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Bus travel question - Lisbon to Porto

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Gailsie

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances Fall '09 ;
Would I have to reserve a seat on a bus from Lisbon to Porto? I will probably be arrived in Lisbon in the late afternoon and plan to spend the night in Lisbon. Would I have to go that first day to purchase my seat ahead of time or just show up the next day and buy my ticket? I don't have exact date of travel yet but it will be late April or May.

Many thanks for the information
 

peregrina2000

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Unless you are traveling on an unusually high-traffic day, right before a holiday or a long weekend, I don't think a reservation is necessary. Buses are very frequent.

You might also want to consider the train. If you will be in central Lisbon, the downtown train station will be more convenient than getting to either of the two bus stations (Sete Rios, essentially at the zoo; or Oriente, out at the expo site on the river). There are at least 15 trains a day, it's a three hour trip and I see web fares from as low as 15 euros. Standard rack rate is 30. I think the bus is probably around 15-20.

Buen camino. Laurie
 

Gailsie

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances Fall '09 ;
Thanks Laurie for the information. I thought of the bus to Porto so I could see the countryside and it is fairly short. Was considering the train for the way back from SdC as it is a longer trip. So maybe will do the train both ways.
 

happyhiker18

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Camino Frances SJPP-Fromista Apr-Jun 2012
Thanks Laurie for the information. I thought of the bus to Porto so I could see the countryside and it is fairly short. Was considering the train for the way back from SdC as it is a longer trip. So maybe will do the train both ways.
You can also fly to Porto. I believe it's Air Transat flies straight into Porto from Toronto. So maybe also from NB?
 

Gailsie

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances Fall '09 ;
I am planning on flying out of Halifax as it is cheaper for me. Air Canada has the monopoly here in Fredericton and it costs a fortune to get to Toronto. It is a killer to have to fly over Fredericton on the way to Europe from TO. I want to fly into Lisbon so I get a few days there, I love that city!!!
 

ianlagac

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese in 2014
I will start my camino from Porto in June. I'll be flying to Lisbon from Shanghai. The train info is very useful. As for going back to Lisbon from SdC, is there a direct train?
 

Diogo92

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Camino(s) past & future
C. Português 2013, 2014
C. de Fátima 2014
C. do Salnés 2015
I will start my camino from Porto in June. I'll be flying to Lisbon from Shanghai. The train info is very useful. As for going back to Lisbon from SdC, is there a direct train?
No direct train, only direct bus.


Go for ALSA website, and check it out. With train, you would have to go to Vigo, from Vigo to Porto and then from Porto to Lisbon.

Every day, at 12am you have a bus departing to Lisbon. It stops in Vigo, Braga, Porto (Airport and Casa da Música), Albergaria-a-Velha, Coimbra and Pombal or Fatima (it depends from the time of the year).

If you buy the ticket with 30 or plus days in advance, you can get a 50% discount. However, if you choose this promotion, you can't change your ticket date, nor have a refund if something happens. Has I've said, the bus departs everyday at 12am from Santiago (11am in Portugal), and arrives in Oriente station (the nearest one from the airport) at 8:30pm Portuguese time.
 

ianlagac

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese in 2014
No direct train, only direct bus.


Go for ALSA website, and check it out. With train, you would have to go to Vigo, from Vigo to Porto and then from Porto to Lisbon.

Every day, at 12am you have a bus departing to Lisbon. It stops in Vigo, Braga, Porto (Airport and Casa da Música), Albergaria-a-Velha, Coimbra and Pombal or Fatima (it depends from the time of the year).

If you buy the ticket with 30 or plus days in advance, you can get a 50% discount. However, if you choose this promotion, you can't change your ticket date, nor have a refund if something happens. Has I've said, the bus departs everyday at 12am from Santiago (11am in Portugal), and arrives in Oriente station (the nearest one from the airport) at 8:30pm Portuguese time.
Thanks Diogo92. This is a big help in my planning.
 

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