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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
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
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
- 20th July 2014
UPDATES TO REDE EXPRESSOS LONG DISTANCE SERVICES
I have been able to check and update the various
timetables I have on the long distance Rede-Expressos
page. There are some minor changes to some times
and also some small price increases. So far as I
can tell, everything is now up to date. Also, intending
passengers may need to know that you can now use PAYPAL
to buy tickets from the Rede Expressos website.
CHANGES TO ALSA BUSES BETWEEN THE ALGARVE AND SEVILLE
Thanks to Robert Gross for bringing this to my
attention. ALSA have changed their bus times. Their
buses no longer stop in Ayamonte and Loulé and times of
some journeys have been changed. Two journeys are now
shown as running between Seville and Lagos, although I
have never seen them run beyond Albufeira! Perhaps this
is for the summer only. All I can say is CHECK
EVERYTHING ON THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES BEFORE MAKING FIRM
PLANS. The information I have is at 001.htm#alsatimes
SUMMER TIMETABLE UPDATE
EVA have at long last put most of their timetables as
downloadable files on their website. This has allowed me
to make a detailed check of the places where I have not
recently been. There are very few changes for summer
2014 and all timetables I have been able to check have
been dated 2nd July. If you would like EVA's
official timetables they can be downloaded here.
Some are missing however.
Summer timetables where different from winter are valid
until Sunday 14th September in most areas, but some only
until 31st August. So far as EVA buses are concerned,
this mainly applies to a few routes around Lagos. If
planning to travel during the first two weeks of
September, please check locally.
SUMMER EXTRA TRAIN BETWEEN ALGARVE AND LISBON
As in previous summers,
there will be an extra train down from Lisbon on Friday
nights, returning from Faro to Lisbon on Sunday nights.
These extra trains run from the last weekend in July to
the last weekend in August. The down train leaves Lisbon
Oriente on Fridays(***) at 1950, arriving in Faro at
2315. (***) Friday August 15th is a public holiday, so
the down train will run on THURSDAY 14th instead of
The up train leaves Faro on
Sundays at 1904, arriving in Lisbon Oriente at 2236.
Reservations are essential. Intending travellers from
Lisbon should note that there are no connections by rail
or bus at any of the Algarve stations eg you cannot get
to Portimão, Lagos or Tavira by this train. All details
GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES BILLIONS OF EUROS INVESTMENT IN
Leaving aside where the **** they are going to get
this money from, the spend apparently includes €55
million on the Algarve line. I hope this will include
providing proper and accessible stations plus more
frequent and more regular trains. There is also a wild
idea to build a spur into Faro airport, although how
it would get there and just who would use it remains
to be seen. Meanwhile other work continues - see
ALGARVE 'SURF BUS' TO PRAIA DE AMADO
This summer, a private bus company is to run a bus
from Portimão, Praia da Rocha, Alvor, Lagos, Praia da
Luz and Campismo de Espiche to surfing beach at Praia
de Amado. More information here. Booking
required. Thanks to 'Barlavento Expert' for this.
RESERVATIONS ON TRAINS NOW AVAILABLE UP TO 60 DAYS
Without any fanfare, CP (Portuguese Railways) has
enlarged the reservation window to 60 days. In
addition, the 40% discount on long distance tickets
purchased more than five days in advance remains
Reservations are compulsory for travel on all long
distance AP (Alfa Pendular) and Intercity (IC) trains.
When reserving on line, tickets can only be purchased
for journeys both starting and ending at stations where
these trains stop. Tickets for connecting
inter-regional, regional or suburban trains must be
purchased locally on the day. When buying tickets at a
staffed station, these connections can be included.
CP OFFERS 25% DISCOUNT ON TRAIN TICKETS FOR THOSE
AGED 25 YEARS OR UNDER
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 and 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.
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 am adding an item to the 'disabled page' with detail
of the various stations. It is not yet complete as I
have few recent visits to use as a reference. There is
no prospect of the situation being improved in the
short term. With the European regulations being
tightened and changes required by 2020 and the country
being broke, the railways will have to be closed down
before it becomes an issue.
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 RECENT EXAMPLES
Traffic congestion and unrealistic timetables mean
that many buses cannot
be relied upon to run to time, especially on the
longer journeys. Here
are some examples from my recent travels, all on
weekdays except one :
Portimão - Albufeira Transrápido fast bus on 5th May
(it comes from Lagos) due out
at 1740 left at 1756. Arrival in Albufeira was 25
On three recent journeys, the 1840 bus from Portimão
to Albufeira has left on time but arrived 8 - 10
minutes late despite only making two or three stops en
Quatros Estradas (near Loulé) to Albufeira bus due at
1058 was twenty
minutes late - it comes from Faro via Loulé. On the
same day the 1145 Transrápido bus from Faro to
Lagos was observed 15 minutes late at Albufeira.
NEW TRAINS IN SERVICE - STATIONS IN VERY POOR STATE OF
These trains have push button doors and air
conditioned interiors. However, as the picture to the
right shows, bike users may have problems getting
their mounts on and off the trains at the stations
with low platforms as there is no proper step to the
I took mine in through the passenger door
and wheeled it down the train to the 'baggage'
compartment at the end. There is NO step-free access
into the carriages, therefore disabled persons may
also find it very difficult to get on and off. Getting
a wheelchair etc on or off is well-nigh impossible. No
assistance is available at stations. See
also this picture
of unit 0462 on the low platform at Tavira. Although
Tavira now has higher platforms, many smaller stations
are still like this picture.
A member of the regional council wrote
to the railways a year ago complaining vigorously about
'third world' state of most of the railway stations
here. He was right. Do not expect anything even
remotely like even the worst station in your home
country. Most of the stops are unstaffed, have been
vandalised and basically left to fall into
ruin. Do not expect even to see timetables posted, let
alone any information about 'next train´.
- Silves railway station 18th December 2013. Click to
see full size.
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.
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
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,
which are NOT published on the bus company’s
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. There are
only a few timetables 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
them to me. I can then include the data
in these pages.
RECOMMENDED BARS IN OLD
ONE FOR THE ROAD
(formerly Birianite Bar)
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
live music twice a week and other entertainment.
smoking inside, outside seats available.
Rua das Telecommunicações near old town Map
The Cavern Pub
English owned and run since 1991 Old town
Albufeira, Rua do MFA, two minutes walk from the
From 12 noon weekends, 6pm weekdays.
60's and 70's music plus all UK sport on TV. Free wifi
Old town Albufeira near the Sol e Mar Hotel
Up the steps by the tunnel and turn right to Praça
Good music,UK Sports on TV. Freewifi for customers
English breakfast and Bar snacks available until
230pm except Wednesdays.
Open every day, all year, from 1030am except
Non smoking inside
Tel : 289 589 977
RECOMMENDED BARS IN OTHER
PARTS OF TOWN
To be filled soon!
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
Between the old town and marina.
FAT CATS DINER,
Near Paraiso, Tropical Sol, Eirasol, Forte do Vale etc
CLOSED 1st November to mid December
RUA SAMORA BARROS
Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village. Facebook