HOW CAN TRAVELLERS GET FROM LISBON TO PORTO?

There is the choice of flying, driving, train or bus (coach to UK readers).

The distance is about 314km / 195 miles city centre to city centre. From Lisbon Airport to Porto it is about 10km / 6 miles less.

Flying

Flight time is about 50 minutes. Lisbon Airport is 10km / 6 miles north of the city centre, easily reached by taxi, metro (underground) or bus. Porto Airport is about 30 minutes from the city centre by metro or taxi.

Two airlines offer services – TAP Portugal (www.flytap.com) and low cost airline Ryanair – www.ryanair.com The price of a flight is highly variable!

Driving

Driving time in normal traffic is about 2hrs 45 minutes.

Tolls on the motorway / highway will be about 25 Euros in addition to the cost of fuel.

Trains

A mixture of fast Alfa Pendular and slower Intercity trains run between Lisbon and Porto. On Weekdays and Saturdays there is a train about once each hour. Slightly fewer trains run on Sundays and Holidays. Trains run every day of the year.

The Alfa Pendular trains make the trip in 2hrs 45 minutes average, the Intercity trains take about 25 minutes longer.

Seat reservation is compulsory. Tickets can be bought up 60 days in advance at the official website www.cp.pt and the process will be in English by clicking the little flag icon at the top of the page next to where it says 'Acesso Rápido'. Tickets are sent by email and / or SMS / text to a suitable phone.

Tickets purchased more than five days in advance are currently discounted at 40%. These cheap tickets are however not refunded if not used.

Sample one way fares (normal tariff) as of June 2014 :

ALFA Pendular 1st Class €42,40 2nd Class €32,30

Intercity 1st Class - €35,90, 2nd Class €24,30

Lisbon has three railway stations from which the Porto trains leave. Check which is best for your starting point. When buying a ticket you will need to enter the station name correctly or not all the trains will be shown.

ALL the trains to Porto stop at Lisbon – Oriente station. This is the closest to the airport, which is a few minutes only by metro or a short taxi ride. Oriente is about 10km / 6 miles from the city centre.

All but two of the daily trains begin their journeys in the city centre Santa Apolónia station. That station is easily accessible by metro, bus or taxi from all parts.

Two trains each day stop at Lisbon - Entrecampos Station then at Oriente and do not call at Santa Apolónia. There are frequent local trains between Entrecampos and Oriente.

All the stations are connected by metro, suburban train and bus to all areas of the city.

Arrival in Porto is at the Campanhã station, which is a little way to the east of the city centre. Travellers can either take the connecting suburban train into São Bento station at no extra cost, or take the Porto metro into the city centre, airport etc but a separate ticket is needed. Taxis and buses are of course also available.

Bus (coach to UK readers)

There are no long distance buses at the airport. You must make your way either to the Gare Oriente bus terminal (next to the railway station) or the Sete Rios bus terminal, some 5km / 3 miles from the airport.

Seat reservation is highly recommended. Long distance buses are especially busy on Friday and Sunday evenings (students travelling to and from Universities and Colleges) and also around major holidays. You can buy a ticket at the last minute but only if there are unsold seats.

RENEX use the Gare Oriente bus terminal. Their website for times and fares is www.renex.pt but intending users are warned that their website is only in Portuguese and currently they do not have on line ticket sales. Their one way ticket to Porto is €20, the trip takes about 3 hours 30 minutes and there are 10 – 12 departures every day.

Rede-Expressos (www.rede-expressos.pt) use the Sete Rios bus terminal. This is next to the Jardim Zoológico metro station to the north-west of the city centre and also the Sete Rios suburban railway station. They have departures to Porto every 30 - 60 minutes throughout the day, every day. One way ticket is €20. Tickets purchase can be made in Engish. Be aware that Rede-Expressos do not refund or exchange tickets bought on line.

Travellers coming from the airport can get to Sete Rios by metro (change of line needed) or by the Aerobus Line 2. The latter is much less frequent and more expensive than the metro but is direct. For times see

http://www.yellowbustours.com/en/citi...

Arrival in Porto with both companies is just outside the city centre. The Rede-Expressos terminal in Batalha, rua Alexandre Herculano, is about 650 metres from the nearest metro stations for onward travel – either São Bento or Bolhão according to direction.

Renex use a small terminal at Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, well served by local buses. The nearest metro station is 600 metres distant at São Bento.