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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jul 25, 2014

Pinhão

train to pinhau

We will arrive in Porto by plane, is it easy to catch train to travel up to P{inhau, then back again after our stay? Also how much would the train fare be? We plan 4 days in Pinhau, then 3 days in Porto. Thank you



4 Answers


answered on 7/25/14 by
claus andersen from Denmark

The train fare to Pinhao should be between 10 and 15 euros each way.
Be ware that there has been some recent changes in the schedules on that route so make sure to get up to date information when you are there.
No need to book in advance though as the train is hardly ever full and it's a basic little local train that takes around 3 hours to get there.

And you are aware that Pinhao is a tiny town right?
The surroundins are absolutely amazing and if you plan to do some walking around there it's great but the town itself is very small.




answered on 7/25/14 by
a VT member from Sintra

From Porto it is a 2:30 h ride to Pinhao. The ticket costs 10,85 € one way. As Claus mentioned, Pinhao is a small town and you need to plan your stay. What to do? Have a cruise on the river or take a tour to one of the beautiful Quintas, producing the Portwine. Other than that, you will probably miss the 3rd world war in Pinhao, It is just peaceful and quiet. Stayed there 2 weeks ago and loved it. A place to relax. Hope you hacve the appropriate place to stay.

Enjoy your trip!




answered on 7/26/14 by
a VT member from Albufeira

You cannot book ahead for the Pinhao trains, just allow enough time to stand in line at the ticket office.

They leave from Porto Campanha station, which is a direct 35 minute trip on the metro from the airport. Although not the starting point for some trains, it is the best place to board.

(Separate ticket is needed for the metro to Campanha.)

Current timetable can be downloaded at

cp.pt/StaticFiles/CP/Imagens...

The trips have been speeded up a little and now take about 2hrs 40 minutes. There are some very good views of the river after the first hour or so.

Check for any changes at www.cp.pt as timetables are sometimes altered at a week's notice. However any drastic changes are unlikely.

As said above these are regional trains with no on board drink or food service, so advice is to get fixed up before you board.

Have a good trip.




answered on 7/26/14 by
claus andersen from Denmark

Just to add a little information to the good info from cubsur:

You can also catch most Pnhao trains from Sao Bento station where they start the journey.
I always do that when I take groups there.
And if you feel better about an advance booking then they can be done at the Sao Bento Station.
I always do that and these days they even deliver the tickets to my hotel, but that is because I get them via an incoming agent.





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