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Portugal - Getting there & away, getting around

Portugal - Getting there & away

TAP (Air Portugal), the national airline, has direct flights to Lisbon from a number of destinations, including England, France, Spain, the USA and Canada. There are also international flights to Porto and Faro. International departure tax is included in the price of your ticket.

Train connections from France and Spain are just as routine, with a number of scenic stops en route.

Direct and regular bus services operate from France, Spain and England.

You can also drive to Portugal, with major border posts open around the clock. If you're driving from England, the quickest route is via the Plymouth-Santander or Portsmouth-Bilbao ferries to northern Spain and then on to Portugal.

Getting around Portugal

Flights inside Portugal are expensive and hardly worth considering, given the short distances involved. A domestic departure tax is levied, but it's included in the price of the ticket.

Travelling by train is cheap but slow. Note that bicycles are not permitted on trains.

It's almost always quicker to go by bus than by train- especially as a number of private companies operate express services between major cities and the Algarve.

Taxis are plentiful and cheap.

There are dozens of car-rental agencies in Portugal, though you should bear in mind that petrol is pricey.

Bicycles can also be rented in some tourist areas.

Lisbon has an underground metro, which was renovated and expanded for Expo 98 and is still growing.

Lisbon has some stately funiculars.

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