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WHAT TO DO IN ALBUFEIRA - LOCAL INFO IN ENGLISH
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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 27th October 2014
The Albufeira Bus Terminal is 1 mile/1.6km from the old town! Almost all buses* to and from ALBUFEIRA end or start here. Many do not go anywhere near the old town centre and beaches.
(* the only exception is the Frota Azul bus to and from Messines, Algoz, Guia and Páteo which goes via the terminal on its way to and from Areais São João (the strip).
Distances from the Bus Terminal (by road) which is
why you might need a a local bus or taxi to get to your final
|Old Town Square 1.6km/1mile||"The Strip" 2.3km/1½ miles
||Marina 3km/1¾ miles
||Oura Praia Hotel 3.2km/2 miles||Páteo Village 2.4km/1½
|Montechoro 1.8km/1 mile and
||Oura Beach 3.1km/1¾ miles
||Brisa Sol/Modelo 1km/1100
||Olhos de Agua 5.8km/3½
||Balaia 4.7km/3 miles|
There are usually taxis at the Bus Terminal. If you need one
phone 289 583 230. Official Albufeira taxi website with fares etc
Albufeira Bus Terminal has a covered waiting area,
and café/bar. There are eighteen different bus stops, clearly
labelled with the routes and destinations. There are however no
maps to show where the buses go nor any timetables, except those
on the noticeboard inside.
At my last visit all timetables were posted on the noticeboard. Timetables can of course be obtained from the ticket/enquiry office. The electronic destination boards were not showing all departures, only those to ‘important’ places! There are separate enquiry and ticket offices for local and long-distance bus services. Remember that, if boarding at the Bus Terminal and except for GIRO and Frota Azul buses, you are supposed to buy your ticket at the ticket office. Some drivers are very strict about this!
THIS A VERY BASIC MAP TO SHOW HOW
THE LOCAL BUSES LINK THE BUS TERMINAL AT ALBUFEIRA WITH THE
CLICK ON THE MAP TO SEE A LARGER SIZE
THE LOCAL 'GIRO' BUS ROUTES ARE COMPLICATED AT FIRST SIGHT AS THEY DOUBLE BACK AND GO ROUND VARIOUS LOOPS.
The official GIRO bus map for Albufeira's town buses is
Please note that the OFFICIAL map contains some errors. There are other maps here.
For interactive street maps of Albufeira, visit www.albufeira.com For a
map of the town showing the 'roundabouts' often referred to
when giving directions, click here.
There is a good street map here
which can be downloaded and saved to your computer and printed if
you have a good printer.
The local GIRO bus network connects the Bus
Terminal, the old town and other districts of Albufeira. Buses on
these routes run every half-hour, seven days a week. Cash fare is
€1,40 valid one hour from time of issue. A one-day ticket costing
€4,00 is also available on board buses. For irregular users, a
pre-pay card (€3) is available which can be loaded with ten rides
for 8 Euro or twenty rides for 16 Euros ie 80 cents each. Monthly
passes are also available,
photo ID required. Ask at the Bus Station, or at the Bus Shop in
the town. Prepay cards will de-activate if not used for three
months. Adding more credit will re-activate them.
Click on the GIRO logo (left) for the official route network map in PDF file format. You can save this to your own computer. Printed copies of this map can be obtained at the bus station or the bus shop in town. The map will open in a new window.
Timetables are NOT published, even though buses run only every
half hour. Please take a look at my timetables, which have been
compiled after many journeys of exploration by myself and others!
These do not list all the stops for reasons of brevity, but I have
a link to the official diagrams showing all stops.
There are new style GIRO route maps now at the bus stops - here's
a picture - but still no
SUMMER times on the GIRO network apply from 1st June to 30th September. All routes operate seven days a week, all holidays included, every 30 minutes.
Buses on four routes, Vermelha (Red 01 and 02), Verde(Green) ,Azul (Blue) all leave at the Bus Terminal at the same times, on the hour and on the half hour. The Laranja route buses to Ferreiras and the station leave at about 10 and 40 minutes past the hour. They run seven days a week (including holidays) at the same times. Except for Laranja, first buses leave at 0700, with last buses from the Bus Terminal at 2100 during the winter and 2300 during the summer.
The LINHA VERMELHA Giro 1 (RED)
route (timetable here) runs around the west
side of town from the main bus
terminal to Albufeira Camping, down to the old town at Av. Da
Liberdade, then to Páteo and Vale Santa Maria, back through
Páteo, then down to the Marina, back up via Cerro Grande and the
old town, then to the Cámara and back to the main Bus Terminal. In its meanderings it does stop at some places twice.
Also, four buses each day make an extra stop down in the Marina
near the entrance to the fishing harbour.
The LINHA VERMELHA Giro 2 (DARK RED, a sort of plum colour really) (timetable here), runs as follows: Bus Terminal, Health Centre, Dolphins Roundabout, Cerro Grande, the old town at Ave. da Liberdade, then straight back to the Health Centre, past the Bus Terminal (stops outside, across the road!), then to the Câmara, Continente Modelo shops, Areais São João (The Strip), Bullring, Globes Roundabout, Quinta da Balaia (why I cannot imagine!) back to the Bus Terminal via Areais São João, the 'Worms' roundabout and Modelo. The maps do show this a bit better. The red routes are often delayed in the summer, when traffic clogs the Av. Da Liberdade in vain efforts to find a parking space.
The LINNHA VERDE (GREEN)
route (timetable here)
runs a clockwise route to the Vale das Pedras, Stadium,
Câmara, Old Town (Rua Alves Correia), back to the Câmara, then
along to Continente Modelo shops, Montechoro,
Brejos, Globes Roundabout, Santa Eulália, Oura, Inatel, Cámara
again, Cerro Malpique and back to the Bus Terminal.
The LINHA AZUL (BLUE)
route (timetable here) is the same as the
green route (more or less) but in
the opposite, anti-clockwise, direction. It also stops
in the old town (Rua Alves Correia) before embarking on its great
circle round the city. Unfortunately it doesn't stop there on the
The LINHA LARANJA (ORANGE) (timetable
here) route runs between the Bus Terminal and Albufeira
Railway Station via Camping Albufeira, Ferreiras and Vale Serves.
The BLUE route is the shortest way from the Terminal to the Old Town. It will take you to the Rua Alves Correia, which is near the square and the 'Fishermen's Beach' area. The RED GIRO 01 route goes a rather roundabout way from the Bus Terminal to the old town centre (Avenida da Liberdade) about 300 metres from the square.
There is NO DIRECT BUS from old town Rua Alves Correia back
to the Bus Terminal. You must either go
up the escalators to the Pau da Bandeira stop by the roundabout
for the Linha Verde bus, or across the square to Avenida da
Liberdade for either of the Linha Vermelha routes.
On your way back to the Bus Terminal, the RED GIRO 02 route from the Av. Da
Liberdade is the quickest, but stops OUTSIDE the Terminal across
the road. The RED GIRO 01 route goes a
longer way round but goes inside.
Quick summary of bus times FROM the old town
centre. Full timetables: RED 1, RED 2, GREEN, BLUE, ORANGE
SUMMER times on the GIRO network apply from 1st
to 30th September. All routes operate seven days a week, holidays
included, every 30 minutes.
|From Old Town at
||buses leave at these minutes
past every hour
|Avenida da Liberdade Stand 3
||Páteo, Vale Santa Maria,
(in winter last bus to the Marina is at 2045)
|15 and 45, last bus 2115 in
winter, 2315 in summer
||Vermelha (Red) 1
|Avenida da Liberdade Stand 4
School/Indoor Market, Bus Terminal
||15 and 45, last bus 2145 in
winter, 2345 in summer
||Vermelha (Red) 1
|Avenida da Liberdade Stand 4
||Health Centre, Bus Station,
Continente / Modelo,
'The Strip' and Quinta da Balaia
|20 and 50, last bus 2120 in
winter, 2320 in summer
||Vermelha (Red) 2
|Rua Alves Correia*||Câmara, Continente / Modelo,
||15 and 45, last bus 2115 in
winter, 2315 in summer
|Rua Alves Correia*
||Oura, Sta Eulália, Montechoro
||11 and 41, last bus 2111 in
winter, 2311 in summer
|Pau da Bandeira (top of
||Câmara, Cerro Malpique, Bus
||11 and 41, last bus 2141 in
winter, 2341 in summer
|Pau da Bandeira (top of
||Oura, Sta Eulália, Montechoro
||15 and 45, last bus 2115 in
winter, 2315 in summer
LARANJA (ORANGE ROUTE) TO FERREIRAS AND THE RAILWAY
STATION STARTS FROM THE BUS TERMINAL AND DOES NOT
SERVE THE OLD TOWN.
BUSES LEAVE AT 10 AND 40 MINUTES PAST EACH HOUR. LAST BUS TO FERREIRAS LEAVES THE BUS TERMINAL AT 2040 IN WINTER, 2240 IN SUMMER.
'CONNECTIONS´ FROM THE OLD TOWN LEAVE 25 MINUTES EARLIER AND REQUIRE 15 MINUTES WAIT AT THE CENTRO DO SAÚDE (HEALTH CENTRE) STOP OR THE BUS STATION
|* this is behind the multi-storey car
park and the tall chimney
buses go down into the ‘Old Town’ area – Centro Antigo. For most
destinations you must go to the main bus station. Except,
where you may be staying, you don’t have to go to the Bus Terminal
travelling to/from Guia, Galé, Loulé, Olhos D'Agua, Vilamoura or
Except for one route, buses to other towns are run
by the EVA company, whose official website is here. I have a
summary of the
main places you can get to here with links
to detailed timetables.
None of the inter-urban buses go into the
centre of old town of Albufeira. The old town is basically a
pedestrian zone, with limited access for residents and those
important beer deliveries. There are car parks on the edge of the
area, but the closer you get the earlier they fill up. During high
summer season, most of the town centre car parks, including the
two multi-storey, are full by 9am so you may end up parking a fair
way out and having to take a bus into town and back up the hill
afterwards. The car park at the top of the Avenida Liberdade
(marked on the map below) was converted into proper paying parking
area. There are spaces during the day in high season, as locals
baulk at paying the €5 per day fee, but it is full in the
evenings. A new multistorey car park was built but has already closed down for lack of business!
If you are coming into or leaving Albufeira on the Transrápido or the Lagos - Albufeira fast buses, the Bus Terminal is the only place they stop. You might need another bus or taxi as an alternative to a long walk to your final destination. Buses from Vilamoura etc stop opposite the Continente Modelo supermarket a few minutes walk into town - see above and the map below.
If you are coming into town on an ‘ordinary’ bus from the north (eg Ferreiras, Guia or Silves) these buses stop at the Centro de Saude (health centre) before the Bus Terminal. That is much closer to the old town than the Bus Terminal, about 7 or 8 minutes walk along the flat footpath into town. This goes under the main road in a tunnel, so is quite safe.
You don’t have to go to the Bus Terminal if travelling to/from Guia, Galé, Loulé, Olhos D'Agua, Vilamoura or Quarteira. Click on the map to see it double the size - close the window to return to this page
For the Old Town of Albufeira , the nearest stop
for EVA buses to/from Olhos d'Agua, Balaia etc is at the
Continente Modelo shopping centre. There is NO BUS from
there into the old town. Walk down to the traffic lights by the
fire station, cross the main road, turn right, keep the Cámara
(Town Hall) to your left and go down the hill that's just about in
front of you (the Rua do MFA) to the bottom, then turn right again
and you will be in the square. It’s about 5 - 7 minutes walk in
all. MAP TO THE LEFT - walking route marked in red - CLICK TO
SEE DOUBLE SIZE. You can catch a bus back up the hill from
Rua Alves Correia to the Camara and Modelo; Linha Verde (Green) at
about 15 and 45 minutes past the hour.
The buses to and from Loulé
stop along the Estrada Vale das Pedras, which runs to the north of
Montechoro. There is a stop called Montechoro (X) or Crossroads up
near the roundabout where the road leads off towards Fontainhas.
The GIRO buses stop there also; they call the stop Montechoro
Norte. Using that stop will save you a long walk if you are
staying in that area and wish to go to Loulé. See map.
Buses to and from Galé and also the very infrequent local buses via Vale de Parra stop at the Health Centre (Centro de Saude) and on the edge of the old town. Outbound buses stop in Av. Do Ténis outside the Escola Primaria. Inbound buses stop on Rua Coronel Aguas and also on Rua 1 Dezembro near Merlins Bar.
The FROTA AZUL bus between Messines,
Guia and Albufeira also stops at Modelo and Areias São João,
close to 'the Strip.'.
Buses to and from the Almancil, Quarteira, Vilamoura, Olhos d’Agua and Balaia directions stop at Sta. Eulalia, also near the bullring, at Areias São João, and outside the Modelo shopping centre.
Click here for a map showing all the EVA and Frota Azul bus stops in and around Albufeira.
The fast TRANSRÁPIDO bus to and from
Faro and all fast buses to and from Lagos,
Alvor, Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Lagoa, Armação de Pera, Guia
and Faro STOP ONLY AT THE BUS TERMINAL - nowhere else!
Runs a circular route all year and every day between the Old
town, Brisa Sol/Modelo and Areias São João (for 'the Strip') - official
The tourist train also stops at the Tres Palmeiras
outside the Forte do Vale hotel between the 'strip' and the old
This is one of those little things disguised as a
train but is in fact a ‘road train’. It runs between in one
direction only between Areias São João (the stop is just
off the top end of the ‘The Strip’ in Rua Julio Diniz, across the
road from Vila Nova), via a stop at the Tres Palmeiras
roundabout outside the Forte do Vale hotel, to the Pau da Bandeira
(top of the escalators), then up to the Brisa Sol Hotel
and then back to Areias São João. The two central stops
are marked T on the map above.
It stops only at these places and does provide a
useful direct link between the old town area and São João.
Timetable : Operates in summer every 20 minutes
from about 0900 until about 0100. It no longer runs into the early
hours. On New Year's Eve it runs until 0400 and on August 20th
(Albufeira Municipal Holiday) service also runs until 0400 . In
spring and early summer it starts at about 0900 then
runs every 20 minutes until about 2230. On winter evenings the
service is once every 40 minutes. Timetables are clearly displayed
at the stops. Fare is €2.50 for a single ride (children age
6 to 11 or those over 65 pay €2.00); €4.00 (€3.00 children and
seniors etc) for a day pass with
This is not a public transport option for the most part, as it is
€13 for one day's travel, €20 for 4 days. Children 12 and under
travel half price. However, if you are in somewhere like Salgados,
São Rafael or Galé, where normal bus service is very limited, you
option more economical than using taxis every day. Visit their website
for maps and more information. There is no proper timetable
published anywhere, but buses run every 30 minutes in summer,
minutes in winter.
Albufeira outdoor market (first and
third Tuesdays of the month, mornings) is held just around the
corner from the Bus Terminal in Estrada Vale das Pedras. Parking
nearby is very difficult on market days so, unless you are
planning to buy something huge, the bus will suit. There are two
parking areas for maybe 300 cars in all, one by the Bus Terminal
about 100 yards from the market entrance and another one on the
other side of the Bus Terminal about 250 metres away from the
market. You can also park on the road that leads towards the
swimming pool - if you get there early enough. The Albufeira
outdoor market is a great place for shopping. You can find custom t-shirts,
trinkets and other souvenirs here.
Ferreiras outdoor market (a smaller
version of the Albufeira one) is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
of the month. This is on the N395 road, just to the south of the
village centre opposite the concrete works. All buses serving
Ferreiras stop about 150 metres away. Map.
Albufeira Marina is on the western
edge of town about a mile/1.6km from the old town centre and about
two miles/3.4km from Areias São João. The Marina is served
every half hour from the old town (Av da Liberdade) etc by the GIRO 1 red route, which costs €1.40 In
winter, the last bus to the Marina leaves Old Town (Av da
Liberdade) at 2045 and from the Marina up the hill into town at
2100. In summer all buses go down to the marina until 2315, last
bus back up is at 2330.
Algarve Shopping website
no longer has any
pages in English. The Albufeira retail park (with Iceland) is
adjacent but there is now a fence around the site and no obvious
walking route. Leroy Merlin DIY and Sportdirect.com are across the
road. The cinema at Algarve Shopping has re-opened. Programmes
daily from around 1400hrs, details at http://cineplace.pt/programacao-cineplace-algarveshopping-em-albufeira/
These locations are about four miles out of town
on the N125, about a mile east of the village of Guia. They are
not well served by bus. The only buses are those from the Bus
Terminal to Lagos (Transrápido and Albufeira - Lagos) and those to
Portimão via Guia. Times below, but in all honesty unless you are
fairly brave a taxi is probably the best way. There is a taxi rank
at the Mall for the ride back. Taxi fare is about 8 or 9 Euros,
depending on where in Albufeira you are coming from/going to.
Local buses also run to and from Alcantarilha,
Armação de Pera, Porches and Lagoa - times here.
There is no bus from Ferreiras. The village of Guia is served by
buses from Páteo, Algoz and Messines but
that leaves you a mile (1.6km) walk (uphill) to the Mall
along a very busy road with no proper footpaths.
There are NO BUSES between Albufeira Old Town area
the 'strip' area and Algarve Shopping. All buses leave from the
station and most stop nowhere else.
run non-stop from Albufeira bus terminal to Algarve Shopping. The
other buses also
stop at the Health Centre (bottom of the hill near Eden Resort)
about 2 minutes after leaving the bus terminal and at Albufeira
about five minutes after leaving the bus
terminal. Fare is €3,25 on the non-stop buses, €2,25 on the
Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays) except holidays at 0835, 0840, 0855, 0910, 1000, 1030, 1150,
1325, 1415, 1525, 1615, 1720, 1800, 1820, 1910
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 0840, 0910, 0940, 1030, 1150, 1325, 1405 (Saturdays only), 1415, 1600, 1800, 1820, 1910.
When you get off these buses there is a very busy road to cross.
Use the bridge, even though this means an extra 200 metres to
Bus Times Algarve Shopping back to Albufeira
- buses highlighted
run non-stop to Albufeira Bus Terminal. The others stop at
Albufeira Camping and the Health Centre.
Weekdays (Mondays to Fridays) except holidays at: 0651, 0751, 0817, 0846, 0931, 0952, 1131, 1136, 1316, 1336, 1531, 1552,
1601, 1716, 1816, 1916.
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 0817, 0846, 0931, 0952, 1316, 1322 (Saturdays only), 1601, 1602, 1716, 1902, 1916.
The stop for return journeys is directly opposite where you got
WARNING - THE AFTERNOON BUSES FROM ALGARVE
SHOPPING TOWARDS ALBUFEIRA ARE ROUTINELY 10 - 15 MINUTES BEHIND
SCHEDULE OWING TO TRAFFIC CONGESTION.
a free bus between 17th March and
14th October from certain hotels out to Algarve
To print just this information, click here. Details for 2015 to be confirmed.
on WEEKDAYS only except holidays
from the Mall
dropping off as required
at the same places.
|Olhos D'Agua Riu Palace
|--Porto Bay Falesia Hotel
|--Hotel Riu Guarana
|Oura Praia Hotel
|Paraiso de Albufeira Hotel
|Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa
|Arrive Algarve Shopping
The bus used has 40 seats and seats cannot
be reserved. Buses stop at the 'hotel entrance' in all cases. You
can also, I am told, use the bus if not staying at these hotels,
check locally before committing yourself. The first bus goes round
the hotels in the reverse direction.
The Albufeira Bull Ring (Praça do Toiros)
Areias São João. The GIRO 2 Red, blue and green
routes pass nearby. Also stopping outside are the buses to/fromVilamoura etc but these do not run in
the late evenings for any possible trip back to your hotel..
Licensed taxis in Albufeira are painted either beige or green and
black. There is just one number to call if you need a taxi at your
hotel or other lodgings - 289 583 230. You can't reserve in
advance, just call a few minutes before you need to leave. Base
fare is €3,25 for the first three kilometres, then it's 90 cents
per kilometer afterwards. Fares (including base fare) are 20%
higher after 10pm, at weekends and on public holidays. Baggage is
€1,60 extra. If you phone for a taxi, that's 80 cents extra.
You can try to hail a taxi in the street, but 99% of the time
they are already on a call so will not stop. If you are in the
old town centre or other tourist hotspots, you must go to a taxi
Be warned that in high summer queues can be VERY long; half hour
waits are not unknown. You may find the GIRO bus, tourist train or
walking a better choice!
Outside the peak season the drivers will bite off your hand for a
For some sample fares between the centre of Albufeira and various
locations near and far, take a look at the official notice copied
will open in a new window.
There is also the official Taxis Albufeira website you may wish
to consult here.
And this might sound stupid, but do make a note of the address at which you are staying and have it on a bit of paper to show the driver if need be. I have heard tales of people forgetting where they are supposed to be going back to, especially after a good night out! It's 'a big white hotel' will not help much.
For a list of all the timetables on the site,
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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