Buses to + in Portugal
Bus Travel to Portugal
From the UK, Eurolines - the overseas wing of National Express - offer return fares to Lisbon via Coimbra, changing in Paris from London's Victoria coach station. There are also bus services to Porto, Lagos via Faro and Viana do Castelo. There are five buses a week to Lisbon from Paris and services to other destinations in Portugal.
Eurolines' routes stretch from Scandinavia to Central Europe to North Africa and journeys to Portugal can be booked in many European cities. Eurolines has main offices in Lisbon (Tel: 218 957 398), Porto (Tel: 225 189 303) and Braganca (Tel: 273 327 122).
Busabout provides tickets in increments of 2, 3 or four weeks for most European cities on its hop-on hop-off network. Busabout also offers Flexipasses allowing various days' travel within a set period and its main routes into Portugal are to Lisbon and Lagos in the Algarve from many European cities. There are reductions for passengers under 26.
Eva runs buses from Lagos-Sevilla via Huelva picking up in the main towns of the Algarve: Faro, Albufeira, Tavira. A three day Eva bus pass for the Algarve is 23.30 Euro. There is a Lisbon to Sevilla bus operated by Eva and Damas that leaves Lisbon at 10.30am arriving in Sevilla at 8.15pm (Spanish time).
Alsa (an affiliate of National Express) runs buses to Porto via Guarda and to Lisbon from Madrid (journey times are around 8-9 hours depending on the time of departure) and via Badajoz and Evora to Lisbon from Sevilla (6 hours).
Bus Travel in Portugal
Portugal's domestic bus services are on the whole quicker than a similar journey by train, though they can be more expensive. The networks of the private bus companies cover most of the country's main towns and more local destinations. Departure times can be early in the morning and services are reduced at weekends. Check with the tourist information center for departure points and with the bus companies for schedules.
Express buses can be booked online with Rede expressos or by SMS by calling 969 50 20 50 (information in Portuguese).
Expressos - are the quickest inter-city buses.
Rápidas - are fairly fast regional buses.
Carreiras - are slow local buses.
Lisbon's main bus station is presently at Sete Rios easily accessible by metro to Jardim Zoologico (opposite Lisbon Zoo) or by train to Sete Rios Station. The bus station at Arco do Cego on Avenida Joao Crostomo (nearest metro Saldanha) is presently closed for refurbishment. The main intercity bus terminal in Porto is Placa da Batalha. Renex (218 956 836) buses run from Gare do Oriente in Lisbon to Porto, Albufeira, Braga, Faro, Loule, Vilamoura and other destinations.