Visiting Porto on a 1 day trip is easy!

If you are visiting Portugal and decided to only stay in Lisbon, there is a comfortable, eco-friendly, affordable and hassle free way to visit other major cities in 1 day trips.

In this post we will give you all the details you need for a Lisbon to Porto Day Trip by train or even for a Algarve to Porto day Trip.
We can coordinate your All Day Tour of Porto with the train schedule, ensuring you see all the Highlights of Porto.

Let´s start with a Lisbon to Porto Day Trip

CP is the portuguese railroad company founded in 1856.
There are 2 main train stations in Lisbon where you can catch the train to Porto. Santa Apologia and Oriente train stations.
Santa Apologia is the station nearer the city center and the beginning of the line.
Oriente is the modern station and the 2nd stop on the way to Porto.


There are 2 fast trains that cross Portugal.
The fastest is the Alfa Pendular and takes about 2.15 hours to do the 320km from Lisbon to Porto.
The 2nd one is Intercidades (Intercities), with a few more stops along the way and takes about 3 hours to get to Porto.

There are trains leaving Lisbon to Porto almost every hour.
The fastest, Alfa Pendular, has 5 trains in the morning and another 5 in the afternoon.
The same to return, from Porto to Lisbon.
You can check the schedule here or ask your guide, João (John) for suggestions to maximize your time in Porto.

Pricing & Tickets

You can buy your tickets online, on CP website, and pay with Paypal, Credit or Debit card.
Prices range from 25€ in 2nd class (economy) on the Intercidades, to 55€ in 1st class on the Alfa Pendular, for one way tickets.
If you buy a roundtrip ticket, there is always a discount.

If you like, João (John) your private guide, can plan your trip and tailor your Tour in Porto, including arranging the train tickets.

1 Day Trip from Lisbon to Porto

We have 2 different suggestions for 1 Day Trips from Lisbon to Porto

  1. The first, for early birds, leaving Lisbon early in the morning allows you to arrive mid morning and enjoy a All Day Tour of Porto.
    We will explore the historical centre, all the highlights, monuments and amazing viewpoints of Porto.
    Then, we go to lunch at a small fishermen’s village and in the afternoon, enjoy a private tasting & tour of the oldest Port Wine Company.
    Afterwards John will drop you off at the train station in time for your train back.
  2. The second suggestion, if you prefer to leave Lisbon in the middle of the morning and arrive in Porto around lunch time.
    John will pick you up and take you on a 3 hour Afternoon Tour of Porto, discovering the historical centre and all the highlights & monuments and the best viewpoints of Porto.
    At the end, you can still have a few hours of personal time to explore a bit more around Downtown, meet the locals and just continue to take loads of photos, before heading out to the train station.

This tour is the best overview of Porto and in both cases, you can be back to Lisbon between 8PM and 10PM. All of our tours include Pick up and Drop off.

Contact João (John), your Private Guide, to plan & book your Day Trip from Lisbon to Porto.
He can help you choose the best times and the most suitable train station for your hotel´s location.
Also arranging your tickets to travel and of course greet you at the train station on your arrival to Porto.

Visit Coimbra and Aveiro by train

If you would like to Visit Coimbra by Train or Visit Aveiro by Train, you can use the same information on this post as they are stops along the way.
Don´t forget to re-check the schedule and prices for the different stops.

If you want to find out more about our Tours or learn how we Offset the Carbon Emissions of your tour with us, follow the highlighted links.

Enjoy your stay in Portugal and we’ll see you in Porto!

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