On August 1, Portugal unveiled a rail pass that costs €49 and entitles holders to unlimited monthly train travel.
Passholders have no time limits and are allowed an unlimited number of journeys. This summer, rail travel is all the rage, and Portugal is joining in with a fresh offer.
It joins other nations that have already introduced affordable rail tickets or deals, such as Germany and Spain.
The locations where Portugal’s monthly rail pass is valid and how to purchase one are detailed below.
Portugal offers a €49 unlimited rail pass
Portugal introduced a new rail pass at the beginning of August that costs €49 per month. All passengers, even visitors, have access to it.
With a few limitations, the Comboios de Portugal (CP) national rail company’s National Rail Pass is usable on all regional train networks. Passholders have no time limits and are allowed an unlimited number of journeys. The Portuguese ticket isn’t offered on buses or on intercity trains like the Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, InterRegional, and Internacional services, in contrast to Germany’s comparably priced travel pass. Additionally, it is not applicable to Coimbra, Porto, or Lisbon‘s urban networks.
Where is the €49 rail pass for Portugal valid?
With a few exceptions, the new national train pass is valid on the majority of regional routes across the nation. The Coimbra region and the Alentejo Litoral are both excluded from the program. This means that lines like Régua-Pocinho (Douro Line), Coimbra-Figueira da Foz (suburban Coimbra), Pinhal Novo-Évora and Pinhal Novo-Vila Nova da Baronia (Alentejo Line), and Pinhal Novo-Tunes (Southern Line) are ineligible for use with the pass.
How can I purchase the €49 train pass for Portugal?
All travelers can purchase a national rail pass for Portugal, but you must have a CP client card. This costs €6 and can easily acquired at CP ticket offices around the nation. You must present an official form of identification, such as an identity card, driver’s license, or passport, as well as a passport-style color photo in order to obtain a card.
The CP card request template, which you can get here, must also be filled out. The national rail pass is available starting on the 21st of every month for the following month and is good for one month. The ticket is returnable.