Portugal by train

Map with main train connections in Portugal

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!

Portugal in images
Train types in Portugal
Domestic connections in Portugal
International connections to and fromPortugal
Reservations for trains in Portugal
Rail passes for Portugal
Events in Portugal
Benefits in Portugal
More about Portugal

Portugal in images

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

Train types in Portugal

 

There are various trains in Portugal that will transport you across the country both day and night. The Portuguese network is operated by CP (Comboios de Portugal). Use the Eurail train timetable to check times for trains in Portugal.

 

Regional and intercity trains in Portugal

The main rail network in Portugal is made up of the following regional trains and intercity trains:

  • Regional and inter-regional trains are used for short distances and make frequent stops. They complement the long distances services, connecting regional destinations with the larger cities, such as Lisbon and Porto.

  • Intercidades (InterCity) trains connect all major towns and cities in Portugal. They are faster than regional trains and make fewer stops.

  • Urbanos commuter trains operate in and around Portugal's largest cities, Lisbon and Porto. Listed below are the lines operating in both cities:

From Lisbon to: From Porto to:
Azambuja Aveiro
Cascais Braga
Sintra Caíde/Marco de Canaveses
Sado Guimarães

 

On the Eurail timetable, InterCity trains are listed as "IC". These trains require a reservation, which can only be made at a train station in Portugal. Reservations are not required for regional trains and commuter trains. These trains have no abbreviation in the Eurail timetable.

High-speed trains in Portugal

International high-speed trains in Portugal

This high-speed train operates to and from Portugal:

  • Celta connects Porto to Vigo (Spain). This train is operated by both CP and the Spanish railway network RENFE.

 

Domestic high-speed trains in Portugal

This high-speed train operates within Portugal:

  • Alfa Pendular is the fastest train in Portugal, connecting the country's major cities on the route Braga-Porto-Coimbra-Lisbon-Faro.

 

On the Eurail timetable Alfa Pendular is listed as "IC". On the CP website you will find it listed as "AP". This train requires a reservation, which can only be made in Portugal. A reservation is not required for the Celta train, listed on the Eurail time table as "ARC".

Night trains in Portugal

Map with night train routes in Portgual International night trains in Portugal

The following night trains connect Portugal with Spain and France:

  • Lusitania night trains are the quickest and most direct way to travel from Lisbon to Madrid. In less than 11 hours, you'll find yourself in the lively capital of Spain.

  • Sud Expresso night trains run from Lisbon (Gare do Oriente) to Hendaye in the south of France. Here, you can catch a TGV train that will carry you to Paris.

For the Lusitania and Sud Expresso night trains, a reservation is required. They have no abbreviation in the Eurail timetable. 

Domestic connections in Portugal

 
Map with popular domestic routes in Portgual

Map with popular domestic routes in Portgual

View approximate train travel times between Portugal's key cities with high-speed trains and regional trains.

From To

High-speed train

Regional train

Lisbon

Porto

2hr 50min

6hr 40min

Lisbon

Braga

3hr 35min

7hr 50min

Lisbon

Coimbra

2hr 25min

3hr 30min

Lisbon

Faro

2hr 55min

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International connections to and from Portugal

 

We suggest the following routes to travel between Portugal and other European countries:

  • Portugal - Spain
    The Lusitania night train links the Portuguese capital Lisbon with the Spanish capital of Madrid (11 hours). The Celta high-speed train takes you from Porto to Vigo (3hr 30 min).

  • Portugal - France
    The Sud Expresso night train carries you from Lisbon to Hendaye, in the south of France. TGV trains operate daily from Hendaye to Paris.

Rail passes for Portugal

 
Map with example train route in Portugal

Map with example train route in Portugal

Eurail Portugal passes let you explore splendid Portuguese cities like Lisbon, Braga, Porto, Coimbra and Faro. We offer various Eurail passes that combine Portugal with other European countries.

 

Rail pass options for Portugal

  • Eurail Global Pass starting from USD$ 0 – have the freedom to visit Portugal and up to 27 other Eurail countries.

  • Eurail Select Pass starting from USD$ 0– choose from a 3, 4 or 5 country pass that combines Portugal with Spain.

  • Eurail Portugal-Spain Pass starting from USD$ 0 – visit popular cities like Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid.

  • Eurail Portugal Pass starting from USD$ 0   – spend your whole vacation exploring Portugal by rail

 

Example train route in Portugal

Visit Portugal's most important cities on a single trip with Eurail. You can follow the suggested route below using a Eurail Portugal Pass - 4 days within 1 month, starting from USD$ 0.

 

1. Faro

Faro, in the southern Algarve region, is a place to relax in the sun and meet friendly people on one of the magnificent beaches.

 

2. Lisbon

Lisbon is rich in history and offers many spectacular sights. The enchanting old city comes alive when the sun goes down.

 

3. Coimbra

Coimbra is one of the cultural highlights of Portugal and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, dating back to the year 1290.

 

4. Porto

Porto, the second largest city of Portugal, offers splendid views of the Douro river, best enjoyed with a glass of local port wine.

 

5. Braga

Braga is one of the oldest cities in Portugal, and rich in churches and other splendid architecture dating back to the Roman Empire.

 

For more route ideas for your Eurail trip, check out our European highlights itinerary.

Reservations for trains in Portugal

 

Portugal’s regional and inter-regional trains do not require a reservation. The same is true for the Urbanos commuter trains and the international Celta train.
 

A reservation is required for the InterCity and the Alfa Pendular trains. You can make these reservations up to 60 days in advance at any of the CP Ticket Offices, located at train stations in Portugal. Bookings for the Lusitania and Sud Expresso can also be made by visiting the RENFE website.

 

How to make reservations for trains in Portugal

You can make reservations for domestic and international high-speed trains and night trains:

  • At a CP office, located at train stations in Portugal.

  • By visiting the RENFE website (night trains only).


For more information, you can call the CP on (+351) 707 210 220.

Find out more about reservations

Places to visit in Portugal

 
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 is Portugal

 
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 celebarte the feast of St. Anthony (Santo António – June 12-13), the city’s patron saint. For a full month, people will be dancing at street parties, listening to Fado music and eating grilled sardines. It's a non-stop party!

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.

Benefits in Portugal

 
View of Lisbon

View of Lisbon

Bus tours in Portugal's main cities

Eurail pass holders get a 25% discount on Carristur sightseeing bus tours in Porto, Braga Coimbra and Lisbon.

 

See all pass benefits for Portugal.

More about Portugal

 

Quick facts

  • Capital: Lisbon

  • Population: 10.5 million

  • Language: Portuguese

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +351

     

Portuguese hub stations

Portugal's main hub stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto. At these train stations it's possible to connect to trains to Portugal's main cities and international destinations.
 

Station facilities

Stations in Portugal usually have excellent facilities, often including:

  • Luggage lockers

  • Foreign exchange desks

  • Restaurants and cafés

  • Tourist information offices

  • ATM cash machines

  • Elevators and escalators

  • Access for disabled passengers

     

On Portuguese train timetables and at train stations in Portugal, you'll usually find the local spelling of Portuguese cities and station. 
 

Here is the local spelling of a popular Portuguese city:

  • Lisboa = Lisbon

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