What to do in Portugal / Travel tips
Travel itinerary in Portugal: from Lisbon to Porto
Full of history, culture and natural beauty
Fall in love with Portugal's historical, architectural, cultural and gastronomic richness from north to south with this itinerary between Lisbon and Porto.
Reading time: 4 minutes
"It's not about the destination, it's about the journey", as the saying goes. In this case, both are important, because it's essential that you get the most out of all the historical, architectural, cultural and gastronomic richness of this itinerary, from departure to arrival.
It's quite a quick ride, either by car, by train or by bus. The distance from Lisbon to Porto is about 300 km. Without stopping, it can take up to 3 hours. You have several options: you can rent a car or catch a train or a bus (the bus is the most time-consuming option, but also the cheapest). For the more adventurous, there are carpooling or lift options between both cities. You can also catch a flight, which is the fastest means of transportation and can be very affordable if you find a low-cost flight.
Apart from the technical details, this article explores all the towns and cities you can discover along the way, if you want to take a road trip up the coastline, starting in Lisbon and heading to Porto.
After exploring Lisbon, we suggest three other towns: Cascais, Sintra and Óbidos. The next one is Peniche, a must-visit, especially for surfers.
Further north, you'll find Fátima, one of the most popular religious destinations in the world, as well as Batalha or Leiria. You can stop in Coimbra, the "city of students", or in Aveiro, the "Portuguese Venice". From there, with the Atlantic Ocean by your side for most of your journey, you'll arrive in Porto. Head off to bed and get a good rest, because you have a wonderful city to explore!
Follow our tips and have a nice trip!
Vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Lisbon and PortoThe Portuguese gastronomy is mostly comprised of fish or meat, however, during your travels, you can also indulge in some vegetarian and vegan options.
The best cities for a romantic getaway in Portugal
Destinations and programmes for twoPortugal is a country full of romantic destinations, perfect for a getaway or a weekend with your better-half. Check out our tips, from Lisbon to Porto.
The best Portuguese food and the most traditional dishes
A gastronomic journey through PortugalTurn your trip to Portugal into a gastronomic one. Taste the best food and the most typical dishes while you visit us.
15 Interesting facts about Portugal
Learn more about Portugal, Lisbon and PortoDiscover some interesting facts about Portugal and its two main cities before your next trip. From history to culture, gastronomy and so much more.
Terraces you cannot miss in Lisbon and Porto
Know more about HF Hotels’ terraces and this season’s coolest spotsSee our recommendations to enjoy the best that Lisbon and Porto can offer you!
Portugal is one of the safest countries in the world
Feel safe during your trip to PortugalIf you're thinking of travelling to Portugal, know that this is the 3rd safest country in the world, and has been in the top 5 of this ranking since 2016.
Tips for protecting the environment when you travel (but not only!)Did you know that the average international water consumption per guest per night is about 345 litres? Or that a 1ºC difference in air conditioning, depending o
10 tips to take the best travel photos!
The best memories will be well registeredRelive the best moments with the best photos. Discover a few tips to take the best travel photos, using some simple tricks.
The best beaches in Lisbon and Oporto
Suggestions to escape the hustle of the city this time of the yearFor anyone who is a fan of diving, surfing, sunbathing or simply taking long walks or runs by the sea.