Travel betweenNorthern Portugal and Galicia (Spain)

 Trains and buses are available. The crossing point for all is across the river Minho (in Portuguese) or Mino (in Spanish) between Valença and Tui.

Both train and bus services across the border have recently been improved. Up to eight buses a day are now available, plus four trains.

The purpose of the posting is to help you find the specific information relevant to your trip. It is therefore recommended that you view the following web sites so that the information is related to your trip and up to date.

Trains

The two daily trains between Porto and Vigo are no longer non stop runs. They now also call at Nine, Viana do Castelo and Valença do Minho, which facilitates better connections for other travelllers. The trains are operatedf by RENFE, Spanish State Railways.

Trains leave VIGO at 0902 and 2002hrs, from Porto Campanhã station at 0815 and 1915hrs.  Journey time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, remember that Spanish time is one hour in advance of Portugal. Change watches as the train rumbles over the long bridge across the river.

Tickets for trips starting on Portugal can only be purchased on line from Spanish websites ie www.renfe.com or www.loco2.com

In addition, RENFE (Spanish Railways) are operating two daily regional trains between Vigo and Valença (Portugal) thus restoring local cross border links. These trains are non reservable etc.  Departures from Vigo are at 0920 and 1812, from Valença at 1000 and 1944 Portuguese time daily.

 Printable timetable for all these trains: http://www.cp.pt/StaticFiles/Passagei...

www.cp.pt                            for the complete Portuguese train timetables.

 http://www.renfe.com/             for the Spanish train timetables.

 Connections are available at Vigo to numerous destinations including Santiago de Compostela. See RENFE website as above.

Long distance bus services.

AUTNA                                 

Autna now runs a direct route from Porto city centre ( the Renex bus terminal at Campo Martires da Patria, 37), stopping to pick up also the bus station at the Casa da Música metro station), near the IKEA megastore by prior reservation and then at Porto Airport. These buses go Vigo and Santiago de Compostela. The current timetable shows five buses each way on weekdays between Porto and Vigo, with some buses continuing to/ starting from Santiago de Compostela, A Coruna or Ferrol. Only two buses run on Saturdays and Sundays, one of which serves Santiago de Compostela and A Coruna.

There is also a connecting service between Ourense and Valença.

Check times and buy tickets at www.autna.com

ALSA

Has three daily services from Porto (Casa da Musica metro station) via the airport and Viana do Castelo to Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, with connections available to and from many other cities. Check times and buy tickets at www.alsa.es and be aware that it has been reported that only Spanish credit cards are accepted on line.

ALSA also operate one direct service each day from LISBON to VIGO and Santiago de Compostela, leaving at 0730am

Time Difference!

There is an hour time difference between the two countries. HE = Hora Espanol (Spanish time) HP = Hora Portuguesa (Portuguese time) which is ONE HOUR BEHIND Spain. EG 12 noon in Portugal is 1300hrs in Spain.