Travelling by train across the country of Portugal will reveal the many secrets of the rich Portuguese culture. With your Interrail pass - soak up the energetic vibe of Lisbon. Discover the stunning beaches of the Algarve and taste traditional wines from Porto. In Portugal, prepare to be amazed with every step.
Travelling by train in Portugal
Portugal quick facts
Population: 10.5 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Dialing code: +351
Trains in Portugal
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Places to visit
Lisbon: Lovely city on seven hills
Lisbon (Lisboa) is a real European city treat. The city is built upon seven large hills, overlooking the Tagus River. For the most spectacular views across the city head up to the top of Castelo de São Jorge. The oldest part of Lisbon is seated over the walls of the castle, known as the Alfama quarter and is coated with windy cobbled alleyways and peppered with a provincial aura. Every Tuesday and Saturday the Campo de Santa Claro opens up to the city’s humming flea market, where you can rummage about for some local bargains.
Castelo de São Jorge and the Alfama quarter are approximately 15 minutes by foot from the Baixa/Chiada metro station.
Be adventurous in Portugal
Each year surfers flock to Portugal’s surf-lined beaches. A stunning little gem is Sagres, situated on the south-west tip of the country and surrounded by unspoilt beaches. It’s a good spot for learners and has a number of surf schools that offer board hire as well as surf courses. For non-water-based sports pay a visit to Portugal’s only national park, Parque Nacional de Peneda-Gerês in the north-west. Try your hand at canyoning, horse riding, canoeing and rafting amongst unspoilt flora and fauna.
Take a train to Lagos and from there you can pick up a bus to Sagres.
Party ‘til the sun comes up
A good party place outside the capital is Lagos, situated along the popular Algarve coastline. By night join other travellers and folk who appear to have got stranded in this seaside town, to infiltrate the local bars and by day recover on the sun-kissed sands ready for the next night. Competing with Lisbon for the best nightlife spot is Porto. Head to Ribeiro in the city’s downtown for cheap, studenty bars and continue the night in the Foz area, where the Hard Club is usually pumping out music from international DJs ‘til the early hours.
The centre of Lagos is a 15-minute walk from the main train station via a bridge across the marina. Foz in Porto can be reached by night bus or taxi.
Port in Porto
In the north not so far from the Spanish border is Portugal’s second largest city: Porto. It’s more a modern city and is well-known for its great football stadium and passion for the game. The more traditional face of Porto can be found around Ribeira – a waterfont quarter, where you can hop on a boat and glide along the River Douro. While in the area visit Vila Nova de Gaia, famous for its port lodges, which store and age this delicious tipple, exclusively produced in the nearby Douro Valley.
Ribeira’s waterfront is a 10-minute walk from the São Bento metro station.
It’s not surprising that the Algarve, Portugal’s southern coast, is the most visited part of the country – showcasing some of Europe’s most alluring seaside. A good starting point from which to venture to the South’s terrific beaches, is Faro – a historic town with a laid-back temperament. However, you don’t have to venture all the way south to enjoy Portugal’s splendid shores – great beaches can also be found just a stone’s throw from Lisbon. South of the city along the Costa da Caparica are kilometres of untouched dunes.
Faro’s centre is a 10-minute walk from the main train station. Costa da Caprica is a a short taxi ride from Pragal train station.
Lisbon Fish & Flavours
This festival celebrates Lisbon's food specialty, fish, in its diverse preparations, recipes and side dishes. There will be tasting, cooking demonstrations by international chefs and entertainment throughout the city.
For more information, visit the official website.
Festas dos Santos Populares
Special celebrations of St. John (São Joâo – 23 - 24 June) and St. Peter (São Pedro – 28 - 29 June ) can be found throughout Portugal. In Lisbon, they celebrate the feast of St. Anthony (Santo António – 12 - 13 June), the city’s patron saint. For a full month, people will be dancing at street parties, listening to Fado music and eating grilled sardines. It's a non-stop party!
St. Anthony festivities in Lisbon take place at Avenida da Liberdade, which is located in walking distance of Lisbon’s main station.
Festa de São Joăo
This is one of Europe’s most effervescent street festivals and is a tribute to Saint John the Baptist. A number of traditions embody the evenings events, including a midnight firework display and flame jumping.
The festival is held around the centre of Porto.
In Vila Franca de Xira, traditional celebrations of the mighty bull still take place. 3 days of flamenco, rodeo-like competitions, running of the bulls and bullfights.
Vila Franca de Xira is a 10-min train ride from Lisboa. Festivities take place all over the city and are in walking distance of the train station.
This 3-day music festival is growing in popularity and has a few big names on the line-up. The festival grounds are only 8 minutes away from downtown Lisbon.
Take the train to Ferroviária de Oeiras where you can pick up a shuttle bus to the festival grounds.
Interrail passes for Portugal
Most popular passes with Portugal
Interrail Global Pass from € 200
The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.View Interrail Global Pass
Interrail Portugal Pass from € 57
The Interrail Portugal Pass takes you to the highlights of Portugal like Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra.View Interrail Portugal Pass
All Interrail passes with Portugal
Here's a list of all Interrail passes for your travels through this country: