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Public transportation in Algarve is comprised of a bus system which is made up of a series of privately owned buses running throughout the area. This is a viable method of getting around Algarve and should be considered an option by travelers heading to the area, especially those travelers who are traveling on a budget and may not rent a car. Additionally information about getting around Algarve is available at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g18... .
As for the bus system, it is generally considered to be average in comparison with international standards. Travelers from some modern locations may find that the system is not up to par with what they expect from public transportation, primarily because the buses often do not run on schedule and are especially limited during the night time hours. Most bus services end by 8pm even in the larger towns and at weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) the number of journeys is less than during the week and some of the more remote areas are not served at all.
However, the prices are good and the buses are modern air-conditioned vehicles, generally considered to be comfortable, so most visitors do not find traveling on them to be a problem.
Visitors will generally find that they can obtain bus route and timetable information from the front desk of their hotel. Travelers can also check with the local tourist information center for public transportation information. Larger towns have a bus station where information can also be obtained.
The railway runs from Lagos in the west to Vila Real de Santo Antonio in the east. There is also a main line north up to Lisbon. Many of the main tourist areas (Albufeira, Vilamoura, Praia da Rocha) are not served by train, as the line runs some miles inland as required by the local geography. Trains are irregular but run several times each day and offer an alternative to the bus for many east-west journeys. Fares are very inexpensive in comparison with the UK and much of northern Europe. The official Portuguese railway website is at www.cp.pt
Be aware that the railway does not cross the border into Spain and in fact the two rail networks do not link up at all in the Algarve region.