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Let us take you on a journey to Portugal

Getting to Portugal by train from London is an enjoyable experience, especially if you leave all the arrangements to us. Crossing south-west France from Paris takes under five hours. At the border, hop aboard the Sud Expresso sleeper train and cross Spain by night, arriving in the Portuguese capital the next morning.

Travelling by train to Portugal

The first leg of the journey from London
We suggest an early-morning Eurostar from London to Paris, followed by a lunchtime TGV from Paris Montparnasse station. The train crosses the Loire Valley and glides through Poitou-Charentes, reaching Bordeaux in just two hours. It then slows down to continue through the forests of Les Landes towards the Basque Pyrenees, reaching the coast at Hendaye in 4 hours 40 minutes.
Break the journey in Bordeaux or Hondarribia
If you are beginning your journey from further afield in the UK and taking a later Eurostar, then you could choose to break your journey in elegant Bordeaux, staying overnight at one of our centrally-located hotels. Inntravellers have recommended calling in at the Marché des Grandes Hommes, a Victorian covered market where you can buy a range of gastronomic delights to enjoy on the train, including Cannelés Bordelais pastries and, of course, the city’s famous claret.

Alternatively, continue on the TGV to Hendaye and enjoy an overnight stay just across the border in Hondarribia, at the Hotel Obispo, a converted 15th-century mansion. The following day, soak up the atmosphere of this medieval fishing village (and its excellent pintxos (tapas) bars) or enjoy a stroll on the beach before taking a taxi to Hendaye to join the sleeper train.
Sud Expresso sleeper from Hendaye to Lisbon
The Hendaye-to-Lisbon Sud Expresso sleeper train departs at approximately 6.30pm. By the time you wake up, you'll be well and truly in Portugal, having traversed Spain during the night.

You'll normally alight from the sleeper train at the modern Lisbon Oriente station, whose unique glass-and-steel roof has been designed to resemble a row of trees. Close to the station is the Parque das Nações, complete with restaurants where you could enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your onward connection.
Holidays near Lisbon & in southern Portugal
Some of our holidays (the On the Waterfront touring holiday, the Palaces & Pathways of Sintra walking holiday and the From Cape to Castle walking holiday) are within an hour's taxi ride of Lisbon Oriente. 

Lying further to the south, the Costa Vicentina and Algarve require a further rail journey on an Intercity train (2 hours and 3 hours, respectively), followed by a taxi transfer of around 50 minutes.
Onward connections to central & northern Portugal
North of Lisbon stretch some of Portugal’s more scenic railways, some which you may have unwittingly travelled along during the night. Our cycling holiday around Aveiro and the Silver Coast is a 2-hour direct train ride north of the capital. You could shorten this by alighting from the sleeper train in Coimbra instead of Lisbon, as it calls there in the early hours. However, most Inntravellers tell us that they prefer a longer night’s rest!

If you are travelling to the vineyards of the Douro Valley or the green hills of the Minho for a walking holiday, you'll need to connect in Lisbon with the direct, 3-hour train to Porto.

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