How to travel between Spain and Portugal 🇪🇸🇵🇹


The Iberian Peninsula, adorned with diverse landscapes and rich cultural treasures, invites travelers to embark on a journey of exploration and travel between Spain and Portugal.

Travel between Spain and Portugal: the alternatives

To facilitate this exciting venture, various transport alternatives offer distinct experiences, each with its own merits. Let’s delve into the main options—planes, trains, cars, and buses—unveiling the charm and convenience they bring to the table.

On the video next you will find more details about each of the transport alternatives outlined next.

✈️ Taking to the skies: flying between Spain and Portugal

For those seeking swift connections between the vibrant cities of Madrid and Lisbon or the sun-kissed beaches of Barcelona and Porto, air travel stands out as the go-to option. There are regular flights from a handful other airports in Spain like Valencia, Alicante, Málaga o Seville. Airlines like Iberia and TAP Air Portugal provide efficient and time-saving flights, allowing travelers to soar above the picturesque landscapes and arrive at their destination in a matter of hours.

🚊 Embracing the Iron Rails

Embarking on a scenic train journey through the Iberian countryside offers a unique perspective on the beauty that lies between Spain and Portugal. Unfortunately, the number of direct train connections between Spain and Portugal is quite limited. Currently, only Porto and Vigo have a direct train connection. Renfe, the Spanish railway company, and Comboios de Portugal need to work harder to bring the countries together.

And before you ask, no, there is currently no direct train connection between Madrid and Lisbon.

🚘 Cruising on the roads

Road trips beckon those who crave flexibility and wish to uncover hidden gems along the way. Renting a car or driving your own car provide the freedom to explore charming towns, pristine beaches, and lush countryside at your own pace. The well-maintained highways and picturesque routes make driving between Spain and Portugal a delightful experience, allowing travelers to create their own itineraries.

Check out our list of 20 best road trips in Spain and 5 best road trips in Portugal.

🚌 Busing across borders

Budget-conscious travelers can opt for long-distance buses that link the two countries efficiently. Companies like ALSA and Rede Expressos offer cost-effective and comfortable options, enabling passengers to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty rolling by. With numerous routes available, bus travel provides an economical and eco-friendly way to traverse the Iberian landscapes.

In conclusion, the journey between Spain and Portugal is as exciting as the destinations themselves. Whether you opt for the swiftness of air travel, the romance of train journeys, the freedom of road trips, or the budget-friendly buses, each mode of transportation promises a unique experience. So, pack your bags, choose your preferred method, and set forth on an unforgettable adventure across the enchanting Iberian Peninsula.

VISITING Spain or Portugal?

If you are visiting Spain or Portugal you will surely want to avoid a series of common mistakes made by travelers. We have several videos where we present the mistakes you should avoid in Barcelona, in Lisbon and in Madrid. Check them out!

12 thoughts on “How to travel between Spain and Portugal 🇪🇸🇵🇹”

  1. Hi Tony, We are visiting feb 3 rd to 6 th in Madrid. We want go to avila one day trip. Rest spent time madrid city. Any advice?

    Also we want to go to fatima portugal. Any suggestions?

  2. Hola Tony

    We are a family of four with the goal to explore Lisboa, Fatima, Madrid, Barcelona. Any suggestions for a 10 day itinerary to spend quality time in each city?

    • Hi Rafael, we intend to create a consultancy service to help with queries like yours, but so far it is at a planning stage.
      In the meantime, the following video is a good starting point for any planning.

  3. ¡Hola Tony! Te escribo desde Italia. A mi novia y a mí nos gustaría hacer un viaje que incluya Portugal y Galicia. Mi pregunta es ¿cómo están conectados y si lo son Braga con Vigo y la segunda pregunta es Vigo merece una parada?

    • Hola Chris, tienes la respuesta a tu primera pregunta en el vídeo. Vigo es interesante, pero como parte de un recorrido de bastantes días por Galicia.

  4. Hola Tony: Thank you so much for your Madrid Airport video.
    I am coming in from DFW to Porto Wednesday/Thursday. I am ticketed thru American Airlines, but in Madrid I am changing to Iberia (still an AA flight number). Will my luggage be checked all the way to Porto or will I have to pick luggage up at MAD? My connection time is only 2 1/2 hours.
    One of the comments mentions that they had the help of a luggage assistant. If I need one, how do I set it up.
    Thank you again for your videos.

    • Hello Cecilia. If both flights are issued under the same ticket and with AA flight numbers, chances are your luggage will be sent through to its final destination, but double check at the time of check-in. Never heard of a luggage assistant in Madrid. All the best.

  5. Hola , Tony mi esposo y yo queremos viajar en junio para Portugal y España, me encantaría saber si puedes hacer un itinerario de Lisboa a España con la ciudades mas importantes de España. El viaje sería de 15 días.

  6. Placer saludarlo. Mi esposa y un servidor, tenemos planeado viajar a España por un mes. ( Octubre 24- Noviembre 24) y queremos visitar Fatima Portugal. Mi pregunta es Cual seria el mejor trasporte para ir desde Sevilla? se requiere visa para pasar la frontera entre España y Portugal?

    • Buenos días. Tendrás que ir primero desde Sevilla a Lisboa (opciones explicadas en el vídeo) y luego de ahí a Fátima. Tu pregunta sobre la frontera también está respondida en el vídeo que abre esta entrada. Un saludo.


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