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A Guide to Travelling To and Travelling Around Portugal


As part of the ultimate guide to getting married in Portugal we have discussed:

Today’s topic is how to travel to and travel around Portugal. This article will arm you with the information you need to best plan your travels for your wedding and reliably inform guests of how to get to your chosen venue.


How To Fly To Portugal

Flying to Portugal is by far the cheapest and easiest way of getting here from overseas. There is an argument to say that if you are travelling from Spain, you could drive or take a coach over but I would still say that flying is more convenient. The three major airports are:

Lisbon (LIS)

Lisbon airport is a true international hub and Portugal’s largest airport. It’s the ideal airport to fly into if you’re staying in the Estremadura and Ribatejo region, The Alentejo and of course the Lisbon region itself. You can get frequent, direct flights from the following countries:

  • Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Seville, Valencia)

  • UK (London, Manchester)

  • France (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Lille, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Toulouse)

  • Luxembourg

  • Italy (Florence, Bologna, Milan, Pisa, Rome, Turin, Venice)

  • Holland (Amsterdam, Eindhoven)

  • Switzerland (Geneva, Zurich, Basel)

  • Belgium

  • Germany (Frankfurt, Baden-Baden, Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart)

  • Angola

  • Brazil (São Paulo, Belém, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Fortaleza, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador)

  • Austria

  • Bulgaria

  • Canada

  • Cape Verde (Boa Vista, Praia, Sal, São Vincente)

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Finland

  • Ghana

  • Guinea-Bissau

  • Hungary

  • Ireland

  • Ivory Coast

  • Morocco (Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech Menara)

  • Norway

  • Poland (Warsaw, Wroclaw)

  • Romania

  • Russia

  • Senegal

  • Sweden

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • Ukraine

  • United Arab Emirates

  • United States (Miami, New York)

  • Venezuela

Porto (OPO)

Porto is the jewel airport of the North which brings you closer to The Minho, Beira Litoral, Tras-os-montes, Beira Alta, the Douro valley and of course, the Porto city itself. You can fly direct from these locations:

  • France (Paris, Ajaccio, Bordeaux, Lorient, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Toulouse, Tours)

  • UK (London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool)

  • Belgium

  • Switzerland (Geneva, Zurich, Basel, Sion)

  • Italy (Milan, Bologna, Cagliari, Rome)

  • Luxembourg

  • Germany (Frankfurt, Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Memmingen, Munich, Nuremberg)

  • Angola

  • Brazil

  • Hungary

  • Morocco

  • Holland (Amsterdam, Eindhoven)

  • Poland

  • Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Seville)

  • Turkey

Faro (FAO)

Faro is probably the airport you’re most familiar with if you’re a lover of the Algarve! It brings you great access to the Algarve and the southernmost parts of the Alentejo. These are the locations where you can get direct flights to Faro:

  • Belgium

  • Denmark

  • France (Lille, Toulouse, Paris)

  • Germany (Frankfurt, Munich)

  • Ireland

  • Luxembourg

  • Holland (Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam)

  • Norway

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • UK (Belfast, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle)


The Best Ways to Get Around in Portugal

I wouldn’t recommend flying in Portugal because it’s so much more expensive than it needs to be. To get around the public transport can be a bit hit and miss depending on where you are and where you’re trying to get to. In a wedding context, most wedding venues tend to be in the countryside of central towns and cities which means that there may be taxis and coaches to arrange. The venues and your destination wedding planner can help you with that. However, you have to get to the nearest town or city in the first place so that’s what this section is all about.

Buses

Buses are my favourite way to get around in and between major cities and towns. Rede Expressos are a fabulous service which serves most of the country. Expressos are clean, comfortable, well air conditioned and relatively cheap. You can go from Lisbon to Evora in 1hr 30mins for less than 15€, Lisbon to Faro in 4hours fo