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March 30 to April 7

We land in Lisbon on the 30th and return to the states on the .7th. How is this for an itinerary?

Train to Porto on Sat
Return to Lisbon on Mon
Spend Tues and Wed in Lisbon
Day Tripto Sintra on Thurs
Friday in Lisbon
Return home onSat

Do we need a car?

Any preferable places to stay in either city?


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I’m assuming you already have your airline tickets, but if not, you would be better to fly into Porto and out of Lisbon. It would save a day on the train. You haven’t left much time in Porto by training there from Lisbon. But, other than that you itinerary looks pretty good for your limited time.

You definitely don’t need a car for any of the places you mention. Sintra is easy on the train from Lisbon. And, both Porto and Lisbon have very good public transport.

Regarding places to stay. I like close to the Rebeira area in Porto and Chiado for Lisbon. There are many hotels and apartments in both areas and they are close to lots of restaurants, shops, etc.