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!
Traveling by train in Portugal
Portugal quick facts
Population: 10.5 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Dialing code: +351
Trains in Portugal
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.
Places to visit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Eurail passes for Portugal
Most popular passes with Portugal
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All Eurail passes with Portugal
Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country: