www.algarvebus.infoAn unofficial website for buses and trains in the Algarve
Owned and maintained by a local resident
Questions about Albufeira?
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My own picture blog of the Algarve and more
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Bring your team to the Algarve!! Click to visit our website
Alternatives to satellite dishes also supplied and installed
We specialise in personalised giftware and novelty items.
Albufeira Golf Club Hire and Souvenir Shop
Golf Club Hire €25 one player, €20 per person two or more.
Also hats, gloves, shoes and balls.
We provide the golf course and transport, you just play.
Phone Joe 00351 922127665 or
Keith on 0044(0)7761 227146
Shop is in Praça Miguel Bombarda (old town) opposite the São Sebastião church museum and Tunes Bar.
Family friendly holidays and baby equipment to hire
click the logo to visit their site
Useful website for visitor information on safety and security.
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The Algarve region of Portugal - information on bus and train servicesThis 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
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.
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.
NEWS and updates - latest
- 29th January 2016
Minor changes to bus times Albufeira - Vilamoura - Quarteira - Faro
As usual no publicity, I only found out by chance! However the changes are minor. The 0930 Quarteira - Albufeira DIRECTA bus is discontinued as is the 1600 return trip. There however NORMAL buses serving all stops within a few minutes. The last weekday bus from Faro at 2000hrs will now run only as far as Quarteira and therefore will not serve Vilamoura. Finally, the 0735 weekday bus from Faro to Albufeira will no longer pass through Branqueira. It will follow the normal route through Olhos De Água and Balaia.
Site sweep up
I have fixed a number of broken links and removed several links to defunct websites. Thanks to those of you who pointed them out.
I have corrected a weird error on the times of last GIRO buses in Albufeira. My fault, last buses do run at the same times every day.
No fare increases!
So far as I can tell there have been no increases in train or bus fares for 2016 - not yet anyway!
ÉVORA PAGE ADDED
I have added a page on how to get to and get around Évora following a visit there. It's here.
TOURIST TICKET FOR ALGARVE LINE REGIONAL TRAINS
from STAFFED stations only. (Lagos, Portimao, Tunes, Albufeira, Loulé, Faro, Olhao, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António)
Click the poster to see it full size.
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.
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.
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.
Anyone over 65 can travel half fare on local trains so long they have ID eg passport.
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 on buses for persons over 60 / 65
except for residents.
BUS DELAYS - SOME RECENT 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, the 1725 Transrápido bus from Faro was 10 minutes late arriving in Albufeira. The 1625 Transrápido bus Faro - Lagos was observed 15 minutes late arriving at Portimão. On the longer routes eg Lagos - Faro and Albufeira - Lagos, delays of 10 - 15 minutes towards the end of the journey 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!
This site is being
visited about 500 times a month. May I thank you for
the positive comments and feedback I am receiving.
CURRENT ALGARVE WEATHER
ALGARVE HOLIDAY FUN
INFORMATION, ADVICE AND DISCOUNTED BOOKINGS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY FUN - CLICK THE LOGO TO VISIT THE SITE
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 etc, Free wifi for customers
In summer - quizzes Tuesday and Saturday 10pm,
No smoking inside, outside seats available.
Rua das Telecommunicações near old town Map
RE-OPEN 23 JAN AFTER PAINTING
The Cavern Pub
English owned and run since 1991 Old town Albufeira, Rua do MFA, two minutes walk from the square.
Open from 12 noon weekends, 6pm weekdays.
60's and 70's music plus all UK sport on TV. Free wifi for customers
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
Winter hours : until further notice open from 1030am
daily except Tueday (all day) and open Wednesday 1pm.
No food served on Wednesdays
Non smoking inside, seats outside.
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
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
VICTORIA BAR RUA SAMORA BARROS
Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village. Facebook
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