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Porto to Lisbon by Train
Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, and Porto are the largest cities in the country and both are uniquely appealing tourist destinations. Lisbon has grand, exquisite architecture, significant historical moments and a vibrant culture, while Porto, situated on a dramatic undulating landscape, is renowned for its tradition and laid-back atmosphere.
Both cities make for excellent city breaks and provide perfect bases from which to explore more rural Portugal. This guide will detail how tourists can travel between these cities, pit stops along the way and then will provide detail on train travel.
Sao Bento train station in central Porto
Porto to Lisbon Transport Options
Porto is 310km to the north of Lisbon and both are located on the Atlantic Coast. Due to the importance of these metropolises, transport connections are excellent. Tourists can choose between train and bus services. Car rental is not required, but is an option for those who wish to travel independently.
Travel by Train (Recommended): The railway offers a relaxed service and the Alfa Pendular trains provide an excellent standard of travel. Train and bus journeys are of similar length and the intercity train services are of similar price to the express bus services.
Travel by Bus: There are numerous bus services between Porto and Lisbon. These are similar in price and journey time to the train services but lack the comfort and can get very busy at peak times.
Travel by Car: Lisbon is connected to Porto by Portugal’s extensive toll road network, which is fast but comparatively expensive to travel long distances on. The toll system uses an overly complicated automated system for collecting fees. If renting a car in Portugal, always check with the hire company regarding their process for paying tolls as fines can be very expensive. There is no need to hire a car to travel between Porto and Lisbon and the cost of tolls is equivalent to the bus or intercity train ticket.
Travel by Plane: Lisbon and Porto both have airports but it is impractical to fly the short distance. When the flight time and airport transit times are combined, it is significantly quicker to catch a train.
Lisbon to Porto: Places of interest along the way
There are many interesting tourist destinations between Lisbon and Porto. These include; the university city of Coimbra, historic Tomar; the pilgrimage destination of Fatima and the beach resorts of Nazaré and Figueira da Foz.
Porto to Lisbon by train
There are two standards of train service between Porto and Lisbon; the Intercidades (intercity) and the Alfa Pendular. The Alfa Pendular service is faster and offers better facilities (free WIFI and more comfortable seats) than the cheaper and older Intercidades trains. Both train services are direct and depart/arrive from the same train stations. The Lisbon to Porto train services are operated by CP the national rail company of Portugal.
The Santa Apolonia train station in Lisbon
Train tickets for the Lisbon-Porto route must be pre-booked, either from a ticket office or on CP web site www.CP.pt. The website has an English section where train tickets can be purchased and up to date train timetables are displayed. Tickets can be reserved up to 30 days in advance and popular services do sell out during the summer season.
The Alfa Pendular train journey takes 2.5 hours, while the intercity train service is just over 3 hours. There are 14 daily departures in each direction but check the CP website for exact departure times.
A single ticket on the Alfa Pendular train from Lisbon to Porto costs €42.40/€30.30 (Conforto class / normal class) while the Intercidades costs €35.90/€24.30 (first class/ second class). It is recommended to travel longer distances by the Alfa Pendular trains.
Porto to Lisbon - Stations
All trains for Porto initially depart from Santa Apolonia Train Station, which is the final stop on the Blue Metro Line. The station is located on the edge of the Alfama district. All trains also then stop at Lisbon’s Oriente Train Station, which is part of the Parque Das Nacoes complex on the eastern side of the capital. The Oriente station is connected to the Red Metro Line by the Oriente Metro Station and is more convenient for passengers who are connecting from Lisbon Airport.
Tip: When booking train tickets always remember confirm the departure train station Both stations are well equipped and have a variety of shops and cafes for tourists needing a snack.
The Oriente train station in Lisbon
Porto’s Campnha Train Station
All trains coming from Lisbon arrive at Porto’s Campanha train station. This station is to the east of the city. It is also connected to the all Metro lines, bus services heading to the city centre and airport. There are also onward railway connections to São Bento Train Station, if required. For tourists in a hurry, the centre of Porto is also just a short taxi drive.
Campanha Station has a selection of standard facilities; ATM, currency exchange, luggage lockers, toilets, tourist office, car rental agencies, ticket machines/office and is also a WIFI hotspot. There are also a small selection of shops and a cafe outside the station.