The train from Lisbon to Portimão takes around 5 h 8 min, costing roughly $ 30.45. You’ll find daily connections from Lisbon, with the first departure at 08:23. The final train for Portimão leaves Lisbon at 08:23.Show full description
The Lisbon to Portimão train route is a scenic north-south journey taking in large swathes of the Portuguese countryside. There are several ways to take this 113-mile journey, but most will require at least one connection. This can be made in either Tunes or Albufeira–Ferreiras in the Algarve. These connections are always quick and easy, utilizing high-speed Intercidades (IC) or Alpha-Pendular (AP) train services.
The train to Portimão departs from Lisbon’s Oriente Station, the city’s main and modern transport hub. This spectacular station was designed by Santiago Calatrava in a Gothic-revival style, with impressive lattice coverings. The station itself is part of a re-developed commercial center. Located to the northeast of the city along the pretty River Tagus, the area is well serviced with shops and amenities. Although stops can differ based on your service, the following important stations are included:
Departing Lisbon, your train heads south around the city, offering charming views of the Tagus. Some services stop at Entrecampos to the north, another station in Lisbon from which you can embark. From here, your train heads due south across the famed Ponte 25 de Abril bridge into Almada. Keep your eyes peeled to the left for views of the large Sanctuary of Christ the King monument. The views remain mostly metropolitan until you reach the Sado Estuary.
This route is scenic as you skirt the water’s edge, heading to pretty Grândola. This sleepy town is surrounded by gentle fields and cork trees. These scenes continue as you head south through the Alentejo region, crossing Setúbal into Beja district. The landscape becomes more dramatic here, passing under hills, valleys, and lush forests.
As you cross into the Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, the landscape becomes drier. You’ll find views to your right of the Serra de Monchique mountain range, home to forests of eucalyptus, acacia, and pine. You’ll pull into either Tunes or Albufeira–Ferreiras, depending on your train, to switch to a Regional (R) service. This railway line, Linha do Algarve, takes in the southern towns of the coastal region, with serene views of coastal cliffs.
Heading west on your Portimão-bound train, you’ll pass hubs like Algoz and Silves en route. These spectacular towns are rich in history. Look out for their charming castles and terracotta roofs as you pass through. Pulling into Portimão Station, you'll cross the scenic Ponte Ferroviária de Portimão bridge over the Arade River. The station is to the north of the city center, with connections available by bus or taxi.
Portimão is a charming port city in the heart of the Algarve, home to a charming old town. Close to a multitude of beaches and exciting seaside excursions, it's the perfect base to explore the southern coast. Back at base, the city offers delicious eateries upon a scenic waterfront, among other top attractions.
With a long history as a naval seat, Portimão has a strong cultural heritage which you can see in its museums and landmarks. Starting with the 17th-century Fort of Santa Catarina, this impressive fortress was built to protect the town from pirates. You can learn more about this history among other things at the Museu de Portimão. This charming museum is housed in a former fish canning factory, leftover from the city’s days as a major fishing port. Combine your ticket with a trip to the Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar, a prehistoric site just north of the city.
Portimão also boasts a beautiful old center with pretty public squares overlooking the Câmara Municipal de Portimão. Among the city's most treasured buildings is Igreja Matriz. This church was first built in the 15th century. Unfortunately, the 1755 earthquake destroyed much of the church, along with many other buildings in the Algarve. Today's church was re-built in the 18th century and features a number of its original elements, most notably a gargoyle.
Portimão is blessed by many fantastic beaches. Chief among these is Praia da Rocha. This 1-mile beach features golden sandy shores, buttressed on each side by picturesque cliffs and outcrops. Another fantastic and quiet option is Praia do Vau, home to the charming coves of Praia do Barranco and excellent swimming waters.
Exploring the Algarve from Portimão is a must. Both immediately west and east of Portimão, you’ll find prized coastlines for hiking or horse riding. Directly west, you’ll find the captivating town of Lagos, home to the impressive Ponta da Piedade viewpoint. Due east, you’ll find Carvoeiro, home to one of the Algarve's most scenic spots, the Benagil Caves. Both are easy to get to via train or rental car, taking in beautiful stretches of unspoiled coastline along the way. One particularly beautiful spot to visit is Alvor, a Moorish-rooted village just 3.5-miles west of town.
Strolling the scenic Ribeirinha, there’s no end to fantastic seafood and fish restaurants, bars, and tavernas. With fresh catch and regional specialties like Conquilhas à Algarvia and Cataplana de marisco, you’re spoilt for choice. One particularly popular area is Rua da Barco, where you’ll find freshly grilled fish on open-air charcoal barbecues. Rua Manuel Dias Barão is another noted spot for menu browsing.
Portimão is a designated wine-making region with its own robust wines. There are ample wineries to discover in the immediate vicinity. For local tastings, take your pick from the many wine bars within the old town or riviera.Hide full description
|Best price||$ 13|
|Journey duration||5 h 19 min|
|Connections per day||2|
|Carriers||Cppt, SNCF, COMBOIOS|
The journey from Lisbon to Portimao covers a distance of 115.0 mi. On average, you can expect your journey to last roughly 5 h 8 min. However, booking the fastest option will see you reach your destination in approximately 4 h 41 min. For faster journeys, look for express routes. Please remember that these may only depart at certain times of day, or on particular days of the week. You may also find that you can go from Lisbon to Portimao faster by making connections, rather than taking a direct route.
If you want to set off early, take the first departure of the day from Lisbon to Portimao, which usually leaves at 17:23. The last scheduled departure of the day is normally at 08:23. These timetables may vary depending on the day of the week, or at different times of year.
You will be able to leave Lisbon by using stations such as Lisboa, Sete Rios and Lisboa, Oriente. These connect you to stations including Portimao Bus Stop in Portimao. Check carefully before making a booking. Some or all of these stations will appear on the route, depending on the transport provider you use for your trip. Check carefully to see which route your chosen transport provider follows, to see if it passes through a station that is convenient for your needs. It may be necessary to make a short journey between stations either in Lisbon or in Portimao, for your convenience while traveling.
You will be able to travel from Lisbon to Portimao using companies such as Cppt, SNCF and COMBOIOS. Combined, these providers offer an average of 3 journeys each day. This average figure may not necessarily reflect your chosen travel dates. On certain days of the week, there may be more or less journeys available. At the busiest times, there will be up to 4 departures available in a single day. You can choose to travel from Lisbon to Portimao using both direct and indirect routes. These options will help you find a journey that suits your budget, your time frame, and the circumstances of your trip. There are, on average, direct connections from Lisbon to Portimao each day. Indirect connections add more possibilities, giving you extra flexibility when traveling. In an average day, you will find 3 journeys with at least one change. These figures may vary at certain times of year, and some routes might not run every day of the week.
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