Trains in Portugal
Trains in Portugal make exploring the country even the more beautiful. Routes take you along the Atlantic coast and down to the golden beaches of the Algarve. Ride comfortable trains through the green hills of Braga, to thrilling cities Lisbon and Porto and get connected with Portugal's unique, rich and glorious history.
Train types in Portugal
You can travel all over Portugal on trains run by the national railway company CP (Comboios de Portugal). With pleasantly modern and hassle-free train services, it's an experience that leaves you with fond memories of the country. Times of Portuguese trains are always available in the Interrail timetable.
- Route Map
- Domestic Trains
- Night Trains
Regional and Intercity trains in Portugal
Regional (RE / TRN) and Inter-Regional (RE)
Trains connecting larger cities such as Lisbon and Porto to smaller towns. They make frequent stops over short distances.
No reservation required.
Intercity / Intercidades (IC)
Faster trains connecting major towns and cities and making fewer stops along their routes.
Reservations are required.
Suburban commuter trains operating in and around Lisbon and Porto.
No reservation needed.
You can take the following Urbanos lines:
Lisbon to Azambuja, Lisbon to Cascais, Lisbon to Sintra (a traveller favourite!) and Lisbon to Sado
Porto to Aveiro, Porto to Braga, Porto to Caíde/Marco de Canaveses and Porto to Guimarães
High-speed trains in Portugal
International train linking Porto (Campanha) with Vigo (Guixar) in Spain.
A cooperation between CP and RENFE of the Spanish railways.
A reservation is required (no fee at the railway station).
Alfa Pendular (AP)
Domestic high-speed train connecting Guimarães, Braga, Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon and Faro.
Portugal's fastest train.
A reservation is required.
Night trains in Portugal
Trenhotel "Lusitania" (HOT)
Night train connecting Portugal to Spain.
The most efficient and fastest direct way to travel between Lisbon and Madrid.
You need to reserve sleeping accommodation in advance. Do it as early as possible to avoid missing out.
Trenhotel "Sud Expresso" (HOT)
International train connecting Lisbon to San Sebastian (Spain) and Hendaye (south of France).
Reservations are obligatory. To ensure you get a place, it's best to make yours 2 or 3 months in advance.
Popular Connections in Portugal
- Domestic routes
- International routes
Here are approximate train times between Portugal's most popular cities by either high-speed or regional trains. If you wish to take a high-speed train, you usually have to reserve your seat in advance.
By travelling with slower regional trains you do not need to make reservations. You'll need to change trains on one or more occasions, which will lengthen your journey time.
Lisbon to Braga
Lisbon to Coimbra
Lisbon to Faro
Lisbon to Porto
The following cities in nearby countries have rail connections with Portugal:
|Lisbon to Hendaye (France) one way only*||Trenhotel||13 hours (overnight)||Required|
|Lisbon to Madrid (Spain)||Trenhotel||11 hours (overnight)||Required|
|Lisbon to San Sebastian (Spain)||Trenhotel||13 hours (overnight)||Required|
|Porto to Vigo (Spain)||Celta||2 hours 15 mins||Required|
*The return night train departs from Spanish town Irun, right next to Hendaye on the Spain-France border.
Reservations for trains in Portugal
How can I make reservations for trains in Portugal?
- At local railways stations in Portugal. This is extremely easy to do. Make them up to 60 days in advance, from any of the CP Ticket Offices.
- When you want to book a seat for an International train, this can only be done at an international train station.
If you require assistance, you can call CP on (+351) 707 210 220. You can also learn more about train reservations by reading our Reservation Guide.
Get your Pass for Portugal
Tips and tricks for Portugal
What are the main train stations in Portugal?
You can travel to all the main cities in Portugal as well as international destinations from the country's 2 hub stations:
Lisbon train station, Santa Apolónia
Porto train station, Campanha
Which station in Portugal is the most beautiful?
If you get the opportunity, don't miss checking out this railway station, known for it's awesome interior decoration:
São Bento train station in Porto
What are the facilities like?
Train stations in Portugal range from small, beautifully tiled rural stations to well-equipped city stations, which feature:
Cash machines, bureau de change and tourist info
Restaurants or cafés
Elevators, escalators and disabled access
Are there lounges at Portuguese train stations?
Yes, there's a CP lounge at Lisbon Oriente station. If you have a train reservation for an Alfa Pendular, Trenhotel or Lusitania train, you can access the lounge for free up to 2 hours before your departure.
Spelling of city names in Portugal
You'll usually find local spellings of Portuguese cities on trains in Portugal. Here's the name you'll probably need to know!
Lisboa = Lisbon
Example train route in Portugal
An Interrail Portugal Pass makes it easy to travel from south to north covering all of Portugal's popular cities.
Faro > Lisbon > Coimbra > Porto > Braga
Faro: Meet friendly people on the magnificent beaches of the southern Algarve region.
Lisbon: Rich in history, this enchanting old city comes alive when the sun goes down.
Coimbra: A cultural highlight, its famous university dates back to 1290.
Porto: The second largest city of Portugal offers splendid views of the Douro river, best enjoyed with a glass of local port wine.
Braga: One of the oldest cities in Portugal, boasts architecture dating from the Roman Empire.
Travel days needed: 4 days within 1 month
Prices from € 80
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