Algarve Public Transportation

Useful information on using public transport in the Algarve.

Using public transport during your stay in the Algarve is an option you may wish to explore. It is inexpensive and fairly punctual, but does require a little research before you set off. Below you will find some handy pointers to start you on your journey.
If you prefer the comfort of private transport, then you look for Faro airport transfers or think of hiring a car in the Algarve.

EVA buses run a good local and regional service. The company also offers services to Lisbon, as does Rede Nacional de Expressos 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 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.
Urban Bus
Vai e Vem Portimão

All offer single use tickets, day passes and monthly passes.

Intercity Bus
There are several options available, among them
Eva Transportes

VamusAlgarve runs a route directly from Faro airport to the main towns - Albufeira, Lagoa, Portimão, Lagos.

Express (Alfa Pendular) 
Intercity (Intercidades)
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
For more information on public transport and prices see How Much Does it Cost.