Porto or Braga to Santiago de Compostela

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Feb 28th, 2006, 06:31 PM
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Porto or Braga to Santiago de Compostela

with more and more flights coming in from other parts of Europe to Porto, is there any easy way to get to Santiago de Compostela? I'll be in Porto at 9:50 a.m. Can I get in to Santiago by nightfall? It's a fairly quick drive, but going across the countries is cost-prohibitive, plus I could miss driving in Portugal with their high accident rates. Any suggestions? Would be willing to change over from trains to bus or any combination.
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Feb 28th, 2006, 06:34 PM
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Should clarify that I want to do this trip in July 2006 and spend some time there for the festival of St. James. I've already secured hotel room in SDC.
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Mar 1st, 2006, 02:04 PM
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Check this out:

Coach services: Estación Central de Autobuses, San Caetano (tel: (981) 587 700), to the northeast of the city center, is the main terminus for international coach services. The coach operator Castromil (tel: (981) 555 760; website: www.castromil.com), runs coach services from Madrid and other major Spanish cities, as well as from Portugal and other foreign destinations. The other major coach operator is Intercar/Alsa (tel: (902) 422 242 or (981) 586 133; website: www.alsa.es).
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Mar 2nd, 2006, 02:53 AM
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Are you also flying out of Porto? If so, a rental car might be preferable (pick-up & drop-off same location). That way you could see some more attractions in Galicia and northern Portugal.

RyanAir also flys direct to Santiago de Compostela from the U.K.

There's a Toll Road from Tuy to Santiago and a'Corunha (if you decide to drive). The speed limit is 120km/hr but if you drive that slow (75mph) you'll be the slowest thing on the road.

If you don't drive, bus is probably your best bet; but there's 1-train daily Porto-Vigo. NOT a TRD; it's not a very nice train. Spend a couple of Euro extra and buy First Class (the only way you are guaranteed a seat). http://www.cp.pt for skeds.

BTW
'Nightfall' in Santiago in July will be after 10 PM. Galicia is in the same time zone as the rest of Spain but longitudinally should be the same as Portugal & Ireland.

Enjoy the Botafumeiro!
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Mar 2nd, 2006, 06:25 AM
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As a note, I was nervous about driving in Portugal prior to a two week holiday there two years ago...as it turns out we felt that the roads were excellent and the standard of driving much better than what I encounter here in my native Ireland!

So I wouldn't let the reported accident rate discourage you from driving, especially as you will more than likely be on the bigger safer roads.

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Mar 3rd, 2006, 01:08 AM
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We met 4 Portuguese businessmen in LaGuardia (Pontevedra, Spain) who had driven from Braga for lunch. They had apparently been drinking - that might account in part for Portugal's high accident rate. I don't know if they had a designated driver ...

Another factor: Portugal is probably the last western European country for individual car ownership and driving. Everyone got their driving licence the same day and that was yesterday ... relatively speaking, that is. There are many inexperienced drivers on the roads.
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