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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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
NEWER 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 'baggage'
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
The Cavern Pub
English owned and run since 1991 Old town
Albufeira, Rua do MFA, two minutes walk from the square.
From 12 noon weekends, 6pm
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. 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.
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
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