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Combining Your Spain and Portugal Vacations: How to Get from Portugal to Spain

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Spain to Portugal

Lisbon, in Portugal.

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For the full Iberian experience, why not add Portugal to your trip to the peninsula? Find out below the best ways to get from Spain to Portugal.

For the purpose of this article, I will assume you are heading to one of three destinations in Portugal, Lisbon, Porto or the Algarve. If you don't know why you should visit one of these places, check out these links before you go any further:

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Spain and Portugal Guided Tours

To take the hassle out of arranging bus and train tickets from Portugal to Spain, you might want to consider a package tour, which includes accommodation, transport and professional guided tours.

Tours of Portugal from Spain

  1. Four-Day Lisbon Tour from Madrid
  2. Nine-Day Tour of Spain and Portugal
  3. Spain, Portugal and Morocco Tour

Read more: Spain and Portugal Guided Tours

Tours of Spain from Portugal

  1. Five-Day Madrid Tour from Lisbon Includes visits to Toledo, Caceres and Trujillo. An excellent value tour.
  2. Six-Day Tour of Andalusia from Lisbon Tour ends in Madrid.
  3. Day Trip from Algarve to Seville

How to Get from Spain to Lisbon

  • Common routes from Spain to Lisbon include:
  • Madrid to Lisbon via Avila, Salamanca and/or Coimbra (in Portugal) - by train or guided tour.
  • Madrid to Lisbon via Merida and/or Caceres - by train and bus.
  • Seville to Lisbon via Merida - by bus

    Read more about these travel options below:
  • Madrid to Lisbon via Avila, Salamanca and/or Coimbra

    See this itinerary as a guided tour: Lisbon, Avila, Salamanca and Coimbra from Madrid

    The most popular route from Spain to Portugal is from Madrid to Lisbon. It is possible to take a direct train from Madrid to Lisbon, but with the train stopping at such interesting destinations as Avila , with its amazingly well preserved city walls, Salamanca with its famous Plaza Mayor and the fascinating university city of Coimbra in Portugal, why not make a couple of stops?

    The train journey is actually not quite the quickest route to Lisbon from Madrid, as it takes the long way round to get to Lisbon, though it is the more comfortable way. Read on below for the slightly quicker way.

    See also: Salamanca to Lisbon

    Madrid to Lisbon via Merida and/or Caceres - by train and bus

    Caceres used to be connected to Portugal by train too, but the track is no longer in use. However, there are now daily buses from Caceres to Lisbon and from Merida to Lisbon.

    Which of these is better? I would go for Merida every time. Merida's Roman ruins are among the best in Spain. See Pictures of Merida.

    Seville to Lisbon via Merida

    If you'll be in Andalusia and then want to head west into Portugal, Seville to Lisbon is a good option. The direct bus takes seven-and-a-half hours, but you can go via Merida: Seville to Merida takes three hours and Merida to Lisbon also takes around three hours. Waiting for your connection will still make it quicker to go direct, but Merida is an excellent place to visit - so why not break up your journey with a stopover?
  • How to Get from Spain to Porto

    Porto can be accessed from Spain from two directions:

    See also:

  • How to Get from Spain to the Algarve

    If you want to visit the Algarve on the south coast, your obvious connection is via Seville. Check out how to get from Faro to Seville.

Portugal to Spain by Train

If you know you want to travel by train from Portugal to Spain, check out these links:
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