Portugal Transport

Get in

Air

Three international airports serve the Portugal in the mainland: Lisbon/Portela, near Loures; Porto/Pedras Rubras/Sá Carneiro , in Maia; and Faro, in the Algarve.

Almost all major airlines , such as British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, United, Delta , US Airways, fly to Portugal as well we budget airlines, like Aer Lingus, Monarch, easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling .

There also are international airports, Madeira/Funchal(FNC) and Ponta Delgada (PDL)(São Miguel island), in the Madeira and Azores Islands.

Train

Most large cities connect by trains, like Lisbon, Porto, Braga, Aveiro, Coimbra, Evora, Faro. Lisbon is connected to Madrid, Spain; Porto to VigoSpain; Vilar Formoso to Spain, France and the rest of Europe. Southern Portugal cannot be reached from Spain by trains, while southeast Portugal is connected by international train.

Ferry

Numerous sea ports serves the country.
Get around

Train

Rail travel in Portugal is usually faster than travel by bus, with less frequent services and more cost. Between the main line of Portugal, The rail connections are good. Stopping only at main cities stations, the Alfa-Pendular (fast) trains are comfortable, first class is excellent.

Hitching

Hitchhiking is not that easy in Portugal. Drivers would usually be suspicious, but they will probably accept you after you explaination. In some country roads in the South, you might wait for many hours before you are offered a ride. Try to speak with people on gas stations or parking lots, etc. and try to keep yourself neat and clean, which will give you a better chance to get a ride.

Bus

The bus system is larger than the rail and covers almost all of the country's towns and villages. As one of the largest inter-city bus companies, Rede Expressos (wrede-expressos. pt) offer a daily service to destinations across the country. Tickets can be brought online or at bus stations and ticket desks. It's wise to buy the tickets in advance.

You can check services and routes at the local bus station – Rodoviária or Camionagem or Turismos . Most companies post timetables in the ticket-office window and give the copies away.

Bike

Portugal is an ideal destination for bicycle travel with the mild climate, varied scenery, many small roads and numerous towns and villages. Cycling Rentals, a bicycle touring service company, offer a good selection of race, touring and mountain bikes available for short term or extended rental and can deliver bikes to your hotel or accommodation.

Car

Generally speaking, roads are good, and you can reach all major cities with ease. The biggest cities are well served by modern highways while some secondary roads are ill-treated and may be dangerous. It is not recommended to drive in Lisbon or Porto for those unfamiliar with Portuguese driving.