Everything is correct to the best of my knowledge as of 11th Juney 2018
These are ordinary inter-urban buses. If boarding at a bus station, you buy your ticket at the bus
station ticket office if it's open. Otherwise pay the driver when boarding.
Interurban buses in the Algarve do not carry
route / line numbers. It is sometimes hard to figure out the bus
you want, especially on these two routes. Here's how to tell
them apart and also at which places the DIRECTA does not stop. All this applies
for buses in both directions.
DIRECTA buses carry a small RED sign in the window; NORMAL buses a small BLUE one, in addition to the destination information.
buses between Faro and Albufeira do not stop at many of
the stops served by the NORMAL
buses. That’s why they are a bit quicker. If the DIRECTA
timetable is not shown at your bus stop, assume that it
does NOT stop there.
buses do not run
on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays.
Some NORMAL buses run
daily, many do not.
In Albufeira, after having left the Bus
buses stop at the Escola Secundaria (Secondary School) by the
buses do not. All buses stop outside the Continente / Modelo
shopping centre, at Areias São João (the 'strip) and on
the Estrada de Santa Eulalia near the tourist office and the
'Little Britain' café / bar.
Map showing those stops is here
buses from Albufeira take passengers only for Vilamoura and
beyond only. Passengers for shorter journeys, eg to Olhos
D'Agua, are directed to the following NORMAL bus.
buses also miss some of the stops along the road between Balaia
and Olhos D'Agua - map here which will
open in a new window. Do check carefully.
Between Olhos da Agua and Vilamoura the
DIRECTA buses run non-stop
between the 'Canas' stop and the Aldeia do Mar (Rua do Sol) in
In Vilamoura, NORMAL buses stop along the Caminho do Golfe (Aldeia do Golfe) and along the Avenida do Parque and at Navegantes; DIRECTA buses do not. The bus stops in Vilamoura show only the NORMAL timetable where the DIRECTA does not stop. All buses stop at the Aldeia do Mar (Rua do Sol) and the Vilamoura Praia da Marina. DIRECTA buses then run non stop to Quarteira Bus Station.
Between Quarteira Bus Station and Almancil
usually run non-stop. So far as I know the DIRECTA buses DO STOP at the Quarteira
Wednesday market at Fonte Santa. More information about the
Near Faro, NORMAL buses leave the N125 and go into
buses do not.
All these 'rules' apply equally for journeys towards Albufeira. Yes I know it would be simpler if the buses had route numbers!
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For a list of all the timetables on the site, click here
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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