costs €1,90 cash, €1.45 with the pass. At this
time contactless card payment is NOT possible.
NEW MOTNHLY AND SENIORS PASSES! If you have been here before and
have kept your pre paid bus pass it will no longer work. You must
exchange it at the bus station for the new one and you will be
charged €3 for the privilege. The Monthly and Seniors (65yrs +)
passes are also changed. For that you must fill in a form (photo
no longer required) and pay €5 for the rechargeable card. The
monthly cost of the Seniors pass remains at €11 for one zone, two
zone travel will cost €12,50 a month. The full adult pass costs
€18 for one zone, €21,50 for two zones Although it not explicitly
stated, it may be that these passes are now available only to
residents as they are subsidised by the town council. A Portuguese
tax number is requested on the form.
Pay on boarding if you do not have a pass or one day ticket. Single tickets are valid for one hour after first issue. You can use it to change to another GIRO bus to complete your trip. If you are asked to change buses at the bus station, show your ticket to the second driver. You do not pay again.
Please take a look at my timetables, which have been compiled
after many journeys of exploration by myself and others! These do
not list all the stops for reasons of brevity, but I have links to
the official diagrams showing all stops.
Bus Station <> Old town optionsRoute 10 is the shortest and quickest way between the Bus Station and the Old Town (Centro Antigo). Buses run every 20 minutes every day from 0800 to 1940 in winter, until 2240 in summer (so they say!).
Old town stops map here. Links to all
SUMMER times on the GIRO network
apply from 1st June to 30th September. All routes operate
seven days a week, all holidays included.
|From Old Town bus stop as below
||To :- (nb destinations may not be shown on the bus.
Ask the driver if necessary.)
apply daily unless otherwise stated
|Rua Alves Correeia *
||Câmara, Fire Station, Vale
Pedras, Bus Station. NB this is now the only bus from this
part of town. To get anywhere else you must change bus at
||0742, 0816 then about every
20 minutes until 1942 (winter) 2242 summer
|Avenida da Liberdade
||Dolphins, Cerro Grande, Rua
||0729 then every 30 minutes
until 1959 (winter), 2159 (summer)
|Avenida da Liberdade
||Cãmara, Bus Station
||0734 then about every 30
minutes until 2004 (winter), 2204 (summer)
|Avenida da Liberdade
||Arcadas São João (the strip),
Santa Eulália, Oura
||0708 then every 30 minutes
until 1938 (winter), 2138 (Summer)
|Avenida da LIberdade
||Câmara, Bus Station,
Ferreiras, Railway Station
(This bus arrives at the bus station 8 minutes after leaving Avenida da Liberdade e.g 29 or 59 minutes past the hour. The timetable shows the buses to Ferreiras leaving the bus station at 0 and 30 minutes past. If it is the same vehicle then the connection to Ferreiras is possible. I will test this as as soon as I can!)
|WEEKDAYS 0751 then evey 30
minutes until 1921 (winter), 2121 summer)
WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS
0751 then every 60 minutes until 1851 (winter) 2051 (summer)
|Avenida da Liberdade
||Páteo, Vale Santa Maria
||WEEKDAYS 0752 then every 30
minutes until 2022
WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS 0752 then every 60 minutes until 1952
|THERE IS NO LONGER A DIRECT BUS
BETWEEN THE OLD TOWN AND THE MARINA. HOW USER FRIENDLY IS
|* this is behind the multi-storey car
park and the tall chimney, close to the Cavern and
Geordie Viking bars
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT COACHES (LONG DISTANCE BUSES) TO LISBON ETC
CLICK HERE. MOST OF THESE
NOW USE ONLY THE MAIN BUS STATION. FLIXBUS have a stop on
the roadside just outside the old town area. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT
SERVICE TO SEVILLE AND INTO SPAIN, CLICK HERE.
From 1st May to 31st October there are five buses every day
direct and non stop between Albufeira Bus Station and the Airport.
Otherwise, it's a local bus or taxi between the airport and Faro
city centre and possibly a long journey on a slow bus between Faro
Fast buses on Faro (city) to and from Albufeira six
each weekday, only two at weekends - times here. Slower buses here. Train not
recommended as the railway station at Albufeira is 4 miles / 6km
from the town. Train times here.
Of the local bus routes,
only the Albufeira town's GIRO buses go down into the ‘Old Town’
area – Centro Antigo. For many destinations you must go to the
main bus station. Except, depending on where you may be staying,
you may not have to go to the Bus Station if travelling to/from
Guia, Galé, Loulé, Olhos D'Agua, Vilamoura or Quarteira. Most
buses to Armação de Pêra, Lagoa and Portimão plus all buses to
Praia da Rocha, Alvor and Lagos only stop at the main bus station.
I have a summary of the main places you can get to
from Albufeira here with
links to detailed timetables.
are posted on the noticeboard, copies can be obtained from the
ticket/enquiry office. There is no simple map of routes either
on the official websites, at the bus station nor is one printed.
For my map of Algarve bus routes, please click here.
The electronic destination boards do not show all
departures, only those to ‘important’ places! There are separate
enquiry and ticket offices for local and long-distance bus
services. When boarding at the Bus Station, except for GIRO buses,
you are supposed to buy your ticket at the ticket office. Some
drivers are very strict about this!
The fast TRANSRÁPIDO buses to and from Faro and all fast buses to and from Lagos, Alvor, Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Lagoa, Armação de Pera, Guia and Faro STOP ONLY AT THE MAIN BUS STATION - nowhere else!
The old town is basically a pedestrian zone, with
limited access for residents and those important beer deliveries.
There are car parks on the edge of the area, but the closer you
get the earlier they fill up. During high summer season, most of
the town centre car parks, including the two multi-storey, are
full by 9am so you may end up parking a fair way out and having to
take a bus into town and back up the hill afterwards. The surface
car park at the top of the Avenida Liberdade (marked on the map
below) is paying parking area. There are spaces during the day in
high season, as locals baulk at paying the €5 fee, but it is full
on summer evenings. The multi-story car park opposite is open only
If you are coming into or leaving Albufeira on the Aerobus route 56, Transrápido Route 57 or the Linha Litoral Route 51 Lagos - Albufeira fast buses, the Bus Station is the only place they stop. You might need another bus or taxi as an alternative to a long walk to your final destination. Buses from Vilamoura, Olhos D'Agua and Balaia stop opposite the Continente Modelo supermarket (a.k.a. Albufeira Shopping) which is a few minutes walk into town - see above and the map below.
If you are coming into town on an ‘ordinary’ bus from the north (eg Ferreiras, Guia or Silves) these buses stop at the Centro de Saúde (health centre) before the Bus Station. That is much closer to the old town than the Bus Station, about 7 or 8 minutes walk along the flat footpath into town. This goes under the main road in a tunnel, so is quite safe. Map.
You don’t have to go to the
Bus Station if travelling to/from Guia, Galé, Loulé, Olhos
D'Agua, Vilamoura or Quarteira. Click on the map
to see it double the size - close the window to return to this
Faro (except Transrápido buses), Quarteira, Vilamoura, Olhos
De Água, Balaia
For the Old Town of Albufeira , the nearest stop
for VAMUS number 9 and 66 buses to/from Qiuarteira, Vilamoura,
Olhos d'Agua, Balaia etc is at the Albufeira shopping
centre (Continente supermarket) There is NO BUS from there
into the old town. Walk down to the traffic lights by the fire
station, cross the main road, turn right, keep the Câmara (Town
Hall) to your left and go down the hill that's just about in front
of you (the Rua do MFA) to the bottom, then turn right again and
you will be in the square. It’s about 5 - 7 minutes walk in all. MAP
TO THE LEFT - walking route marked in red - CLICK TO SEE DOUBLE
There are very few buses offering any time at the
Saturday market or at IKEA / Mar Shopping. Loulé is about 45
minutes, Mar Shopping about one hour by bus from Albufeira.
The buses to Loulé stop outside the Continente supermarket (the stop marked F on the map), at the Worms roundabout then on the Estrada Vale das Pedras, which runs to the north of Montechoro. There is a stop called Montechoro (X) or Crossroads up near the roundabout where the road leads off towards Fontainhas, same stop as the local GIRO buses. Using those stop will save you a long walk if you are staying in the area and wish to go to Loulé. See map.
Bus 17 to Silves
Six buses on weekdays, only three at weekends and
holidays. Buses to and from Silves
also stop at the Health Centre (Centro de Saúde) 6 minutes walk
from the old town centre.and outside Albufeira Camping and Clube
Bus 28 from
Areias São João via main Bus Station to São Bartolomeu de
Messines via Guia and Algoz
Now limited to three journeys each way daily with one extra
evening bus on weekdays. The bus also stops at the Albufeira
Shopping Continente supermarket and Areias São João, close to 'the
Strip', also near the old town on the main road and in
Buses 13, 51 and 57 to Armação
de Pêra, Lagoa and Portimão.
Bus 13 via Guia stops at the Health Centre (Centro de Saúde) and
outside Albufeira Camping, but there are now only three each way
on weekdays and one each way at weekends. The fast buses (Route 57
Transrápido and Route 51 Linha Littoral) do not stop anywhere in
town except at the main bus station. These are also now
extremely rare at at weekends. Bus times here.
GUIA AND ALGARVE SHOPPING
are now served once every hour every day by Giro Route 7 to and
from the Bus Station. Timetable here.
GALÉ, SALGADOS AND VALE DE PARRA are now served by Giro route 8
once every hour on weekdays, once every two hours weekends and
holidays. Timetable here. Stops near the old town
are shown on the map above.
Click here for a map showing all the VAMUS regional service bus stops in and around Albufeira.
The eastern or Sunrise route is a circular route
running all year and every day between the Old town, Brisa
Sol/Modelo and Areias São João for 'the Strip' and the Oura area.
The route runs in one direction only and also stops Tres Palmeiras
roundabout (near the Forte do Vale hotel) and there is a stop at
the top of the escalators down to the old town beach. The two
central stops are marked T on the map above. This currently
runs every 45 minutes.
It stops only at these places but does provide a
useful, if rather expensive, direct link between the old town area
and São João.
Sunset route described below still running December 2022
The western or Sunset route starts at the Marina,
then runs up the hill into town stopping at the São Sebastião
church, the Praça da República near the museum then back to the
marina, with only one other stop, outside the Belver Boa Vista
hotel at the GIRO bus stop. Currently runs every 40 minutes.
If you are thinking of using these as a means of
getting from A to B, local buses are much cheaper and for three
people together a taxi is cheaper still for many journeys.
This is not a public transport option
as such. It costs €19 for one day's travel, €38 for 4 days.
Children 12 and under travel half price. However, if you are in
somewhere like Salgados, São Rafael or Galé, where normal bus
service is very limited, you might find this option more
economical than using taxis every day. Visit their website for maps and
more information. There is no proper timetable published anywhere,
but buses on their 'red' route around the centre and west of the
area run every every 30 minutes in summer, every 60 minutes in
winter. Service in summer (July to October) is from 0930 -
1900hrs, in winter last journeys are at around 1600hrs. Their
'blue' route, the the east of town and into Vilamoura, is less
frequent. (the buses used on Blue Line are the same red
ones) That runs once every hour in summer, once every two hours in
winter. In previous years these tours have not operated between
1st December and mid January.
Albufeira outdoor market has closed down.
The site is to be redeveloped, no doubt more luxury tourist
apartments to be built.
Ferreiras outdoor market (a smaller version
of the former Albufeira one) is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
of the month. This is on the N395 road, just to the south of the
village centre, opposite the concrete works and next to the bus
garage - delightful location!. All buses serving Ferreiras stop
about 150 metres away. Map.
The marina is on the western edge of town about a mile/1.6km
from the old town centre and about two miles/3.2km from Areias São
João. There is NO LONGER any direct bus from the old town centre
to the marina!! They do run in the opposite direction. Giro route 3
runs about every 30 minutes from 0726 to 1956 every day, going to
Avenida da Liberdade. The only way at present to get from the old
town to the marina without a bit of a walk is to take the number 9
one stop to Parque Lùdico and then wait ages there for a number 3.
We can only hope that the Council and Bus Company soon see the
error of their ways!
The marina bus stop locations are shown on this
map. One of the tourist 'trains' also goes there -
Algarve Shopping website has some pages in
English. The Albufeira Retail Park (with Iceland's store) is
adjacent,but there is now a fence around the site and the only
walking route is a very long way and right around the back of
Algarve Shopping. The huge Leroy Merlin DIY store and that of
Sportdirect.com are across the road. The cinema at Algarve
Shopping has programmes daily from around 1400hrs, details here - all films made in English are shown
in English except some children's cartoons etc. VP in the
programme list indicates where a film is in Portuguese, VO in the
original. If there's nothing, it will be in English or the
original language (French, Chinese etc) if not.
These locations are about four miles (6km) out of
town on the N125, about a mile (1.6km) east of the village of
Guia. Giro bus 7 runs once every hour every day from the main bus
station. Times here. Connections are available
at the bus station to and from all other Giro routes.
Other buses from the Bus Station stop there, going
to Lagos (Route 57 Transrápido and Route 51 Linha Littoral) and
those on route 14 to Portimão via Guia. There is a taxi rank at
the Mall for the ride back if needed. Taxi fare is about 8 or 9
Euros, depending on where in Albufeira you are coming from/going
to. There is also a free bus on weekdays from some parts of
Albufeira - see below.
Local buses also run between Alcantarilha, Armação
de Pera, Porches, Lagoa and Algarve Shopping - times here. There is no bus from
Ferreiras but the trip can be done by using route 5
to Vale Paraiso then crossing the road to take route 7,
but check thet imes!
There are NO BUSES between Albufeira Old Town area
or the 'strip' area and Algarve Shopping. All buses leave from the
main bus station. Journey time 14 minutes.
This is Giro
route 7 and leaves the bus station at 0800 then once
every hour every day until 1900. The timetable also shows a late
night bus at 2300. These buses continue into Guia village.
Return times from Algarve Shopping 0835 and at 35
minutes past every hour until 1935. The late bus leaves at 2335.
Departure from Guia is 0830 - 1930 and 2330.
Complete official timetable and route map here.
Free bus Olhos D'Agua <> Albufeira <> Algarve Shopping
- no longer operating
Licensed taxis in Albufeira are painted either beige or green and
black. There is just one number to call if you need a taxi at your
hotel or other lodgings - 289 583 230. You can't reserve in
advance, just call a few minutes before you need to leave or use
the 'app' you can download from the official website here. Base
fare is €3,25 for the first three kilometres, then it's 90 cents
per kilometer afterwards. Fares (including base fare) are 20%
higher after 10pm, at weekends and on public holidays. Baggage is
€1,60 extra. If you phone for a taxi, that's 80 cents extra.
You can try to hail a taxi in the street, but 99% of the time
they are already on a call so will not stop. If you are in the old
town centre or other tourist hotspots, you must go to a taxi rank.
Be warned that in high summer queues can be VERY long; half hour
waits are not unknown. You may find the GIRO bus, tourist train or
walking a better choice! Outside the peak season the drivers will
bite off your hand for a fare.
For some sample fares between the centre of Albufeira and various
locations near and far, take a look at the official notice copied
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There is also the official Taxis Albufeira website you may wish
to consult here.
Uber and Bolt vehicles are available
all year around. In summer many drivers are 'imported' from other
parts of the country. They don't know where anywhere is, so be
sure you do! I have experienced at first hand drivers 'getting
lost' on what should be short and simple journeys. They rely on
GPS and not local knowledge or common sense.
And this might sound stupid, but do make a note of the address at
which you are staying and have it on a bit of paper to show the
driver if need be. I have heard tales of people forgetting where
they are supposed to be going back to, especially after a good
night out! It's 'a big white hotel' will not help much.
There is nothing official, but there is free parking next to the
main (out of town) bus station. Visitors parking there have easy
access to all local buses on the GIRO network. Location map here. Parking in
most parts of town has to be paid for, unless you can find a place
in a street or on waste ground.
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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