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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
Local buses around Albufeira Bus maps of Albufeira
Public Holidays in Portugal 2014
Outdoor markets in the Algarve
Football (soccer) in the Algarve
Notes on the bus systems

Buses between Lagos and Sagres

Long-distance buses (coaches) in Portugal
Trains in the Algarve and to/from Lisbon

Buses in other parts of Portugal


Beer price conversion table - download and save this MS EXCEL file  then find out how much your beer here really costs!

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NEWS and updates - latest - 12th November 2014

BUSES DIVERTED IN  ALMANCIL

Roadworks in the centre of Almancil mean that the normal 'central' bus stop is out of use. Temporary stops are provided on nearby streets. There are maps at the usual stop to show you the locations of the temporary stops, which are about two minutes walk away.

Judging by the scale of these works, now seen by myself, this situation will last for some weeks.


MINOR CHANGES TO FROTA AZUL BUSES AROUND SILVES AND MESSINES

I have updated a couple of timetables as there have been minor changes to the Frota Azul buses around Messines and Silves: Most will be of no import to visitors, except that there is now a weekday morning bus from Amorosa into Messines during school holidays as well as schooldays.

TRAINS AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

 Don't forget that reservations are COMPULSORY on all long distance trains in Portugal and, as everywhere, they will be very busy during that time.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE NORMAL WEEKDAY SERVICE WILL OPERATE ON DECEMBER 24th and31st,
SUNDAY SERVICE ON DECEMBER 25th and JANUARY 1st. December 26th is not a holiday here, normal weekday service.

COACHES (LONG DISTANCE BUSES) / LOCAL BUSES AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

For long distance buses (coaches to British readers) the general pattern is that some journeys will not run in the evenings of Decemeb 24th and 31st, some early journeys will not run on December 25th and January 1st. The Seville - Lagos route does NOT RUN on December 25th and January 1st.

On local buses there is a Sunday service on December 25th (yes, buses do run on Christmas Day) also on 1st January. Normal service applies on other days.

SOME EXCELLENT PICTURES OF TRAINS DOWN HERE IN THE ALGARVE

Steve Widdowson sent me some excellent pictures of trains in the Algarve, taken in October 2014 - take a look at them here.

ALGARVE RAILWAY LINE TO BE ELECTRIFIED THROUGHOUT

It's been announced that the two sections of the Algarve line** not yet electrified will be upgraded and modernised. Don't hold your breath though, work is due to start in 2017 for completion in 2019. The announcement also said the new stations were possible, stating that most of the current stations were positioned 100 years ago and things have changed since then!

Also, a branch line to Faro Airport is to be built with completion due in 2021. Where they will get the customers from I really do not know since 95% of arriving passengers either drive or are driven from the airport to their resort. Still, it's good news after so many years of the railways deliberately being run down towards closure.

There is no suggestion that any other new lines will be built eg closer to Albufeira, Vilamoura or Quarteira. The massive holiday resort developments are already in the way or, as in the case of Albufeira, the geography makes it too difficult and expensive.

** Lagos to Tunes and Faro to Vila Real de Santo António


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 have added 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 prospects of improvements are slim.

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 (it comes from Lagos) due out at 1740 left at 1756. Arrival in Albufeira was 25 minutes late.

On three recent journeys, the 1840 bus from Portimão to Albufeira has left on time but has arrived 8 - 10 minutes late despite only making two or three stops en route. One trip was on a Sunday.

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.

NEWER TRAINS IN SERVICE - STATIONS IN VERY POOR STATE OF REPAIR


new_train_smallThese 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 'baggage' compartment.  new_train_stepI 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 the the '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 December 2013Left - 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!

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
(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 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
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

Winter hours : closed Mondays, open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from1030am with full range of bar snacks etc. Open at 1pm Wednesdays but no food that day.
Non smoking inside, seats outside.
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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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