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What do I do if I leave an item on a Portuguese train?

I was travelling from Lisbon to Lagos with a change at Tunes. The change was quite tight so I hurried. As a result, I forgot a bag.

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Go to the ticket office at the next major station and inquire. You may need to return later as they will not know until the train is cleaned. In your case, it will continue to Faro and then return to Lisbon. So, you might need to wait until the next day. The office will be able to inquire on lost property via the web. If there is a probable match then they will call for further details. Have your ticket if possible as they will want the train number.

If your bag is found then you could go to claim it or ask for it to be transferred to another station. However, the transfer procedure is complex and there is a fee. Going to it is probably easier.

We lost a bag with moderately valuable contents yet we were able to recover it. It is worth trying. Don't assume that it will be stolen.

  • Based on an actual event. Self-answered as I thought that it may be useful to others. – badjohn Aug 24 at 8:04
  • Great that you got it back!!! For those interested, see also a study boredpanda.com/… . Compared to dropping a wallet on the street, I guess a bag in a train is quite different, not only as it is more likely that the train company employees find it [rather than others]. – Tuomo Aug 24 at 11:44
  • This advice applies to all trains in Europe, I think. – Janka Aug 25 at 1:12
  • @Janka It is certainly worth trying anywhere. I limited my question to Portugal as that is my only personal experience. – badjohn Aug 26 at 6:54
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As @badjohn mentions, going to the ticket office (or any staff at the railway station) will work.

If you are not able to go to the office or do not notice your loss till later, there will be a way to get your things. Most railway companies have a central location or information office.
Again any staff member of the company can tell you where to find the information you need to approach the right office.
Getting things send to you or even to pick it up at the central or local office may cost. Which is how the railways pay for the cost of having the service, with the actual sending cost on top of that.

I found the relevant information for the Portugal railway company by entering portugal railways lost and found into my normal search engine. This will work inmost countries.

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