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Trains Porto to Lisbon: Times, Prices and Tickets

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Porto to Lisbon by train

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The first train from Porto to Lisbon departs at 18:32. There are 14 connections in total during the day, with the last one leaving at 20:32. This journey costs $ 39.08 on average, and takes approximately 3 h 3 min.

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Your Portuguese train journey

There are two options to choose from when taking the train between Porto and Lisbon. The Alfa Pendular is a high-speed service that will get you there faster; the trains are very modern and offer a high level of comfort. If you're more concerned about budget than speed, you can take the Intercidades service. This has more stops along the way, and the trains themselves are a little older, but the journey is cheaper. You won't get as much legroom, but your wallet will thank you!

The Alfa Pendular service includes wifi, power sockets at every seat, a cafe and bar, and headphones distributed at the start of the journey. On the Intercidades trains, power sockets are available at some seats in first class, and there is a cafe car.

Whichever service you choose, you'll be rewarded with one of the most picturesque train journeys in the country. The tracks follow the Atlantic coast, giving breathtaking views, then pass by the historic city of Coimbra and the Venetian-style waterways of Aveiro. This is a great way to see the country, watching the hills of the north gradually flatten as your journey continues.

Welcome to Lisbon

There are two main stations in Lisbon. Both are well-connected to the rest of the city. No matter which one you use, you'll have no problems getting around.

You'll always find taxis, but the public transport in Lisbon is excellent. If you get off at the Estação do Oriente, you can take the red metro line to continue your journey. Santa Apolonia station is closer to Lisbon's historic old town and has a stop on the blue metro line.

Both stations have all the amenities you'd expect from a railway station in a capital city: convenience stores, fast food joints, cafes, and so on.

Lisbon's unmissable sights

Like most European capitals, Lisbon is an old city, packed with history. You'll find fascinating buildings at every turn, each with a story to tell. Even if you only have time for a weekend break, here are some of the monuments you can't miss:

  • Castelo de São Jorge: This ancient castle lay forgotten and ruined for many years until it was restored in the 20th century. Now it is recognized as an iconic symbol of the city. Visit the museum inside, or enjoy the stunning views across the city from its ramparts.
  • Torre de Belém: Built in the 16th century, this served as a defensive structure to protect Lisbon from sea attacks. It's a spectacular building that should not be missed.
  • Mosteiro dos Jerónimos: This former monastery is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a look inside and marvel at its incredible vaulted ceiling. Its seemingly delicate architecture was barely touched by the devastating earthquake of 1755, which was seen by many as a miracle.
  • Praça do Comércio: Not strictly a building, this is the city's main square. There are some interesting architectural touches to admire here, but apart from that, it's a great place to relax with a cup of coffee or a meal on a terrace, doing a spot of people-watching.

The best museums in Lisbon

One of the quirkiest museums around is dedicated to azulejo tiles. This may not sound particularly inspiring, but it's actually well worth visiting. It outlines the history of Libson's famous ceramic industry and offers historical examples of exquisitely detailed tiles.

Another interesting spot is the National Coach Museum. Within, you'll find an intriguing collection of ceremonial coaches that were once used by the royal family. There are also portraits and other royal artifacts from before the dissolution of the Portuguese monarchy in 1910.

Don't miss the Oceanário de Lisboa, the city's aquarium. There are more than a hundred species living here, including crowd-pleasers like sharks, penguins, otters, and more. It's the ideal spot to spend a leisurely morning, particularly if you're traveling with the kids.

Lisbon by night

Nightlife in Lisbon is only for night owls! Most locals eat dinner around 10 pm, so the bars don't really start filling up until about midnight. If you want to dance, you'll need plenty of energy. Nightclubs stay open until 6 am and only get crowded at 3 or 4, when the bars close and partygoers move on.

The best spot for bars is, without a doubt, the Bairro Alto. Here, most of the bars are very small, so crowds spill out into the street. Locals like to hop from one bar to the next - but in reality, they spend most of their time standing outside the door, rather than inside the bars!

Alfama has a bit more of a touristy vibe. It's still a good place to go, particularly if you want to hear some fado music. You might want to start your evening here with a live performance before moving on to somewhere with more of a party vibe.

For something more upmarket, head to Príncipe Real. This is one of the trendiest areas in Lisbon. If you want a fancy night out, this is the place to go. Be sure to put on your smartest clothes: unlike in other parts of the city, many establishments here have dress codes. You can expect to pay a bit more here than elsewhere, but you'll be sipping your cocktail in more sophisticated surroundings.

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Porto to Lisbon by train

Best price $ 21.55
Journey duration 3 h 3 min
Connections per day 19
First departure 18:32
Last departure 20:32
Distance 169.6 mi
Departure Porto
Arrival Lisbon
Carriers Cppt, SNCF, COMBOIOS

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Route Summary by Train

Connections
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Carriers
2
Minimum price
$ 21.55
Maximum price
$ 57.53

Porto - Lisbon

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Date
Thursday, October 6th 2022
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Porto - Campanha - Lisbon - Oriente
8:32pm - 11:22pm
COMBOIOS
2h 50min
CO2: 0.78kg
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Porto (TIC Campanha) - Lisbon (Oriente)
6:00pm - 9:15pm
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CO2: 9.62kg
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How long does the journey from Porto to Lisbon take by train?

The distance between Porto and Lisbon is around 170.3 mi. Depending on the exact route and provider you travel with, your journey time can vary. On average, this journey will take approximately 3 h 3 min. However, the fastest routes between Porto and Lisbon take 2 h 50 min. If a fast journey is a priority for you when traveling, look out for express services that may get you there faster. Some flexibility may be necessary when booking. Often, these services only leave at particular times of day - or even on certain days of the week. You may also find a faster journey by taking an indirect route and connecting in another station along the way.

What time are the departures from Porto to Lisbon?

If you prefer to travel early, you will usually find the first departure from Porto to Lisbon leaving at 16:32. Although things may change depending on the day, in general the last daily departure leaves at 20:32.If you have some flexibility over the day on which you travel, you might find more options available to you. For example, some providers may only run early morning routes on weekdays, when people are traveling to work. You will often find fewer options available on weekends or public holidays.

When traveling from Porto to Lisbon by train, which stations can I use?

In Porto, departure stations include Porto - Campanha and Canidelo-Coimbroes. When you arrive in Lisbon, you may be able to disembark at stations such as Lisboa - Entrecampos, Lisboa - Santa Apolonia, Lisboa - Oriente, Lisboa - Santa Apolónia and Lisbon - Oriente. Remember though that the exact stations served on each route can vary. Different providers may depart from and arrive at different stations. Furthermore, if you travel on an express service, the number of stations may be limited, and the exact stations served on a particular route may vary at different times of day or day of the week. Check in advance to ensure that you are departing from and arriving at a station that is convenient for your journey.

How many journeys from Porto to Lisbon are there every day?

The exact number of journeys from Porto to Lisbon can vary from day to day. Some services may only run on particular days of the week, while others might be seasonal. In general, an average of 14 departures leave each day. These are run by a number of different transport providers, including Cppt and COMBOIOS. On particularly busy days, there can be up to 23 departures. You can usually expect there to be more connections on weekdays. Many providers run fewer journeys on weekends or public holidays. As a traveler, you may prefer to take a direct route from Porto to Lisbon. However, you will find more options available to you if you are willing to take a connecting route. These pass through one or more different cities, and you'll have to change along the way. Not all travelers feel comfortable making multiple connections, but if you are, then you will enjoy greater flexibility when making your booking. The exact number of daily departures from Porto to Lisbon varies, but in general, you can expect to find 14 direct connections with no changes leaving each day. Travelers who are happy to take an indirect route will find, on average, 0 journeys with one change or more.

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