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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 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
- 24th February 2014
PORTIMÃO RESTORES SOME SATURDAY BUS SERVICE
The Portimão Vai e Vem bus system has restored limited Saturday service on three additional routes. These differ from weekday service and are not shown on the network map. One route also runs on Sundays. Details, with links to timetables, are included on the Portimão page.
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
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
There is no other discount for persons over 60 / 65 except for
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 :
Albufeira - Lagoa (on a Saturday) on the fast bus - the 1415 left
Albufeira five minutes late for no apparent reason, nine minutes late
into Lagoa. The return journey scheduled at 1655 was seven minutes late,
which I had gambled on and just made it after the football had
finished! Otherwise it meant a wait until 1830 for the next one.
Portimão - Albufeira Transrápido fast bus (it comes from Lagos) due out
at 1740 left at 1756. Arrival in Albufeira was 25 minutes late.
(Rather contrarily, on Wednsday 28th January 2014, the 1840 bus left on time, stopped just
twice en route to drop off passengers and once to pickup a single
passenger and still managed to be 7 minutes late arriving at Albufeira!)
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 BUS STATION FOR FARO
It was announced earlier this year that a new bus station is to
be built in Faro. It will be next to the existing
building, on land currently used as parking area. As of 1st February,
when I was last passing through Faro, no work had taken place.
NEW TRAINS IN SERVICE - STATIONS IN VERY POOR STATE OF REPAIR
(picture, left) are in service on the Algarve
line. Many have already been vandalised by the local
youth and can seem uninviting to the visitor.
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 early in 2013 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´.
Left - 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 or at the bus stop outside!
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.
CURRENT ALGARVE WEATHER
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
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 for customers
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, Freewifi for customers
English breakfast and Bar snacks available until 230pm except Wednesdays
Open every day, all year, from 1030am except Wednesdays 3pm.
Non smoking inside
Tel : 289 589 977