The Portugese Railway company is called Companhia dos Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses or CP. Comfortable Alfa Pendular (AP) trains cover the Lisbon (Lisboa) – Porto (Oporto) route.
There are various direct train connections between Portugal and Spain.
The main rail line of Portugal runs between Braga and Faro, with good connections. The areas surrounding Lisbon and Porto are well-served by suburban rail services.
The comfortable Alfa-Pendular train stops only in main cities, for example Braga, Porto, Gaia, Aveiro, Coimbra, Lisbon and Faro. InterCity trains will take you to further inland destinations, such as Évora, Beja and Guarda.
On the high-speed (rápido) trains,1st class is called Conforto and 2nd class is called Turística. Local and suburban trains do not have class distinction.
Lisbon is served by 5 major railway stations, as well as a number of suburban stations. Santa Apolonia has a tourist information office and Rossio station is in the heart of Lisbon. The modern Oriente station has become an increasingly important long-distance train station.
Lisbon train stations
Please not: There is no longer a train connection between Beja and Funcheira in Portugal.
- Alfa Pendular (AP, high-speed trains): reservations required
- InterCidades (IC, intercity trains): reservations required
- InterRegional (IR) and Regional (R): reservations not required
- Urbanos (commuter trains): reservations not required
Bicycles are allowed on trains upon purchase of a special bike ticket. Before boarding a train, ask the ticket inspector if space is available for your bike.