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GUARDA (pop.42,000, urban area 55,000) is a city of Northeastern Portugal. It is not in the Algarve - I was visiting! The city is about 197 miles / 316 km by road from Lisbon and 126 miles /202km from Porto.
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.carris.pt/
If you are planning to spend time in Lisbon, all trains to Guarda start from the city centre SANTA APOLÓNIA station.
Check all details and buy your intercity tickets at www.cp.pt nb tickets can only be bought a maximum of 60 days in advance.
From Lisbon Santa Apolónia there are three direct Intercity trains each day. Departures at 0730, 1230 and 1830. One way ticket without discount €21,20 second class, €29,40 1st class. Return journeys from Guarda to Lisbon leave at 0655, 1225 and 1755. There is an extra train at 1616 to .Coimbra-B daily with connections for Lisbon. On Sundays this train runs through to Lisbon.
These also stop at Lisbon Oriente (much closer to the airport) 9 minutes after leaving Santa Apolónia. Journey time to Guarda approx 4hrs 20 minutes.
Reservation is required on all InterCity trains. You can buy a
ticket at the last minute, but if the train is full you will have
to wait until the next one. There are one or two connections daily
using regional trains, changing en route at Coimbra - B from
Intercity or ALFA trains to regional trains. These journeys will
take one or even two hours longer than the direct Intercity trains
and can be more expensive.
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.
When the border is re.opened and the train restored to service, you can also travel to and from Guarda on the International train operated by RENFE (Spanish Railways) but at a much higher price. The train from Lisbon leaves Santa Apolónia at 21.25hrs arriving in Guarda at 01.40hrs. The train towards Lisbon leaves Guarda at 02.22hrs , arriving at Santa Apolónia at 07.30hrs. Both trains also stop at Lisbon Oriente for the airport. Tickets are NOT SOLD at the Portugal Railways website. Go to www.renfe.com for ticket purchase. Reservations are essential. This train often sells out as it is the only cross border train between Lisbon and Madrid.
You will probably 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 Zoológico station, which is
adjacent to Sete Rios. Trains run every few minutes from 0630
daily. The journey will take around 25 minutes and cost €2.
There is also a direct bus, Aerobus 2, from the airport to Sete Rios but running only once each hour from 0800 to 1900hrs. Consult the Aerobus website for details. For your bus options from elsewhere in the city check the city bus website at http://www.carris.pt/
Consult the long distance bus website www.rede-expressos.pt
for Lisbon - Guarda times and tickets, remember it's LISBOA on the timetable
search. All journeys are operated by Citi-Express. One-way fare is
currently €19.00 and the journey takes about 4 hrs 30 minutes.
There are four or five journeys each way every day, six on Fridays and
Sundays during University terms. Some journeys may call at Lisbon
Oriente bus station,which is much nearer the airport than Sete
are strongly recommended for travel on Friday and Sunday
afternoons and evenings.
There is no direct route by train. Travel by IC train from Porto
Campanhã to Pampilhosa and change there. Shortest journey time is
2 hours 50 minutes, most other journeys around 4 hours. The latter
option does compare badly with the coach (bus) services which take
a more direct route. There are five or six trains available each
One way full price 2nd class ticket €20,90 using Intercity
trains. Details and ticket purchase at www.cp.pt
There is a metro connection between Porto Airport and Campanhã
station - details at www.metrodoporto.pt
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.
Rede-Expressos runs from Porto Campo 24 de Agosto Bus Station,
journey is about 3 hours. There are currently five direct journeys every day, with
additional faster journeys in both directions on Fridays and
Sundays during University term times.
One way standard fare ticket is €14,40. Tickets can be purchased at the Rede Expressos website www.rede-expressos.pt
The Campo 24 de Agosto bus terminal is a short distance outside Porto city centre, about two minutes walk from the Campo 24 de Agosto metro station and is served by numerous city bus routes.
The Sud Express International
train is cancelled until further notice. There are no other rail
connections across this area of the border.
Guarda is a stop for the International Sud Express train to and
from Hendaye (France) via San Sebastian, Vallodolid and Salamanca
and the Lusitania Hotel train from Madrid via Salamanca. These
trains are combined as one train between Salamanca and Lisbon via
Guarda. It runs overnight in both directions and is the ONLY train
across the border. It is operated by RENFE (Spanish Railways) and
for the essential reservations and further details visit their
- in both directions the stop at Guarda is made in the very early
hours of the morning.
There is a once daily coach (long distance bus) passing through
Guarda on its way between Porto and Madrid. See www.alsa.es for
times and tickets. There is also a service three times a week
across north western Spain towards France with connections to all
parts of Europe. Website www.eurolines.com for details and tickets.
The old city is on top of a tall hill. The railway station
is about 2 miles / 3km from the city centre. There is a bus
service between the station and the city centre about every 30 -
60 minutes on weekdays, less often at weekends. See below for
details. The bus station (Centro Coordenador de Transportes) is
just outside the old city, in Rua António Sérgio next to the
Once you are up in the old city it is walkable if rather hilly. You cannot easily drive around there anyway! The city and suburbs have a network of five bus routes operated under the name Transportes Urbanos da Guarda. The service is operated by Transdev. The website information is only in Portuguese. These all stop outside the bus station or the Mercado Municipal, which is adjacent.
Route 1 also stops at the railway station. This runs at irregular times, but about every 30 minutes on weekdays during busy times, every hour at other times with part of the route having buses until around 2300hrs. At weekends it runs only three times each way. Route 2 is the only other route with daily service, with two journeys each way on Saturdays and Sundays. The remaining three routes run only on weekdays.
Some of the buses used do not display the route number, just the
destination. Ticket is €1,10 for any journey paid cash. A pre paid
pass of ten tickets costs €8,50 and monthly pass €24,50. Further
discounts are available for those under 18 and aged 19 - 22 i.e.
university students.The pre pay tickets and passes are sold at the
bus station ticket office.
The Guarda municipal stadium is within walking distance of the
city centre. No buses pass nearby. Guarda however has no team in
the top three levels of Portuguese football.
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For more about Guarda as a city, please see this Wikipedia
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!
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