Planning a Trip
By Train -- Trains run between Albufeira and Faro, which has good connections to Lisbon. For schedule information, call tel. 808/208-208. The train station lies 6.5km (4 miles) from the town's center. Buses from the station to the resort run every 30 minutes; the fare is 2.25€ ($2.95) one-way.
By Bus -- Buses run between Albufeira and Faro every hour. Trip time is 1 hour, and a one-way ticket costs 3.85€ ($5). Twenty-three buses per day make the 1-hour trip from Portimão to Albufeira. It costs 3.75€ ($4.90) one-way. For information and schedules, call tel. 28/958-97-55.
By Car -- From east or west, take the main coastal route, N125. Albufeira also lies near the point where the express highway from the north, N264, feeds into the Algarve. The town is well signposted in all directions. Take Route 595 to reach Albufeira and the water.
The Tourist Information Office is at Rua do 5 de Outubro (tel. 28/958-52-79). From July to September, hours are daily from 9:30am to 7pm; October to June, they're from 10am to 5:30pm.