Portugal Transport Guide

Portugal’s transport system is well developed and relatively easy to navigate. For an unusual travel experience, head out of the way to the autonomous region of Madeira where the suburb of Monte contains toboggans used by locals for centuries to travel down a 2-kilometre stretch of hill at speeds of up to 45 kilometres per hour.

How to get around Portugal

Rail is a popular method of transport in Portugal. National network Comboios de Portugal (CP) covers much of the mainland as well as international routes. CP offers 3 services: first-class Alfa Pendular is the fastest and most comfortable and travels between Lisbon and the Algarve as well as Oporto and Braga. There’s also the Intercity service connecting Lisbon with other major towns as well as a regional network. The national coach service Rede Nacional de Expressos travels regularly between major towns and cities, but it’s sometimes hard to find the timetable in English. If you'd like to hire a car, Portugal’s road system is well maintained and easy to navigate, just beware that they drive on the right and you need to have cash or card on you when crossing traditional tollbooths on some of the motorways. Cream or green official taxis can be found throughout the country and are relatively safe and cheaper when hailed not booked. When in Lisbon and Oporto, there’s also a reliable underground network. Airports in Portugal that offer domestic flights are based at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro, Funchal and Ponta Delgada.