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Portimão area bus services including Praia da Rocha, Praia do Vau, Alvor and Penina

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 August 2014

Links to timetables for buses and trains between Portimão and the rest of the Algarve

Summary of fast buses at Portimão to and from Albufeira, Faro, Lagos etc


Portimão – Monchique

Faro – Vilamoura – Albufeira – Lagoa – Portimão - Lagos


Portimão – Lagos - Sagres and Cape St Vincent

Lagos - Portimão – Lagoa – Albufeira – Vilamoura - Faro


Portimão – Ferragudo – Praia dos Canieros

Portimão – Lagoa – Silves - S B Messines


Portimao - Lagoa - Carvoeiro - Praia do Carvalho

Portimão – Lagos local service


Trains at Portimão
Water Taxi Portimão Marina - Ferragudo (external link opens in new window)



GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PORTIMÃO CITY TRANSPORT - PLEASE READ!

Portimão is linked with the rest of the Algarve by the inter-urban and express bus routes listed above. The railway station is just to the north of the city centre, with trains along the Algarve route and connections with Lisbon via Tunes. Long-distance buses (coaches to UK readers) run to Lisbon and more distant parts including Seville.

Below - Alameda square in Portimão

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THE VAI E VEM CITY BUS NETWORK OF PORTIMÃO

The city of Portimão and its suburbs are served by a network of mini-bus routes under the banner ‘Vai e Vem’. Services start at 0700 and finish between 1930 and 200hrs. On December 24th last buses are at around 1900hrs.

Most routes no longer operate at weekends and public holidays. The mini-buses used for most journeys are grossly inadequate at busy periods (eg school start and finish times) so be prepared for overcrowding and even for a full-up bus sailing past your stop.

These buses do not go across the river to Ferragudo etc! There are maps and timetables at the city centre bus stops, but many other stops have no information at all.

The links below are to the official timetables. Timetables are annotated in Portuguese and English. The official website itself, only in Portuguese, is here.

SUMMARY OF ROUTES AND LINKS TO TIMETABLES AND MAPS

THE OFFICIAL SYSTEM ROUTE MAP IS HERE. All stopping places are shown.

All the links below are to the official maps and  timetables on the Portimão council website and will open in a new window. Most routes serve the Largo do Dique in the City Centre.  The Alameda is the large square in the older part of the city about 5 minutes walk from Largo do Dique. Some routes have been changed so that they start/end at Rua das Hortas rather than the Almeda or Largo do Dique. Rua das Hortas is near the municipal market and quite a walk (about 750 metres) from the Largo do Dique.

Inbound buses that stop at the Centro de Saúde (Health Centre) stop at the city market outbound. The Health Centre is a short walk from the market. See the map.

In Praia da Rocha, inbound buses stop at the Hotel Jupiter, Hotel Oriental and the Fortaleza. They return via a parallel street without stopping. See the map.

The route between Portimão city centre and Praia da Rocha has late evening service in July and August. This is now the only route operating after about 2000hrs.

CRUISE LINER SHUTTLE - the port of Portimão operates shuttle buses as required between the cruise dock and the city centre at Largo do Dique. The distance is about 1 mile / 1.6km and is easily walkable.

The main routes of interest to visitors will be these - click on route number to go to official route map and timetable.

Route 14 City Centre (Largo do Dique) - Stadium - Poeta Ant.Meixo School - Vale França - Praia do Vau - Clube Prainha - Torralta (Dom Jõao II Hotel) - Alvor Praia - Alvor Centro. Runs via Alvor Praia in this direction only. To go to Praia do Vau etc take the inbound bus and go via Alvor Centro (Roundabout) runs every 30 minutes on weekdays only. For weekend and holiday service see route 1P below
Route 33  City Centre (Alameda) - Largo do Dique - Marina - Praia da Rocha runs every 30 minutes DAILY/DIAREMENTE/TOUS LES JOURS/täglich
Route 3N
City Centre (Largo do Dique) - Marina - Praia da Rocha runs in July and August only, every 30 minutes from city between 2030 and 2330, from Praia da Rocha to city 2039 to 2339. SÓ EM JULHO E AOGOSTO / JUILLET ET AOÛT /  JULI UND AUGUST
Route 35
Ladeira do Vau - Hospital - Cardosas - City (Largo do Dique) - Jardins da Rocha - Praia do Vau every 25 minutes during peak hours, every 40 minutes otherwise. Runs weekdays only
Route 1P
City Centre (Largo do Dique) -  Stadium - Jardins da Rocha - Praia do Vau - Clube Prainha - Torralta Hotel Dom João II - Alvor Praia - Alvor Centro (Roundabout). Runs about every 30 minutes in summer, about once every hour in winter and only on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Apenas aos fims de semana e férias, seulement les weekends et fêtes, nur am Wochenendes und Feiertagen. (via Alvor Praia in this direction only. To go to Praia do Vau etc from Alvor Praia, take the inbound bus and go via Alvor Centro.)

OTHER ROUTES - these DO NOT RUN AT WEEKENDS OR ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

Route 11 - Penina Church - Centro de Saúde - City (Largo Dique) - Poeta Ant.Meixo School - Praia da Rocha every 45 minutes
Route 12 - City (Rua das Hortas) - Bemposta - Montes do Alvor (near the aerodrome) every 30 - 45 minutes during peak hours, every 90 minutes otherwise.
Route 13 - City (Largo do Dique) - Tres Bicos - Bemposta - Alvor Roundabout every 25 minutes during peak hours, every 50 minutes mid-morning and mid-afternoon
Route 15 - Campanheira - Hospital - Penina - Montes de Alvor - Alvor Roundabout - Alvor Praia runs eight times a day at irregular intervals; Campanheira is served only at peak hours in winter.
Route 21 - Sargaçal - Mexilhoeira Grande - Rotunda Autodromo -  Montes da Cima - Alcalar - Hospital - City (Rua das Hortas). Four journeys each way plus schooltime journeys.
Route 31 - City (Largo do Dique) - Rua Das Hortas - Railway Station - Cardosas - Hospital every 45 minutes
Route 32 - CIRCULAR ROUTE City (Largo do Dique) - Rua Infante d'Henrique - Railway Station - Hospital - Cardosas - Centro do Saúde - City (Largo do Dique) every 45 minutes.
Route 34 - Campanheira - Hospital - Cardosas - Retail Center - Centro do Saúde - Bemposta eight journeys at irregular intervals.
Route 36 - Poeta Ant.Meixo School - City (Rua das Hortas) - Retail Center - Chão das Donas - Alfarrobeiras. Every 30 minutes except that Alfarrobeiras is served only once each hour.

THESE ROUTES RUN ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS ONLY. THEY ARE NOT SHOWN ON THE OFFICIAL ROUTE MAP.

Route 37 - Hospital - Cardosas - Centro de Saúde - City (Largo do Dique) - Railway station - Parque de Feiras e Expo - Hospital. Every 60 minutes. On Saturdays some buses run to and from Ladeira do Vau.
Route 38 - City (Largo do Dique) - Rua das Hortas - Sesmarias - Chão das Donas - Alfarrobeiras. Saturdays only. Two outbound and three inbound buses only.
Route 39 - City (Largo do Dique) - BAIRRO INDEPENDENTE / ESTÁDIO 2 IRMÃOS - City (Largo do Dique). Saturdays only, seven buses at irregular intervals.

Fares on Vai e Vem buses

There is a flat fare on Vai e Vem buses. Cash fare is €1,50 for a single journey. The ticket is valid for one hour and can be used to transfer to another bus to complete your journey. A one day ticket (unlimited journeys) is 3,50 Euros; buy that from the driver.

Pre-paid single journey tickets are 80 cents. 10 or 20 journeys can be loaded onto a rechargeable card, costing 3 Euros, which you can buy at the Largo do Dique bus office and other places around town, including in Alvor: Papelaria El Rei, Rua Marquês de Pombal, nº 3. This pre-pay system will save you money if you intend to use the buses more than about 6 times during your stay.

Children under 4 years old travel free. Monthly passes are also available at €24.00  and you need a photo. Enquire at the bus office. Senior citizens and those of reduced mobility who are residents can get half price passes but you will need to provide proofs. Tourists are not ellgible for these discounts.

Vai e Vem tickets are not valid on EVA or Frota Azul buses, nor vice-versa.

PORTIMÃO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Portimão does not have a bus station. City centre 'terminal' bus stops are near the Largo de Dique, which is not far from the old bridge over the river and also the main shopping area.

NEW BUS STOP PLAN ALL INTERURBAN BUSES LEAVE FROM THE AVENIDA GUANARÉ NEAR THE REPSOL GARAGE. MOST VAI E VEM LOCAL BUSES USE THE STOPS AT LARGO DO DIQUE. LONG DISTANCE AND INTERNATIONAL SERVICES STOP AT THE PARKING AREA ALONGSIDE THE AVENIDA GUANARÉ.

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NB - bus stops are not lettered as per map - this is just for convenient indexing!

Check which stop your bus leaves from. Do not leave it to the last minute! (Personal experience was not a good one!).  The bus stops are fairly clearly labelled as to the destinations served. There is a bus ticket and enquiry office but no waiting area. There is small shop and café attached to the Repsol Garage (petrol station). Inbound local buses from Lagoa and Ferragudo don't turn immediately towards the Largo do Dique. They go along the Rua Infante de Henrique as shown, before embarking on a tour around the city. If it's the shops you want, get off at the first stop after crossing the bridge.

Portimão railway station is a few minutes walk to the north of the city centre. Routes 31 and 32 stop there.

SHOPPING CENTRES

Portimão has several retail parks and shopping centres around the edges of the city.

Aqua Shopping is served by routes 31, 32 and 34. The Cardosas stop on other routes is within 3 minutes walk. It is 6 or 7 minutes walk from the railway station, 12 - 15 minutes from the main bus stops above.

Portimão Retail Centre and the nearby Vila Marché shopping centre is served by routes 31,32, 34 and 36 also the inter-urban bus from Lagos via Mexilhoeira Grande.

The Center Comercial Continente is served only by route 36.

Portimão Retail Park burned down in September 2012!

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

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