Useful information Tips for tourists and visitors to Albufeira

Here are some facts and advices we believe will be good to know for those who come and visit Albufeira and the Algarve region for the first time. In this tourist guide, you’ll find a collection of tips, recommendations and contacts on diverse matters such as how to move around, average costs of things, precautions to take, a helpful phone book, links to websites of interest, etc.

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If you are coming on vacation or on a business trip to Albufeira without your own vehicle you will necessarily need to use the local transportations to move around and discover part of the surroundings.

Below we describe the existing possibilities to travel within the Algarve in a practical, safe and affordable way during your stay in Albufeira

Faro International Ariport

AirportFaro is currently the main tourist airport in Portugal. With its modern and functional infrastructure, Faro Airport provides high quality services for the Algarve and the Spanish province of Huelva.

Faro AirportSituated 4 km from the Algarvean Capital and 35 km East of Albufeira, Faro Airport is today a modern, functional infrastructure that receive millions of tourists each year.

The Faro Airport has all the modern and common facilities. There are eateries and bars either before and after your check-in. Banking facilities are also present with foreign exchange booths and ATMs. The Algarve tourist board and a post-office are at your disposal near the arrival area and all the major international and several local car hire companies have offices at the airport and are gathered outside the airport on the right when you exit the baggage claim area.

Visit the Faro Airport website for more information.

Realtime information on Arrivals

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Information for Reduced mobility

Faro Airport Transfer

Airport Transfers Services

Airport transferThere are several private agencies supplying this kind of service in the Algarve. These professionals offer a practical and affordable alternative particularly for small groups of people or family traveling with a lot of luggages.

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Car Rental Companies

Car RentalThere are many different car hire agencies around the city, international brands and local companies with very competitive offers. This is probably the best way to see the Algarve, as long as you have the help of a good road map.

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Regional and Local Buses

BusesEVA is a regional transport network with a central station inside the city and does daily trips and express services within the Algarve region and the rest of the country, and also to Spain (Seville).

EVA"Transrápido" (TR) line - Direct bus line running across the Algarve from Lagos to Albufeira and from Albufeira to Faro and up to Vila Real de Stº António (Spanish border).
In case you wish to travel from Faro airport to Albufeira, you will first need to catch the local urban bus (no. 14 or 16) to Faro bus terminal and from there get on the next bus to Albufeira bus terminal (at Caliços).
More information is available at the Tourist office at the airport. From 7am to 8.30 pm (for airport trip)

Examples of trips (Price as on Sep 2012)
Route Duration Ticket Cost
Airport - Faro bus terminal ± 25 min. 1,65€
Faro bus terminal - Albufeira (Caliços) ± 55min.(for the non-stop bus) 4,20 €
Albufeira (Caliços) - Faro bus terminal ± 55 min. 4,20 €
Faro bus terminal - Airport ± 25 min. Free (w/ airplane ticket)
Luggage: ± 20/30 kg (same as plane) • Animals: in cage

"Expresso Qualidade" (EVA - Mundial Turismo)
Coach from Algarve to Lisbon and connection to other cities in Portugal
Albufeira - Lisbon < 3 hrs. 19 € (One way/person)

There are several other lines, like the "Linha Litoral" (also run by "Frota Azul") linking most of Algarve towns and having different stops across Albufeira area (Olhos de Água, Balaia, Oura/Santa Eulália, Areais de São João, Albufeira Shopping, Algarve Shopping, Guia, Zoomarine).
For detailed timetable and practical tips, visit: www.algarvebus.info

Bus Terminal in Albufeira (Alto dos Caliços)
Tel.: 289 580 611 / 289 580 614
Open from 6.30am to 8.30pm (Mon thru Fri) and from 7am to 8.30pm (Sat, Sun & Hol)

EVA/MT - Bus Shop (Albufeira)
Tel: 289 589 055 / 289 513 616
Av. Liberdade, Ed. Atlântico - loja 8
Open from 7am to 8pm (Mon thru Fri) and from 8am to 8pm (Sat, Sun & Hol)
Faro: 289 899 732 / 289 899 740

email: clientes@eva-bus.com
website: www.eva-bus.comwww.rede-expressos.pt (buy ticket online)

Albufeira City Bus "Giro"

BusesThere is an urban transport circuit available in Albufeira city which is composed of five lines (Green, Blue, Red 1 & 2 and Orange) with 168 stops and links the town centre to the Marina area, the camping zone, the areas of Montechoro, Santa Eulália, Oura, Ferreiras, Train station, etc…

GIROGreen Line: Terminal - EBSA Shool - Brejos - Stadium - Town Hall - Correeira - Montechoro - Santa Eulália - Oura - Inatel - Town Hall - Old Town - Cerro Malpique - Vale Pedras

Blue Line: Terminal - Caliços Market - ESA School - Malpique - Town Hall - Inatel - Oura - Santa Eulália - Montechoro - Brejos - Correeira - Town Hall - Belavista - Vale Pedras - EBSA School - Brejos

Red Line 1: Terminal - Caliços - Health Centre - Camping - Páteo - Vale Sta Maria - Marina - Old Cemitery - Beato Vicente - Av. da Liberdade Terminal - ESA School - Town Hall - Vale Pedras

Red Line 2: Terminal - Caliços - Health Centre - Páteo - Old Cemitery - Av. da Liberdade Terminal - Health Centre - Caliços - Vale Pedras - Town Hall - Areias de S. João - Quinta da Balaia - Av. dos Descobrimentos - Caliços

Orange Line: Terminal - Caliços - Health Centre - Camping - Vale Paraíso - Ferreiras Market - Train Station

TARIFF (Price as on Sep 2012)
On board ticket (valid for one trip) 1,40 €
Tickets available for purchase at EVA booth at Caliço Bus Terminal and at Av. da Liberdade :
Tourist ticket (valid for one day without limit) 4€
Reloable card 3€
+ 10 tickets previously acquired (card not included) 8€
+ 5 tickets previously acquired (card not included) 4€
Standard Pass 18 €/month
Senior Pass 11 €/month
Student Pass 8 € /month

Runnig every day
October though May: from 7am to 10pm
June though September: from7am to midnight
Average waiting time : ± 30 minutes
Every lines depart at the "Caliços" bus terminal

Bus Terminal in Albufeira (Alto dos Caliços)
Tel.: 289 580 611
Open from 6.30am to 8.30pm (Mon - Fri) and from 7am to 8.30pm (Sat, Sun & Hol)

Trains (CP - Portuguese Railways)

Trains

The train service goes through the Algarve, from Lagos until Vila Real de Santo António with a changeover point in Tunes for Lisbon. Trains are fairly modern and have air conditioning.

CP TrainAlbufeira railway station is located in Ferreiras (about 5km north of Albufeira town) and can be reached by either Giro bus or taxi.
Faro railway station is located inside town, near the Marina and is over 6km east of Faro Airport which is reachable by local urban bus (no. 14 e 16) or taxi of course.

Examples for trips leaving Albufeira (Prices as on Sep 2012)

Regional Train (Price as on Sep 2012)
Destination Duration Ticket price
Faro 30/35min 3,25 €
Loulé 15/20min 1,95 €
Portimão 40/50min 3,30 €
Lagos 1h/1h10 4,70 €
Olhão (Change in Faro) 40min/1h20 4,05 €
Tavira (Change in Faro) 1h10/2h 5,70 €
Vila Real Stº António (Change in Faro) 1h45/2h30 7,60 €
AP - Alfa Pendular Train (Price as on Sep 2012)
One way ticket Price
Albufeira / Lisboa 1st Class 27,50 €
Albufeira / Lisboa 2nd Class 21,00 €
Duration: ± 2h40 (normally twice a day) • Reservation is necessary
IC - Intercity Train (Price as on Sep 2012)
One way ticket Price
Albufeira / Lisboa 1st Class 25,50 €
Albufeira / Lisboa 2nd Class 20,00 €
Duration: ± 3h00 (normally 3 times a day) • No reservation is necessary

Children under 5 - Free
Children between 5 and 12 - Half fare
Over 65 - Half fare
Animals over 5 Kg - Half fare

Transport of bicycles are free on week-ends and holiday; rest of the week pay ± 3€ (only possible on regional trains).

Railway Station at Ferreiras (Albufeira)
«Estação da CP»
Tel: 289 572 691 / 289 571 616

CP Website: www.cp.pt (available in Englih)
Info & Sales: 808 208 208
International: (+351) 707 201 280

More practical info on trains, destinations, timetables and tips, visit AlgarveBus.info

Taxis

Taxis

Taxis in Portugal are relatively cheap and are quick and safe. In fact it comes out cheaper for 3 or 4 persons than the bus in many cases. Taxi cabs are easily recognizable for their colors are either light beige or black with a green top.

Taxi cabThe local Taxi company (Rádio Taxi de Albufeira) has more than 100 cabs and over 20 ranks at various central points across Albufeira area. It is possible to order a Taxi by telephone from any hotel and most public places. Be aware that during high season long queues are commons at the most popular places in Albufeira like in the Old town and around the Strip / Oura area, mostly at night.
Prices:
Minimum fare is 3,25€ from up to a 3km distance.
Trips further than 3 km are charged 0,90 € /km and added a 20% increase after 9pm or on week-ends and holidays.
Calling a taxi by phone will add 0,80 € to the total fare.
Luggage are an extra 1,60 €.
Animals are accepted if in cage or properly held and will be charged as an extra luggage.
If you pretend a two way trip you shall have to tell the driver when entering the taxi.

Examples of taxi fare for trips leaving from Albufeira centre (Prices as on Sep. 2012)*
Destination Price Destination Price
Areias de S. João 3,25 € Falésia/Açoteias 10€
Albufeira Marina 3,25 € Algarve Shopping (Guia) 10€
Albufeira Shopping (Clocks roundabout) 3,25€ Zoomarine 12€
Caliços (Bus terminal) 3,25 € Aquashow 20€
Train station (Ferreiras) 7€ Vilamoura Marina 18€
Oura / Strip 4€ Quarteira 22€
Santa Eulália 5€ Loulé 29€
Olhos de Água 8€ Faro city 37€
Galé 9€ Faro Airport 42€
* These prices are presented as an estimate only and may differ for different reasons.
They apply for a maximum of 4 persons.
There are taxi available for up to 6 or 8 persons where the price is 25% higher.

Rádio Taxi de Albufeira (Albucoop)
Tel: 289 583 230 / 289 583 232
Fax: (351)289586508
email: taxisalbucoop@gmail.com

Albufeira Tourist Train

Tourist Train
Also existing in Albufeira is a tourist train (called "Turistrem") circling the town. It only has four stops but their locations make it a practical and pleasant way of going around the city.

 

Tariff (to be confirmed)
Type of ticket Price
One way ticket 2,50 €
Full day ticket 4 €
½ ticket (6-11 years or over 65 years old) 2 €
Children up to 5 years old Free

A full round lasts ± 40 minutes
Normal timetable :
from 9am till 11pm: train every 20 min.

Carnival, Easter, June, July, August and September:
- from 9am to 1am: train every 20 min.

20th of August and New Year's Eve:
- from 9am to 4am: train every 20 min.

Tel: 96 513 5466 / 96 574 8926
geral@turistrem.com