Trains in Portugal

Alfa Pendular high-speed train

Explore Portugal by train and travel down the Atlantic coast, from the green hills of Braga to the golden beaches of the Algarve. Be sure to visit the capital city of Lisbon and immerse yourself in Portugal’s rich and glorious history.

Visit Portugal’s most popular cities Lisbon, Porto, Braga, Coimbra and Faro by regional, high-speed or night train and discover the charm and beauty of this country, as well as the excellent cuisine and world-famous Fado music.

Train types in Portugal
Reservations for trains in Portugal
Domestic connections in Portugal
International connections from and to Portugal
Portugal rail passes
Train stations in Portugal
Pass benefits in Portugal
Spelling of cities in Portugal

Map with main train connections in Portugal

Train types in Portugal


There are various trains in Portugal that will transport you across the country both day and night. The Portuguese network is operated by CP (Comboios de Portugal). Check the Interrail timetable to check times for trains in Portugal.


Regional and intercity trains in Portugal

The main rail network in Portugal is made up of the following regional trains and intercity trains:

  • Regional and inter-regional trains are used for short distances and make frequent stops. They complement the long distances services, connecting regional destinations with the larger cities, such as Lisbon and Porto.

  • Intercidades (InterCity) trains connect all major towns and cities in Portugal. They are faster than regional trains and make fewer stops.

  • Urbanos commuter trains operate in and around Portugal's largest cities, Lisbon and Porto. Listed below are the lines operating in both cities:

From Lisbon to: From Porto to:
Azambuja Aveiro
Cascais Braga
Sintra Caíde/Marco de Canaveses
Sado Guimarães


On the Interrail timetable, InterCity trains are listed as "IC". These trains require a reservation, which can only be made at a train station in Portugal. Reservations are not required for regional trains and commuter trains. These trains have no abbreviation in the Interrail time table.

High-speed trains in Portugal

International high-speed trains in Portugal

This high-speed train operates to and from Portugal:

  • Celta connects Porto to Vigo (Spain). This train is operated by both CP and the Spanish railway network RENFE.


Domestic high-speed trains in Portugal

This high-speed train operates within Portugal:

  • Alfa Pendular is the fastest train in Portugal, connecting the country's major cities on the route Braga-Porto-Coimbra-Lisbon-Faro.


On the Interrail timetable Alfa Pendular is listed as "IC". ON the CP website you will find it listed as "AP". This train requires a reservation, which can only be made in Portugal. A reservation is not required for the Celta train, listed on the Interrail timetable as "ARC".

Night trains in Portugal

Map with night train routes in Portgual International night trains in Portugal

The following night trains connect Portugal with Spain and France:

  • Lusitania night trains are the quickest and most direct way to travel from Lisbon to Madrid. In less than 11 hours, you'll find yourself in the lively capital of Spain.

  • Sud Expresso night trains run from Lisbon (Gare do Oriente) to Hendaye in the south of France. Here, you can catch a TGV train that will carry you to Paris.

For the Lusitania and Sud Expresso night trains, a reservation is required. They have no abbreviation in the Interrail timetable. 

Reservations for trains in Portugal


Portugal’s regional and inter-regional trains do not require a reservation. The same is true for the Urbanos commuter trains and the international Celta train.

A reservation is required for the InterCity and the Alfa Pendular trains. You can make these reservations up to 60 days in advance at any of the CP Ticket Offices, located at train stations in Portugal. Bookings for the Lusitania and Sud Expresso can also be made by visiting the RENFE website.


How to make reservations for trains in Portugal

You can make reservations for domestic and international high-speed trains and night trains:

  • At a CP office, located at train stations in Portugal.

  • By visiting the RENFE website (night trains only).

For more information, you can call the CP on (+351) 707 210 220.

Find out more about reservations

Domestic connections in Portugal

Map with popular domestic routes in Portgual

View approximate train travel times between Portugal's key cities with high-speed trains and regional trains.

From To

High-speed train

Regional train



2hr 50min

6hr 40min



3hr 35min

7hr 50min



2hr 25min

3hr 30min



2hr 55min



International train connections to and from Portugal


We suggest the following routes to travel between Portugal and other European countries:

  • Portugal - Spain
    The Lusitania night train links the Portuguese capital Lisbon with the Spanish capital of Madrid (11 hours). The Celta high-speed train takes you from Porto to Vigo (3hr 30 min).

  • Portugal - France
    The Sud Expresso night train carries you from Lisbon to Hendaye, in the south of France. TGV trains operate daily from Hendaye to Paris.

Portugal rail passes


Interrail Portugal passes let you explore splendid Portuguese cities like Lisbon, Braga, Porto, Coimbra and Faro. We offer various Interrail passes that combine Portugal with other European countries.


Rail pass options for Portugal

  • Interrail Global Pass starting from € 200 – have the freedom to visit Portugal and up to 29 other countries.

  • Interrail Portugal Pass starting from € 57 – spend all of your vacation exploring Portugal by rail


Example train route in Portugal

Visit Portugal's most important cities on a single trip with Interrail. You can follow the suggested route below using an Interrail Portugal Pass - 4 days within 1 month, starting from € 69.


1. Faro

Faro, in the southern Algarve region, is a place to relax in the sun and meet friendly people on one of the magnificent beaches.


2. Lisbon

Lisbon is rich in history and offers many spectacular sights. The enchanting old city comes alive when the sun goes down.


3. Coimbra

Coimbra is one of the cultural highlights of Portugal and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, dating back to the year 1290.


4. Porto

Porto, the second largest city of Portugal, offers splendid views of the Douro river, best enjoyed with a glass of local port wine.


5. Braga

Braga is one of the oldest cities in Portugal, and rich in churches and other splendid architecture dating back to the Roman Empire.

Map with example train route in Portugal

Train stations in Portugal


Portuguese hub stations

Portugal's main hub stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto. At these train stations it's possible to connect to trains to Portugal's main cities and international destinations.


Station facilities

Stations in Portugal usually have excellent facilities, often including:

  • Luggage lockers

  • Foreign exchange desks

  • Restaurants and cafés

  • Tourist information offices

  • ATM cash machines

  • Elevators and escalators

  • Access for disabled passengers

Pass benefits for Portugal


Bus tours in Portugal's main cities

Interrail pass holders get a 25% discount on Carristur sightseeing bus tours in Porto, Braga Coimbra and Lisbon.


See all the Interrail pass benefits for Portugal.

Spelling of cities in Portugal


On Portuguese train timetables and at train stations in Portugal, you'll usually find the local spelling of Portuguese cities and station. 


Here is the local spelling of a popular Portuguese city:


  • Lisboa = Lisbon

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