The Douro Valley Train Ride

The Douro Valley train ride. Is it worth experiencing? Absolutely!

It offers an iconic experience with breathtaking mountain views and serene river scenes.

This train line, officially known as the Linha do Douro, has a rich history dating back to its inauguration in 1887.

Built initially for transporting goods, especially Port wine barrels, the railway played a vital role in the Douro Valley‘s economic development.

The train line stretches along the scenic Douro River, connecting Porto to Pocinho.

Over the years, the Douro Valley train line evolved into a major transportation route, fostering both industrial and touristic activities.

The picturesque journey became famous for its breathtaking views of terraced vineyards, charming villages, and the meandering Douro River.

Despite challenges, the Douro Valley train line remains iconic, drawing tourists for a unique and scenic experience.

The train, though not modern, carries a charming patina.

Let’s envision two scenarios:

    • You’re exploring Porto and wish to embark on this train ride independently.
    • Alternatively, you’re part of one of my tours, where a Douro Valley train ride is included.
Douro Valley train ride
Douro Valley train ride

Enjoying a Douro Valley train ride on your own, from Porto

You can plan to visit Porto on your own and from there, take a train to visit the Douro Valley.

Yet, if you plan to indulge in this dream independently during your stay in Porto, relying solely on public transportation, you may encounter some challenges.

Consider the sequence of train stations: Porto São Bento, Régua, Pinhão, Pocinho.

The most thrilling section of the Douro Valley lies between Pinhão and Pocinho, encompassing the final third of the 3h20m journey.

Four or five daily trains run each way.

Opt for the 9:10 or 12:55 train from Porto São Bento to Pocinho, returning to Porto at 18:50 or 20:55, respectively—a full-day endeavor.

Is it worth it? A subjective judgment.

If you join one of my tours at

When you join one of my tours at, logistical support ensures a seamless experience.

Explore our website, where this train ride is part of our curated tours, along with various other enriching experiences.

Plus, you have the flexibility to choose departures and returns from either Lisbon or Porto.

Have fun,

David Monteiro