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Should I hire a car?

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Should I hire a car?

Is car hire necessary in Tavira or is public transport readily available?

Fiona

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1. Re: Should I hire a car?

Tavira has fairly good and very inexpensive (by UK standards) bus and train services along the coast but if you want to go inland a car is necessary.

I have all the bus and train times on my personal website at www.algarvebus.info/

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2. Re: Should I hire a car?

Good response from Cubsur.

Bus station is in town.

Reasonable service both east and west bound - good fun and an opportunity to practice your Portuguese - but you'll survive even with English.

Be warned though, Tavira's bus station is the most unappealing building in town.

Go and collect all the local timetables and work out what suits.

In a week, without using taxis (or trains), you can spend quality time in Cabanas, Santa Luzia, Luz, Olhao, Faro, Monte Gordo, Vila Real, and more.

A great experience for a Lusophile.

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3. Re: Should I hire a car?

Thanks for your help.

Fiona

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4. Re: Should I hire a car?

Don't use the toilets in Tavira bus station, they are vile.

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5. Re: Should I hire a car?

That's a good point - can't argue!

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6. Re: Should I hire a car?

Agree with previous comments that you can get around well on buses. Also I think you get to see more of the surroundings by not having to concentrate on driving or map reading. Buy your ticket at the ticket office in the bus station if there is one, we were shouted at by a grumpy bus driver because we hadn't done this !

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7. Re: Should I hire a car?

I think that's a special skill all bus drivers have to learn!!

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