Santa Apolónia Station, Lisbon
Santa Apolónia Station
Santa Apolónia Station is Lisbon's oldest railway station having been built in 1865. Santa Apolónia is situated in the Alfama district of Libon near the River Tagus. Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (CP) trains run from here to both Paris and Madrid, including the high-speed Alfa Pendular service.
The Sud-Expresso leaves Santa Apolónia Station daily arriving in Hendaye the following day; there is a connection here with the French TGV-Atlantique that runs from the French-Spanish border to Paris.
Passengers can choose between 1st and 2nd class bunks or 2nd class reclining seats.
The Lusitânia Comboio Hotel train departs from Santa Apolónia Station every evening for Madrid.
The adjoining Santa Apolónia subway station on the blue line (Linha Azul) opened in 2007. Local services run to Gare do Oriente Station on the Azambuja Line for the Parque Das Nações. There are trains from here to Evora and other destinations including Braga, Coimbra, Porto, Guimaraes and Fatima.
Inside the station is a cafe, an information desk (Tel: 808 208 208) shops and a tourist office. There is also a bank, ATMs and car rental desks.
The station building itself is of interest and there is a memorial plaque to Humberto Delgado (1906-1965) aka General sem Medo (Fearless General), who was murdered by the secret police of the dictator Salazar.
Nearby attractions are the Museu Militar (Tel: 218 842 300) and the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (Tel: 218 100 340).
Full information and online booking for all rail passes is available from Rail Europe.
Full information and schedules on express and local trains in Portugal are available at www.cp.pt
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