10 Easy Portuguese Words About Transportation

Are you going to Portugal and want to know Portuguese words about transportation? Well, today is your lucky day. In this blog post, I will teach you everything you need to know about transportation in the Portuguese language.

Going around Portugal is straightforward. Everything is well-marked and indicated, and the public transport network is excellent and accessible. Although Portugal is a small country, there are many options for transportation you can get to travel across the country.

First of all, let’s learn the word for transportation in the Portuguese language: Transporte. The similarity is remarkable, and it is very easy to memorize. If you want to learn more about the Portuguese culture and language, here are a few recommended articles that will make you want to book a flight to visit Portugal:

Common Modes Of Transportation In Portugal

Car transportation method portuguese

Carro (Car)

Portugal is not a vast country, but at a fairly reasonable pace, you can cross the entire country from North to South in less than 8 hours by car. Even inside the cities, where there are some forms of public transport, having and using a car is a much more comfortable and faster way to get wherever you may want to go. Understand me, public transportation in Portugal is excellent, but you can’t deny that going in your car is much better.

Train transportation method portuguese woman waiting

Comboio (Train)

This will probably be your first choice if you want to travel between big cities in Portugal. The railway network is complete and reaches almost every city in the country. For example, you can go from Lisbon to Porto in under 3 hours by train.

subway transportation method portuguese station

Metro (Subway)

This option is only available in both Lisbon and Porto. This mode of transportation is mainly used inside the cities and has been growing and reaching further out to suburbia every year. If you’re a tourist, you can get combined tickets for a day, several days, or a whole week where you can ride unlimited public transport inside the area of Great Lisbon or Great Porto.

Autocarro (Local Bus)

If there are no subway stations near the place you’re going, I can assure you that a bus passes nearby. The yellow buses of Lisbon are everywhere, and the network of stops is unbelievably complex. I think it is almost impossible for someone to memorize the bus network, so if you’re a tourist, just put your address on Google Maps, and you’ll see which buses you must take to get to your destination.

taxi transportation method portuguese

Taxis (Taxi)

Taxis in Portugal have two looks: older taxis have a beige color and the famous sign on top of the car, while newer taxis have a combination of black and green colors.

tram transportation method portuguese

Elétrico (Tram)

One of Portugal’s oldest (and most iconic) ways of transportation is the Tram. These electric miniature trains run down mainly in the oldest part of town and are used by thousands of people daily. If you head to Lisbon, don’t forget to ride the famous 28 Tram that crosses the most beautiful part of town.

ferry crossing Tejo river transportation method portuguese

Barco (Ferries)

Tejo crosses the city of Lisbon, and besides the two car bridges that cross it, you can take a ferry to head to the other bank. The North bank is where the city of Lisbon is located, while the South Bank is filled with incredible beaches and the famous Cristo Rei that overlooks the city. You can catch the ferry, and you’ve crossed the river in less than 30 minutes.

three women riding bicycles transportation method portuguese

Bicicleta (Bicycle)

Lisbon and Porto are not very smooth locations for bicycle riding because they are not very flat cities. For example, Lisbon is known as the “city of the seven hills!” That is not something you want to hear when you’re a bike rider!

Despite having this increased difficulty, riding a bicycle in Portugal is still one of the best options for transportation: across cities, there are lots of bike lanes where you can ride safely and enjoy the views. Besides that, Portuguese drivers are very respectful to bicycle drivers. 

To top it all off, cities in Portugal are being flooded with public electric bicycles that you can rent by the minute, helping you fight the steep streets and tiring hills.

Riding motorcycle into the sunset transportation method portuguese

Mota (Motorcycle)

If you don’t want to pedal, then a motorcycle is also a great option to get around town. You can rent your motorcycle by the day or catch some of the newest public electric motorcycles spread out in Lisbon and Porto.

airplane transportation method portuguese

Avião (Airplane)

By far the fastest way of transportation but the more limited one in terms of locations. Currently, you use this method in Portugal to get between three areas: Lisbon, Porto, and Faro.

Other Portuguese Words About Transportation

As useful as money, here is some Portuguese vocabulary about transportation that I can guarantee you will either say or hear during your visit to Portugal.

Segurança do Aeroportoairport security
Verificação de segurançathe security check
Embarcarto board
Aterrarto land

Words For Traveling By Train Or Bus

Transporte Públicopublic transportation
Estação de comboiostrain station
Estação de autocarrosbus station
Controlo de IdentificaçãoID control
Apanharto catch
Mudarto change (planes, buses, etc.)
Reservarto reserve

Words For Travelling By Car

Alugar um carroto rent a car
Cinto de segurançaseat belt
Carta de conduçãodriver’s license
Conduzirto drive
Chegarto arrive
Entrarto get in
Sairto get off
Avariarto break down
Estação de serviçogas station
Piscaturn signal
Inversão de marchau-turn
Portuguese street sunset

Phrases About Transportation In Portuguese

Take my word, you may think that English will be enough to get around in a country until you reach out to locals and hear a round “No English” from them. In this case, you should have a few arrows in your quiver, like these Portuguese phrases about transportation that I’m going to teach you.

Portuguese QuestionEnglish QuestionPronunciation
Onde é a estação dos comboios?Where is the train station?
Em que estação devo sair?Which train station do I get off at?
Onde fica a estação de metro mais próxima?Where is the nearest metro station?
Onde posso apanhar um táxi?Where can I get a taxi?
Como é que vou até ao aeroporto?How can I get to the airport?
Qual é a forma mais rápida de chegar à estação de comboios?What’s the quickest way to get to the train station?
Onde é a entrada da auto-estrada?Where is the entrance to the highway?
Eu vou de bicicleta.I’ll take my bike
De onde parte o autocarro?Where does the bus leave from?
Posso sair na próxima estação?Can I get off at the next station?
Onde fica a próxima estação de autocarro?Where is the next bus stop?
Quanto é o bilhete de autocarro?How much is the bus ticket?
Quanto é um bilhete só de ida?How much for a one-way ticket?
Quanto é um bilhete ida-e-volta?How much for a round-trip ticket?
Tem desconto de estudantes?Do you have discounts for students?
Onde posso comprar o bilhete de comboio?Where can I buy a train ticket?
Tem bilhetes disponíveis?Are there any tickets available?
Onde posso alugar um carro?Where can I rent a car?
Quanto é o aluguer do carro?How much is the car rental?
O motor parou de funcionarThe engine has stopped working
O carro não ligaThe car won’t start
Onde fica a estação de serviço mais próxima?Where’s the nearest gas station?
Que tipo de combustível usa?What kind of fuel does it use?
O carro tem um pneu furadoThe car has a flat tire
O avião chega a horas?Is the plane on time?
Quanto tempo está o avião atrasado?How long will the plane be delayed?
Onde é a minha porta?Where is my gate?
Para que terminal vou?Which terminal do I go to?
Eu queria um lugar à janelaI’d like a window seat
Eu queria um lugar no corredorI’d like an aisle seat
Para que plataforma vou?Which platform do I go to?
Onde é o lugar (inserir lugar)?Where is the seat number (insert number)?
Devo sair aqui?Do I get off here?
Quanto tempo é a viagem de comboio?How long will the train ride take?
Há comida disponível no comboio?Is there food available on the train?
Há casas-de-banho a bordo?Are there washrooms on board?

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