Bus - local

There is a comprehensive network of local buses operating in Albufeira. These are marketed under the GIRO name and operate between 7am and 10pm all year, seven days a week, with buses until midnight in the summer months. Buses run every 30 minutes on all routes.

Five routes connect the bus terminal with the districts of Oura, Montechoro, Sta Eulalia, Camping Albufeira, Ferreiras, Vale Serves, the  Railway Station (which is 6km/4 miles from town), Páteo, Vale Santa Maria, the Marina, Areias São João (for 'The Strip') and the old town (Centro Antigo) which please note is 1.6km/1 mile from the bus terminal.The Giro map and stops are here in pdf format (it takes a minute to load).

Information, maps but no timetables (timetables are not published!) can be obtained from the offices at the main bus terminal or the Bus Shop in Avenida da Liberdade in the old town. An unofficial printed timetable is available at Albufeira Guide

Single fare cash for any journey is €1.40 - your ticket is valid for one hour so you can transfer to another bus within that time.  Day tickets  (€4,00) give unlimited rides and multi-journey passes are available. The latter will save you a lot of money if you intend to use the buses more than six times, as the fare is reduced to €0.80. The rechargable card costs €3. Passes can be obtained from the bus offices.

A monthly pass with unlimited rides is €18 - photo required.

Bus - further afield

Local buses to nearby towns and villages are operated mainly by the EVA bus company - www.eva-bus.com - and some routes by Frota Azul.

Their websites do have timetable infomation, but on the EVA website it is not comprehensive.

Complete timetables with maps and more can be found on this private website www.algarvebus.info/albufeira.htm

Buses to and from other towns and villages do not run after about 8pm.  For the most part, buses run at irregular intervals and are mostly rather infrequent, especially at weekends. Timetables must be carefully checked.

Tourist Train/Trolley

This links the old town, with 'The Strip' via Brisa Sol/Camara area. It runs every 20 minutes, seven days a week from 0900 until about midnight in summer, from 0900 to 1800 in winter then every 40 minutes until about 2230. Timetables and fares are displayed clearly at each of the four stops. The Old Town stop is at the top of the escalators near the pier.

The official website is http://www.turistrem.com/

This service now also stops at the Tres Palmeiras roundabout outside the Forte do Vale hotel.

Tourist Bus (double decker)

This is a 90 minute open top double decker tour of the main sights in the town. It goes farther than the tourist train (as far as the marina), though it covers some of the same route.  Hop on/ hop off as ticket is valid 24 hours (other tickets such as 4 days available).  Commentary by headset in English, Portuguese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian (but keep the headset if you do hop off).

  • Start Point: Stop 1 - Municipio
  • Duration: 90 mins
  • Frequency: Summer: every 30 mins ; Winter: every 60 mins
  • Season: 13 January to 31 December 2014

You can download a route map, leaflet and/or timetable for your phone/ tablet or to print. You can pre-pay, but you must be able to print your ticket if you do.  CARE: as at 30 May 2014 Check the route map which shows stop 1 near the Municipio (the Tourist Train stop), now outside the hotel Paraiso.

The official web site is  http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours...

As with most buses in Portugal, time is not that vital. The tour in summer is every half hour, but be prepared to wait up to 45 minutes or more.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available except in the evenings in July and August! There are several taxi ranks around town or telephone 289 583 230. Taxis cannot be hailed on the street, nor can they ordered in advance. All taxis are metered. Base fare €3,25 and €5 will get you just about anywhere in town. Fares increase by 20% at night, weekends and public holidays. 80 cents is added if you phone for a taxi, €1,60 is added if you put bags in the boot.

There are very few 'big' taxis. If you need a six seater, ask especially but there may be a longer wait. There is an additional charge of 25% on the fare.

There is more information on the official Albufeira Taxi website here.

Minibus hire

Several of the airport transfer companies will provide transport to golf courses, waterparks etc. If there are five or more passengers, this may be more economical.

DISTANCE CALCULATOR LINK

The following link can be used to calculator the  distance and obtain directions from Albufeira to various destinations:

http://www.distance-calculator.co.uk/...