Vau Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Encosta Do Vau-Lote 19, Portimio, 8500, Portugal
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 53% less and rated 11% higher than other 4 star hotels

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  • Couples50
  • Solo0
  • Business0

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Transportation from Portimao to Silves?

by fideauxdon

We'll be visiting Portimao on a cruise ship on 4/13/09. We'll be there for about 9 hours. What is the most efficient way to get from Portimao to Silves? How close to the cruise port are the transportation (bus, train, taxi) facilities? Are taxis available? If so, what is the approximate taxi far for the trip from Portimao to Silves?

Re: Transportation from Portimao to Silves?

by cubsur

The cruise dock is about 1/2 mile from the city centre. I don't know if taxis meet the cruise ships (hardly worth it for such a short distance I would have thought) but buses and taxis are readily available in the city centre at the Largo do Dique.

It's about 10 miles direct from Portimao to Silves. A taxi will cost you maybe 20 - 25 Euros each way and take maybe 20 minutes. Undoubtedly the most efficient but costly.

There are buses from Portimao (Av Guarane, by the Repsol gas station) to Silves at these times:

0730, 0830, 1045 taking 45 minutes. Buses are for S B Messines; Silves is en route.

Return journeys Silves - Portimao at 1500, 1630 and 1810 (last one)

One way fare is 2.45 Euro.

I can't recommend the train, as the train station in Portimao is about 1 mile from the cruise dock and the station at Silves is also about a mile from town with a very steep hill to negotiate on the way back!

However for the record there are morning trains Portimao - Silves at 0713, 0849 and 1055, journey is 15 - 20 minutes but don't forget the 1 mile walk at Silves! You do get a nice view over the town as you come down the hill.

Return afternoon trains Silves - Portimao at 1410, 1723 and 1834. You could take a taxi Silves - Station and Portimao Station to ship of course.

Hope that helps; enjoy your short stay here in the Algarve.

Re: Transportation from Portimao to Silves?

by jwpotter


Sounds like you are on the Noordam as we are. I am trying to find out what is best in each port and best way to see it. As there are 4 of us, in several ports it looks best to rent a van with a guide.

Have you got any good tips for the other ports?

Travel Tips for Portimão

Another nice beach city on the Atlantic coast

by Giulia_ua

we had only short visit to Portimao. Half day, but it was quite enough to understand that you can spend nice vacations there. You can find lots of hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants along the coast of the very nice beaches.


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