Europe: Start voting now! Off to Porto with Comboios de Portugal
In this musical spectacular…
- Who wants to go to Eurovision?
- Where did my wallet go? Off to Birmingham Airport
- SN2038 Birmingham Airport to Brussels National Airport
- Some time at Brussels Airport
- SN3819 Brussels National Airport to Lisbon Airport with the AeroSmurf
- Into Lisbon and The Tuk Tuk Hostel
- Exploring Lisbon with a Canon 100D
- The Eurovision Song Contest
- Off to Porto with Comboios de Portugal
- Time at Porto Airport
- FR8513 Porto Airport to Birmingham Airport
- To the trains!
- Eurovision… Douze points!
After waking up, and my feet instantly complaining I put weight on them, I prepped for the day ahead for the long journey home. With water bottles filled, and my bag packed, I checked out of the hostel, and headed onto the street.
Once again, I hailed an Uber… and had a driver that was happy to drive around the area and wait for a cancellation rather than actually pick me up.
In the end, I ran out of time, and switched to MyTaxi – which got me a taxi quickly and with a €9.20 ride A bit more expensive than Uber – but I wasn’t in a position to argue.
With me at Lisbon Oriente station, I caught up with Adam. We would be travelling together to Porto Airport on the same train. And unusually for both us – in first class.
Well – considering I’d be on a Ryanair flight next – I’ll take all the comfort I can get.
Train 721 Lisbon Oriente to Porto Campanhã Railway
Comboios de Portugal Intercidades Service
Price paid €36.25 (Advance Purchase)
With the train arriving, it instantly reminded me of the traditional SNCF (French Railway) CoRail coaches – the traditional long distance railway coach before the TGV took over a lot of the long distance-high speed market.
Inside, the coach had been refurbished with a nice and chilly air conditioning system, and 2 x 1 seating. There was one and a half coaches of first class seats (at the back of the train). The seats were pretty wide, and well padded.
As for modern amenities, there was wifi on the train – which was considerably awful.
Additionally – on limited seats, there was power at seat
With a 3 hour run – this would be pretty good for me to finish charging a few things up. Amd yes – it was a 3 hour run…. Pretty much like listening to The Common Linnets (2014, The Netherlands – and yes, I maintain this song is too good for Eurovision).
With the train running up to 200kph (up to 125mph) it would be fast – but it felt long. The additional stops didn’t help. In fact, in many respects – it reminded me of a classic Virgin West Coast service before the days of Pendolinos. What do I mean by that? The open carriage, the luggage in the aisles the doors opening when they chose to, the semi swaying carriage at high-speed.
For those in the UK… go and find a service with Mark III/Mark II stock and ride it at high-speed. You’ll know exactly what i mean. If you’re in France, CoRail stock is easy to find still. For others… it’s a very classic train experience.
Not a bad experience. Just classic. Maybe I’m too used to Electrical Multiple Units that tilt Diesel Multiple Units that tilt/don’t tilt
There was an on-board trolley service, as well as a counter service on the train.
Frequent ticket checks were carried out as well – and people were moved around. So if you do buy a ticket on CP Rail, ensure you’re sat in the seat that you’ve booked.
Soon, the coast came into view – a sign we were closing in on Porto.
Three hours doesn’t sound a lot – but by the end of the journey, I was approaching my limits. With the train delayed into Porto Campanhã, our Intercidades was about 10 minutes late – not big in the grand scale of things, but enough.
Overall: A classic rail journey, by Comboios de Portgual with classic features. Whilst some on-board amenities were awful (such as the bad WiFi), the journey itself was comfortable with a spacious seat. It’s a good way to travel between Lisbon and Porto – but 3 hours might seem a bit too long for some at some of the speeds this train goes. If you want to save some minutes, take the Comboios de Portugal Alfa Pendular service. But be prepared to pay a lot more.
With both of us out of the station, food was a priority. We found a cafe over the road the station as we plotted our way to Porto Airport.
With a couple of espresso and chorizo bakes coming in at €4.40, it was a good break.
Light rail would set us back some odd pricing scheme that seemed to elude both of us – about €7 for the trip from where we were to. A Uber was pricing up around €30… and MyTaxi… between €7.50 and €15. We took the joint decision of MyTaxi.
With a MyTaxi called, we headed out of the cafe, and into a straight into a cab to the airport.
A 30 minute ride later from the West of Porto, we arrived at the Airport, with the fare coming to €15 on the nose (discounted by 50% from the metered fare). Neither of us were complaining as Adam kindly paid.
With everything intact – we headed into the airport.
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