Rua Augusta in Lisbon (photo © Angelo Cordeschi /

17th edition: The Atlantic cost of Iberia (Route 23)

Crossing the border from Spain into Portugal

Route introduction

The railway is a fine way to take the pulse of Portugal and this route is designed to do just that. Route 23 is the sole journey in this book which crosses the Spanish-Portuguese border, but it is not the only way to reach Portugal by train. Bear in mind that there’s also the excellent Lusitania hotel train, which leaves both Madrid and Lisbon every evening to give an overnight link between the two Iberian capital cities.

Countries covered
Spain Portugal

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Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide

Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.

The new, fully updated 17th edition of the definitive guide to exploring Europe by rail was published on 12 April 2022. With tips on ticketing, fares and accommodation, Europe by Rail has become the definitive guide to exploring Europe by train. Read here the book's word of welcome.
Europe by Rail contains all that's necessary to plan your rail journey through Europe: 50 route descriptions, a country gazetteer, rail connections, information on Eurail and Interrail passes and more.
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