Camino Portugués Travel Guide
Here at Macs Adventure we understand that our customers have very busy lives! Planning your Camino Portugues adventure takes a lot of time and patience, therefore we have we have put together a travel blog which will hopefully help in the initial planning stages of this once in a lifetime journey! Travelling to Portugal is relatively straight forward with their national airline TAP Portugal offering a wide network of flights from across the globe. Both the UK and Europe have a wide selection of low-cost carriers which serves the country. Public transport in general is reasonably priced, quick and efficient therefore getting to and from the start and end of your trip should be simple! Portugal has a decent network of trains between major towns from north to south. Visit Comboios Portugal known as CP for timetables and fares. Buses connect almost all of the country’s towns and villages, with services operated by a wide array of private companies. The buses are generally cheaper and although slightly slower, however they can be useful for the more remote villages that aren’t serviced by trains. Visit Rede Expressos for timetables and fares. Below is some information regarding your travel options to/from the Camino Portugués . You may also find www.skyscanner.com and www.rome2rio.com useful resources to assist with your travel planning.
Lisbon airport (60km)
If flying from the UK, low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair offer direct flights to Lisbon from Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, London Stansted & Gatwick. Other airlines include TAP Portugal, Flybe and BA. From outside the UK, you can fly to Lisbon direct with many European and International airlines. Check the Lisbon airport website to see what airlines suit you best.
Lisbon airport (70km)
From Lisbon you can get to Santarém (1H) easily by train with CP Rail or by bus with Rede Expressos.
Lisbon airport (195km), Porto airport (135km)
From Lisbon (1H50) and Porto (1H05) you can get to Coimbra easily by train with CP Rail.
Porto airport (10km)
If flying from the UK, low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair offers direct flights to Porto from Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, London Stansted & Gatwick. Other airlines include TAP Portugal, Flybe and BA. If you are coming from Europe then please look at the Porto airport website and check what airlines suit you best. If you are travelling from Overseas, you have a few options. You can fly into London and catch a Ryanair or easyJet flight to Porto. Alternatively you can fly into Lisbon and catch an internal flight to Porto with TAP Portugal or take the train from Lisbon (2H45) with CP Rail.
Porto airport (105km), Santiago de Compostela airport (110km)
From Porto you can take a bus with Rede Expressos up to Valenca and then take a taxi across the international bridge into Tui. From Santiago de Compostela take a train to Tui (via Vigo) with RENFE.
Santiago airport (12km)
If flying from the UK, low cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair offers direct flights to Santiago from London Stansted and London Gatwick. If you are coming from Europe then please look at the Santiago Airport website and check what airlines suit you best. If you are travelling from overseas, you have a few options. You can fly into London and catch a Ryanair or easyJet flight to Santiago. Alternatively you can fly into Madrid and catch an internal flight with either Ryanair or Vueling airlines. Otherwise take the train from Madrid which will take approximately 7 hours. Train timetables and fares can be viewed at RENFE. We hope this is of some help in planning your Camino and for any other details on the various trips, don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org.