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This page is unofficial. The information has been obtained from printed timetables and other local sources (like taking the bus) and is given in good faith.

Page checked 22nd August 2014

BUSES BETWEEN THE MAIN RESORT AREAS ALONG THE ALGARVE COAST

Please also read the the general guidance notes as bus operations here in the Algarve may be a little different from where you live.
Click here for a diagram of Algarve bus routes

Lagos <> Portimão <> Lagoa <> Albufeira <> Vilamoura <> Faro

For a quick summary of the buses at the main towns only, click here.

Click here to view the complete timetable Faro – Almancil – Quarteira – Vilamoura – Albufeira – Lagoa – Portimão – Lagos, including express services Faro to Lagos and Albufeira to Lagos.

Click here for the complete timetable in the opposite direction Lagos – Portimão – Lagoa – Albufeira – Almancil – Faro.

The services between the coastal resorts consist of several different, overlapping, routes. The buses do not carry route numbers!

I have done my best to indicate what connections there may be. However it is my experience that connections are NOT usually held for late running buses.

Faro - Tavira - Monte Gordo - Vila Real de Santo António

Click here for the times of buses along the eastern coast of the Algarve.

Do the buses run every day?

Most of the buses along the coast do not run at WEEKENDS or on PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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Those buses that RUN DAILY (including public holidays) are highlighted with a blue heading DAILY

MFO – Mondays to Fridays only; does not run on Saturdays, Sundays or on Public Holidays
SHX – does not run on Sundays or public holidays
SAT – runs on Saturdays only except holidays
SSH – runs on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only
SUN – runs on Sundays and Public holidays only
SCH – runs on SCHOOLDAYS only ie will not be running in July and August nor during Christmas and Easter breaks.
XXX – used where bus runs only on certain days that do not fit into these headings – look for a special note.

Delays

Many buses along the coastal routes are routinely 10 - 15 minutes late. The schedules are rather optimistic and delays occur even at weekends. I have experienced delays eg: from Faro to Albufeira (15 minutes late arrival), Albufeira to Portimão (35 minutes late arrival) and Lagos to Albufeira (10 - 15 minutes late arrival almost every journey).

I would not trust any connection of less than 15 minutes. If you have a vital connection eg for a flight at the airport - take heed! These delays are almost entirely due to traffic congestion in Portimão and Faro. Buses are not normally held for late running connections.

Local buses generally run on time but, the longer the journey, the more likely you are to be delayed. Buses between Faro and Albufeira via Vilamoura usually keep fairly well to time.  During high summer (August) there is often severe traffic congestion in Albufeira, which delays buses including local routes.

Further notes to the coastal timetables – please read these words about some of the stopping places en route

A – At Faro Bus Terminal the TRANSRÁPIDO bus leaves from inside the terminal building. Most of the other buses towards Quarteira, Vilamoura and Albufeira leave from the stop immediately outside the bus station entrance on the same side of the road, but check on the departures board to be sure. You must buy your ticket from the ticket office inside the terminal building before boarding your bus. If you have time to wait for your bus, avoid the disagreeable café/bar inside. There are two or three much better establishments across the road, with a McDonald’s and other fast-food shops about three minutes walk away.

B – Faro Figuras - this stop is outside the FORUM ALGARVE shopping centre on the outskirts of town. The bus to and from the airport stops across the road - towards FARO you cross the road to get TO THE AIRPORT. From the AIRPORT you can get off at the Forum Algarve and cross the road to get to ALBUFEIRA etc. Getting on or off here can save a lot of time, as the Transrápido does a loop round the town of Faro on its way to or from the Bus Station. Bus times to and from the AIRPORT here. The NORMAL and DIRECTA buses between Albufeira and Faro also stop here at the Forum Algarve

C – Olhos d'Agua. If you are visiting the beach, get off the bus at CANAS.All buses from Albufeira stop there two minutes after Olhos D'Agua, towards Albufeira two minutes before Olhos D'Agua This stop is a lot nearer the beach and the big hotels. About 50 metres from the stop you will see a road going off down a hill at some traffic lights. The beach is about 400 metres down this road. There is NO PARKING down there, unless you are willing to pay €1.15 per hour. It is a nice beach though.

D - Aerias São João - this stop is where ' The Strip' crosses the main road, near Jinkies bar. The bullring is nearby.

E - Continente/Modelo shopping centre -  to and from the Vilamoura direction this is the nearest stop to the old town area of Albufeira. DO NOT STAY ON THE BUS ALL THE WAY TO THE BUS STATION, which is a mile/1.6km from the old town. From here it is about 7or 8 minutes downhill walk into the old town - the EVA buses do not go there. See this page for more information and a map.

F - The Albufeira Bus Terminal is on the north edge of town and a mile/1.6km from the beaches etc. If you  are coming from the Portimão/Lagoa direction (except on the buses that run via Vale de Parra) you will need to take the local GIRO bus for the last leg of the journey, take taxi or walk. Separate ticket needed. More information here.

G – Algarve Shopping (Vale Verde) This stop is outside the ‘Algarve Shopping’ mall and close to the Albufeira Retail Park. Warning - if travelling from Albufeira or towards Guia you will have to cross a VERY busy main road. There is no crossing as such, but there is a 'no steps' footpath over a bridge. It's rather a long way round but much safer than trying to cross the road. The website of the Algarve Shopping Mall is here – there is currently nothing in English. There is a free bus on weekdays in summer from various hotels in Albufeira and Olhos D'Agua - click here for details.

H – The remodelling of the seafront of  Armação de Pera  has resulted in buses being diverted. Buses no longer stop at the Hotel Garbe. There is a new bus stop on the Via Dorsal, about 150m from the hotel and the beaches.

Armação de Pera stops are a bit complicated. I have a map hereAll the buses towards Lagoa, Portimão and Lagos stop there, after having gone past it on the other side of the road and nearly 400 metres in the wrong direction! (Why there is not a bus stop opposite the existing one I do not know!) The bus 'terminal' in the Via Dorsal has no office. The agency for the purchase of tickets for Rede - Expressos and Renex long distance services is just around the corner in Rua José Prudencio Vieira.

ALL buses to and from Silves and Alcantarilha Estação stop only at the ‘terminal’. There is also a stop outside the campsite on the road to Alcantarilha. Local buses stop there. Sorry about all that -  map. Also, the published timetable for some buses refer to a stop at the 'Hotel Garbe'. This stop is no longer used following the conversion of many streets to pedestrians only. Check the map.

J - In Porches, all buses stop on the N125 just outside the village, but only those running via Senhora da Rocha actually stop in the village centre.

K – Portimão does not have a Bus Station as such. All buses start and their journeys at stops along the Avenida Guanaré, by the river near Largo do Dique. Plan here. The local buses also stop elsewhere in town, according to route. The Transrápido buses and Albufeira - Lagos buses do not stop anywhere else.

For more information including local connections etc please click here.

L – Praia da Rocha bus stop for EVA services is near CLUBE PRAIA DA ROCHA in the AVENIDA DAS COMUNIDADES LUSIADAS. This is about 300 yards from the Hotel Jupiter, down on the main road by the roundabout. The stop is at the same location as the city ‘VAI e VEM’ bus stops called Clube Praia da Rocha. 

M - at Alvor this bus stop is at the roundabout/traffic circle (rotunda) just outside the centre of Alvor. All buses use the same stop. Buses cannot enter the village as the roads are too narrow.  EVA bus timetables are not displayed at Alvor.

N - In Vilamoura all buses in both directions stop at the same stop at the Praia da Marina, near the Casino and Marina. Buses also stop at the Aldeia do Mar in Rua do Sol (50 metres from Jafer's) a couple of minutes after Praia da Marina. The bus stop outside Jafer's supermarket is no longer served. Map of Vilamoura showing the stops etc here. There is also a local minibus service between Vilamoura and Quarteira via a rather roundabout route. Details here, only in Portuguese. It runs about once every hour on weekdays, also on Saturdays until 1400hrs

Z - to and from the Lagoa direction, this stop is the nearest to the old town area of Albufeira which is about 5 minutes walk. The fast buses do NOT stop here. The Av. do Ténis stop is outside the school just down from the roundabout. The Rua 1 Dezembro stop is close to Merlin's Bar on the corner where the pedestrian area begins - the bus shelter is there but there is no actual bus stop sign. Trust me, they do stop there. The bus goes past the Rocamar Hotel and along a narrow little road just before the stop.

INT – Interurban Bus. Also, note NOR = ‘Normal’ DIR = ‘Directa’ – there are two sets of local buses between Albufeira and Faro. They take slightly different routes – for more information click here.

AL– Albufeira - Lagos DIRECTA fast service (formerly Linha Littoral/Coastline) – this express service stops only at the places shown plus outside the Hospital in Portimão.

TR – Transrápido – this express service stops only at the places shown plus some other locations in the city of Faro. Buses carry 'TRANSRÁPIDO' sign on the front.
I have a scanned, printable copy of the timetable here.

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, click here

www.algarvebus.info