Porto to Régua, Pinhão & Pocinho

Portugal's most scenic train ride takes you along the Douro Valley from Porto (Portugal's second city) to Régua, Pinhão & Pocinho.  It makes a great day trip from Porto, although it's too far for a day trip from Lisbon.  The line currently ends at Pocinho, but over the next few years they plan to reopen the 28km from Pocinho to Barca de Alva on the border with Spain.  Indeed, until 1984 the line continued all the way to Salamanca.

Map of train route along the Douro Valley  

Green = scenic routes including the Douro Valley line

Porto São Bento to Pocinho is 175 km (109 miles)

Map extract reproduced with the kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.  I highly recommend buying this map for your travels, buy online with shipping worldwide at www.europeanrailtimetable.eu.

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Porto São Bento station

Porto São Bento is a terminus located in Porto's UNESCO-listed historic centre.  Built between 1904 & 1916, the azulejo tiling in the main hall makes it one of Europe's most beautiful stations, and a Porto attraction in its own right.  Make sure you call in here!  It's not served by mainline trains to or from Lisbon, but frequent suburban trains link it with Porto Campanhã every 5-15 minutes, journey time 4 minutes.  A few Douro Valley trains start from here, before serving Porto Campanhã.  See larger photo of the interior See location map See Wikipedia page about Sao Bento.

Porto Sao Bento station   Inside Porto Sao Bento station

Porto's lovely São Bento station.  Photos in this section courtesy of Paliparan.com See larger photo.

Porto Sao Bento station platforms

São Bento station platforms.

Along the Douro in pictures...

The river will be on your right going east from Porto as far as Tua, then on the left to Pocinho.  If the train isn't crowded, you can switch seats at Tua.  All but one photo in this section are courtesy of Paliparan.com.

Douro Valley scenery from the train

Heading east along the river on a morning train...

Douro Valley scenery from the train at Ermida

Ermida...

Pinhao station azulejo tiling   Pinhao station

Pinhão station, with its beautiful azulejo tiling...

Douro Valley scenery from the train beyond Pinhao

 

Douro Valley scenery from the train beyond Pinhao

 

Douro Valley scenery from the train beyond Pinhao

 

More Douro Valley scenery   Regua station

Regua station...

Douro Valley scenery from the train

Alongside the river Douro near Tua.  Photo courtesy of www.youtube.com/c/nonstopeurotrip

Douro Valley scenery from the train

Between Tua & Pocinho, sometimes just feet from the river...  Photo courtesy of www.youtube.com/c/nonstopeurotrip

Douro Valley scenery from the train

Now on the way back towards Porto...

Douro Valley scenery from the train

 

Yet more Douro Valley scenery   Regua station

And relax...  If you return to Porto Sao Bento station, how about a beer & unique crispy hot dog or Portuguese sandwich at the iconic Gazela Cachorrinhos da Batalha snack bar 2 minutes walk outside the station?

What are the trains like?

Locomotive-hauled:  Some train are locomotive-hauled, with a mix of former Swiss Railways carriages or stainless-steel cars made in Portugal.  They're not air-conditioned, but have a major advantage - the windows open, for reflection-free photography.  All the trains are 2nd class only.

Douro Valley train at Porto Campanha

A locomotive-hauled train to Pocinho at Porto Campanhã.  Photo courtesy of www.youtube.com/c/nonstopeurotrip

Carriages on a Douro Valley train   Inside a Douro Valley train

Air-conditioned diesel units:  Some departures are operated by diesel units, air-conditioned but without opening windows.  Below, this is the lunchtime train from Porto to Pocinho.  Photos courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com

Douro Valley diesel train   Inside a Douro Valley diesel train

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