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The information has been obtained from printed timetables and other local sources (like taking the bus) and is given in good faith.
Everything is correct to the best of my knowledge as of 29th September 2014

Local buses between AlbALBUFEIRA BUS TERMINALufeira and  nearby places - summary

Albufeira Bus Terminal is on the outskirts of town about 1.6km / 1 mile from the old town.
 Most of these buses DO NOT pass through the town centre or the main hotel areas.
Allow yourself enough time to get to there! There is more information here.
Bus maps for Albufeira including location of the terminal, are here.
When boarding at the Bus Terminal, you must buy your ticket from the ticket office, except when boarding the Frota Azul bus to Messines or the local GIRO buses. Allow a few minutes for this.
If boarding elsewhere, pay the driver as usual. Change is given but try to have small change or at most a €10 note!

DIRECT LINKS TO TIMETABLE PAGES
For more detail about these routes scroll down the page
Buses at Albufeira do NOT have route numbers.

Ferreiras and Railway Station

Algoz and Silves

Messines via Paderne

Loulé

Páteo

Algarve Shopping Mall and Albufeira Retail Park

Vilamoura, Quarteira and Faro

Lagoa, Portimão and Lagos

Guia

Messines via Guia and Algoz

São Rafael and Galé

Açoteais, Falésia and Rocha Baixinha

Albufeira Local Buses - Giro Network

Pata de Baixo

Camping Albufeira

Vale de Parra
Balaia and Olhos D'Agua
Albufeira Marina
Carvoeiro

For the bus times between Albufeira and the other main coastal resorts, click here.

All buses towards Ferreiras and beyond also stop at Camping Albufeira (the stops on the main road not the grey one just outside) about 4 minutes after leaving the bus station. Camping Albufeira is also served by the GIRO Red Route number 1 - click here for timetable and the Linha Laranja - see below. Camping Albufeira is opposite the  Clube Albufeira resort complex.

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Albufeira Local Bus service – GIRO - serving Bus Station, Albufeira Camping, Ferreiras, Albufeira Railway Station, Old Town centre, Montechoro, Oura, Sta Eulalia, Páteo, Marina, 'The Strip'.

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For full detail including links to maps and timetables, please click here.Official GIRO route map here. Please be aware that the OFFICIAL map contains some errors.

Maps are available locally. Most of those on the bus stops are out of date. Timetables are NOT published, even though the buses run only every half hour. Buses normally used have low steps also a wheelchair ramp and are accessible to disabled persons.

Flat Fare is €1.40**, a tourist day ticket is €4.00. If you intend to use the service a lot, you can buy a re-chargeable pre-pay pass from the Bus Shop in Av. da Liberdade or at the Bus Station. You can by ten rides for €8 (ie 80 cents instead of €1,40) or 20 rides for €16, but you do have to pay a fee of €3 for the card itself. A monthly pass with unlimited journeys is €18, photo required. A Seniors monthly pass (over 65) is €11, photo and ID required. Card re-charges are only available at the Bus Shop or Bus Station. You can also pick up the route map at these places.  Pre-pay passes will deactivate if not used for 3 months. Adding credit will reactivate them.

** tickets are valid for one hour rather than just one journey, so you can change buses without paying again.

GIRO TICKETS AND PASSES CANNOT BE USED ON OTHER BUSES, nor can tickets from EVA or Frota Azul be used on GIRO.

Daily departures from the bus terminal on all routes (except Laranja) are at 0700, 0730 then allegedly every half hour until 2100 in winter and 2300 in summer. In practice the departures wait while the drivers finish chatting. The Linha Laranja to Ferrieras and the station leaves at 0640 then every half hour until 2040 in winter, 2240 in summer.

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Albufeira Terminal – Camping Albufeira - Ferreiras (13 minutes journey) – Albufeira Estação (Railway Station) (17 minutes journey).


GIRO Linha Laranja (Orange) route. Buses every 30 minutes, seven days a week.Timetable here These buses stop on the main road at Camping Albufeira and not at the bus stop immediately outside the entrance. They do NOT go to the old town nor is there a decent connection in either direction.

Flat fare €1,40 cash, 80 cents with pre-pay GIRO pass card. (The pass card costs €3 and can be purchased at the Bus Station or town centre Bus Shop. You can load it with either 10 or 20 journeys. The pass is valid on all GIRO routes but no others.)

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FOR A SUMMARY OF THE LAST BUSES BACK TO ALBUFEIRA FROM THE PLACES BELOW, PLEASE CLICK HERE

FOR A SUMMARY OF THE LAST BUSES FROM ALBUFEIRA TO THE PLACES BELOW, PLEASE CLICK HERE
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Albufeira – Ferreiras – Algoz – Silves

Journey times Ferreiras 8 minutes, Algoz 20 – 24, Silves 40 –45. EVA bus

One way fare Albufeira to Silves €4.30, to Algoz €3.25.

Buses to Silves suitable for a day out leave Albufeira on weekdays at 0720, 0805, 0945 and 1235, Saturdays at 0805, 0945 and 1235, Sundays and Holidays only at 0805 and 1235. They stop in Ferreiras ten minutes after leaving Albufeira.

Buses back from Silves after a day out are on weekdays at 1335, 1700 and 1825, Saturdays at 1335 and 1825 and on Sundays and Holidays only at 1825.

FULL TIMETABLE CLICK here

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Albufeira – Ferreiras – Paderne – S.B. Messines

Journey time Ferreiras 8 minutes, Paderne 21, Messines 37 to 45 minutes.

One-way fare Albufeira to Messines €4.10, Albufeira to Paderne €3.25

Weekdays two buses in the mornings then five in the afternoons, also three as far as Paderne only

Saturdays : four buses to Messines; two more as far as Paderne only

Sundays and Holidays : three buses to Messines, two more as far as Paderne only

Return from Messines

Similar pattern but note that the last bus from Messines  on this route are at 1430 on Sundays and Holidays, 1650 on Saturdays and 1825 on weekdays

FULL TIMETABLE CLICK here

There are other buses, including a later return journey at weekends, between Albufeira and Messines, via Guia, click here

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Albufeira – Loulé via Fontainhas and Boliqueime

Journey 40 minutes one way fare €4.30. Inbound buses stop a few minutes walk from the Saturday morning outdoor tourist market. For the indoor market go to the bus station and walk about 5 minutes. These buses run via the Montechoro area - see map.

Weekdays : six buses each way, Saturdays : five buses each way, Sundays and Holidays : four buses each way.

Times from Albufeira suitable for a day out : weekdays at 0800, 0840, 1010 and 1210. Saturdays at 0840, 1010 and 1205, Sundays and Holidays only at 0840 and 1205.

Coming back from Loulé in the afternoon and evening : weekdays at 1340, 1640 and 1815, Saturdays at 1325, 1515 and 1825, Sundays and Holidays only at  1515 and 1825. Be warned that the 1640 bus from Loulé on schooldays is extremely crowded!

FULL TIMETABLE CLICK here

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Albufeira – Sesmarias - (Praia de) Galé - Salgados

Runs via Old Town (Avenida do Ténis) and São Rafael / Sesmarias. Most buses continue beyond Galé to Salgados, some further onwards to Vale de Parra and Guia. Fare Albufeira - Galé is €2.25

There are seven buses a day in both directions (with gaps in morning and afternoon of some 3 hours without a bus!) plus an extra one on schooldays only. No service on this route on Sundays or holidays in winter ie 16th September - 31st June. Saturday service in winter is limited.

FULL TIMETABLE CLICK here

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Albufeira - Guia (Algarve Shopping and the village)

Guia is served by various buses that run between Albufeira, Lagoa and Portimão – click here for times - these stop outside the Algarve Shopping Mall (but 300 yards from Albufeira Retail Park) which is about ¾ mile / 1.3km outside Guia village.

Journey about 10 minutes by EVA bus - fare is €3.25. Buses are irregular and at weekends quite infrequent. First bus towards Guia is at 0755 on weekdays, 0840 at weekends and on holidays. Last bus on weekdays is at 2030, at weekends and holidays at 1910. Last bus from Guia to Albufeira is at 1915hrs daily.

Guia is also served by the Frota Azul bus towards Messines - see below - journey about 15 minutes from the bus terminal, 20 minutes from Areais São João. This does not go via Algarve Shopping, which is ¾ mile / 1.3km from Guia itself. Fare on that bus is €2.25.

There is a free bus between certain hotels in Olhos D'Agua and Albufeira to and from Algarve Shopping ON WEEKDAYS ONLY UNTIL 14TH OCTOBER. Details here.

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Albufeira – Praia de Falésia (Alfamar resort) – Rocha Baixinha (Aquamarina and Adriana  Beach Club resorts)

Journey 20 minutes to Falésia, 25 to Rocha Baixinha. runs via Continente / Modelo shopping, Areais São João (the strip), Santa Eulália, Balaia,  Olhos D'Agua, Açoteias and Falésia at the Alfamar Hotel. The stop for Rocha Baixinha is outside the Adriana Beach Club and Aquamarina resort complexes.

One way fare Albufeira to Falésia €2.25, Rocha Baixinha €3.25.

Buses run about every 2 hours on weekdays; less often at weekends. Last bus to Rocha Baixinha is at 1735 every day. Later bus as far as Falésia (Alfamar Hotel) at 1845 weekdays.

FULL TIMETABLE CLICK here
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Albufeira - Balaia - Olhos D'Água

Journey 12 minutes to Balaia, 15 minutes to Olhos D'Agua. Runs via Continente / Modelo shopping, Areais São João, Santa Eulália

One way fare €2,25. Frequent but irregular service on weekdays, infrequent at weekends especially in the afternoons. Last bus from Albufeira on weekdays is at 1930, weekends and holidays at 1845. TIMES OF ALL BUSES BETWEEN ALBUFEIRA AND OLHOS D'ÁGUA IN BOTH DIRECTIONS HERE

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Albufeira – Pata de Baixo via Branqueira - direct journey 15 minutes

Very limited direct service, these are the only buses at Branqueira – FULL TIMETABLE CLICK here otherwise for Pata de Baixo use the buses to and from Vilamoura.

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Albufeira (Areais São João) – Albufeira Bus Terminal – Páteo – Guia – Algoz – SB Messines

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(operated by Frota Azul – pay the driver wherever you board!)

Six buses each way weekdays; four buses each way on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Starts from Areais São João (the strip) and stops at the Continente Modelo shopping centre near McDonald's then via Albufeira Bus Station. The nearest stop to the old town is near the 'Dolphins' roundabout at the Avenida do Ténis traffic lights.

FULL TIMETABLE click here.

Guia is also served by the various buses towards Lagoa and Portimão – click here for times

Páteo is also served twice every hour by the GIRO Linha Vermelha 1 bus - see below

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TRANSRÁPIDO FAST BUS FARO - ALBUFEIRA

Seven buses each way on weekdays, but only two on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Albufeira to Faro takes about 45 minutes. In Albufeira this bus stops only in the bus station. It also stops at Guia and at Algarve Shopping.Times in detail here.

Buses from Albufeira to Faro on weekdays at 0705, 0805, 0945, 1145, 1350, 1615 and 1830. At weekends and on holidays only at 0945 and 1615.

Coming back from Faro they leave on weekdays at 0800, 0905, 1230, 1430, 1625, 17125 and 1940. At weekends and on holidays only at 1230 and 1725.

There are other, much slower, buses between Albufeira and Faro via Vilamoura and Quarteira - see below.

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ALBUFEIRA - LAGOS FAST BUS VIA PORTIMÃO, PRAIA DA ROCHA AND ALVOR

Six journeys each way on weekdays, four each way Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Journey to Praia da Rocha is about an hour, Alvor 1 hour 10 minutes and to Lagos about 1hr 30 minutes.

Fast buses from Albufeira to Lagos via Portimão, Praia da Rocha and Alvor, suitable for a day out, leave on weekdays at 0855, 0910, 1000 and 1030, weekends and holidays only at 0910 and 1030.

The last buses from Lagos to Albufeira are at 1600 and 1800hrs daily, also at 1715 on weekdays. These stop at Portimão at 1640, 1740 and 1840 respectively.

There are other buses between Albufeira and Portimão, but the last bus back to Albufeira from Portimão is the 1840.

For some ticket prices / fares from Albufeira click here.

In Albufeira these buses stop only in the bus station. They also stop at Guia and Algarve Shopping.  Times in detail here.

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ALBUFEIRA TO VILAMOURA AND BACK

Journey about 40 minutes, one way fare €4,10. Buses run once or twice an hour on weekdays, less often at weekends. In Vilamoura all buses in BOTH DIRECTIONS use the exact same stop because of the one-way traffic system. The main bus stop in Vilamoura is near the Casino and the Dom Pedro hotels - map here.

Buses leave from the bus station in Albufeira then run via Continente / Modelo along the main road, then the 'strip', Santa Eulalia etc.

Buses from Albufeira to Vilamoura suitable for a day out (discounting those before 0900hrs!) leave on weekdays at : 0930, 1000, 1045, 1130, 1235 and 1330. At weekends and on holidays they leave only at  0930, 1135 and 1335. Coming back on weekday afternoons they leave at 1557, 1637, 1657, 1707, 1747, 1847, 1932 and 1952. At weekends and on holidays the only buses back after 1500hrs are at 1517, 1657, 1747 and 1932.

Times in detail towards Vilamoura here and coming back here including times at the other places in Albufeira where these buses stop.

Most of the slower buses also stop at the Quarteira outdoor market at Fonte Santa, about 10 minutes after Vilamoura and go to and come back from Faro via Almancil.
Check the timetables.

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ALBUFEIRA AND CARVOEIRO

There are no direct buses. The journey can be done six times on weekdays, three times each way at weekends but some long waits are required when changing buses in Lagoa. Summary of timetables here.

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ALBUFEIRA TOURIST TRAIN

This links 'The Strip', Forte do Vale area, old town and Brisa Sol. This runs every 20 minutes every day from about 0900 until about 1800 in winter then every 40 minutes until about 2200, every 20 minutes from 0900 until midnight in summer. Details on their website here.

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How to get to Albufeira Outdoor Market, The Marina, Bullring, Algarve Shopping Mall and Albufeira Retail Park

For a list of all the timetables on the site, click here
For an alphabetical list of places in the Algarve, click here
For some important general notes about buses in the Algarve, click here
Back to the main page here

www.algarvebus.info