Overall length of rail tracks in Portugal

Overall length of Portuguese railways: 2,786 km

Types of trains in Portugal

Types of trains in Portugal: regular & high-speed

Number of routes we sell

Number of Portuguese routes sold on Rail.Ninja: 10

Fastest train speed in Portugal

Fastest train speed of Portugal trains: 220 km/h

 
 

Portugal is the motherland of the world's greatest discoverers like Vasco da Gama, therefore it's no surprise that transportation is a very developed sphere. The country boasts a broad rail network, connecting major cities from north to south. Apart from local commuter trains, time-saving modern high-speed rail is among the most popular modes of travel in Portugal, for instance, the connection from city center to city center on a Lisbon to Porto train takes as little as 2 hours and 35 minutes! Below you can find out more about Portuguese trains and popular rail routes as well as some handy tips not to forget about when traveling on train in Portugal.

 

Popular Portugal trains

 
Portuguese high-speed trains

The most well-known of the bullet trains in Portugal is called Alfa Pendular.

This modern tilting high-speed train is run by the state Portugal rail, called Comboios de Portugal, and connects most of the large cities and smaller towns, including Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra, Albufeira, Braga, among others.

 
 

 
 

Popular Domestic train routes Portugal

 
Route distance
Travel distance
274 km (170 mi)
198 km (123 mi)
301 km (187 mi)
217 km (134 mi)
Train trip duration
Travel time
2 hrs 35 min
2 hrs 36 min
3 hrs 38 min
2 hrs 5 min
Number of daily departures
Daily departures
7 trains per route
5 trains per route
5 trains per route
1 train per route
 
274 km (170 mi)
301 km (187 mi)
217 km (134 mi)
198 km (123 mi)
2 hrs 35 min
3 hrs 38 min
2 hrs 5 min
2 hrs 36 min
7 trains per route
5 trains per route
1 train per route
5 trains per route
 
 

 
 

Popular International Routes in Portugal

 
Route distance
Travel distance
502 km (312 mi)
502 km (312 mi)
Train trip duration
Travel time
10 hrs 6 min
10 hrs 6 min
Number of daily departures
Daily departures
1 train per route
1 train per route
 
 

 
 

Tips on Portugal Train Travel

 

How much time in advance to come to the rail station

In order to not miss your train, make sure to arrive at the station at least 20 minutes prior to departure time. You'll need time for passing the security check (similar to that in airports), for finding the platform your train departs from, for actually boarding the train and finding your seat.

Printing train tickets & needed documents

It is recommended to print out your train ticket or at least have it with you on your mobile device to pass to your train platform. Plus the train staff will check your ticket and will most likely ask you to provide your passport or ID as to check the details indicated in your ticket.

Bringing food and drinks to the train

Unlike on airplanes, it is allowed to bring your own beverages and snacks onboard the train. You can also purchase food and drinks during your train travel in Portugal from food trolleys or in the train's restaurant car.

Rail Ninja: Tips for Portuguese train travel

Do Portuguese trains have WiFi?

Most routes on which run high-speed Alfa Pendular trains, including Lisbon to Porto, provide their passengers with WiFi charge-free, making Portugal train travel even more convenient.

Do I need to make seat reservations on Portuguese trains?

A seat will be assigned to you after you book your Portugal train tickets.

What are the main train stations in Portugal?

The most important Portugal train station is located in the capital city, Lisbon. It is called Lisbon Oriente and since it's the largest rail transport hub in the country, most domestic and international routes arrive there. The oldest rail station in Lisbon is called Santa Apolonia. As for others, the Campanha Station in Porto is the biggest in the northern part of Portugal, and the most iconic historical station in the country is Porto's Sao Bento, renown for its beautiful tile work.

Are there lounges at Portuguese train stations?

Large Portuguese rail stations (such as Gare do Oriente that's reminiscent of an international airport) are well-equipped and feature lounges, ticket offices, luggage storage areas, cafes, shops.

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Portugal Train Review

 

The greatest thing about this fast bullet train is that it departs and arrives on schedule, no delays, very impressive!

Roxanne J. about traveling on train in Portugal