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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
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.
A list of all the timetables on the site
of all the places in the Algarve served by bus or
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.
THE MOST FREQUENTLY CONSULTED PAGES
NEWS and updates - latest
- 11th July 2016
ERRORS ON TRAINS PAGE CORRECTED
I missed updating some of the links on the trains page which were pointing to out of date versions of the official timetables. Now corrected.
PUBLIC AND OTHER HOLIDAYS - CHANGES TO TIMETABLES
SUNDAY SERVICE ON TRAINS AND BUSES WILL APPLY ON : MONDAY 15th AUGUST
reduced or amended service may also apply on days either side of
holidays, especially for long distance trains and coaches. Do check
nearer the time if planning an important trip.
EXTRA SUMMER WEEKEND TRAINS BETWEEN LISBON AND THE ALGARVE
CP has announced extra trains between Lisbon and the Algarve on summer Saturdays from 16th July to 27th August. There will be an ALFA PENDULAR train down from Lisbon at 0830 to Faro, arriving at 1150. It will call down here at Tunes**, Albufeira and Loulé. The train returns at 1515hrs, making the same stops. It will also run on 15th August, to and from Porto.
** NB there will be NO CONNECTION at Tunes for Portimão and Lagos. Take the earlier train at 0823.
In addition, the extra summertime Friday night train from Lisbon, with a Sunday night return trip, will start on Friday 1st July and continue until Sunday 4th September. Intending users should note that there are no connections off the Friday night train for Portimão, Lagos, Olhão, Tavira etc. There have also been adjustments to Sunday evening trains on the Algarve line to improve connections with the extra trains back to Lisbon.
Full details are now on the trains page.
CHANGES TO LAGOS - SEVILLE COACH (BUS) SERVICE OPERATED BY DAMAS AND EVA
Summer times come into effect on 1st July. There are two important changes from last year. First is that most buses will now run via Faro Airport, adding about 15 minutes to overall journey times. Second is that the summer only morning fast bus from Lagos to Seville will run one hour later, leaving Lagos at the more convenient time of 0800hrs. New official timetable leaflet here, my information updated here
SUMMER BUS TIMETABLES
A reminder that summer timetables came into effect on 1st July and will be in effect until the second weekend of September. Most routes run to the same times all year. However, many routes around Portimão, also the popular Lagos to Sagres buses, run to a different timetable. Check for the dates you plan to travel. If any changes are noticed I shall update as quickly as I can. Changes to bus times are not usually highlighted on the official websites, so can be hard to find!
LAGOS <> SEVILLE SUMMER SERVICE WITH ALSA
The ALSA website shows that there will again be three daily return trips between Lagos and Seville from 25th June to 18th September. In addition, the 1200 from Seville and 1900 from Lagos are shown as running until at least the end of September. These coaches (and those of the EVA / DAMAS joint operation) are the the only way to travel direct from Lagos, Portimão, Albufeira and Faro to Seville and back. These also call at Faro Airport. All times in full here.
Linha Litoral branding returns
The Albufeira - Lagos limited stop bus route is once again carrying the branding 'Linha Litoral´- an orange sign on the front window. I have updated various pages to show this.
Even bigger discounts for long distance train travel!
If you book more than 8 days in advance there are some really cheap
fares available on certain trains, eg Porto to Lisbon for just €9,50 one
way. These tickets are not refunded if you do not use them. Go to www.cp.pt for all you need to know.
Checked in person?
I have been asked what this signifies. It
means I have been to the place concerned on that date, I will have been
on one or more of those buses and checked the timetables as as shown at
the bus station or bus stop. If those are not correct then here is no
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)
NOT VALID ON ALFA PENDULAR OR INTERCITY TRAINS
Do the sums first. A return (round-trip) ticket from Faro to Lagos is only €15,00.
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
of the various stations.
OTHER 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.
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
For example, a 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. One Wednesday the 1725 Transrápido bus from Faro was 23 minutes late arriving in Portimão. On Thursday 7th July the 1715 Transrápido bus from Lagos to Faro was 32 minutes late at Albufeira.
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. Delays are even more likely in summer.
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.
ALGARVE HOLIDAY FUN
INFORMATION, ADVICE AND DISCOUNTED BOOKINGS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY FUN - CLICK THE LOGO TO VISIT THE SITE
RECOMMENDED BARS IN OLD
ONE FOR THE ROAD
Open weekdays from 4pm, weekends from noon.
Subject to alteration for major sports
All UK sports channels. Free wifi for customers
From Easter to end September - quizzes Tuesday and Saturday 10pm,
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.
Open 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
RE-OPENED SATURDAY 9 JULY UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
(Mike has retired - more info to follow.)
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