Portugal Rail Passes - Portuguese Rail Passes
Travel in comfort from Lisbon to Porto and everywhere in between with rail in Portugal. Other must sees include Sintra, the town with rich palaces, Parque Nacional da Peneda Gerês, a national park that tops them all and Cascais, a youthful beach town with a dazzling coastline.
There are four commuter train lines departing from Lisbon: the Cascais, Sintra and Azambuja lines which is operated by CP - Comboios de Portugal, as well as a fourth line to Setúbal which is operated by Fertagus crossing the Tagus river, over the 25 de Abril Bridge. The major railway stations are Santa Apolónia, Rossio, Gare do Oriente, Entrecampos, and Cais do Sodré.
Five main Railway companies provide rail transport in Portugal.
- Comboios de Portugal
- Lisbon Metro
- Porto Metro
- Metro Transportes do Sul (light rail)
CP or Comboios de Portugal or EPE or Trains of Portugal is a state-owned company which operates passenger trains in Portugal. Before June 2009, CP stood for Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses or Portuguese Railways, although the company has been using its current designation as a brand name since 2004. In 2017, CP transported 122 million passengers.
Railway Stations in Lisbon
Lisbon has a number of main railway stations serving different parts of city and the rest of the country. There are coin lockers at the following Lisbon stations: Cais do Sodré, Entrecampos, Lisbon Oriente, Santa Apolónia, Rossio and Sete Rios.
Oriente Station or Gare do Oriente, is part of the Parque das Nações district of eastern Lisbon. The modernist station building was designed by the leading Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and was completed in time for the 1998 Lisbon Expo. Gare do Oriente includes a Lisbon Metro station on the Linha Vermelha Line and a suburban train station on the Azambuja Line that has connecting trains to Santa Apolónia, Alverca, Vila Fraca de Xera and Azambuja. The Sintra Line connects Gare do Oriente with Roma Areeiro, Entrecampos, Sete Rios, M. Abraão Campolide and Sintra. The quickest trains from Gare do Oriente take 2 hours, 35 minutes to reach Campanha Station in Porto.
Santa Apolónia Station
Santa Apolónia Station is Lisbon's oldest railway station in Portugal having been built in 1865. Santa Apolónia is situated in the Alfama district of Lisbon near the River Tagus. Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (CP) trains run from here to both Paris and Madrid, including the high-speed Alfa Pendular service. Express trains to Porto depart from Santa Apolónia Station calling at Gare do Oriente. Santa Apolónia is convenient for a number of Lisbon attractions including the Museu Militar and the Museu Nacional do Azulejo.
Sete Rios Station
Sete Rios Station in northern Lisbon is the main bus station for long-distance buses to destinations all over Portugal. Many local Lisbon city buses also stop at Sete Rios. Sete Rios is also on the blue line of the Lisbon Metro. The metro station is called Jardim Zoológico. The Sete Rios train station has trains to Faro, Setubal and other destinations. Sete Rios is also a good place to find a taxi. Frequent trains from Sete Rios run to Setubal across the River Tagus operated by Fertagus. There are also several trains a day from Sete Rios to Faro in the Algarve (with connections to Lagos to the west and all stations to Vila Real de Santo Antonio to the east) taking a little over 3 hours to Faro via Tunes. The train to Evora with connections on to Beja departs from Oriente Station and stops on the way at Sete Rios. Also from Sete Rios are trains to Mira Sintra-Meleças, Torres Vedras, Obidos, Caldas da Rainha and Leiria on the Linha do Oeste.
Rossio Station in central Lisbon is a temple of Neo-Manueline architecture and a major transport hub for the Lisbon city bus, subway, taxi, and tram network. The late 19th century building complete with horseshoe shaped arches and ornamental clock was designed by José Luís Monteiro and is the main rail gateway to Sintra. The station is close to the metro stations of Rossio and Restauradores with the latter station having pedestrian connections to Rossio Station. There are trains to Sintra Station approximately every 15 minutes from Rossio on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends, with the journey between Lisbon and Sintra taking 39 minutes. On weekdays after 8.38pm the service is every 30 minutes.
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