The Passe Ferroviário Nacional, or National Rail Card, costs €49, can only be requested from the 21st day of each month and is then valid from the first to the last day of the following month.
Issued by the Comboios de Portugal national rail company, the pass is valid on almost all networks with no restrictions on the number of trips or the time the trip is taken. It’s not valid on intercity trains, such as the Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, InterRegional and Internacional services, and it can’t be used on the urban networks in Porto, Lisbon and Coimbra.
It’s not immediately clear whether this scheme is open to foreign tourists due to the documents required for registration, though Euronews reports that visitors can take advantage. The Independent has contacted Comboios de Portugal for clarification.
With this new initiative, Portugal joins Germany in slashing the cost of rail fares this summer. In June, Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national rail operator, launched €9.90 tickets on some short-distance routes, in addition to the introduction of the Deutschlandticket in April, which provides unlimited travel by rail, tram and bus anywhere in the nation for €49 per month.
Deutschlandticket – or D-Ticket – subscriptions are open to foreign tourists.
To use Portugal’s National Rail Card, people must have a CP Card, which can be requested from any Comboios de Portugal ticket office.
According to the organisation’s website, to request a CP Card, applicants must provide a completed application form (available online), a citizen card, and an original colour passport photo. The cost of the CP Card is €6.