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Lisbon Porto
02:35
$32
Braga Lisbon
03:23
$37
Lisbon Evora
01:35
$18
Entroncamento Lisbon
00:51
$14
Lisbon Fatima
01:08
$16
Lisbon Faro
03:00
$32
Coimbra Lisbon
01:35
$23
Lisbon Covilha
03:32
$36
Lisbon Albufeira
02:36
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Lagos Lisbon
03:50
$32
Entroncamento Porto
01:58
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Porto Coimbra
00:58
$16
Braga Porto
00:38
$9
Aveiro Porto
00:32
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Porto Fatima
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Porto Faro
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Overview

It’s worth exploring off-the-beaten-track Portugal, and that’s what often makes train travel a journey all its own.

Portugal trains might not enjoy the best reputation, but well deserve a second look. Though its network has historically not developed as fast as its European counterparts, Portugal (like its neighbor Spain) has recently launched state-of-the-art services on the main line linking Lisbon to Faro in the south (Algarve) and Portoin the north.

Just under three hours away from Lisbon, and with modern high-speed Alfa Pendular peak trains running every hour, Porto is ideal for a day trip. As a matter of fact, the Sao Bento station is a destination in itself : its interior is decorated with 20,000 azulejos (blue-painted ceramic tiles). The panels, painted from 1905-1916, depict the city’s history. And, it’s conveniently located in the rua dos Clerigos, one of the most beautiful streets of this ancient district, and just a few minutes walk from Torre dos Clerigos, a 220-foot high bell-tower built in the 18th century.

It’s also worth exploring off-the-beaten-track Portugal, and that’s what often makes train travel a journey all its own. Apart from the Alfa Pendular, Portuguese trains are relatively slow but offer a good level of comfort. Morever, they provide a unique opportunity to experience a true luxury – taking time to watch the landscape pass by, while getting to know your fellow travelers. Most Portuguese speak several languages (the elderly tend to speak French, younger generations all speak English), so conversation is easy. But, if a lunch-time snooze seems more your style, by all means. The trains are quiet and folks very much respect each other’s wishes.

For more information on Portugal contact the Portugal Tourist Board.


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    Locating Train was difficult |
    "I had some trouble finding the track at Gare de Lyon in Paris. Also I had trouble finding my coach at the Lyon Airport train going to Paris. "

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    "Excellent service. On time and comfortable "

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    A trip over Alpes |
    "I've been travelling to Geneve to meet my daughter. the train was very comfortable and the staff very kind. I bought a good sandwich with salami and butter, a black tea with cinnamon. Very new flavour for me. The viw around the lake from Geneve to Montreux was great. "

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    Very good option  |
    "It was a very good journey. The train was comfortable, the attendants were friendly. Service on board was perfect including the breakfast, which was delicious. "

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    Resumo de minha viagem |
    "Confortável, chegamos ao destino descansados. Valor um pouco alto, mas deixamos para adquirir as passagens na última hora, por isso o alto preço. Conveniente, pois é mais rápido e confortável do que viajar por via aérea. "

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    Exceptional Trip |
    "Exceptional trip from St Pancras to Paris with the help of VIP transfer service from St. Pancras hotel. Highly recommended. "

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    Good |
    "Very fast journey. Comfortable. "

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    Better than flying |
    "Coming from Australia I assumed flights would be far better than trains but having the stations right in the centre of the city made it much more convenient and easier to manage without a phone. The train was smooth and quick. "

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    Trouble free,excellent journey |
    "Excellent service.We booked and printed tickets on line which scanned easily on day of journey. All baggage x rayd so great security before entering platform. Allocated seating upon booking. Train on time. Value for money 5 stars. (auto star system not working. )22 euros per person each way. "

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    To MAdrid |
    "my trip was great but I was wonder that the crew was not speaking English and she couldn't understand me once I order. "

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