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biarritzdon

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Look at Rome2Rio, it is complicated.
 

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There is one direct bus (at least for the random day next week that I put into Alsa’s search engine), at noon. Three other buses with a transfer. One at 10 am, one at 5 pm and one at 9:30 p.m.

It’s a long boring bus ride on the highway and includes a stop in a highway rest stop. But it’ll get you there.
 

simoneva

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frances (2016)
norte/primitivo (2017)
aragon/frances/salvador/norte (2018)
frances (2019)
You can get a train all the way. One train a day to vigo then 30 minute connection time to Porto; then hourly trains to Lisbon.

It is a bit rushed as you have to walk/run 1.4km between the two stations in Vigo. The first station is huge so up 3 escalators to exit using maybe 10 minutes; and then a few of the roads on the route are closed so some panic involved. The rail company don't sell it as a connecting journey for that reason. However it is doable.
 
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having trouble getting from santiago to lisbon. has anyone tried rideshare to porto?
In fall of 2018 after the Camino, my daughter and I flew from Santiago to Lisbon via Madrid. Easy and not overly expensive.
 

Friend from Barquinha

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None yet; perhaps the Portugese (2021?)
Rail preferable for me. Prepare to be flexible with arrangements AND always ask for discounts!
I don't know about the Spanish system, but the Portuguese rail system (CP) has a huge range of discounts! And no Portuguese or EU citizenship required for any of them.

 
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You can get a train all the way. One train a day to vigo then 30 minute connection time to Porto; then hourly trains to Lisbon.

It is a bit rushed as you have to walk/run 1.4km between the two stations in Vigo. The first station is huge so up 3 escalators to exit using maybe 10 minutes; and then a few of the roads on the route are closed so some panic involved. The rail company don't sell it as a connecting journey for that reason. However it is doable.
That was our experience in 2019. However, in our case, the Spanish train from Santiago went to the Guixar station in Vigo, which is also where we picked up the Portuguese train for Porto, about an hour or two later. I can't explain the discrepancy. What I would suggest is: download the apps for Renfe (Spanish rail) and Comboios de Portugal (Portuguese rail) and then figure out an appropriate schedule. In our case, putting the two together (buying separate tickets) made an easy and comfortable way to get back to Porto from Santiago. And as simoneva says, easy to get to Lisbon from Porto.
 

Friend from Barquinha

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None yet; perhaps the Portugese (2021?)
That was our experience in 2019. However, in our case, the Spanish train from Santiago went to the Guixar station in Vigo, which is also where we picked up the Portuguese train for Porto, about an hour or two later. I can't explain the discrepancy.
I don't remember the names of the two stations, but I think I rememberthat the big one down near the waterfront (the original) was closed down, the first time we visited Vigo (late 2010s, I think.) It was in the middle of a major rebuild, I believe. It could be that in 2019, all the trains were going through Guixar, if that's the upper one, and that now they've finished the rebuild and re-aligned the routes out of the two stations.

Particularly since the Portuguese and Spanish have been working hard to upgrade the link between Vigo and Porto over the past few years. The upper station may now be dedicated to high-speed, since the infrastructure is different than for regular old trains. Or it could be the converse, and the high-speed goes out of the rebuilt station!

(Just guessing here.)
 
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2016
You can get a train all the way. One train a day to vigo then 30 minute connection time to Porto; then hourly trains to Lisbon.

It is a bit rushed as you have to walk/run 1.4km between the two stations in Vigo. The first station is huge so up 3 escalators to exit using maybe 10 minutes; and then a few of the roads on the route are closed so some panic involved. The rail company don't sell it as a connecting journey for that reason. However it is doable.
I hate really tight connections. I especially didn't want to break the calm and centered feeling I had after I finished my pilgrimage, so after my Camino I took the train to Vigo, stayed overnight, took the early train to Porto, then a train to Lisbon. (lots of trains every day from Porto to Lisbon). Vigo is a pleasant town to visit. The Cathedral of Santa Maria de Vigo is worth a look. Lovely journey.
 

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