Gare do Oriente Station, Lisbon
The Gare do Oriente is the main train station of Lisbon that is hassle free to depart or arrive at. The station is not just easy to travel from but it is also a wonder of modern architecture, built as a centre piece for Expo 98. This guide will provide an overview of the Gare do Oriente railway, bus and metro station and provide travel information.
Gare do Oriente Station Overview
The Gare do Oriente is also a major national bus terminal and the attached metro station serves the e Parque das Nações. Departing from the Gare do Oriente train station are express serves to the north and south of Portugal. The Orient station was constructed as part of the Expo 98 building program and is styled in an ultra modern reflection of gothic architecture, meaning that most visitors are taken aback when they first view the station.
The ultra modern Gare do Oriente Train station and Expo Park
The Gare do Oriente is Portugal's busiest station (combined bus, train and metro), handling more passengers than New York's Grand Central Station, but the station complex has been expertly designed so that visitors pass through with the minimal of stress. The station is attached to the large Vasco da Gamma shopping centre and within the Orient station are good amenities. The Gare do Oriente should be the preferred choice for coach departures/arrivals over the capital's other old and grotty bus stations.
Gare do Oriente Train station
Gare do Oriente is the main terminus for Lisbon and the Alfa Pendular high speed inter city train route that runs the length of the country. From here there are regular fast services north to Coimbra and Porto and south to Albufeira and Faro. There are also slower services connecting most of the major cities of Portugal. From Gare do Oriente there are no train services to Sintra or Cascais these trains depart from Rossio (Sintra) and Cais de Sodre (Cascais).
Gare do Oriente Bus Station
The Renex bus company use Oriente bus station as their main hub. Renex have many bus routes connecting Lisbon to the important towns of Portugal and their main ticket sales office is located in the Oriente bus station. The Spanish coach company Auto-Res use Oriente as their terminal in Lisbon and from here there are many services to the big cities of Spain. Portugal's other large coach operator Rede Expressos use Sete Rios bus station as their hub in Lisbon.
Gare do Oriente Metro station
The Gare do Oriente train station is a major metro station that for many years was the final stop of the red metro line, now this line now extends to the airport and was opened in September 2012. The Gare do Oriente metro station is on the lower levels of the station under a mass of inter locking concrete arched pillars. The red metro line does not extend to central Lisbon and a change to either the yellow, blue or green is required.
History of Gare do Oriente
The Gare do Oriente train station was constructed as the main passenger terminus for Expo98 show which was held just to the west of the station. The organizing committee invited designers to submit plans for the muti-tier station that could also act as an exhibit hall during the exposition. The Spanish designer Santiago Calatrava was selected in 1994 and construction started a year later. The station was officially opened on the 19th May 1998 two months before the start of Expo 98.
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