Comboios de Portugal is the National Rail service in Portugal and a great way to travel. The trains in Portugal are clean and on-time, which is novel for our UK readers. Their website can be viewed in English and has lots of information, including timetables and route planning.
CP operates 4 types of service; Alfa Pendular(AP), Intercidades(IC), Regional(R) and Urbano (U). Tickets for all services are available on-line, in many travel agents, or at ticket offices in stations. Alfa Pendular and Intercidades tickets are also available from Multibanco machines up to 21 days before your journey. Tickets can be bought on the train on Regional and Urbano services where the station is closed or does not have a ticket office.
easyJet have anounced that it will open its 23rd base in Lisbon, with destinations appealing to both to business and leisure passengers. The initial operations will commence with five new services, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bordeaux and Venice and a brand new destination – Asturias, in addition to its 16 existing routes.
Estradas de Portugal announced on Friday (28th October, 2011) that the toll collection in the first three subsections of the IC3, between the A23 and exit for Santa Cita (Tomar) will come into force next Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The A23, A24 and A25 have still not been finalised but will start sometime in November 2011.
Progress is quick on the IC3 roadworks in central Portugal although much of it is behind trees and away from the main routes, if you drive off the N110 main road anywhere from Tomar to Avelar you will see what I mean.
But, have you seen the overhead toll (portagen) gantries being installed on the IC3 between Entroncamento and Tomar? Well I spotted them this week and started asking questions.
On the 10th January 2010, the Prime Minister José Sócrates announced the award of the subcontract known as the ‘Pinhal Interior’. This is understood to be the largest subcontract launched by the department Estradas de Portugal to date in terms of construction and investment funding in this region.
The project is welcomed by regional mayors, including the Mayor of Alvaiázere who was in attendance , and involves the redevelopment of IC8 and construction of the new IC3 between Tomar and Coimbra, while also ensuring a network of intermediate links that promotes a real closeness between the councils in this region.
Delights of Transport (Delicious do Transporte) is our Portugal Transport column written by Robert Patten. This included lots of information about travelling by public transport in Portugal.