Portugal by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Portugal.

Here you will find information for Portugal about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 10.3 million

Currency: Euro

Language: Portuguese

Capital: Lisbon

Country Code: +351

Time Zone: Western Europe Time

Train Companies

Most of the country’s trains are operated by Comboios de Portugal (CP); however, there is an abundance of smaller, private train operators around Portugal. Some other well-known companies are listed below:

 

  • Fertagus
  • Lisbon Metro
  • Porto Metro
Portugal rail map

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Train Tickets

Buy your train tickets for Portugal online on the Comboios de Portugal (CP) official homepage.

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TrAIN tYPES

Regional Trains

Regional (RE / TRN) and Inter-Regional (RE) Trains linking bigger cities such as Porto and Lisbon to smaller towns, with frequent stops.

  • Only offering 2nd Class
  • No reservations required.

Intercity / Intercidades (IC) High-speed trains linking cities to popular towns, making few stops.

  • 1st and 2nd Classes offered
  • Most trains are equipped with wifi, air conditioning, a bistro car serving refreshments, and small snacks.
  • Reservations required

Urbanos (SUB) Commuter trains connecting the suburbs of Porto and Lisbon to the city centers.

  • Only offering 2nd Class
  • No reservations required

Alfa Pendular (AP) High-speed train linking the following major cities together: Faro, Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Braga, and Guimarães.

  • 1st Class (Conforto): Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class (Turistica): Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • Reservations required
  • Reservation cost:
    • 1st Class (Conforto): €5
    • 2nd Class (Turistica): €5
  • Most trains are equipped with air conditioning, WiFi, power sockets, and a bistro car.

Celta (INT) Intercity trains that connect Porto to Vigo, Spain daily.

  • Only offering 2nd Class
  • Reservations required

Trenhotel is a comfortable night train offering seats and sleeping cabins.

  • Routes:
    • Lisbon – Madrid, Spain
    • Lisbon – San Sebastian, Spain
    • Lisbon – Hendaye, France
  • Reservations required for beds and seats
  • Sleeping Carriage:
    • Grand Class Berth includes your own bed (single or twin), shower, toilet, and washbasin. Club lounge access, full entertainment selection, and a newspaper are included in the ticket. All rooms are equipped with electrical plug-ins and request a wake-up call anytime.
    • First Class Berth includes your own bed (single or twin), and a washbasin. Club lounge access and a newspaper are included in the ticket.
    • Standard Class Berth includes four beds to a cabin and a washbasin. Cabins/Berths separated by male and female. Tickets for family and groups include the whole 4 berth compartment.
  • Sitting Carriage:
    • Air conditioning, electrical plug-ins, and entertainment system are included in all classes.
    • 1st and 2nd Classes offered
      • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
      • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2)
    • Toilets are located in the coach carriage
    • Dining car available, offering a range of food and drinks

Vouga Historical Train
Douro Historical Train

Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In Portugal

National

From > To
Duration (h)
ChangesTransport
Lisbon to Braga3:37DirectTrain (IC)
Lisbon to Porto2:46DirectTrain (IC)
Lisbon to Coimbra1:57DirectTrain (IC)
Lisbon to Faro3:20DirectTrain (IC)
Porto to Coimbra1:09DirectTrain (IC)
Porto to Braga1:11DirectTrain

 

International

From > To
DurationChangesTransport
Porto to Vigo, Spain2:22DirectTrain (IC)
Porto to Madrid, Spain8:301Train (IC, ALV)
Porto to Bilbao, Spain14:192Train (IC, ALV)
Faro to Sevilla, Spain3:471Train (RE) & Bus
Lisbon to Madrid, Spain10:101Train (Trenhotel, ALV)
Lisbon to San Sebastian, Spain12:30DirectTrain (Trenhotel)
Lisbon to Hendaye, France*12:58DirectTrain (Trenhotel) via Irun, Spain

* walk across border to Hendaye, France, return train to Lisbon departs from Spanish town Irun.

Portugal travel routes

Portugal: Porto, Lisbon and Albufeira

Portugal: Porto, Lisbon and Albufeira

Main Train Stations

  • Lisboa Oriente / Lisbon
  • Porto Campanha
  • Coimbra
  • Braga

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Portugal

You can travel to Portugal all year round, as there are climatically different regions. On the north coast, the summer months of July and August are particularly suitable for this. In south Portugal, the bathing season lasts until October.

The Algarve in the south has the most beautiful beaches and it is very hot in summer, but at the same time there is usually a light wind blowing, so the summer months are a good time to travel in this region. For city tours, we recommend traveling in Spring or autumn.

  • High Season: June – September
  • Low Season: October to March

 

Accommodation In Portugal

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