Portugal has an extensive railroad network, making for a scenic way of travelling between destinations.
There are different types of short and long-distance train services connecting different parts of Portugal or abroad. Note that international services are marked IN on timetables.
Types & Classes of Service
Urbanos - Urban and Suburban areas high frequency local network.
Regional (R) - Slow, stops everywhere.
InterRegional (IR) - Reasonably fast.
Intercidade (IC) - Rápido or express trains.
Alfa Pendular - Marginally faster than express and much pricier.
Special tickets, including tourist tickets valid for 7, 14 or 21 days, may be bought, while there are special return ticket discounts on "blue days" for trips exceeding 100 km. Traveling by train is usually cheaper and faster then traveling by bus.
CP - Comboios de Portugal On line with you. This railway system operates a regional service along the Algarve coast between Vila Real de Santo António in the east and Lagos in the west. There are several daily trains and reservations are not required. Ther..