How can I get to Portugal?
Where do you fly into for Portugal?
There are regular direct flights to Portugal from various destinations over Europe and North American. 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
- Eurowings – Low Cost
- Jet2 – Low Cost
- Ryanair – Low Cost
- Royal Air Maroc
- Swiss Airlines
- TAP Air Portugal
- Transavia – Low Cost
- United Airlines
- Vueling Airlines – Low Cost
What is the best way to travel to Portugal?
Portugal 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 not comfortable! There are the cheapest berth (four-bed cabin), doubles, and first-class cabins (gran class) 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, a good option is a public transport.
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 to 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 station 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:
- By Train – The high-speed Lisbon to Porto train usually takes 3 hours to connect the cities. It is fast, modern, and ecological ways to arrive at the cities.
- By Car – The driving distance between Lisbon and Porto is 195 miles (314 km). You can be completed in around 3 hours.
- 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 EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months 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 you submit it to the Portuguese embassy in their home country.
New Rules for 2022! 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 as 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.
When can I travel to Portugal again?
Have you been itching to travel? Plan a trip to Europe for later. If the EU opens up to vaccinated travelers as predicted, autumn will be recommended to travel to Portugal to avoid the summer heat and overcrowding.
We know that booking a holiday during this time of travel restrictions and general uncertainty can feel risky. To take that risk away from you, we’re adopting a new cancellation policy for all new bookings for 2021 and 2022 voyages. You cancel it for any reason in the future. We promise that you will receive your refund. Read hear our conditions.
How Many Days to Spend in Portugal
We always recommend that it takes five days to fully explore Portugal 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! Despite touring is one of the safest ways to travel, accidents happen.
Is COVID-19 covered as a sickness under travel insurance?
World Nomads travel Protection Plan may provide coverage for specified benefits if you test positive for the COVID-19 virus. For more information, read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 and travel insurance.
For more information about Covid-19 in Portugal. Read here.