You can get to the Douro region by car using the available network of motorways (A), country roads (EN) and municipal roads (EM), which are generally in good conditions. However, outside the motorways the roads can be long and winding due to the region’s terrain. Nevertheless, these roads are a wonderful experience especially due to the breathtaking landscapes that characterise these lands.
Follow the A3 and A4 motorways and the IP4 trunk road which connect the city of Porto to the cities of Amarante, Vila Real, Mirandela, Macedo de Cavaleiros and Bragança. Then follow the directions on the country and municipal roads to your specific destination.
As an alternative, equally departing from Porto, you can choose a more scenic path if you take the EN108 country road. This road follows the right bank of the Douro River until Entre-os-Rios. When you get there, you should drive north towards the A4 motorway.
Between Vila Real, Peso da Régua and Lamego, you will find the A24 motorway which follows the Lower Corgo longitudinally.
When you get to Peso da Régua, you should take the EN 222 country road (left bank of the Douro River) until you get to Pinhão, right at the heart of the Upper Corgo.
To get to the Upper Douro, the best option is to depart from Porto using the A4 motorway/IP4 trunk road until you get to Mirandela, and then take a detour towards the IP2 trunk road. Then follow the directions to Vila Nova de Foz Côa, in the far end south of the region.
To get to the Douro International region, near the Spanish border, take the A4 motorway/IP4 trunk road to Macedo de Cavaleiros, and then follow the directions to your specific destination.
From the northeast part of the Region
You can take the A3 and A11 motorways and drive until you reach the A7 motorway, which will lead you to Vila Pouca de Aguiar. Then, take the A24 motorway which crosses the Lower Corgo Region longitudinally between Vila Real, to the north, and Lamego, to the south, passing by Peso da Régua.
When you get to Peso da Régua, you should take the EN 222 country road (left bank of the Douro River) until you reach Pinhão, right at the heart of the Upper Corgo.
To get to the Upper Douro, if you are in the north of Portugal, the best option is to take the IP4 trunk road until you reach Mirandela. Then, take the IP2 trunk road until you get to Vila Nova de Foz Côa, in the far end south of the region.
To get to the Douro International region, near the Spanish border, take the IP4 trunk road and follow the directions to Macedo de Cavaleiros or to other specific destination.
From the south
Taking the IP3 trunk road or the A25 motorway, you will reach the A24 motorway, which goes through the Lower Corgo region between Lamego, to the south, and Vila Real, to the north, passing by Peso da Régua.
When you get to Peso da Régua, take the EN 222 country road (left bank of the Douro River) until you get to Pinhão, right at the heart of the Upper Corgo.
If you are coming from the south of Portugal, the best option to get to the Upper Douro and Douro International regions is to take the A25 motorway until you reach Celorico da Beira . There, take the IP2 trunk road until you get to Vila Nova de Foz Côa, and continue north to your specific destination.
From Spain and north of Portugal
In Verín, when you cross the border of Feces de Abaixo - Vila Verde da Raia, follow the directions to Chaves. Take the A24 motorway which goes through the Lower Corgo between Vila Real, to the north, and Lamego, to the south, passing by Régua.
If you are coming from Régua, take the EN 222 country road (left bank of the Douro River) until you reach Pinhão, right at the heart of the Upper Corgo.
If you are coming from Pueblo de Sanabria, follow the directions to Bragança after crossing the border of San Martín del Pedroso – Quintanilha. Then, take the IP4 trunk road to Macedo de Cavaleiros and when you get there take the IP2 trunk road to Vila Flor, in the Upper Douro region, which stretches all the way down to Vila Nova de Foz Côa to the far end south. If you take the IP4 trunk road, you will go directly to the Upper Corgo region, passing by Murça. Then, follow the directions to Alijó (EN212 country road) and head to Pinhão (EN322-3 country road).
If you are coming from Miranda do Douro, right at the northeast border, you will enter the Douro International region directly. Then, you can take the EN221 country roads and head south towards Freixo de Espada à Cinta and Barca d'Alva. Other path options include the Bemposta or the Saucelle dams because of they allow access to the EN221 country road.
The Douro railway is a must-see for tourists not only because of its beauty, but also because it follows the Douro River. This railway links the main train stations in Porto – Campanhã and São Bento – to various parts of the Douro valley, until the Spanish border, crossing the heart of the Douro – Peso da Régua (Lower Corgo), Pinhão (Upper Corgo) and Pocinho (Upper Douro).
You can choose the regional or interregional train to travel to the region. For shorter journeys, you might want to try the steam train, which will fell like a trip back in time. This train will take you from Peso da Régua to Pinhão (during summer weekends only).
The closest airport to the Douro region is the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, which is about 15 km from the centre of Porto. This airport offers a wide variety of air routes, including low-cost options, to some of the main European airports.
Arriving at the airport in Porto, you will be able to rent a car. You should then get on the A4 motorway and follow the directions to Vila Real (for more directions, see sections "By car " / "From Porto").
You can also travel by train. At the airport there is a Metro station (tube station), line E, which will take you to the Campanhã train station in about thirty minutes. The Metro leaves the airport approximately every 30 minutes during the airport’s working hours. If you have the time, drop off at the Trindade station and get on the D line which will take you to the São Bento station. This station has been nominated by the Travel+Leisure magazine as one of the most stunning train stations in the world. The São Bento station is the terminal station in the Douro line and so passengers are allowed to get into the carriages long before departure (for more directions on railway options, please see the section "By Train").
There is also an airfield in Vila Real where you can take a flight to the Lisbon airport or to the Bragança airfield. Trips are regular but not necessarily frequent.
You can travel by cruise from the city of Porto to Barca d'Alva. Arriving at Barca d'Alva, you can continue your journey to the neighbour town of Vega Terron, in Spain.
You can also go from Vila Nova de Gaia, which lies opposite Porto on the steep south bank of the Douro River, to Peso da Régua or Pinhão. The trip is about six hours long from Vila Nova de Gaia to Peso da Régua (meal on board), and two more hours to Pinhão. Nevertheless, this will be an unforgettable experience.
The waterway that links Vila Nova de Gaia and Barca d'Alva is still widely used for the Douro hotel-cruises which last several days and include visits to Quintas and other points of interest