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Getting Around in Portugal
 
 
 

By Air

Portugal’s excellent geographical position makes it a stopover point for many foreign airlines at airports all over the country:

Lisbon - Portela Airport - Phone: (+351) 218-413-500
Oporto - Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport - Phone: (+351) 229-432-400
Faro - Faro Airport - Phone. (+351) 289 800 800
Funchal, Madeira - Funchal Airport - Phone: (+351) 291-520-700
Ponta Delgada, Azores - João Paulo II Airport - Phone: (+351) 296-205-400

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA is the Portuguese airport authority and provides departure and arrival information on www.ana.pt

There are several Portuguese airlines offering regular domestic and international flights.

TAP Air Portugal (www.flytap.com) is the country’s "flagship" airline and has scheduled flights to more than 50 international destinations and domestic flights between Lisbon, Oporto, Faro, Madeira and the Azores, and also between Madeira and Porto Santo.

Portugália (www.flypga.com) has regular domestic flights and various flights to foreign destinations.

SATA – Sociedade Acoriana de Transportes Aereos – (www.sata.pt) has regular flights between all the islands of the Azores and from the Azores to Madeira and mainland Portugal. SATA also offers regular flights to a number of international destinations.


ATA – Aerocondor Transportes Aéreos – (www.aerocondor.com) operates regular domestic flights and international charters.

Hi Fly (www.hifly.aero) flies to domestic and international destinations and is also a charter airline.

By Rail

Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses, the Portuguese railway company (www.cp.pt), provides a rail service to every town. Alfa Pendular trains offer the fastest rail link from Lisbon to the Algarve and from the capital to the north (Porto, Braga or Guimarães, with stops in Coimbra and Aveiro); the Intercidades (Intercity) service covers Lisbon, Porto, Alentejo and Lisbon to Algarve routes. A vast network of regional, inter-regional and suburban trains covers the country. The tourist areas of Cascais and Sintra are connected to Lisbon by frequent express trains. High-speed Alfa trains run between Lisbon and Porto via Coimbra and Aveiro. Fertagus trains cross the River Tagus in Lisbon, operating between Entrecampus station to Fogueteiro (on the south bank).

InterRail’s One-Country Pass offers travel for 3, 4, 6 or 8 days in one month within Portugal. Travel is not allowed in the passenger’s country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction. Children’s tickets are reduced by about 50%. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes.

The Intra-rail card give those aged 12 to 30 years three or 10 days’ travel in four pre-defined zones in Portugal plus two or nine nights in youth hostels. Available from main railway stations in Portugal.

Tourist tickets valid for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days are also available from main railway stations.

By Road

Traffic drives on the right. Every town and village can be reached by an adequate system of roads. Petrol stations generally open 7am-8pm, although some are open 24 hours. Travel by motorway is subject to a toll according to distance covered and type of vehicle.


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