Visit Douro Valley Wineries Without a Car

There are a few ways to visit Douro Valley wineries without a car.  

If you are looking for a self-guided tour, you can take a train from Porto to the Douro Valley and visit several wineries, stop for lunch or a drink with a breathtaking view, or even stay a night.

An organized wine tour from Porto would be another option to visit Douro Valley quintas without a car.

Douro Valley by Train

Head to Sao Bento, a train station is in the center of Porto and jump on a small train to the Douro Valley. The picturesque train ride will take 2 hours 20 minutes from Porto to Pinhao. 

The  Douro Valley train schedule can be found here, or on the train system site.

When planning your winery visits keep in mind that the train line runs to the north of the river with several bridges close to main towns. 

To visit Douro Valley wineries, get off at Régua, Covelinhas, Ferrao, or Pinhão train stations.  You can then take a taxi or walk to the wineries.  Régua and Pinhão stations have taxi stands.  

See the list of Douro Valley wineries here.

Since there are no taxis at quintas, you have to arrange with the taxi to wait for you or to pick you up after your wine tour. 

If you are willing to walk a bit, there are several quintas that are reachable by foot from the train stations. Most walks are along the roads and some will require climbing uphill.

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Douro Valley Wineries Close to Train Stations

Quinta dos Murças is located on the right bank of the Douro River right by the Covelinhas train station. 

The quinta offers tastings of DOC Douro wines and ports, walks, and picnics.  

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Quinta do Crasto is in the walking distance from the Ferrao train station if you are ready for a hike uphill.  Allow at least half an hour for a beautiful walk with amazing views and excellent photo opps. 

If you need a break, consider stopping at Quinta da Marka which is on the way.

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Another beautiful winery not too far from the Ferrao train station is Quinta Nova.  This beautiful winery with a wine museum, a hotel and a restaurant is worth 35 minutes walk.

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To get to Quinta do Bomfim and to taste some of the finest ports in Douro, get off at the Pinhao station and walk for approximately 5 mins. 

Join guided tours and tastings or have a picnic on a terrace overlooking the Douro river. 

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If you are looking for a tasting of both dry wines and port wine, visit Quinta de la Rosa near Pinhao.  

You can reach there within 20 minutes on foot from the Pinhao train station on a relatively flat road along the Douro river.

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Quinta das Carvalhas offers unique views over the Douro Valley.  

Take about 10 minute walk across the bridge in Pinhao to reach a private scenic road that goes to the top of the hill through vineyards and gardens.

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Douro Valley Wine Tours from Porto

An organized private or a small group tour from Porto with a local guide is a good alternative to a self-guided tour.  

Typically, a tour includes a pickup from Porto, visits to 2 or 3 wineries in the Douro Valley, a river cruise on a rabelo boat and lunch. 

Take a look at one of these options for private and small-group tours:

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