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Transportation in Portugal

You'll have various Portugal transport facilities in the country, as busses, trains, flights rented cabs, etc. are available. So, transport in Portugal is not a problem at all. Some of the details about Portugal transport are enumerated for your help.

Air :
The international airports are Lisbon , Porto , Faro, Funchal ( Madeira ) and Ponta Delgada ( Azores ) make Portugal transport system very popular. Throughout the country there are a number of small airports with limited facilities. It is possible to travel from the international airports to many of these smaller ones but it is important to first check, as these services are variable. Transport from Lisbon city centre is 7 Kms. from the airport is by bus every 20 minutes. The buses leave from Praça de Restauradores at stop at many pick-up points on route. At Porto the local bus number "56" will take a traveller from the centre to the airport, some 11 Kms. away. In the case of Faro Airport, a bus can be boarded outside the Terminal that will take you to the centre of the city of Faro some 7 kilometres distant. The local buses, numbers 17 and 18 will also take you to and from the airport. Taxis are also usually recommended.

Coaches :
There is the national network of " Rodoviária Nacional " (RN), and competing private operators who run quick non-stop services on the more popular routes and often to destinations not covered by trains. The RN tends to be slower but its prices are lower. Many private operators offer more facilities on longer journeys such as toilet, video, air-conditioning and snacks. Prior to a long trip it is best to check what the coach facilities will be before boarding. You will find that in major tourist areas or cities there are excellent local excursions by coach. In almost all cases tickets are purchased in advance.

Rent a Car :
In all major towns there are a number of companies providing rent a car service. Also, in major airports there is a selection of companies from whom to choose. Proof of identity and a valid current Driving License is required. The minimum age to hire a car is 21 years old but some companies place the age higher at 23. Make sure that all needed documents relating to the hired vehicle and the driver are always available in the vehicle as Traffic Police often check these legalities on roads.

Trains :
The railway system is the most efficient transports in Portugal . It is State owned and has the name of " Caminhos de Ferro Portuguese (CP) ". The system provides a very reasonably priced transport within the country. Major lines are fast, efficient and comfortable. There are daily international connections as shown below.

  • Lisbon - Porto - Paris (Twice daily)
  • Lisbon - Madrid
  • Porto - Vigo ( Spain )
  • Lisbon - Badajoz ( Spain )

There are new express trains " Alfa " between Lisbon and Braga to the north of Porto. To make this journey it is necessary to change trains both in Porto and Lisbon. From Braga it leaves at 13.30 hrs. and the traveller arrives in Faro at 20.20 hours. There is an " Alfa " leaving Braga at 16.30 hrs. arriving in Lisbon at 22.15 hrs, but with no further connection at this time to Faro. From Faro the " Alfa " leaves at 6.45 and arrives in Lisbon 09.30 hrs.

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