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How can I get to Portugal?

How can I get to PortugalWhere do you fly to Portugal?

There are regular direct flights to Portugal from various European and North American destinations.

The three main airports in Portugal are Porto Airport (OPO), Lisbon Airport (LIS), and Faro Airport (FAO) in the Algarve. The Lisbon airport is the primary entrance when traveling from another country. But sometimes deals can be found for flights landing in Porto.

Here you have a shortlist of airlines with flights from and to Portugal:

  • Air Canada
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Air Transat
  • American Airlines
  • Azores Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Easyjet Airlines – Low Cost
  • Emirates
  • Eurowings – Low Cost
  • Jet2 – Low Cost
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Norwegian
  • Ryanair – Low Cost
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Swiss Airlines
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Transavia – Low Cost
  • United Airlines
  • Vueling Airlines – Low Cost

How to travel to Portugal? What is the best way to travel to Portugal?

ticket belem towerPortugal is a small country, and you can get almost everywhere quickly and efficiently by train or bus. Air, train, and bus are at their highest in school holidays and summer (basically Easter Week and June to September) and around Christmas and New Year. The ticket price also increases on these holidays in Portugal: April 25th (Freedom Day), May 1st (Labor Day), and October 5th (Republic Day).

Can I travel to Portugal from the USA or Canada?

The direct nonstop services from the United States are Lisbon or Porto with United Airlines, Lufthansa, or TAP.

The direct nonstop services from Canada are from Toronto or Quebec to Lisbon with Air Canada, Lufthansa, Air Transat, or TAP.

To reach Porto, you will need to change, usually in Lisbon.

Can I travel to Portugal from South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand?

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Portugal from South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.

Can I travel to Portugal from Spain?

Everybody remembers Greta Thunberg traveled to Madrid by train from Lisbon after crossing the Atlantic by boat. But from London to Lisbon by train takes around 9 hours! That is not for everyone because you will sleep on the train, it’s uncomfortable! The cheapest berth (four-bed cabin), doubles, and first-class cabins (gran class) are available.

From northwestern Spain, two trains a day connect Vigo in Galicia, Spain, to Porto (around 3hr), passing the border at Tuy (Spain) and Valença (Portugal) on the River Minho.

How to travel around Portugal without a car

If you don’t like to drive in a stranger country, public transport is a good option.

You have quick and frequent Lisbon, Porto, and Coimbra urban trains to help you get where you want to visit. Alfa Pendular and Intercidades trains carry you up and down the country in comfort. You can travel from Porto to Faro (Algarve Region) by train in less than 6 hours.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a train stations in rural centers and small villages. So, the bus is the best option. The bus stations usually have an office where tickets can be purchased. The ticket office is called a bilheteria.

Best Way to Get From Lisbon to Porto

You have three different options:

  1. By Train – The high-speed Lisbon to Porto train usually takes 3 hours to connect the cities. It is a fast, modern, and ecological way to arrive at the towns.
  2. By Car – The driving distance between Lisbon and Porto is 195 miles (314 km). You can be completed it in around 3 hours.
  3. By Plane – The flight journey time is, on average, 1 hour.

How can I get Portugal visa?

Contact your Portuguese embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. We provide the following information in good faith. You must check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your visa requirements.

All visitors to the European Union countries require a valid passport with a least 6 months of validity on an adult or child passport.
USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area. But, they may not stay longer than 90 days.
South African need to fill in a Portuguese visa application form, and then submit it to the Portuguese embassy in their home country.

New Rules for 2023! Visa to enter Europe will be expected to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization.

As a tour booking website, Eco Trilha cannot organize visas for the passengers. The visa requirements are continually updated and vary from one traveler’s nationality to the next. For this reason, we recommend you contact the Portuguese embassy or consulate website for the latest up-to-date information.

Tailor made tour friends in Portugal

How Many Days to Spend in Portugal

We always recommend that it takes five days to explore Portugal fully. And ensure you can immerse yourself in the local culture, customs, and traditions. Check out our itineraries in Portugal.

Planning a Trip to Portugal

Watch this video. In only 3 minutes, you book your next vacation in Portugal.


Should I travel without travel insurance?

No! Ask for your travel insurance quote online at no cost. You can see, it is not too expensive! Although touring is one of the safest ways to travel, accidents happen.

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