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Public transit along Camino Portugués

Tom Gross

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We are a group of 7 (70+) planning to do a combination coastal and central camino starting in Porto next fall. 3 of us will need public transport for part or all of every stage. Can this be easily managed? 3 of us have had experience on the Camino Francés and are looking forward to introducing the others in a way that’s not too intimidating. Thanks
 
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This isn’t the answer you asked for as I can’t give precise details on public transport in those areas, but if there are several people sharing, it would be more convenient and not very expensive to take Uber to cover these short distances. In Portugal especially, Uber is very good value (e.g. from my home in Lisbon to the airport takes about 30-35 minutes and usually costs €10-12).

Another option, if you have time, is to walk shorter stages to eliminate/reduce the need for transport.

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We used local taxi services on various stages of the Portugues if one or two of us needed a ride. I'd ask someone working at a bar or cafe to call for us (and I'd leave a tip, if we weren't ordering anything). Or we would do an internet search for the nearest town taxi service and use WhatsApp to communicate. For a few longer distances with our group of 5 (and our bags) we pre-arranged rides with Camino Facil.
 
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There is also public bus service up and down the coastal highway on the Portuguese side. That's a little tricky because there are several different companies plying parts of the route from Porto to Caminha, but you can go into any tourist office and get the schedules. Also, note that the metro from Porto goes all the way to Póvoa de Varzim and you can take the CP train from Viana do Costello to Caminha. Other than that, Uber and taxi. So, on the Coastal Portuguese, at least, it's possible to use some combination of the above.
 
This isn’t the answer you asked for as I can’t give precise details on public transport in those areas, but if there are several people sharing, it would be more convenient and not very expensive to take Uber to cover these short distances. In Portugal especially, Uber is very good value (e.g. from my home in Lisbon to the airport takes about 30-35 minutes and usually costs €10-12).

Another option, if you have time, is to walk shorter stages to eliminate/reduce the need for transport.

Bom caminho!
Thanks for your response. Uber would be a good optio where available. Tom
 
We used local taxi services on various stages of the Portugues if one or two of us needed a ride. I'd ask someone working at a bar or cafe to call for us (and I'd leave a tip, if we weren't ordering anything). Or we would do an internet search for the nearest town taxi service and use WhatsApp to communicate. For a few longer distances with our group of 5 (and our bags) we pre-arranged rides with Camino Facil.
Thank you. Camino Facil pre-arrangement would probably be the least stressful option. Tom
 
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We are a group of 7 (70+) planning to do a combination coastal and central camino starting in Porto next fall. 3 of us will need public transport for part or all of every stage. Can this be easily managed? 3 of us have had experience on the Camino Francés and are looking forward to introducing the others in a way that’s not too intimidating. Thanks
Short answer is no. Where there is public transport it is infrequent and timed to meet the needs of the local population - either schoolchildren or those attending markets.

A taxi service will usually be available; your hosts will help you.
 

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