A Little Peek into Transportation in Portugal for Golden Visa Investors

Updated: 1 October 2021

Portugal continues to attract many foreign investors through its Portugal Golden Visa. Quite a lot of these investors choose to live in one of Portugal’s many beautiful cities. To make living Portugal as good as it can be for you it may be wise to have a little look into the state of transportation in Portugal, which is certainly one of the most important aspects of life.

Driving Around in Portugal

Cars are, after all, the most comfortable way of travelling in terms of peace of mind, and just keeping up with your own agenda. However, cars are unfortunately quite expensive in Portugal with prices up to 40% more than the UK prices. However, given the climate of the country cars are far less likely to rust and just overall age in time. You do need the same documents as you would in any other country such as a driving license and necessary documents as well as insurance on your car at all times. The country has a lot of police checkpoints so try to be more careful with these documents in Portugal. Although the cars a bit more expensive and driving is very well regulated, having a car in Portugal could give you more flexibility, especially on the weekends when the public transportation is not as reliable and often. 

Trains, Buses, Planes in Portugal

Since Portugal is a rather small country domestic flights are often more expensive and lengthier than the train service. However, Azores can only be reached via the plane and thus flights are at a more reasonable rate. There are some ferries to and from each of the Azores to the other which makes travelling there easier and cheaper. Buses are a cheaper albeit a more time-consuming alternative to trains, but they can be considered if you are merely leaving Lisbon or Porto for a small town nearby. Ultimately intercity travelling offers a lot of variety in Portugal so it should not prove difficulty to pick one that suits your needs the most.  

Public Transport in Portugal

As many other modern European cities Lisbon is fitted with an extensive metro system that makes travel easy within the capital. Quite surprisingly, Porto, even though a much smaller city, also boasts an extensive metro system that serves all parts of the city. Alternatively, there are many trams and Lisbon’s signature funiculars for public transport, and these are always supported by a huge array of buses to help them out. In short travelling within the cities in Portugal, especially in Lisbon and Porto, is a piece of cake for even the newcomers.

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