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buses between towns Lisbon to Porto

Charbias

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Portuguese Way - Lisbon to Porto ( 2020)
I am walking from Lisbon to Porto in April, but only have 2 weeks. I plan on walking 25 to 30kms a day - but will still need to catch a bus a few times. Is this possible?
 
Camino(s) past & future
None yet; perhaps the Portugese (2021?)
It's a possibility from the bigger towns that are along the route: Santarem, Tomar, and Coimbra all have major bus stations that are hubs for the smaller towns surrounding them.

What you may find problematic is that typically, for the smaller towns, the local buses run from each one to the bigger hub in the mornings, for high school students, workers, and commuters; and then run back to the smaller towns in the evenings.

It's probably best to look at hopping between two of the larger places. That will typically use the railway, CP, rather than the bus, since the local authorities are reluctant to subsidize a bus service where there already is a good railway link that costs about the same.

CP website (easy to use!): https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

Their network map (not so easy to find!): https://www.cp.pt/StaticFiles/Passageiros/3_viajar/0_servicos/mapa-servicos.pdf To hop from town to town, you'll usually want the Regional service marked in red. It stops at all the small stations, and is a bit less expensive than the other services. No reserved seats, as a rule. A great service!

A more simplified map is here: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/how-to-travel

f you are committed to the bus, Santarem to Fatima is a good bet, and then a local bus from Fatima to Tomar or Fatima to Coimbra. Because of its religious significance to the Portuguese and location off a railway line, there is an unusually strong network of buses between the bigger towns/smaller cities and Fatima.

Bom Caminho!
 
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lt56ny

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CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
Check out the Rome2rio app that can be helpful. You can always ask the locals at the bar about busses. Lots of people in Portugal speak some if not good English and they are the kindness and most helpful people you could ever want to meet. I don't take busses but I have heard others ask about them and local knowledge is always the best knowledge. Older folks are really helpful because many depend on buses.
 

Charbias

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
St James Way ( 2011)
Portuguese Way - Lisbon to Porto ( 2020)
Thanks so much for information - it's very practical and useful
 
Camino(s) past & future
None yet; perhaps the Portugese (2021?)
"...local knowledge is always the best knowledge. Older folks are really helpful because many depend on buses."

@Charbias, I see you're from France. With older people, you will likely find your native language, French, more useful than English if you don't speak Portuguese. Give it a try!

Until the late 70s, the "second language" taught in Portugal was French rather than English. I have often been surprised that my (undoubtedly weak) high school French is more useful than English in smaller Portuguese communities!
 

Charbias

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
St James Way ( 2011)
Portuguese Way - Lisbon to Porto ( 2020)
It's a possibility from the bigger towns that are along the route: Santarem, Tomar, and Coimbra all have major bus stations that are hubs for the smaller towns surrounding them.

What you may find problematic is that typically, for the smaller towns, the local buses run from each one to the bigger hub in the mornings, for high school students, workers, and commuters; and then run back to the smaller towns in the evenings.

It's probably best to look at hopping between two of the larger places. That will typically use the railway, CP, rather than the bus, since the local authorities are reluctant to subsidize a bus service where there already is a good railway link that costs about the same.

CP website (easy to use!): https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

Their network map (not so easy to find!): https://www.cp.pt/StaticFiles/Passageiros/3_viajar/0_servicos/mapa-servicos.pdf To hop from town to town, you'll usually want the Regional service marked in red. It stops at all the small stations, and is a bit less expensive than the other services. No reserved seats, as a rule. A great service!

A more simplified map is here: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/how-to-travel

f you are committed to the bus, Santarem to Fatima is a good bet, and then a local bus from Fatima to Tomar or Fatima to Coimbra. Because of its religious significance to the Portuguese and location off a railway line, there is an unusually strong network of buses between the bigger towns/smaller cities and Fatima.

Bom Caminho!
Thank you so much for this really great information
 

Charbias

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
St James Way ( 2011)
Portuguese Way - Lisbon to Porto ( 2020)
"...local knowledge is always the best knowledge. Older folks are really helpful because many depend on buses."

@Charbias, I see you're from France. With older people, you will likely find your native language, French, more useful than English if you don't speak Portuguese. Give it a try!

Until the late 70s, the "second language" taught in Portugal was French rather than English. I have often been surprised that my (undoubtedly weak) high school French is more useful than English in smaller Portuguese communities!
Thanks so much for this information - I am actually South African, working in France for a few years - but good to know that my French could come in handy :)
 

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