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Albufeira Golf Club Hire and Souvenir Shop

Golf Club Hire €25 one player, €20 per person two or more.

Also hats, gloves, shoes and balls.
We provide the golf course and transport, you just play.


Phone Joe 00351 922127665 or
Keith on 0044(0)7761 227146
Shop is in Praça Miguel Bombarda (old town) opposite the São Sebastião church museum and Tunes Bar.

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VISITING THE ALGARVE? WANT TO PLAY BOWLS?


THE BALAIA BOWLS CLUB NEAR ALBUFEIRA WELCOMES YOU

Roll-ups Tuesdays and Fridays 10am - 12 noon. Woods 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.

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For more information visit the website at www.albufeirabowls.com


VILLA / TOWN HOUSE IN ALBUFEIRA CERRO GRANDE AREA FOR HOLIDAY RENT


Sleeps 6, private pool. Fully licensed and insured.
1.5km from Albufeira old town on top of a hill in a quiet residential area overlooking Albufeira marina.
Intermarché supermarket and Arte Bar five minutes walk.
Car not necessary.
New rental, never before available, so no reviews anywhere!
I know the owners.

Website is www.villavistamarina.com
some sample pictures below

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and the interior.

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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 complicated.
For example, most buses in the Algarve do not have route / line numbers as they do in many countries.

A 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.

THE MOST 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
Buses between Faro, Olhão, Tavira, Monte Gordo, Vila Real de Santo António
Travel between the Algarve and Seville (Spain)
Buses between Lagos and Sagres

Diagram of Algarve bus routes
List of timetables

Notes on the bus systems
Alphabetical list of towns and villages with links to timetables
Public Holidays in Portugal 2017/2018
Outdoor markets in the Algarve
Local buses around Albufeira Bus maps of Albufeira

Buses in other parts of Portugal

Long-distance buses (coaches) in Portugal
Trains in the Algarve and to/from Lisbon Football (soccer) in the Algarve
EMAIL ME Beer price conversion table - download and save this MS EXCEL file  then find out how much your beer here really costs!

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NEWS and updates - latest - 16th June 2017

FORTHCOMING PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Tuesday 15th August  (Assumption).
On this day trains and buses will run to SUNDAY times.
If you are planning a long distance journey please check times carefully, there may also be changes on the previous and next days.


EXTRA SUMMER WEEKEND TRAINS LISBON - ALGARVE AND V.V.

As in recent years an extra Inter-City train will come down from Lisbon to Faro on Friday evenings, returning on Sunday evening. Those run until the first weekend of September. On Saturday mornings in July and August, there will be an additional AP fast train from Lisbon to Faro, returning in the afternoon. Those two AP trains will also run on the Assumption public holiday, Thursday 15th August. Details on the trains page.

WEBSITE UPDATE SWEEP COMPLETED

    General update completed 6th June. No changes found to any timetable. Changes to local bus timetables at this time of year are very unusual. Summer timetables, where different, come into effect on 1st July. This mainly affects some routes around Portimão, also the Lagos to Sagres route. The date for the resumption of winter times will either be 11th or 18th September. On urban routes in Lagos and Portimão, summer times apply only in July and August.


RENEX LONG DISTANCE BUS MERGER WITH REDE/EXPRESSOS

FROM 1st JUNE RENEX merged with the larger company Rede Expressos. All requests for the Renex website are now being redirected. Many of the separate RENEX bus terminals, eg in Albufeira and Porto, are now closed with services diverted to the Rede Expressos facilities. All services operated by Renex are now bookable through the www.rede-expressos.pt website. In brief, Renex operate nine journeys every day between Lisbon Oriente (close to the airport) and various Algarve destinations.

This merger does however make it very difficult to show all details of the various routes, so I have summarised journeys between Lisbon and Lagos, Albufeira, Faro and Portimão on separate printable pages.

I HAVE RENAMED THE LONG DISTANCE BUS / COACH PAGE TO AVOID CONFUSION WITH THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE. IT IS NOW www.algarvebus.info/100.htm

ALSA COACH SEVILLE - FARO - ALBUFEIRA - LAGOS CHANGE

The ALSA coaches between Seville, Faro, Albufeira and Lagos now also call at Seville's main railway station Seville Santa Justa. I have updated the relevant information as best I can.

PAGE UPDATED - ROTA DAS FALÉSIAS  (CLIFFS ROUTE) TOURIST BUS LAGOS - CARVOEIRO - FERRAGUDO

This 'hop on hop off' minibus links Lagoa, the Carvoeiro area and Ferragudo during the daytimes. Details here. More information has been added thanks to a recent user. It is operated by the same company that runs the Albufeira tourist 'train'.

REPAIR AND REHABILITATION OF ALGARVE LINE RAILWAY STATIONS - FUTURE ELECTRIFICATION

It is unfortunate that graffiti and minor vandalism is endemic here. With most stations unstaffed and only one secure location for trains to be kept overnight, much of the system is thus completely open to the depredations of the local youth.

The project for the electrification of the two sections Tunes - Lagos and Faro - Vila Real de Santo António, has been confirmed by government with a total of 33.6 million Euros to be invested.  Preliminary work will begin later this year, but will not be completed until mid-2020 at the earliest! This could create a problem for CP as by 1st January 2020 EU law requires that  all trains must be fully accessible to wheelchair users etc. Those who know the current trains and stations will appreciate that 'disabled' access is almost completely impossible.

Let's hope that this project also includes more frequent trains. At present there are gaps of 3 hours between trains at certain times of the day.

In the short term there could be disruption to train service while works are under way. Watch this space. NB the buses they might use as replacements for train services are also unlikely to be accessible!

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 as as shown at the bus station or bus stop. If those are not correct then here is no hope!

TOURIST TICKET FOR ALGARVE LINE REGIONAL TRAINS

tourist_ticket_posterAvailable from STAFFED stations only. (Lagos, Portimao, Tunes, Albufeira, Loulé, Faro, Olhao, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António)

NOT VALID ON ALFA PENDULAR OR INTERCITY TRAINS

Do the sums first. A return (round-trip) ticket from Faro to Lagos is only €15,00.

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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' with detail 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% 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 journeys.

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. On Thursday 30th March this year, the 1600 bus from Lagos to Albufeira was already 8 minutes late at Alvor (supposed to be a 20 minute journey) and eventually arrived in Albufeira 10 minutes late. I regularly experience similar delays returning from 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.

THANK YOU

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 way!

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 usually without advance warning. Neither the website nor the bus station posts are used for this type of information and changes do happen without my being aware.

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. In some cases eg Portimão and Lagos they have a website to which I can redirect. In other cases eg Albufeira the published information ranges from the poor to non-existent. You should make enquiries at the local bus station or tourist information office 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. Both have limited timetable information. They list buses to and from main destinations only, plus fares between major points. Not all the timetables are available for download and printing. There are often differences between the information on the websites and the timetables at the bus stations etc. I use the printed information.

I would be pleased to receive any timetables. If you can scan or photo them please email them to me. I can then include the data in these pages.

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RECOMMENDED BARS IN OLD TOWN ALBUFEIRA

The Cavern Pub
cavern
English owned and run since 1991 Old town Albufeira, Rua do MFA, two minutes walk from the square.
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Open from 12 noon weekends, 6pm weekdays.

60's and 70's music plus all UK sport on TV. Free wifi for customers


TUNES BAR
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ENGLISH OWNED
Old town Albufeira near the Sol e Mar Hotel
Up the steps by the tunnel and turn right to Praça Miguel Bombarda
Good music, UK Sports on TV. Free wifi for customers
Open 11am until late, every day

Tel : 289 153 178 email :tunesbar2016@gmail.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 GRANDE

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Between the old town and marina. Close to 'Windmill Hill'

FAT CATS DINER, RUA DUNFERMLINE

Near Paraiso, Tropical Sol, Eirasol, Forte do Vale etc

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VICTORIA BAR RUA SAMORA BARROS

Near Albufera Jardim, Windmill Hill, Páteo Village. Facebook

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