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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
here. Many do not go anywhere near the old town centre and
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
(* the only exception is the Frota Azul bus to and from Messines, Algoz, Guia and Páteo which goes via the Bus Station on its way to and from Areais São João (the strip).
Distances from the
Bus Station (by road) which is why you might need a a local bus
or taxi to get to your final destination.
|Old Town Square 1.6km/1mile||"The Strip" 2.3km/1½
||Marina 3km/1¾ miles
||Oura Praia Hotel 3.2km/2 miles||Páteo Village 2.4km/1½
|Montechoro 1.8km/1 mile
and a bit
||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.
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.
CLICK ON THE MAP TO SEE A LARGER SIZE
THE LOCAL 'GIRO' BUS ROUTES ARE COMPLICATED AT FIRST SIGHT AS THEY DOUBLE BACK AND GO ROUND VARIOUS LOOPS.
The official GIRO bus map for Albufeira's town buses is here - external link opens a new window. There are other maps here.
GIRO BUSES RUN EVERY 30 MINUTES ON WEEKDAYS, ALSO
ON SATURDAYS UNTIL 1400hrs
SERVICE IS REDUCED TO ONE BUS AN HOUR ON ALL ROUTES, AFTER 1400HRS ON SATURDAYS AND ALL DAY SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS, EXCEPT
LINHA LARANJA TO FERREIRAS AND THE RAILWAY STATION WHICH RUNS EVERY 30 MINUTES ALL DAY EVERY DAY
CLICK THE GIRO LOGO TO THE LEFT FOR THE OFFICIAL ROUTE MAP SHOWING ALL STOPS
|The council has
splashed out on some 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 now being 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.
Buses on four routes, Vermelha (Red
01 and 02),
Verde(Green) ,Azul (Blue) all leave at the Bus
Station at the same times, on the hour and on the half hour. The
buses to Ferreiras and the station leave at about 10 and 40
minutes past the hour. They run seven days a week (including
holidays) at the same times. Except for Laranja, first buses leave at 0700,
with last buses from the Bus Station at 1900 during the winter
and 2100 during the summer.
Buses run only once an hour after 1400 on Saturdays, all day
on Sundays and Holidays, except on Linha Laranja to Ferreiras
which runs every 30 minutes all day, every day. First bus on
Linha Laranja, to
Ferreiras and the railway station, leaves the bus station at
0640am then every 30 minutes until 2040hrs (winter) 2240hrs
Cash fare is €1,40 valid for one journey. 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.
You can save this to your own device. Printed copies of this map can be obtained at the bus station or the bus shop in town. The map will open in a new window.
Official timetables are NOT published. 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 a link to the official
diagrams showing all stops.
There are GIRO route maps at many, but not all, bus stops -
here's a picture - but
still no actual timetables!
The LINHA VERMELHA Giro 1 (RED)
route (timetable here) runs around the
west side of town from the main bus terminal to Albufeira
Camping, down to the old town at Av. Da Liberdade, then to Páteo
and Vale Santa Maria, back through Páteo, then down to
Varzea da Orada and the Marina then back up the hill via Cerro
Grande to the old town, then to the Cámara and back to the main
Bus Station. In its meanderings it does stop at some places
twice. Also, four buses each day make an extra stop down in the
Marina near the entrance to the fishing harbour.
The LINHA VERMELHA Giro 2 (DARK RED, a sort of plum colour really) (timetable here), runs as follows: Bus
Terminal, Health Centre, Dolphins Roundabout, Cerro Grande, the
old town at Ave. da Liberdade, then straight back to the Health
Centre, past the Bus Station (stops outside, across the
road!), then to the Câmara, Continente Modelo shops, Areais São
João (The Strip), Bullring, Globes Roundabout, Quinta da Balaia,
Branqueira village and the Vale Navio roundabout, then back to
the Bus Station along the main road via Areais São João, the
'Worms' roundabout and Modelo. The maps do show this a bit
better. The red routes are often delayed in the summer, when
traffic clogs the Avenida Da Liberdade in vain efforts to find a
The LINNHA VERDE (GREEN)
route (timetable here) runs a clockwise
route to the Vale das Pedras, Stadium, Câmara, Old Town (Rua
Alves Correia), back to the Câmara, then along to Continente
Modelo shops, Montechoro, Brejos, Globes Roundabout, Santa
Eulália, Oura, Inatel, Câmara again, Old Town (Rua Alves
Correia), Cerro Malpique and back to the Bus Station.
The LINHA AZUL (BLUE)
route (timetable here) is the same as the
green route (more or less) but in the opposite, anti-clockwise,
The LINHA LARANJA (ORANGE) (timetable here) route runs between the Bus Station and Albufeira Railway Station via Camping Albufeira, Ferreiras and Vale Serves.
Bus Station <> Old town options
The BLUE route is the shortest way from the Bus Station to the Old Town. It will take you to the Rua Alves Correia, which is near the square and the 'Fishermen's Beach' area. The RED GIRO 01 route goes a rather roundabout way from the Bus Station to the old town centre (Avenida da Liberdade) about 200 metres from the square.
On your way back to the Bus Station, the RED GIRO 02 route from the
Avenida Da Liberdade is the quickest, but stops OUTSIDE the Bus
Station across the road. The RED GIRO 01
route goes a longer way round but goes inside. The GREEN route runs from Rua Alves Correia to
the Bus Station via Cerro Mar.
Old town stops map here. Quick summary of bus
times FROM the old town centre. Full timetables: RED 1, RED 2, GREEN, BLUE, ORANGE
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 stop at
||Buses leave at these
minutes past every hour on weekdays and Saturday mornings.
On Saturday afternoons after 1400hrs, also all day Sundays
and Holidays only the
buses marked in bold will run.
|Avenida da Liberdade Stand
||Páteo, Vale Santa Maria,
||15 and 45, last bus
1915 in winter, 2115 in summer
|Avenida da Liberdade Stand
School/Indoor Market, Bus Station
||15 and 45, last bus
1945 in winter, 2145 in summer
|Avenida da Liberdade Stand
||Health Centre, Bus
Station, Continente / Modelo,
'The Strip', Quinta da Balaia and Branqueira
|20 and 50, last bus
1920 in winter, 2120 in summer
|Rua Alves Correia*||Câmara, Continente /
Modelo, Brejos, Montechoro
||15 and 45, last bus
1915 in winter, 2115 in summer
|Rua Alves Correia*
||Oura, Sta Eulália,
Montechoro, Torre Mosqueira, Brejos
||11 and 41, last bus
1911 in winter, 2111 in summer
|Rua Alves Correia*||Câmara, Cerro Malpique, Bus
||15 and 45, last bus
1945 in winter, 2145 in summer
|Pau da Bandeira (top of
||Oura, Sta Eulália,
Montechoro, Torre Mosqueira, Brejos
||13 and 43, last bus
1913 in winter, 2113 in summer
(ORANGE ROUTE) TO FERREIRAS AND THE RAILWAY STATION
STARTS FROM THE BUS STATION AND DOES NOT SERVE
THE OLD TOWN.
BUSES LEAVE AT 10 AND 40 MINUTES PAST EACH HOUR. LAST BUS TO FERREIRAS LEAVES THE BUS STATION AT 2040 IN WINTER, 2240 IN SUMMER.
'CONNECTIONS´ FROM THE OLD TOWN REQUIRE A MINIMUM 15 MINUTES WAIT AT THE CENTRO DO SAÚDE (HEALTH CENTRE) STOP
|* this is behind the multi-storey car
park and the tall chimney.
At this stop, buses on the Linha Verde (Green) route go at more or less the same times in both directions, so make sure you get on the right one!
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT COACHES (LONG DISTANCE BUSES) TO LISBON
ETC CLICK HERE. MOST OF
THESE USE ONLY THE MAIN BUS STATION, HOWEVER FIVE OR SIX A DAY
DO ALSO CALL AT 'ALBUFEIRA CENTRO' THE SMALL BUS STATION IN
AVENIDA LIBERDADE. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SERVICE TO SEVILLE AND
INTO SPAIN, CLICK HERE. THERE IS A VERY LIMITED DIRECT SERVICE TO AND FROM FARO
AIRPORT. INFORMATION HERE
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
Buses to other towns, except for one route, are
run by the EVA bus company, whose official website is here. I have
a summary of the main places you can get to here
with links to detailed timetables.
Timetables are posted on the noticeboard, copies
can be obtained from the ticket/enquiry office. There is no map
of routes either on the official websites, at the bus station
nor is one printed. For my map of Algarve bus routes, please
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. Remember that, if boarding at the Bus Station and
except for GIRO and Frota Azul buses, you are supposed to buy
your ticket at the ticket office. Some drivers are very strict
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 multistorey car park opposite is open only in summertime.
If you are coming into or leaving Albufeira on the Transrápido or the 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 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.
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 EVA buses to/from Qiuarteira, Vilamoura, Olhos d'Agua,
Balaia etc is at the Continente Modelo shopping centre.
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 Cámara (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 SIZE.
You can catch a bus back up the hill from Rua Alves Correia to
the Camara and Modelo on GIRO Linha Verde (Green)
The buses to and from Loulé stop along 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. The GIRO buses stop there also; they call the stop Montechoro Norte. Using that stop will save you a long walk if you are staying in that area and wish to go to Loulé. See map.
Buses to Galé, Salgados, Vale de Parra
Buses to and from Galé
and also the very infrequent local buses via Vale de Parra stop at the Health
Centre (Centro de Saúde) and on the edge of the old town.
Outbound buses stop in Avenida do Ténis outside the Escola Primaria
- Junior School. Inbound buses stop on Rua Coronel Aguas and
also on Rua 1 Dezembro near Merlins Bar.
To Silves via
Buses to and from Silves also stop at the Health Centre
(Centro de Saúde) and outside Albufeira Camping.
Bartolomeu de Messines via Guia and Algoz
The FROTA AZUL bus between Messines, Algoz, Guia and Albufeira also stops at Modelo and Areias São João, close to 'the Strip', also near the old town on the main road and in Páteo. EVA's buses to and from Guia stop at the Health Centre (Centro de Saúde) and outside Albufeira Camping but are very infrequent. The fast buses (Transrápido and Linha Littoral) do not stop anywhere except the main bus station. Click here for a map showing all the EVA and Frota Azul bus stops in and around Albufeira.
Runs a circular route all year and every day between the Old
town, Brisa Sol/Modelo and Areias São João (for 'the Strip') - official
The tourist train also stops at the Tres
Palmeiras roundabout outside the Forte do Vale hotel between the
'strip' and the old town.
This is one of those little things disguised as
a train but is in fact a ‘road train’. It runs between in one
direction only between Areias São João (the stop is just
off the top end of the ‘The Strip’ in Rua Julio Diniz, across
the road from Vila Nova), via a stop at the Tres Palmeiras
roundabout outside the Forte do Vale hotel, to the Pau da
Bandeira (top of the escalators), then up to the Brisa Sol
Hotel and then back to Areias São João. The two
central stops are marked T on the map above.
It stops only at these places and does provide a
useful direct link between the old town area and São João.
Timetable : Operates every 20 minutes from
about 0900 until about 0100 from 1st June to 30th September
otherwise until 2300 . In winter, they run only every 40 minutes
On New Year's Eve it runs until 0400 and
on August 20th (Albufeira Municipal Holiday) service also runs
until 0400. Timetables are clearly displayed at the stops.
Fare is €2.50 for a single ride (children age 6 to 11 or those
over 65 pay €2.00); €4.00 (€3.00 children and seniors etc) for a
day pass with unlimited rides.
This is not a public transport option as such. It costs €18 for
one day's travel, €35 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 run
every every 30 minutes in summer, 60 minutes in winter. Service
in summer (July to October) is from 0930 - 1900hrs, in winter
last journeys are at around 1600hrs. According to their website
there is no service in December nor from 1st to 15th January.
Albufeira outdoor market (first and third
Tuesdays of the month, mornings) is held just around the corner
from the Bus Station in Estrada Vale das Pedras. Parking nearby
is very difficult on market days so, unless you are planning to
buy something huge, the bus will suit. There are two parking
areas for maybe 300 cars in all, one by the Bus Station about
100 yards from the market entrance and another one on the other
side of the Bus Station about 250 metres away from the market.
You can also park on the road that leads towards the swimming
pool - if you get there early enough.
Ferreiras outdoor market (a smaller
version of the 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. All
buses serving Ferreiras stop about 150 metres away. Map.
Albufeira 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. The Marina
is served from the old town (Avenida da Liberdade) by the GIRO 1 red route, which costs €1.40. In
winter, the last bus to the Marina leaves Old Town at 1915 and
from the Marina up the hill into town the last bus is at 1930.
In summer (1st June to 30th September) buses go down to the
marina until 2115, last bus back up is at 2130.
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 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. They are not well served by bus. The only buses are those
from the Bus Station to Lagos (Transrápido and Albufeira -
Lagos) and those to Portimão via Guia. Times below, but in all
honesty unless you are fairly brave a taxi is probably the best
way. There is a taxi rank at the Mall for the ride back. 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. The
village of Guia is served by buses from Páteo,
Algoz and Messines but that leaves you a mile (1.6km) walk
(uphill) to the Mall along a very busy road with no proper
There are NO BUSES between Albufeira Old Town
area or the 'strip' area and Algarve Shopping. All buses leave
from the main bus station and most stop nowhere else.
Buses highlighted run non-stop from Albufeira Bus Station to Algarve Shopping. The other buses also stop at the Health Centre (bottom of the hill near Eden Resort) about 2 minutes after leaving the bus terminal and at Albufeira Camping about five minutes after leaving the Bus Station. Fare is €3,35 on the non-stop buses, €2,35 on the others.
Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays) except holidays at 0835,
1150, 1325, 1415, 1525, 1615, 1720, 1800, 1820,
1910 and 2030
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 0840, 0910, 0940,1030, 1150, 1325, 1405 (Saturdays only), 1415, 1600, 1800, 1820, 1910.
When you get off these buses there is a very
busy road to cross. Use the bridge, even though this means an
extra 200 metres to walk.
Bus Times Algarve Shopping back to Albufeira
- buses highlighted
run non-stop to Albufeira Bus Station. The others stop at
Albufeira Camping and the Health Centre.
Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays) except holidays at: 0651,
0751, 0817, 0846,
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 0817, 0846, 0931, 0952, 1316, 1322 (Saturdays only), 1601, 1602, 1716, 1902, 1916
The stop for return journeys is directly
opposite where you got off.
WARNING - ON ANY DAY THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING
BUSES FROM ALGARVE SHOPPING TOWARDS ALBUFEIRA ARE ROUTINELY 10 -
15 MINUTES BEHIND SCHEDULE OWING TO TRAFFIC CONGESTION.
There is a free bus
between mid March and mid October from certain
hotels out to Algarve Shopping.
To see this year's timetable larger size click here. It will open in a new window.
For a printable copy please click here. Times for 2019 should be available early March but they haven't changed much this past few years.
I have to say that allowing 28 minutes to get from the last stop to Algarve Shopping is about twice as long as it actually should take
The bus used has 40 seats. Seats cannot be reserved - it is first come, first served. Buses either stop at the 'hotel entrance' or at a nearby bus stop. Check if not sure.
The Albufeira Bull Ring (Praça do
Toiros) is in Areias São João. The GIRO 2
Red, blue and green
routes pass nearby. Also stopping outside are the buses to/from Vilamoura etc but these
do not run in the late evenings for any possible trip back to
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
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 here.
This will open in a new window.
There is also the official Taxis Albufeira website you may wish
to consult here.
Uber vehicles are available
in summer, in fact many drivers are 'imported' from other parts of the
country. They don't know where anywhere is, so be sure you do!
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 bus station. Visitors parking there have easy access to
all local buses on the GIRO network.
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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