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BRAGA (pop.110,000, urban area 171,000) is a city of Northern Portugal. It is not in the Algarve - I was visiting! It stands about 54km (34 miles) north - east of the major city of Porto.
It is therefore about the same distance from PORTO airport. Lisbon and its airport are some 365km (250 miles) to the south.
GETBUS operates a direct service between Porto Airport and Braga, costing €8 each way or €14 return. There are eight to ten buses each way every day and the non-stop journey takes 50 minutes. Tickets can be bought on line or from the bus driver. At Braga tickets are also sold at the Getbus ticket office in the bus station.
By metro and train it is straightforward and inexpensive. Take
the METRO DO PORTO Line E from the Airport to Campanhã station.
Trains run about every 20 minutes for most of the day on weekdays,
every 30 minutes at other times including weekends and holidays, from
around 6am until just after
midnight. That will take about 33 minutes and costs €2.45 - a Z4
(four zone) ticket. More details at the METRO DO PORTO website.
By the way, don't throw away your 'ANDANTE' ticket if you are
coming back to Porto. It is rechargeable. You can use it until it
wears out and saves you €0.60 on each subsequent ticket of the
same type. Tickets are sold at the Airport tourist office but if
it's not open you will need some coins for the ticket machines.
At Campanhã walk from the Metro station round to the main railway station of CP, Portuguese Railways. That takes only a couple of minutes.
From there, local electric trains of the Porto Urbanos network run to Braga about once every hour every day, with extra, faster, trains in weekday rush hours. The normal journey takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes and will cost €3.10 There are simple to use ticket machines in the hall; there were long lines at the ticket office all three times I was there. The machines take notes as well as coins. NB these 'Urbanos' tickets are NOT VALID on Alfa Pendular or Intercity trains. Urbanos trains are (mostly) bright yellow! If you do use one of the Alfa Pendular fast trains the trip to Braga will cost you a whopping €14,20 to save about 30 minutes.
First train from Porto Campanhã to Braga is at 0620 on weekdays,
0650 weekends and holidays. The last trains are at 2245h
then a late train at 0115h daily. These start from Porto São Bento station five minutes earlier.
Be sure to check timetables at the Portugal Railways Official website. Trains from Braga to Porto run
daily from 0434h to 2034h daily, then at 2134h (weekends), 2234h (weekdays) and 2332h daily.
If you plan to spend some time in Porto before moving on, the trains to Braga start at the city centre SÃO BENTO station. This historic building is in the heart of the city (it has a Metro station also) and is worth a visit in its own right!
The national long distance bus (coach) network Rede-Expressos has
frequent daily service between Porto Batalha bus station and
Braga. Times at www.rede-expressos.pt
- tickets cost €6. Tickets can
be bought on line up to 30 days in advance at the Rede Expressos
website www.rede-expressos.pt. Journey time 1 hour. (The TRANSDEV
bus company runs a bus once each hour from the airport to the city
centre Batalha bus station. Details at http://www.transdev.pt/aeroportoporto/)
There is also an irregular bus service on weekdays plus three
journeys on Saturdays, between Porto and Braga, taking about 1hr
20 minutes on the fast ones, two hours or more on the slow
journeys. Timetable here it is BUS PLUS 01.
If you are not planning to spend time in Lisbon, you will need to
get from the Airport to LISBOA ORIENTE station. This is now very
simple using the Lisbon metro (subway)
from the airport station. Trains run to Oriente station every few minutes
from 0630 until 0100 every night. The journey takes about 5
minutes. There is also city bus 744 to Oriente.
City bus details at http://www.cmt.pt/
If you are planning to spend time in Lisbon, most trains to the north start from the city centre SANTA APOLÓNIA station. Check timetables and buy tickets at www.cp.pt
One way tourist (2nd) class fare is €32,80 on Alfa Pendular trains, €25,80 on others.
There are currently four fast Alfa Pendular trains every day
except Saturdays when there are three, direct from
Lisbon to Braga. They start from Santa Apolonia station at 0700,
1400, 1600 (except Saturdays and some holidays) and 1900. These stop in Lisbon Oriente
minutes later and arrive in Braga 3 hours and 25 minutes later.
There is also two daily Intercity trains from Santa Apolónia at 0930
arriving in Braga at 1325 and at 1930 arriving in Braga at 2325. These
also stop at Lisbon Oriente.
From Braga to Lisbon the direct Alfa Pendular fast trains run
at daily at
1807 also at 2007 (except Saturdays and some holidays). There are
also two daily
Intercity trains at 1005, arriving in Lisbon at 1400 and at 1405
arriving in Lisbon at 1800. Advance reservation highly
recommended. All passengers must
have a numbered seat ticket. These trains also stop in Coimbra and
You can create more journey options by taking one of the frequent trains from Lisbon to Porto (Campanhã) and changing to the local 'Urbanos' service there. Those options will be cheaper (about €27.00) than the direct trains, but the journey will be a little longer.
Reservations for train trips in Portugal can only be made up to a MAXIMUM of 60 days in advance. You can reserve on line at www.cp.pt and print your own ticket. A big discount is available on many trains for tickets purchased more than 8 days in advance. DO NOT use RailEurope etc as they cannot issue the required seat reservation for which you will pay extra.
You will need to make your way from the airport to the SETE RIOS
bus terminal. This is about 3 miles/5km from the airport and is
linked to it by the underground metro line. Take any train to the
end of the line at São Sebastião then change to the Blue Line for
a two stop ride to Jardim Zoologico station, which is adjacent to
Sete Rios. Trains run every few minutes from 0630 daily. The
journey will take around 25 minutes and cost €1,95.
There is also a direct special bus, Aerobus 2, running every 40 minutes. Consult the Aerobus website for details. For your bus options from elsewhere in the city check the city bus website at http://www.cmt.pt/ Consult the long distance bus website www.rede-expressos.pt for Lisbon - Braga times, remember it's LISBOA on the timetable search. One-way fare is currently €19.50 and the journey takes about 4hrs 30 minutes. There are about 12 journeys every day. Rede Expressos also covers journeys to Braga from many towns and cities through Portugal. Tickets can be bought on line up to 30 days in advance at the Rede Expressos website www.rede-expressos.pt
The railway station in Braga is on the western edge of the city
centre, a few minutes walk along a mainly pedestrian street will
get you there. Taxis are outside, as are local buses. None of the
city buses directly connect the railway station and main bus station!
The bus station (Central de Camionagem) in Braga is a closer to the city centre, in Avenida General Norton do Matos. Taxis outside if you need one. Map.
The tourist office is right in the city centre, almost opposite McDonalds, at Av da Liberdade, number 1.
Braga is a walkable city, if a bit hilly! If you need local buses
around the city and immediate suburbs, consult the city bus
company website at www.tub.pt
Bus service generally runs between 0700 and 2100hrs but many routes
do not run at all at weekends or on holidays. The website is only in
Portuguese. There are some late buses, in particular between the railway
station and the University campus. Tourist tickets are available for 1,
2 and 3 days offering discounted travel on all city bus routes.
Braga is at the end of the railway line, so the train does not
give many options apart from getting back to Porto or Lisbon. You
can, with a change of train at Nine (pronounced NEEN) get to the
Spanish border at Valença do Minho in around 2 hrs 30 minutes.
From there, two trains a day and a few buses (www.autna.com)
run to the Spanish city of Vigo.
Several bus companies operate from Braga bus station to a variety of nearby destinations. I recommend that if you are intending to roam the area or make an onward journey by bus, you visit the bus terminal as soon as possible after your arrival. Each bus company has its own office, so you my need to make several enquiries, which is why I didn't.
Buses are reasonably frequent on weekdays, but very few run on Saturdays and there are almost none on Sundays or Holidays. Interurban and local buses finish around 8pm. Please bear these things in mind before making your plans too firm.
Bus companies operating from the terminal include:
Rodonorte - fast buses to Guimarães, Barcelos and Montalegre
TransDev - buses to Guimarães, V. Castelo, Póvoa de Varzim, Famaliçao, Ponte de Lima and Barcelos
- Guimarães, Famaliçao, Fafe, Póvoa de Varzim
EBA - runs jointly with TransDev to Guimarães and Ponte de Lima, with Getbus to and from Porto airport. Same timetables as already mentioned.
There are two bus routes between Braga and the Gerês area, operating 4
- 6 times a day on weekdays, 2- 4 times on Saturdays, 2 - 3 times on
Sundays and Holidays. Journey is 1 hr to 1hr 20 minutes depending on
which route, fare €4,20 or €4,30. Details here, will open a new window to an external link.
Buses to Guimarães are a joint operation between
TransDev, Arriva and EBA. Buses run about every hour on weekdays
until 8pm, but less frequently on Saturdays and only about every
90 minutes on Sundays and holidays. They run through Morreira and
Caldas Taipas, the latter a well-known spa resort. The
timetable is available on line here
in Portuguese only - look for Bus Plus 03.
There is also a fast bus once each hour on weekdays only via the
motorway, timetable here - look for Bus Plus 05. This bus does
not operate for most of July and August.
There are also international links through Spain available through some of those above.
The stadium of SC Braga is within walking distance of the city centre, you will be pleased to know. It's about a mile (1.6km) outside on the northern edge. Local buses 05 and 22 go nearby; numbers 25 and 56 go not far away. As most games are in the evenings there will be no bus back, as local services finish around 9pm.
If you have any comments or updates for this page, I will be pleased to receive them by email. For more about Braga as a city, please see this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braga
I take no responsibility for any inconvenience caused as a result of later changes to times etc. This page is for general guidance only and you must check details before making commitments and decisions!