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Albufeira – Vilamoura – Quarteira – Faro buses

This page was last checked on 27th October 2014

NORMAL or DIRECTA

Interurban buses in the Algarve do not carry route numbers. It is sometimes hard to figure out the bus you want, especially on these two routes. Here's how to tell them apart and also at which places the DIRECTA does not stop. All this applies for buses in both directions.

DIRECTA buses carry a small RED sign in the window; NORMAL buses a small BLUE one, in addition to the destination information.

The DIRECTA buses between Faro and Albufeira do not stop at many of the stops served by the NORMAL buses. That’s why they are a bit quicker. If the DIRECTA timetable is not shown at your bus stop, assume that it does NOT stop there.

DIRECTA buses do not run on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays. Some NORMAL buses run daily, many do not. Check the column heading of the timetable – MFO means Mondays to Fridays only, not running on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays.

In Albufeira, after having left the Bus Station, NORMAL buses stop at the Escola Secundaria (Secondary School); DIRECTA buses do not. All buses stop outside the Continente / Modelo shopping centre, at Areias São João (the 'strip) and along the Estrada de Santa Eulalia.

Some DIRECTA buses from Albufeira take passengers only for Vilamoura and beyond only. Passengers for shorter journeys, eg to Olhos D'Agua, are directed to the following NORMAL bus.

DIRECTA buses also miss some of the stops along the road between Balaia and Olhos D'Agua - map here.

Between Olhos da Agua and Vilamoura DIRECTA buses run non-stop between the 'Canas' stop and the Praia da Marina in Vilamoura.

In Vilamoura, NORMAL buses stop along the Caminho do Golfe (Aldeia do Golfe) and along the Avenida do Parque and at Navegantes; DIRECTA buses do not. The bus stops in Vilamoura show only the NORMAL timetable where the DIRECTA does not stop. All buses stop at the Aldeia do Mar (Rua do Sol) and the Vilamoura Praia da Marina. DIRECTA buses then run non stop to Quarteira Bus Station.

Between Quarteira Bus Station and Almancil DIRECTA buses used to run non-stop. So far as I know the DIRECTA buses DO STOP at the Quarteira Wednesday market at Fonte Santa. More information about the market here.

Near Faro, NORMAL buses leave the N125 and go into Patacão; DIRECTA buses do not.

All these 'rules' apply equally for journeys towards Albufeira.

Yes I know it would be simpler if the buses had route numbers!

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