Portugal: Porto, Lisbon and Albufeira
Enchanting newcomers and old comers alike, Portugal’s dreamy beaches and exquisite wine are just a few of the many reasons why Portugal should be on your list. There’s no better way to get to know a bit of the Iberian Peninsula than by train.
On this Portugal itinerary, you travel from cities to the beach. Here we have taken a closer look at and described the route from Porto via Lisbon to Albufeira for you.
Price Range: $$$
Recommended Days: 7 Days
Riding Hours: Approx. 5 hrs
Distance: 544 km
Porto: The Mystical Port City
Porto, the city whose name means, “port”, is the second-largest city of Portugal and not only famous for its very good port wine, but Porto also has something mystical about it. What it is exactly can’t really be explained.
With the beautiful Douro, the river on whose banks it lies, the magnificent bridges, and sights, Porto is an endlessly fascinating and fun-loving city.
The oldest part of Porto is Ribeira and today belongs to the UNESCO world cultural heritage and is wonderful for an evening stroll. Here you will find historical, antique buildings and fairytale-like, winding alleyways.
You should take two or even three days to see the city in all its beauty. The route via Lisbon to Albufeira starts at the historic train station São Bento at Praça de Almeida Garrett. Near the station, richly decorated with colorful tiles, you will also find the Porto Cathedral, which is absolutely worth seeing.
Porto Campanha → Lisbon Oriente | Duration: 2:42 h | Transfers: 0
From Campanha station you can take the Alpha Pendular high-speed train to Lisbon in less than 3 hours. The ride starts at $37. There are also several cheaper connections by the Intercity; however, here you are riding a little more than 3 hours.
Lisbon: The Breathtaking Capital City
The largest city in Portugal and at the same time one of the most charismatic capitals in Europe. It impresses with its mixture of history and culture on the one hand and modern architecture and lifestyle on the other.
Lisbon, also known as Lisboa, enchants its guests with a wonderfully mild climate, colorful and cheerful festivals, and a variety of beautiful sights. The city was built on seven steep hills, so make sure you explore by foot to see the city in all its splendor. (Pro tip: elevators are scattered throughout the city with which you can avoid some of the steep streets).
A great destination to combine sights with history is Castelo de São Jorge. The castle built by the Moors was the royal seat for centuries and is one of the oldest buildings in Lisbon. From Castelo de São Jorge, there’s a stunning vantage point of the city.
To see all the sights of Lisbon, you should also stay here for 2 to 3 days and to be able to experience the Fado music at night. The small #28 yellow tram takes you comfortably and relaxed on a great route through Lisbon. First opened in 1930, the nostalgic tram is a foundation of the city.
Lisbon Oriente → Albufeira Ferrairas | Duration: 2:37 h | Transfers: 0
There are 5 daily train connections from Lisbon to Albufeira. For only $24 you can get to Albufeira Ferreiras station in 2.5 – 3 hours. The station is just outside the city. From there you can take a bus or taxi to your accommodation.
Albufeira: Holiday Hotspot In The Algarve
Albufeira is lively and full of energy. The beautiful coastal town with copper and cream cliffs in the Algarve Region, formerly a fishing village, is now one of the most popular holiday destinations in Portugal.
Breathtaking sandy beaches, a bustling nightlife district – Albufeira has everything you could wish for. The magnificent marina with the surrounding candy-colored houses and the beach promenade is not only a starting point for dolphin watching and boat trips but is also used by the old fishermen.
Albufeira is the perfect place to end your Portugal itinerary. Here you will find a variety of bars, restaurants, cafes as well as various leisure activities and entertainment. Make sure to try Pastel del Nata, a custard tart that will be in every bakery window.