Many people travelling to Portugal take their cars from start points in Europe by major motorways through Spain and Portugal. British
travellers often take their cars across the Channel to France or Spain and make the drive from there. The European route E1 in Portugal is a series of roads, part of the International E-road network running on a north-south axis on the west coast. It starts at the Spanish border in the north at Valença, going almost perfectly south passing by several major Portuguese cities like Porto and then on to Lisbon until the border with Spain.
National roads indicated as EN, IC and IP are free whilst others have tolls. Locals will use the Via Verde automatic toll device and have dedicated lanes going through the toll gate – you'll need to avoid these. Other than that Portuguese highways are well maintained and a joy to ride on. The A1 Lisbon, linking to the Algarve; A3 Valença and the Minho, A4 Amarante and Trás-os-Montes, linking to Bragança; A28 to Cerveira and the A29 to Aveiro. Some of these highways are to be paid at the end of the trip with the ticket that must be collected at the beginning of the highway.
If arriving in Porto from outside it's advisable to park in the outskirts of the city and use the metro system to travel to the centre and add the ride on one of Europes newest transport systems to your trip experience.
The majority of international, inter-regional and intercity trains terminate and originate from Lisbon's Estação Santa Apolónia, a single stop away from Estação do Oriente at Parque das Nações where there's a major travel hub. Here there is a substantial coach and bus station, other train services and an ultra-modern-looking metro station. The Rossio train station in the centre of the Baixa district serves the Sintra line and whisks visitors to the fairy tail town every 15 minutes or so during peak times. The Cais do Sodré close to the river lies on the Cascais line. This is the station you need to depart from if heading off to Belém or beyond onto Estoril and Cascais.
Portuguese trains are generally very good, punctual, comfortable and air conditioned. CP — Comboios de Portugal was nationalised in 1975 and saw several line closures in the '80s and '90s. Whats left is in the process of being modernised and, in many places, electrified. There various type of services on Portugals rail network:
• Urbano - These are local or urban trains that serve the Lisbon metropolitan areas. To travel on these urban trains you should use the Viva Viagem smart card system.
• Regional – Operate local services further out that the Urban trains within the Lisbon region calling at all stops.
• Inter-Regional – A mid-range train service that only stops at certain stations en-route between two regions.
• Intercidades – A fast long-distance intercity service that operate out of Lisbon.
• Alfa Pendular – Portugal's high-speed national service that runs between Lisbon and Porto, Braga or Guimarães - passing through Coimbra, Aveiro along the way. There are also service to Faro.
• International – There are services run by other train companies to Spain and France. Renfe Trenhotel is a comfortable night train service.
CP – Trains of Portugal Website & Timetables
Rede Expressos, Portugals national coach company, and their subsideries, operates from Sete Rios coach station. It is conviently located opposite Lisbon zoo and a metro station ( Jardim Zoológico – Blue line), and close to the Sete Rios train station. Sete Rios coach station has information and ticket offices ( 05h30 – 01h00) for information about arrivals and departures. You can get timetables and book tickets on the Rede Expressos website: ( www.rede-expressos.pt ). You can also download their RFlex app for information, discounts and to buy e-tickets.
Transportes Sul do Tejo (TST) ( Website ) also use Sete Rios as their arrival/departure point for services south of the river Tejo such as Setúbal, Sesimbra and the Costa da Caparica.
Praça Marechal Humberto Delgado - Estrada Das Laranjeiras, 1500-423, Lisbon.
38° 44' 29.8" N | 09° 10' 02.7" W
The bus and coach station at Estação do Oriente ( Oriente – Red line) manages services from an array of operators both national and international; FlixBus, Renex and Rodonorte. For the uninitiated finding your way around can be a little challenging so you should allow yourself plenty of time to find the correct bus stop before departure. There's information desks where you can buy tickets, ( 06h00 – 00h30).
Gare Oriente, 1200 Lisbon. | 38° 46' 04.3" N | 09° 05' 57.9" W