An Alfa Pendular train from Porto to Lisbon
 

An Alfa Pendular at Porto Campanhã.

Courtesy of @rexybexy

The best way to travel between Portugal's capital and second city is by train.  Fast trains link Lisbon's Santa Apolonia station with Porto's Campanhã station in as little as 2h58, city centre to city centre.  Choose between a front-rank tilting 200 km/h Alfa Pendular, or a slightly slower Intercity train.  Further feedback or photos would be appreciated.

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Lisbon ► Porto

Porto ► Lisbon

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets

Route map...

Lisbon to Porto train route map

 

Click for larger map

Green = scenic sections.  As you can see, much of the Lisbon-Porto route is scenic!

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.  I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.

European Rail Timetable and map

What are the trains like?

Alfa Pendular trains are CP's premier trains, fully air-conditioned 6-car electric trains which reach 220 km/h (136 mph) on some sections of the Lisbon-Porto route.  Built by FIAT, they tilt into the curves, enabling them to go faster than conventional trains.  They have 1st & 2nd class and a cafe-bar.  There's free WiFi & power sockets at all seats.  They are shown in the booking system as AP.  For a seating plan, see the seat numbering page.

Alfa Pendular train from Lisbon to Porto

Alfa Pendular trains reach 220 km/h (136 mph) between Lisbon & Porto.  Courtesy of www.youtube.com/c/nonstopeurotrip.

1st class on an Alfa Pendular

1st class leather seats on an Alfa Pendular train, arranged 2+1 across the car width.  Photo courtesy of @rexybexy

2nd class on a Alfa Pendular train from Lisbon to Porto   1st class at-seat meal on a Lisbon-Porto train

2nd class leather seats on an Alfa Pendular, arranged 2+2 across the car width.  Courtesy Thomas Streit.

 

Optional 1st class at-seat meal, ordered when booking.  Courtesy Andreas Wiedenhoff.

Intercity trains are CP's second-rank expresses, fully air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class, most also with cafe-bar & free WiFi.  You'll find power sockets at some 1st class seats, but not in 2nd class.  The distinctive stainless-steel exterior built in Portugal hides an interior design closely based on SNCF's (French Railways) successful Corail carriages.  They are shown in the booking system as IC.  For a seating plan, see the seat numbering page.

Portuguese Intercity train

Portuguese Intercity train.  Photos courtesy of Matt from www.youtube.com/c/nonstopeurotrip.

2nd class on a Portuguese Intercity train   1st class on a Portuguese Intercity train

2nd class seats...

 

1st class seats...

Cafe-bar on a Portuguese Intercity train   Seats in the cafe-bar on a Portuguese intercity train

Cafe bar on an Intercity train...

 

Seats in the cafe-bar...

Travel tips...

Station information...

Lisbon Santa Apolonia is the city's main terminus, walking distance from the old city centre.  Lisbon-Porto trains normally start & end here.  See location map.

Lisbon Santa Apolonia station

Lisbon Santa Apolonia station.  Photo courtesy of Ian Moffat.

Lisbon Santa Apolonia station

Inside Lisbon Santa Apolonia.  Photo courtesy of Ian Moffat.

Lisbon Oriente is a modern station & transport hub to the east of the city centre.  Designed by celebrity architect Santiago Calatrava (who also designed Lyon St Exupéry and Liege Guillemins), it opened in 1998 next to Expo '98, an area now occupied by the Parque da Nações.  All Lisbon-Porto trains call here, and all Lisbon to Faro trains start from here (in fact, one or two trains run direct between Porto & Faro, these call at Lisbon Oriente but by-pass Santa Apolonia).  Click for location map

Porto Campanhã is Porto's main station, trains to & from Lisbon & Faro use this station.  See location map.

Porto Campanha station

Porto Campanhã station.  Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com

Porto Campanha station

Porto Campanhã station.  Courtesy of Alex Heard...

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 make 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 station.

Porto Sao Bento station   Inside Porto Sao Bento station

Porto's lovely São Bento station, dating from 1904.  Courtesy of Paliparan.com See larger photo.

Porto Sao Bento station platforms

São Bento station platforms.  Courtesy of Paliparan.com.


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