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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
- 25th June 2015
CHANGES TO SUMMER BUS (COACH)TIMETABLE LAGOS - ALBUFEIRA - FARO - SEVILLE
There are a couple of changes to the DAMAS / EVA timetable for summer
2015, although the overall level of service is unchanged at two fast
and two slow journeys each way every day. Updated timetable here.
The ALSA bus company is running three journeys each way every day in
summer between Lagos and Seville, stopping in Portimão, Albufeira and
Faro only. For their times and ticket purchase, click here. The ALSA coaches also stop at Faro Airport for travellers to and from Spain.
CHANGES TO FERRY TIMES OLHÃO TO ARMONA ISLAND
Ferry timetables have been revised, I have updated the information on my Olhão page.
BROKEN LINKS FIXED
A number of sites to which I link have been changed recently. I hope I
have fixed all the broken and outdated links and thanks to those who
have taken the time and trouble to report them.
CHANGES TO TRAIN TIMES FROM 14th JUNE
Considerable changes to the trains
between Faro and Lisbon came into effect on 14th June.
Do check the
times carefully when you book tickets.
There were also many changes to the local train times on the Algarve line. The trains page is fully updated with the new times.
In brief, the times of the the fast Alfa Pendular trains to and from Lisbon and Porto are almost unchanged.
The morning Intercity train from Faro to Lisbon will leave over an hour earlier and will arrive in Lisbon just before noon.
The Intercity trains down from Lisbon will run at slightly different times.
Therefore the times of the connecting trains in the Algarve have been altered to suit.
Changes on the local line include more
weekday trains between Faro and Vila Real de Santo António by extending
the short trips Faro - Tavira, but at weekends there are still gaps of
two to three hours between trains, especially in the afternoons.
On the Faro - Lagos section one early
evening train in each direction is now to run only on weekdays, thus
creating another three hour gap with no trains at weekends. The first train
from Faro to Lagos will no longer run on Sundays, the first arrival in
Lagos from that direction will be at 1036hrs off a new 0902 Sunday
There will be two 'short' workings each
way between Lagos and Portimão on weekdays to add to the number of
trains between the two.
The gap in weekend afternoon trains means that there will be no
useable connections at Faro for people coming from Vila Real,
Tavira etc heading towards Albufeira, Portimão and Lagos for a period of SEVEN hours.
Finally, it is fairly obvious that some trains run through between
Lagos and Vila Real and v.v. but I cannot confirm all of them at this time.
TRANSRÁPIDO BUSES NOW HAVE WIFI
For those of you who simply must be on line 24/7, Transrápido buses
on the Faro - Lagos route are now fitted with wifi. Now if only they
would run more than two journeys each way at weekends!
NEW BUS STATION IN FARO
Work is under way. The new bus station is immediately next to
the old one, on the former car park. There's nothing much to see yet.
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. Work is continuing with the provision of modern higher platforms at the stations on
the eastern end of the line and I have been able to update some of the information as of 19th June.
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.
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 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
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
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.
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
Summer hours : open every day except Wednesday from 1030am with full range of bar
snacks etc. Open at 1pm Wednesdays but no food that day.
Sunday roast 12 - 4 pm reservation advised.
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