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Albufeira – Vilamoura – Quarteira – Faro local buses

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Faster buses (Transrápido) run each weekday direct between Albufeira and Faro. As of April 2020 weekend service was suspended and has not been restored
In Albufeira these stop only at the main bus station. Times here. Tickets are not sold at any website.

NORMAL or DIRECTA between Albufeira, Vilamoura and Faro

Until further notice ALL DIRECTA buses are suspended except for one morning bus from Faro to Albufeira. Bus service on weekdays is about half of what it was, at weekends there are only three buses all day.

These are ordinary inter-urban buses that takes slightly different routes. They all stop in Ohos D'Agua, Vilamoura, Quarteira and Almancil. 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.

The DIRECTA 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.

DIRECTA buses do not run on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays. Some NORMAL buses run daily, many do not.

The official timetable for these two routes can be downloaded at - my combined versions eastbound and westbound.

For times of the faster Transrápido buses between Albufeira and Faro, please click here or for the official timetable leaflet click here.

In Albufeira, after having left the Bus Station, NORMAL buses stop at the Escola Secundaria (Secondary School) by the bridge; DIRECTA 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

Some DIRECTA 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.

DIRECTA 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 Vilamoura.

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 DIRECTA buses 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 market here.

Near Faro, NORMAL buses leave the N125 and go into Patacão; DIRECTA 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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