All drivers originally from the UK.
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Pricematch Guaranteed, book your
return transfer and get a free gift!
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Airport, golf and local transfers
Bring your team to
the Algarve!! Click to visit our website
Alternatives to satellite dishes also supplied and
We specialise in personalised giftware and novelty items.
Albufeira Golf Club Hire and
Golf Club Hire €25 one
player, €20 per person two or more.
Also hats, gloves, shoes
We provide the golf course and
transport, you just play.
Phone Joe 00351
Keith on 0044(0)7761 227146
Shop is in Praça Miguel
Bombarda (old town) opposite the São Sebastião
church museum and Tunes Bar.
Family friendly holidays and baby equipment to hire
click the logo to visit their site
Useful website for visitor information on safety and
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VISITING THE ALGARVE? WANT TO PLAY BOWLS?
THE BALAIA BOWLS
CLUB NEAR ALBUFEIRA WELCOMES YOU
Roll-ups Tuesday and Friday mornings. Woods and shoes can be
hired. Visitors pay €10 per person.
We are also happy to welcome touring sides and can provide
our own team as your competition. Four rinks on natural
grass. Bar adjacent! Open (almost) all year around.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE NEW CLUB WEBSITE
MODERN TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT FOR HOLIDAY RENT LONG OR SHORT STAYS IN THE VERY CENTRE OF ALBUFEIRA OLD TOWN
No pool, no parking, but 2 minutes walk from the beach area.
The apartment is NOT
suitable for those who cannot manage 46 stairs up from the street! No
lift / elevator.
Long lets available from mid September at approx €200 a week or €800 a month everything
included. Unlimited wifi, fully equipped kitchen. Large balcony. I know the owner!
Bookable at Booking.com - click here.
or contact the owner direct via this page
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
feedback, comments and
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
YOU ARE STRONGLY
ADVISED TO READ THE GUIDANCE NOTES first as,
at first sight, the operations here can seem a bit
For example, most buses in the Algarve do not have
route / line numbers as they do in many countries.
list of all the timetables on the site
Alphabetical list of all places in
the Algarve served by train or bus
All 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.
FREQUENTLY CONSULTED PAGES
|Fast Buses Faro <>
Albufeira <> Portimão <> Lagos
|Buses along the
coast between Faro, Almancil, Quarteira,
Vilamoura, Albufeira, Lagoa, Portimão and Lagos
|Buses along the coast between
Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa, Albufeira, Vilamoura,
Quarteira, Almancil and Faro
Faro, Olhão, Tavira, Monte Gordo, Vila Real de
|Travel between the Algarve and
between Lagos and Sagres
Diagram of Algarve
| List of timetables
Notes on the bus
|Alphabetical list of
towns and villages with links to timetables
|Public Holidays in Portugal 2018
|Outdoor markets in the
buses around Albufeira
maps of Albufeira
in other parts of Portugal
|Long-distance buses (coaches) in
in the Algarve and to/from Lisbon
Football (soccer) in the
conversion table - download and save this
file then find out how much your
beer here really costs!
NEWS and updates - latest
- 13th March 2018
EASTER HOLIDAY 2018
Friday March 30th (Good Friday) is an important holiday. Trains and buses run to Sunday times.
NB 'Easter Monday' (April 2nd) is not a holiday in Portugal therefore normal weekday times apply
ALSA COACH (LONG DISTANCE BUS) SERVICE LAGOS - ALBUFEIRA - FARO - SEVILLE
ALSA are once more selling tickets for the 0930 Seville to Lagos and 1400 daily return journeys. So far as is known these are the only services by ALSA until June. Alternatively, two journeys each way are operated jointly by Spanish company DAMAS and Portguuese company EVA. All details here.
Site checked on 13th March 2018. No changes to timetables found. I will be visiting several Algarve towns over the next few weeks, so will have opportunities to make some first hand checks on facilities etc.
ELECTRIFICATION WORK ON THE ALGARVE RAILWAY LINE ANNOUNCED
An announcement was made early in January that the work to electrify the two remaining stretches (Tunes to Lagos and Faro - Vila Real de Santo António) will begin this year with conclusion in the fourth quarter of 2020. The first phase is the construction of new or enlarged electrical sub stations to provide the necessary power. Bidding for the major overhead line works and signalling contracts will be held later in 2018, with most work taking place in 2019 and 2020.
There may be an effect on existing operations while work is in progress. Any information I find will be published here and on the trains page.
LAGOS BUS STATION TICKET OFFICE HOURSA notice at the ticket office states opening hours as 0600 to 2030hrs daily. This differs from the information on the EVA bus company website. Travellers intending to get a very early service from Lagos and who do not book on line are advised to check this before turning up and perhaps finding it closed!
NEW WEBSITE FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT IN THE ALGARVE
A new website has been created with the aim of promoting sustainable transport in the Algarve. Among the early features is a map, overlaid onto Google Maps, which shows every inter-urban bus route and all stopping places. A commendable start and at first glance you may think it's a comprehensive network, but remember that many routes run only once or twice a day. The site offers no timetable information that I can find. The map will be a useful cross reference to other information. It can be found at https://algarve.city-platform.com/app/?a=carreiras - link will open in a new window. The main website itself is www.vamus.pt and is available in Portuguese and English.
Checked in person?I have been asked what this signifies. It
means I have been to the place concerned on that date, I will have been
on one or more of those buses and checked the timetables at
the bus station or bus stop. If those are not correct then there is no
People have asked whether the timetables on the official sites are up to date. So far as I am aware they are, it is just that despite a huge increase in population some timetables have not changed for 15 or even 20 years!
TOURIST PASS FOR ALGARVE LINE REGIONAL TRAINS
from STAFFED stations only. (Lagos, Portimao, Tunes, Albufeira, Loulé, Faro, Olhao, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António) and are NOT VALID ON ALFA PENDULAR OR INTERCITY TRAINS
Do the sums first. A return (round-trip) ticket from Faro to Lagos is only €14,80.
Two days for €20,90 and three days for €31,90. Reduced fares for children. Days must be consecutive. The seven day pass is not being advertised, that I can find.
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 have added an item to the 'disabled page
of the various stations.
Discounts for long distance train travel!
If you book more than 8 days in advance there are some really cheap
fares available on trains, eg between the Algarve stations and Lisbon.
These fares can be cheaper than coaches (buses). These tickets are not
refunded if you do not use them. Go to www.cp.pt
for all you need to know.
OTHER DISCOUNTS ON TRAIN TICKETS
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% or higher discount is available to all
travellers on long distance Intercity and Alfa
Pendular trains who make reservations on line eight days or more in advance. Reservations open 60 days
before travel. 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. You can buy your print at home tickets at www.cp.pt and
in English. DO NOT buy tickets from Raileurope or any other site as
they cannot offer the discount and cannot provide you with the mandatory
seat reservations. These you would have to obtain locally and pay an
additional fee for them. Anyone over 65 can travel half fare on local trains so long they have ID eg passport.
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 users. There is no other discount on buses for persons over 60 / 65
except for residents.
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
For example, the 1800 bus from Lagos to Albufeira is ALWAYS at least 10 minutes late by the time it gets to Albufeira, 20 minutes delay in summer is not unusual. I regularly experience similar delays returning from Lagos or Portimão to Albufeira in the late afternoon and early evening.
On the longer
routes eg Lagos - Faro and Albufeira - Lagos, delays of 10 - 15 minutes
towards the end of the journey are commonplace, on any day of the week. Delays are even more likely in summer.
TIMETABLES AT BUS STATIONS ETC
Timetables are posted at most bus stations (but not at Faro or Loulé) but not at most bus stops. Copies of the official timetables can be downloaded from the various websites but finding which one(s) you need can be a problem, for example between Albufeira and Portimão there are four different bus routes each with its own timetable. Copies can be obtained from bus station ticket offices.
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 often with little or no advance warning. Changes are rarely highlighted on websites etc.
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. They have
websites to which I can redirect. You
can make enquiries at the local bus
station or tourist information offices 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.
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. They have 'search' functions enabling you to find which buses run between two places, but do not list
buses to and from all destinations nor all the fares. The official timetables are available for download and
printing. As neither site has a map of routes, it can be difficult to discover which route serves which place. There are often differences
between the information on the websites and
the timetables at the bus stations etc. I
use the printed information.
The urban operators around the larger towns also have websites, with varying degrees of information, That for Albufeira is the worst. No timetables are published! Each site is mentioned on relevant pages, with links to them.
I would be pleased to receive any
timetables not included here. If you can scan or photo them
them to me. I can then include the data
in these pages.
ALGARVE HOLIDAY FUN
INFORMATION, ADVICE AND DISCOUNTED BOOKINGS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY FUN - CLICK THE LOGO TO VISIT THE SITE
RECOMMENDED BARS IN OLD
The Cavern Pub
English owned and run since 1991 Old town
Albufeira, Rua do MFA, two minutes walk from the square.
Open from 12 noon weekends and some UK Bank Holidays (for the sports) , open from 6pm
60's and 70's music plus all UK sport on TV. Free wifi
Old town Albufeira near the Sol e Mar Hotel
Up the steps by the tunnel and turn right to Praça
Good music, UK Sports on TV. Free wifi for customers
Open 11am until late, every day
Tel : 289 153 178 email :email@example.com
RECOMMENDED BARS IN OTHER
PARTS OF TOWN
These are NOT personal recommendations neither are these
inserts paid for. Just ideas from regular visitors I meet.
Hours will vary according to season.
ARTE BAR, CERRO
Between the old town and marina. Close to 'Windmill Hill'
FAT CATS DINER,
Near Paraiso, Tropical Sol, Eirasol, Forte do Vale etc
RUA SAMORA BARROS
Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village. Facebook
ALGARVE SENIOR LIVING
Buy your dream retirement home abroad
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