Viana Do Castelo is connected to many towns with train.
Most important you have trains to Porto from there and you also have connections to the spanish border and many other towns in northern Portugal.
The train station is located in the center of town just up the road from the main square.
If you go from Porto, there are some possibilities:
1.- By Car
You can check www.viamichelin.com
2.- By Train:
You can check www.cp.pt
From São Bento (Praça Almeida Garret; metro, São Bento, line D/yellow, in the city centre) or from Campanhã (metro, lines A, B, C and E), take the Braga urban linha/line, however, you have to change the train in Nine.
www.cp.pt/cp/displayPage.do?vgnextoid=9bd0f9e12a584010VgnVCM1000007b01a8c0RCRD (Guimarães line)
www.cp.pt (Portuguese Railway Network)
3.- By Bus
Sometimes it's a direct journey, sometimes it goes to many places before Viana.
There are at least two comapnies that link both cities. Here is some info that can help you a bit.
- Bus station: Rua de Alexandre Herculano.
Close to Praça da Batalha.
Metro: São Bento (line D).
- Internet: www.rede-expressos.pt
- E mail: email@example.com
* A.V. Minho
- Bus station: Praça Régulo Magauanha
Close to Trindade and Praça da República.
Metro: Trindade (lines A, B, C, D and E).
- Internet: www.avminho.pt
Once in Viana, you will arive at the railway station or interface de transportes; one is just behind the other and we can consider that both of them are in the city centre, at the end of Avenida dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra.
This elevador/funicular takes you, in about two minutes, to Mount Santa Luzia. There you will find the Basilica (with the same name) and will enjoy fantastic views of the Atlantic ocean, river Lima and Viana do Castelo itself.
Address: Avenida 25 de Abril (close to the railway station and interface de transportes/bus station).
So as easily access the Santa Luzia's Temple Monument, a funicular (elevador) was built in 1923 that was totaly restoredin June of 2005 by Viana do Castelo's City Hall. It is the longest (650 m) , and steepest funicular in the country and it offers a really enjoyeble journey.
In April of 2007, two ways ticket had a cost of 3 euros. Don't miss the ride!
Train from Porto or Valença (often)or Vigo in Spain (twice a day) or by bus from anywhere mentioned on my page.
See reference to ferries under activities.
Walking or local buses. There is a funicular up to a religious sort of place above Viana.
Car is definitely one of the most common transport in the area. To visit the city you can just leave your car on the park located near the river.