Airport connections & transfers

If you are coming on one of our tours, it’s likely you will be flying in and out of Lisbon, Porto or Faro. Below are some of the main options for getting to/from these cities to the start/finish points of our tours. Please, look for the heading for the relevant tour and then the transfer details.

Details are of the best bus and train connections, showing departure and arrival times and duration. There may be other services but these will either be earlier, later, slower or with more changes!

Timetables & advanced booking

Please note: The details below are for advertised timetables at the time of writing (February 2020). It is possible times may change although unlikely – times for Lisbon-Evora have been the same for several years. 

Also please be aware that it is not possible to book tickets for either the bus or train until 4-6 weeks before departure. If you look online for bus services too far in advance, you might get a reply saying none are available – this doesn’t mean there is no service, just that it can’t be booked yet!***

Costs

Bus/train tickets to and from the start/finish point of your tour are included in the price. These are normally from/to the nearest city with an international airport. Please see the How Much? section on the individual tour page for details.

We can buy tickets for you and send them by email. Alternatively, if you want stay flexible and not be committed to a particular service, we can refund relevant tickets at the start of the tour.

LISBON – TRAIN & BUS STATIONS

Airport connections

Lisbon’s Portela airport (LIS) is about 6km north of the centre. It’s about a 30-40 minute journey by public transport or 20 minutes by car (taxi) in normal traffic. For general information about getting to/from Lisbon Airport – see here.

Trains – getting to/from the station

Lisbon metro map

Most long-distance trains start and end at Lisboa Oriente, which is also the closest railway station to the airport. It’s about an 8-minute journey by metro (subway) – the airport is at the end of the red (Vermelha) line and it’s only three stops to Oriente.

If you take a taxi, it’s about a six or seven minute trip in normal traffic and should cost no more than €6. For more information about taxis see here.

Click on the metro map for more information and prices.

Bus – getting to/from the station

Most buses start and end at Sete Rios bus station. There is no quick way of getting here from the airport by metro. Taxis will take anything from 6-15 minutes depending on traffic and should cost around €10-12 (including luggage). However, taxi drivers have a reputation for overcharging so make sure you check the price before departure.

A good option is the Aerobus, which runs on the hour from the airport to Sete Rios bus station and every half hour from Sete Rios to the airport. 

If coming from central Lisbon, take the blue (azul) line from Rossio metro station to Jardim Zoologico. With the zoo behind you, cross the big highway and go under the overpass/flyover – the bus station is on the left.

PORTO – TRAIN & BUS STATIONS

Airport connections

Porto’s Francisco Sá Carneiro (OPO) airport is about 12km north of the city centre but connected via a metro (subway) system with services running every 20-30 minutes depending on the time of day. There are also regular buses, airport shuttle services and taxis – for more information, click here.

Taking the metro will cost about €2 and take 35 minutes. A taxi will be €20-25 and generally slightly quicker but not much.

Trains – getting to/from the station

Trains leave from Porto Campanhã station, which is about 2km east of the historic centre. Campanhã is connected to four of the metro lines serving the city.

To get there direct from the airport on the metro takes around 50 minutes (including walking to/from metro) and involves one change. See the metro journey planner for details.

Bus – getting to/from the station

Buses for Guarda leave from the Rede Expressos depot at Campo 24 de Agosto, which is also on the metro (24 Agosto station). If coming direct from the airport it’s a journey of about 40 minutes (including walking to/from metro) with one change.

BORDER CASTLES & SOUTHERN EXPLORER – OUTWARD

Lisbon to Évora

Trains to and from Évora also call at Entrecampos and Sete Rios stations – which are much more convenient for central Lisbon.

If coming from the centre, the easiest option is to take the blue (azul) line from Rossio metro station to Jardim Zoologico, which is only 250m from Sete Rios railway station. (With the zoo behind you, cross the big highway and go under the overpass/flyover. Keep going straight ahead, the railway station is on the left-hand side of the street.)

Sundays: 

All services are 1hr 30 unless stated otherwise.

Train: 09.52-11.26 (1hr 34). Add 8 or 12 minutes to departure time if catching train from Entrecampos or Sete Rios stations.

Bus: 08.00-09.30, 09.30-11.00, 12.00-13.30.

Other days:

Train: 07.02-08.42 (1hr 40), 09.02-10.35 (1hr 33), 17.02-18.35 (1hr 33), 19.02-20.35 (1hr 33).

Bus: As above, also 13.45-15.15, 15.00-16.40 (1hr 40), 17.00-18.30, 18.00-19.30, 19.30-21.00.

BORDER CASTLES – RETURN

Evora to Lisbon

Monday-Saturday:

All services are 1hr 30 unless stated otherwise.

Train: 07.06-08.36, 09.06-10.36, 16.57-18.36 (1hr 39), 19.06-20.36.

Bus: 06.00-07.45 (1hr 45), 07.00-8.30, 07.30-09.00, 09.00-10.40 (1hr 40), 10.15-11.45, 13.00-14.30, 14.00-15.30, 15.00-16.45 (1hr 45), 16.00-17.45 (1hr 45).

Sunday:

Train: 09.06-10.36, 16.57-18.36 (1hr 39), 19.06-20.36.

Bus: 06.00-07.45 (1hr 45), 07.00-8.30, 09.00-10.40 (1hr 40), 10.15-11.45, 13.00-14.30, 14.00-15.30, 14.45-16.15, 16.00-17.45 (1hr 45).

EASTERN FRONTIER & HISTORIC HEARTLAND – OUTWARD

Lisbon to Guarda

Some trains to and from Guarda start/finish at Lisboa Santa Apolonia station, which is near the waterfront in the Alfama district, due east of the castle. Santa Apolonia is only three stops from Rossio metro station, at the end of the blue (azul) line – so a lot more convenient for central Lisbon.

Direct trains all start from Santa Apolonia, leaving 9 minutes before the departure time given for Oriente. The same applies to the weekday 14.09 and 16.09 services. (For other services it is possible to catch a train from Santa Apolonia but this involves changing trains and a wait at Oriente – and it’s normally quicker to take the metro or bus to Oriente.)

The route via Coimbra involves a non-stop train for the first part of the journey. After changing trains at Coimbra (length of wait varies), the rest of the journey is on a slow train stopping at every station along the way.

Sunday:

Train: 07.39-11.51 (4hr 12 – direct), 10.09-14.58 (4hr 49 – change at Coimbra). 

Bus: 08.00-12.00 (4hr), 09.30-13.45 (4hr 20) and 10.30-14.50 (4hr 20).

Other days:

Train: 07.39-11.51 (4hr 12 – direct), 10.09-14.58 (4hr 49 – change at Coimbra), 12.39-16.51 (4hr 12 – direct), 14.09-19.19 (5hr 10 – change at Coimbra), 16.09-21.20 (5hr 11 – change at Coimbra), 18.39-22.51 (4hr 12 – direct).

Bus: 08.00-12.00 (4hr), 09.30-13.45 (4hr 20), 10.30-14.50 (4hr 20), 13.15-17.15 (4hr), 14.00-16.00 (4hr), 15.30-19.50 (4hr 20), 16.30-20.30 (4hr) and 19.00-23.15 (4hr 15).

Porto to Guarda

Buses are much quicker than trains for getting from Porto to Guarda but I’ve given train times for your information.

Sunday:

Train: 06.40-11.51 (5hr 11 – change at Coimbra) and 10.45-14.58 (4hr 13 – change at Pampilhosa).

Bus: 08.00-10.40 (2hr 40), 08.30-11.25 (2hr 55), 10.00-12.55 (2hr 55), 11.00-13.15 (2hr 15) and 14.00-16.15 (2hr 15).

Other days:

Train: 07.40-11.51 (4hr 11 – change at Coimbra), 10.45-14.58 (4hr 13 – change at Pampilhosa), 12.45-16.51 (4hr 6 – change at Coimbra), 14.45-19.19 (4hr 34 – change at Pampilhosa). 

Bus: 08.00-10.40 (2hr 40), 08.30-11.25 (2hr 55), 10.00-12.55 (2hr 55), 14.15-16.55 (2hr 40), 16.00-18.55 (2hr 55), 18.15-21.10 (2hr 55) and 20.15-22.55 (2hr 40).

To be completed

EASTERN FRONTIER – RETURN

Elvas to Lisbon

Sunday: Train: Bus: Other days: Train: Bus:

HISTORIC HEARTLAND – RETURN

Direct buses to Lisbon leave from Caldas da Rainha – which is about 10km (15-minute drive) from the tour’s finish point at Foz do Arelho.

For any riders departing on the Friday at the end of the tour, we will either take you to Caldas or arrange a taxi.

Weekdays & Saturdays:

All journeys below take 1hr and 10 minutes, arriving at Sete Rios bus station.

Bus departure times: 07.00, 07.20, 07.30, 08.35, 09.35, 10.00,  10.30, 10.50, 11.50, 13.00, 13.05, 13.50, 14.20, 15.00, 15.30, 15.45, 16.35, 17.10, 17.50, 18.50, 19.20, 20.00, 20.20, 20.50 etc.

Sundays:

Bus departure times: 07.20, 07.30, 08.35, 09.35, 10.00,  10.30, 10.50, 11.50, 13.00, 13.50, 14.20, 15.00, 15.30, 16.35, 17.30, 17.50, 18.50, 19.20, 20.00, 20.20, 20.50 etc.

SOUTHERN EXPLORER – RETURN

Carvoeiro to Faro

Sunday: Train: Bus: Other days: Train: Bus:

Carvoeiro to Lisbon

Sunday: Train: Bus: Other days: Train: Bus:

TRANSFER BOOKING FORM

Please use the form below if you want us to book train or bus tickets for you/your group giving as much information as possible. We need passport numbers for each person travelling as we can’t book tickets without them. (We only need the number, nothing else.)