Everything is correct to the best of my knowledge as of 16th September 2016
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.
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.
buses do not run
on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays.
Some NORMAL buses run
daily, many do not.
In Albufeira, after having left the Bus
Station, NORMAL buses stop at the Escola Secundaria (Secondary
School) by the bridge; DIRECTA
buses do not. All buses stop outside the
Continente / Modelo shopping centre, at Areias São João (the 'strip) and
on the Estrada de Santa Eulalia near the tourist office and the
'Little Britain' café / bar.
Map showing those stops is here
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 which will open in a new window. Do check carefully.
Between Olhos da Agua and Vilamoura
the DIRECTA buses run non-stop between the 'Canas' stop and
the Aldeia do Mar (Rua do Sol) 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 usually 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
Yes I know it would be simpler if the buses had route numbers!
Back to the eastbound
Back to the westbound coastal timetable
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 here