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The Algarve region of Portugal - information on bus and train services

This is an unofficial website compiled by a resident of the Algarve. It has come about as a result of many enquiries in various forums. No responsibility can be accepted for any problems caused by errors or omissions. This site is not connected with, nor endorsed by, any official operator or organisation. I welcome any feedback, comments and suggestions. In all cases I strongly recommend that you check times locally at the bus terminal etc as timetable changes are usually made without prior warning! Timetables are NOT posted at most bus stops. They still wonder why few people use the buses here.

Contents - summary

For list of all the timetables on the site click here – BUT YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO READ THE GUIDANCE NOTES first as, at first sight, the operations here can seem a bit complicated. For example, most buses in the Algarve do not have route / line numbers as they do in many countries.

An alphabetical list of all the places in the Algarve served by bus and train is here. The list below shows the most frequently consulted pages in the site.

All timetable pages carry the date on which I was last able to verify the times as being correct. I have used almost all the buses and trains myself.

Fast Buses Faro <> Albufeira <> Portimão <> Lagos
Buses along the coast from Faro to Almancil, Quarteira, Vilamoura, Albufeira etc
Buses along the coast from Albufeira, Vilamoura, Quarteira and Almancil towards Faro
Buses between Faro, Tavira, Monte Gordo, Vila Real de Santo António etc
Travel between the Algarve and Seville (Spain)
List of timetables

Diagram of Algarve bus routes
Notes on the bus systems Alphabetical list of towns and villages with links to timetables
Public Holidays in Portugal 2015
Outdoor markets in the Algarve
Local buses around Albufeira Bus maps of Albufeira

Buses between Lagos and Sagres

Long-distance buses (coaches) in Portugal
Trains in the Algarve and to/from Lisbon Football (soccer) in the Algarve
EMAIL ME Beer price conversion table - download and save this MS EXCEL file  then find out how much your beer here really costs!
Buses in other parts of Portugal
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NEWS and updates - latest - 8th July 2015

CHANGES TO SUMMER BUS (COACH)TIMETABLE LAGOS - ALBUFEIRA - FARO - SEVILLE

I HAVE CORRECTED A COUPLE OF ERRORS ON THE LAGOS - SEVILLE COACH (BUS) TIMETABLE - it seems the official websites had conflicting information.

PLEASE IGNORE THE INFORMATION ON THE DAMAS WEBSITE AT http://www.damas-sa.es/index.php/rutas-y-horarios/

It is complete nonsense eg showing all departure times from Portugal in Spanish time. There is worse. It reflects badly on the company that they can get things so wrong.

There are a couple of changes to the DAMAS / EVA timetable for summer 2015, although the overall level of service is unchanged at two fast and two slow journeys each way every day. Updated timetable here. The ALSA bus company is running three journeys each way every day in summer between Lagos and Seville, stopping in Portimão, Albufeira and Faro only. For their times and ticket purchase, click here. The ALSA coaches also stop at Faro Airport for travellers to and from Spain.

CHANGES TO FERRY TIMES OLHÃO TO ARMONA ISLAND, ALSO TAVIRA TO TAVIRA ISLAND

Ferry timetables have been revised, I have updated the information on my Olhão page and also on the Tavira page.

BROKEN LINKS FIXED AND ERRORS CORRECTED

A number of sites to which I link have been changed recently. I hope I have fixed all the broken and outdated links and thanks to those who have taken the time and trouble to report them. I have also corrected errors on the Lagos to Faro summary page where two connections from Sagres were wrongly placed.

TRANSRÁPIDO BUSES NOW HAVE WIFI

For those of you who simply must be on line 24/7, Transrápido buses on the Faro - Lagos route are now fitted with wifi. Now if only they would run more than two journeys each way at weekends!

NEW BUS STATION IN FARO

Work is under way. The new bus station is immediately next to the old one, on the former car park. There's nothing much to see yet.

STEP FREE ACCESS TO RAILWAY STATIONS AND TRAINS

I must emphasise that there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS at any Algarve station to any train while it is in the platform. All trains in use have steps up into the carriage. Some platforms are very low, making it difficult for some.  I have added an item to the 'disabled page' with detail of the various stations. Work is continuing with the provision of modern higher platforms at the stations on the eastern end of the line and I have been able to update some of the information as of 19th June.

DISCOUNTS ON TRAIN TICKETS

CP offers 25% off. If you are aged 25 or under, CP is offering a 25% discount on all Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, InterRegional and Regional train tickets. You can use this discount in any class, any day of the week. Just show official ID with proof of your age such as a Citizen card, ID card, driving licence or passport. You can buy your tickets from long-distance ticket offices, netTICKET travel agents. These tickets can be reissued or refunded.

Young people aged 26 or over can still enjoy the Cartão Jovem discount for individual journeys.

In addition, a 40% discount is available to all travellers on long distance Intercity and Alfa Pendular trains who make reservations on line five days or more in advance. Reservations open 30 days before travel. On some trains the number of these discounted tickets is limited. These tickets can be exchanged for a different train but are not refunded if you don't make the trip. You can buy your print at home tickets at www.cp.pt and in English. DO NOT buy tickets from Raileurope or any other site as they cannot offer the discount and cannot provide you with the mandatory seat reservations. These you would have to obtain locally and pay an additional fee for them.

TOURIST PASSES FOR ALGARVE BUSES

These are available as three day versions at €29,10 and seven days for €36,25. Days must be consecutive. They can be bought at any bus station ticket office, also the Albufeira old town Bus Shop and the EVA ticket office in Largo do Dique, Portimão. They are valid on ALL buses operated by EVA or Frota Azul listed in timetables on this site. They are NOT VALID on EVA, Rede-Expressos or RENEX long distance services, international services nor on the local urban buses in Lagos, Portimão, Albufeira, Loulé, Vilamoura, Quarteira, Faro and Tavira. The local buses in those towns have their own day passes, multi-ride tickets and season tickets for frequent or regular users.

There is no other discount for persons over 60 / 65 except for residents.

BUS DELAYS - SOME EXAMPLES

Traffic congestion and unrealistic timetables mean that many buses cannot be relied upon to run to time, especially on the longer journeys.

For example, on 7th Jult the 1145 Transrápido bus from Ablufeira to Faro left 18 minutes late, arriving in Faro 11 minutes late. On the longer routes eg Lagos - Faro and Albufeira - Lagos, delays of 15 - 20 minutes are commonplace, on any day of the week.

OUT OF DATE TIMETABLES AT BUS STATIONS ETC

On my journeys I have noticed that out of date timetables are posted at several of the bus stations etc. If the bus companies cannot be bothered then we have problems! I have used the most up to date versions where I can find them - the people at Lagos and Portimão are pretty good, not so good elsewhere. There are no EVA timetables at all posted at Faro Bus Station!

THANK YOU

This site is being visited about 500 times a month. May I thank you for the positive comments and feedback I am receiving.



DISABLED OR FIND IT HARD TO GET AROUND? DEFICIENTE? BEHINDERTE? HANDICAPÉ?

Please click here for some observations on this issue. You will have problems using the buses and trains in the Algarve.  I am able-bodied by the way!

Why the site exists

I have built this site of local bus, train and ferry information here in the Algarve in response to many queries raised through various forums.

The main idea is to allow visitors and potential visitors to plan ahead by getting an understanding of the local public transport operations and the places they serve and don’t! I recommend that wherever possible you check times locally. Updates are continuous. Whenever I go somewhere, I check the information. Each timetable bears the date on which I was last able to verify it as being correct.Schedule changes are not very frequent, but do happen and usually without advance warning. Neither the website nor the bus station posts are used for this type of information and changes do happen without my being aware.

I live in the Algarve and use these buses and trains as I do not drive. Not all routes and services are included. I have left out those unlikely to be of use to visitors, for example some short schooldays only runs.

I have not included full details of some of the local 'city' bus type operations. In some cases eg Portimão and Lagos they have a website to which I can redirect. In other cases eg Albufeira the published information ranges from the poor to non-existent. You should make enquiries at the local bus station or tourist information office if required.

Please note that tickets are NOT interchangeable between these purely urban buses and the other buses.

As much as possible has been checked on the ground eg by using the buses concerned and/or obtaining the printed timetables.

The official website of the major local operator, EVA, can be found at www.eva-bus.com ; the other, smaller, company Frota Azul also has a website. Both have limited timetable information. They list buses to and from main destinations only, plus fares between major points. Not all the timetables are available for download and printing. There are often differences between the information on the websites and the timetables at the bus stations etc. I use the printed information.

I would be pleased to receive any timetables. If you can scan or photo them please email them to me. I can then include the data in these pages.

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RECOMMENDED BARS IN OLD TOWN ALBUFEIRA

ONE FOR THE ROAD

Open weekdays from 4pm, weekends from noon.
Subject to alteration for major sports events.
Sky Sports TV, Free wifi for customers
In summer - quizzes Tuesday and Saturday 10pm,
live music twice a week and other entertainment.
No smoking inside, outside seats available.
Rua das Telecommunicações near old town Map


cavern

The Cavern Pub
English owned and run since 1991 Old town Albufeira, Rua do MFA, two minutes walk from the square.
Website
Open from 12 noon weekends, 6pm weekdays.

60's and 70's music plus all UK sport on TV. Free wifi for customers


tunesbar

TUNES BAR
ENGLISH OWNED
Old town Albufeira near the Sol e Mar Hotel
Up the steps by the tunnel and turn right to Praça Miguel Bombarda

Good music, UK Sports on TV. Free wifi for customers

Summer hours : open every day except Wednesday from 1030am with full range of bar snacks etc. Open at 1pm Wednesdays but no food that day.
Sunday roast 12 - 4 pm reservation advised.
Non smoking inside, seats outside.
website
Tel : 289 589 977


RECOMMENDED BARS IN OTHER PARTS OF TOWN

These are NOT personal recommendations neither are these inserts paid for. Just ideas from regular visitors I meet.
Hours will vary according to season.

ARTE BAR, CERRO GRANDE

Website  Facebook
Between the old town and marina.

FAT CATS DINER, RUA DUNFERMLINE

Near Paraiso, Tropical Sol, Eirasol, Forte do Vale etc
CLOSED 1st November to mid December
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VICTORIA BAR RUA SAMORA BARROS

Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village. Facebook

Restaurant Listing  - on another site!

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