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Getting around Albufeira

On foot and bike

For the physically able Albufeira is easily navigable but can be challenging for the those not 100% mobile.  Steep slopes and cobbled (2" square tiles, approx) pedestrian routes make walking something you need carefully consider for each step, which is not helped given that cars seem to have right of way everywhere.  

By Taxi

Taxis are plentiful and a cheap way of travelling.  Taxi fares are regulated so what you pay is what's on the clock.  There are usually taxis at the bus station if you need one.

By Bus

The main bus station/terminal at Caliços is on the northern edge of town, several hundred yards from the old town centre. It is uphill all the way back.  

You can avoid long walks, as the buses to and from Olhos D’Agua, Vilamoura, Quarteira and Faro run through many of the main hotel areas on their way to and from town. However the buses to and from Silves, Loulé, A. de Pera, Lagoa, Portimão and Lagos do not go through the main part of town. 

The local GIRO bus services link the bus terminal with other parts of town every half hour every day until 9pm during the winter and 11pm during the summer. 

Albufeira Tourist Train: this stops close to the old town centre (Centro Antigo) and runs to Brisa Sol and ‘The Strip’.  This is one of those Disney Land themed vehicles disguised as a trainAlbufeira Toy Train for Tourists but is in fact a sort of trolley bus.  The type of vehicle you've probably seen on your holidays before. It runs in one direction only between Areias São João (the stop is in Rua Julio Diniz, just off ‘The Strip’ near where it crosses the main road), to the Old Town Avenida 25 de Abril (just outside the new multi-storey car park), then to the Cámara (City Hall, the stop is outside the Brisa Sol Hotel and close to the Modelo shopping centre) and then back to São João. It stops only at these places and does provide a useful direct link between the old town area and São João.

Timetable : The service is scheduled every 20 minutes from about 9:30am until about midnight. In July and August the times are extended to operate every 20 minutes from midnight about every 40 minutes until after 3am; last journeys from the old town as of 16th July are at 0220, 0300 and 0340. That's in the morning.

Timetables are clearly displayed at the three stops. Fare is €2.00 for a single ride; €3.00 for a day pass with unlimited rides.

 

 

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