Traveling by train in Portugal

Map Portugal with capital city Lisbon

Traveling by train in Portugal will lead you to some of the most exciting and diverse destinations imaginable. Use your Eurail pass to discover the white sand beaches of Algarve, the sumptuous wines of Porto, and the magic and energy of Lisbon. It’s all yours to discover with your Eurail Portugal Pass!

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Trains in Portugal
Places to visit
Events
Eurail passes for Portugal
Pass benefits in Portugal

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View of Lisbon

View of Lisbon

Tower of Belem, Lisbon

Tower of Belem, Lisbon

Algarve beach, Portimão

Algarve beach, Portimão

Pena National Palace in Sintra

Pena National Palace in Sintra

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga

Portugal quick facts

 
  • Capital: Lisbon

  • Population: 10.5 million

  • Language: Portuguese

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +351

Trains in Portugal

 
Logo of CP

Portuguese trains are run by Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (CP), the national railway company. There are plenty of options for local or fast intercity train travel.

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Places to visit

 
Arco de Almedina, upper town of Coimbra
Arco de Almedina, upper town of Coimbra

Higher learning in Coimbra

Coimbra is home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Founded in 1290 by King Dinus, the university helped Coimbra become the center of prosperity in Portugal. Don’t miss the Old Catheral (Sé Velha), the New Cathedral (Sé Nova) and the 12th century Santa Cruz Monastery. The nearby towns of Conimbriga and Montemor-o-Velho are historical treasure troves. Like many ‘college towns’, Coimbra also has a spicy nightlife.

From train station Coimbra-A it's just a 5-minute walk to the Old Cathedral and Santa Cruz Monastery.

Porto
Porto

Intoxicating Porto

Sample the splendid port wines in Porto (we recommend Solar Vinho do Porto for the best price/quality ratio), but try to save some room to drink in the atmosphere as well. Portugal’s second largest city boasts a gorgeous riverfront region (Ribeira), where you can take a river cruise, tour ancient cathedrals or meet the locals at the bar. Climb to the top of the Torre dos Clérigos for the very best panoramic view of the city.

The Torre dos Clérigos is a 5-minute walk from Porto São Bento train station.

Lisbon
Lisbon

National pride in Lisbon

Be sure to stay several days in Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon (Lisboa). There’s plenty to see and do. The city is primarily walkable, but trams can help you get around. The Castelo de Sao Jorge is stunning, and rich with history. Check out the splendid fare at Ribeira Nova open market, take in a bit of shopping or a museum. But save some energy for the exciting nightlife. Lisbon comes alive when the sun goes down.

The Ribeira Nova open market is a 15-minute walk from Rossio Station.

The coast of the Algarve
The coast of the Algarve

Relaxation at its finest in Algarve

Use your Eurail pass to spend a few days in paradise. Portugal’s southernmost beaches, the Algarve, give you a choice – hidden beaches, sporty beaches, family beaches – and the weather allows outdoor dining all year round. Take in a game of golf or lounge on some of the world’s most perfect seaside spots. Check out the spectacular dance clubs and cafes. The people are friendly, the sun is constant and the view is unmatched.

The Algarve stretches from Lagos to Tunes to Villa Real de Santo António in southern Portugal. From Lisbon or Porto, the most direct route is via Funcheira to Tunes.

Garrano wild ponies
Garrano wild ponies

The magnificent Gerês

Nature lovers and outdoor adventurers shouldn’t miss the spectacular Peneda-Gerês National Park (known by locals simply as ‘Gerês’). The only official national park in the entire country, is teeming with wildlife, flora and fauna of all descriptions. See the famous Garrano wild ponies, trek through the massive oak forests, hike the Homem River Valley and climb 300 million year old granite rocks.

The park is in the northern part of Portugal, about a third of a mile from Braga Central Station.

Events

 
Holy Week, Braga
Holy Week, Braga

Holy Week

April 18 - April 24, 2015

The city of Braga celebrates Holy Week with color, costumes, and events, including a remarkable barefoot procession.

Braga is a less than 1 hour train ride from Porto. Holy Week festivities take place all over Braga and are within walking distance of the main train station.

Festas dos Santos Populares, Lisbon
Festas dos Santos Populares, Lisbon

Festas dos Santos Populares

June 13 - June 29, 2015

Special celebrations of St. John (São Joâo – June 23-24) and St. Peter (São Pedro – June 28-29) can be found throughout Portugal. In Lisbon, they add the feast of St. Anthony (Santo António – June 12-13), the city’s patron saint.

St. Anthony festivities in Lisbon take place at Avenida da Liberdade, which is located within walking distance of Lisbon’s main station.

Festa de São Joăo, Porto
Festa de São Joăo, Porto

Festa de São Joăo

June 23 - June 24, 2015

This is one of Europe’s most effervescent street festivals and is in tribute of Saint John the Baptist. A number of traditions embody the evenings events, including a midnight firework display, flame jumping and a lot of food.

The festival is held around the centre of Porto.

Colete Encarnado, Vila Franca de Xira,
Colete Encarnado, Vila Franca de Xira,

Colete Encarnado

July 3 - July 5, 2015

Dates unconfirmed.

 

In Vila Franca de Xira, traditional celebrations of the mighty bull still take place. There are 3 days of flamenco, rodeo-like competitions, a running of the bulls and bullfights.

Vila Franca de Xira is a 10-minute train ride from Lisbon. Festivities take place all over the city and are in walking distance of the train station.

Festival dos Oceanos, Lisbon
Festival dos Oceanos, Lisbon

Festival dos Oceanos

July 30 - August 13, 2015

Lisbon’s enormous nautical celebration includes regattas, watersport competitions, and everything maritime.

The festival site is located within walking distance of Lisbon’s main train station.

Eurail passes for Portugal

 

Most popular passes with Portugal

Eurail Global Pass from USD$259

The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 27 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.

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Eurail Portugal Pass from USD$111

Travel by train through Portugal.

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Eurail Portugal - Spain Pass from USD$284

The Eurail Portugal-Spain Pass lets you experience the best of the Iberian Peninsula by train. Visit the iconic Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, stroll around Granada's Alhambra and soak up the lively atmosphere filtering through Lisbon's streets. 

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All Eurail passes with Portugal

Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country:

Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 183
USD$ 259
Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 111
USD$ 284

Pass benefits in Portugal

 

Check out the extra discounts and offers for Eurail pass holders in Portugal.


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