This page is unofficial. The information has been
obtained from printed timetables and other local sources (like
taking the bus) and is given in good faith.
There are connections at many locations for long-distance buses
(coaches) between Algarve towns and Lisbon etc – website for long
distance services is www.rede-expressos.pt
for times and ticket sales up to 30 days in advance. I have
some timetables here.
Most of the towns and larger villages have between 4 and 6 journeys a day to Lisbon. Larger towns eg Faro and Albufeira will have 10 or 12 daily journeys to Lisbon. The journey is between 3 and 4 hours depending on where you are. One-way adult fare to Lisbon is about €22 from most places in the Algarve. These long-distance buses (coaches) do not carry local passengers within the Algarve area, with a couple of minor exceptions along the coastal route for Faro Airport.
There are also direct services to Évora, Fátima, Coimbra and more
distant parts but these may run only once a day. International routes, operated by four different companies, operate connect the major Algarve towns with Spanish destinations for example Huelva Seville and Malaga etc.
FOR THE BUSES (COACHES) BETWEEN THE ALGARVE AND SPAIN (SEVILLE) – CLICK HERE
These are the main local connections – beware that service on
many routes is infrequent and irregular especially at weekends, please
For a list of all the timetables on the site, please click here. For a diagram of the bus routes in the Algarve, click here
For an alphabetical list of all places served please click here
At Lagos for Sagres daily and Cape St Vincent on weekdays, also Luz, Burgau and Meia Praia daily, also to Aljezur and Odeceixe but NO Sunday or Holiday service
At Portimão for Lagoa, Silves, Messines, Monchique, Ferragudo and City local buses to Praia da Rocha, Praia do Vau, Alvor etc
At Lagoa for Silves and Messines, Carvoeiro and Praia do Carvalho
At Armaçao de Pera for Silves NO Sunday or holiday service in winter
At Guia for Algoz and Messines
At Albufeira for Galé, Açoteais, Falesia, Silves, Paderne, Messines, Loulé also local town (GIRO) buses
At Quarteira for Loulé
At Almancil for Loulé, Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago NO Sunday or holiday service
At Faro for Loulé, Olhao, Estoi, Sã Bras de Alportel, Tavira, Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo António
At Faro for the Airport
The railway line does not offer a good service for the main resort areas (eg Albufeira, Vilamoura) between Faro and Portimão. It runs some way inland. For example the station called Albufeira is some four miles/6km from the town! However, trains are faster and more regular than buses between Faro and the Eastern Algarve and also between Faro, Lagos and Portimão. Trains operate later into the evening than buses and depending on where you are staying, may offer a viable alternative to the bus. Train fares/ticket prices are often cheaper than the bus. For details of the train service in the Algarve, please click here.
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