Algarve Public Transportation
Useful information on using public transport in the Algarve.
EVA buses www.eva-bus.com run a good local and regional service. The company also offers services to Lisbon, as does Rede Nacional de Expressos www.rede-expressos.pt. Buses are clean and prices reasonable. The local services within resorts can be a little more haphazard. However, some towns such as Albufeira and Portimao, have new shuttle type services covering the town and close resorts. For example the "Vai e Vem" in Portimão serves not only the town but also Praia da Rocha, Praia do Vau and Alvor. Buses run every 30 minutes and a day pass costs around 3.50.
The trains in Portugal are run by the Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses www.cp.pt. They are clean, cheap and punctual. You can travel right across the Algarve, from Lagos to Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border, by local train. Although not the fastest way to cover ground, the train routes often offer much better scenery than the highways, and the pace is definitely more relaxed.
All offer single use tickets, day passes and monthly passes.
There are several options available, among them
VamusAlgarve runs a route directly from Faro airport to the main towns - Albufeira, Lagoa, Portimão, Lagos.
Express (Alfa Pendular)
Regional service run between from Vila Real Santo Antonio and Lagos.
Rail tickets prices can vary, and offer best value if bought in advance.
By and large, rail travel is good value in Portugal
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