Lisbon Santa Apolonia station, walking distance from the city centre. Photo courtesy of Ian Moffat.

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       Train information is current for 2017.

This page explains how to travel by train from Lisbon to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest fares, usually direct from the relevant operator with print-your-own tickets.

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".  And most important, click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

European train travel FAQ...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Lisbon to Porto, Faro & the Algarve, and other destinations in Portugal...
An Alfa Pendular at Lisbon Santa Apolonia   2nd class on an Alfa Pendular   Alfa Pendular 1st class

A 125mph Alfa Pendular (AP) at Lisbon.

Photos courtesy of www.vagonweb.cz

 

2nd class

 

1st class

Lisbon-Faro InterCity train...   Comfortable seats inside the Lisbon-Faro InterCity train

An InterCity (IC).  These link Lisbon with Faro and the Algarve several times daily, and also operate some slower Lisbon-Porto trains.  Photos courtesy of Luisfer

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Lisbon to Madrid from €33...  And onwards to Alicante & Valencia...

Option 1:  By direct sleeper train Lusitania...

En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet   Trainhotel at Madrid

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

...return from dinner to find the attendant has made up the beds...

 

Gran Clase sleepers have a private toilet & shower...

 

The trainhotel from Madrid to Lisbon is an articulated Spanish Talgo train.  Seen here at Madrid Chamartin station.

Sud Express trainhotel cafe-bar...    

The trainhotel's café-bar serves drinks & food.  Grab a barstool early, it gets crowded later on!  Only cash accepted, not cards.

   

4-berth sleepers (Turista Cama) are cosy & inexpensive, they convert from beds to seats.

Option 2:  By daytime trains...

From 29 August 2017 it's once more possible to travel between Lisbon & Madrid by comfortable daytime trains, albeit with 2 changes.  Here's how:

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Lisbon to Barcelona from €78...
Club class on a Spanish S103 AVE train   An S103 AVE train at Madrid Atocha station

Club (premium 1st class) on the AVE train.  A meal with wine, coffee & liqueurs is included.  Used as Preferente seating on some departures.

 

An S103 AVE train as used between Barcelona & Madrid, seen here at Madrid Atocha station...  See virtual tour

Turista class on a Spanish S103 AVE train   Preferente class on a Spanish S103 AVE train

Turista (2nd class) on the AVE train from Figueres to Madrid...

 

Preferente (1st class) seating.  Used as Turista Plus on some departures.

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Lisbon to Burgos, Valladolid, San Sebastian from €49.95......

Option 1, by direct sleeper train - the comfortable & time-saving option...

En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet   Trainhotel at Madrid

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

...return from dinner to find the attendant has made up the beds...

 

Gran Clase sleepers have a private toilet & shower...

 

The trainhotel from Madrid to Lisbon is an articulated Spanish Talgo train.  Seen here at Madrid Chamartin station.

Sud Express trainhotel cafe-bar...    

The trainhotel's café-bar serves drinks & food.  Grab a barstool early, it gets crowded later on!  Only cash accepted, not cards.

   

4-berth sleepers (Turista Cama) are cosy & inexpensive, they convert from beds to seats.

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Vigo - a longer way round, but travel is by day...

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Lisbon to Seville...

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Lisbon to Vigo, Santiago de Compostela...
 

The local train between Vigo & Porto.  Photos courtesy of Martin Hill.

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Lisbon to Andorra...

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Lisbon to Paris, Biarritz, Lourdes or Bordeaux...

Option 1, via the Sud Express sleeper train to the French border, then high-speed TGV - fastest, cheapest & most time-effective...

Lisbon to Hendaye on the Sud Express...

Sud Express trainhotel cafe-bar...    

The trainhotel's café-bar serves drinks & food.  Grab a barstool early, it gets crowded later on!  Only cash accepted, not cards.

 

4-berth sleepers (Turista Cama) are cosy & inexpensive, they convert from beds to seats.

To Morocco by train...   En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet

The Sud Express at Irun Photo courtesy of Ron Baker.

 

Gran Clase sleeper, in seats mode...

 

...the attendant makes up the beds.

 

Gran Clase private toilet & shower...

...then Hendaye to Paris by TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex Oceane arrived at Bordeaux   TGV Duplex Oceane at Bordeaux

A TGV Duplex at Bordeaux St Jean.  Many of these double-decker high-speed trains now have the all-new Océane interior shown here and carry the latest grey, silver & red TGV colours - although some trains still have the older TGV Duplex interior and remain in blue and grey. Other trains on the Paris-Hendaye/Irun route are single-deck TGV Atlantique units.

TGV Océane cafe-bar   TGV Océane 2nd class seats

TGV Océane cafe-bar, upper deck car 4 (or 14)

 

TGV Océane 2nd class seats...

TGV Océane 1st class seats   TGV Océane 1st class seat   TGV Océane 1st class drop-down table

TGV Océane 1st class seats.  An innovation on TGV Océane, all 1st class seats (except the very end ones) rotate to face the direction of travel, or can be rotated to make a face-to-face group of 2 or 4 seats.  The drop-down tables open to reveal USB and 2-pin power sockets.

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stops - if you prefer daytime trains with overnight hotels...

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Lisbon to Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, Moscow...

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Lisbon to London...

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Lisbon to Avignon, Marseille, Lyon, Cannes, Nice, Frankfurt, Geneva & Switzerland..
 

2nd class seats on the S100 AVE, all with power sockets.  Luggage goes on the racks at the car ends or above the seats.  Panorama photo of 2nd class

 

These S100 AVE trains operate the TGV/AVE service from Madrid to Marseille...

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Lisbon to Milan & Italy, Munich, Vienna & Austria, Budapest, Bratislava, Prague...

Option 1, via Marseille & Milan...

 

2nd class seats on the S100 AVE, all with power sockets.  Luggage goes on the racks at the car ends or above the seats.  Panorama photo of 2nd class

 

These S100 AVE trains operate the TGV/AVE service from Madrid to Marseille...

Option 2, Lisbon to Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest via Marseille & Geneva - you may prefer this scenic route...

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Find hotels in Lisbon & other cities

    

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It has been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel at a cheaper rate.

►► My recommended booking site:  www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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Travel insurance & health card

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

 


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