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Train or Bus Service from Santiago De Compostela, Spain to Porto, Portugal


May 16th, 2012, 05:37 PM
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Train or Bus Service from Santiago De Compostela, Spain to Porto, Portugal

I need some updated information on public transit information for travel from Santiago De Compostela to Porto. Can anyone out there help me? I've contacted Rail Europe for assistance, but published train times are sketchy at best and take 10-12 hours. Tickets cannot be purchased online. Are there any regional or local train services in this area that I can be directed to? It's my understanding that train service is possible via Vigo (about 4 hours), but published train schedules are uncertain and not readily available. Former blogs I've researched have fairly outdated time tables. I've also tried the bus service (www.alsa.es) and there schedules are very infrequent. Can anyone please help me with my itinerary? My goal is to get from Santiago to Lisbon by July 24th via overnights in Porto and Fatima. Thanks.
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May 16th, 2012, 07:14 PM
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I think the bus will be easier. There is at least one daily bus from Santiago to Lisbon and it stops in Porto. Check movelia.es for schedules. You are correct that the train goes via Vigo, but then you have to change.

Once you're in Portugal, the travel to Fatima and Lisbon will be easy.
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May 16th, 2012, 11:56 PM
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Some good information found on TA
It is said that there are plans to increase the number of trains running across the border, when this will happen is unclear.
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May 17th, 2012, 12:40 AM
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Looks like it hasn't changed since I did it in 2004. bahn.de shows the same early morning train I took, with a change in Redondela. You had to buy the ticket in Santiago the day of travel, and then a second ticket for the Portugal leg. Forget buying the train ticket ahead of time, and certainly forget Rail Europe.
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