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.


Long distance to Lisbon and beyond

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.


Local buses from the various towns and cities

These are the main local connections –  beware that service on many routes is infrequent and irregular especially at weekends, please check times.
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, MonchiqueFerragudo and City local buses to Praia da Rocha, Praia do Vau, Alvor etc

At Lagoa for Silves and MessinesCarvoeiro 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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