How to get from Lisbon to Sintra (train or bus)


This guide on how to get from Lisbon to Sintra It will help you organize your visit to this city of gardens and fairytale palaces.

Located 25 kilometers from Lisbon, Sintra is very well connected with it by public transport, which makes it a perfect destination for a day trip. During your visit to this World Heritage city located in a natural park, you can not miss the colorful Palacio da Pena and the gardens as well as the initiation well of the Quina de Regaleira.

Based on the experience of our trip to the capital of Portugal, during which we wrote this essential guide to travel to Lisbon, we explain the different ways of to get to Sintra from Lisbon, so you can choose the one that best fits your trip, let's get started!

How to get from Lisbon to Sintra by train

The cheapest way to go from Lisbon to Sintra It is taking the train that leaves the Rossio station which takes about 40 minutes and costs 4.50 euros round trip.
This central station that has a subway connection with the green and blue lines is the most famous in the city, so you will have no problem reaching it.
Another option is to take the train at the Oriente station, located near the airport and which has a connection with the red metro line, which will leave you in Sintra in about 47 minutes for the same price.
These train services are operational from early in the morning until late at night and have a frequency of half an hour.

Once at Sintra station, located 1.5 kilometers from the center, you can take bus 434 that will take you to the old town, the Da Pena Palace and the Castelo dos Mouros.
In this case, it is worth paying the almost 7 euros that the one-day ticket of this bus costs, as it will allow you to get on and off at all tourist attractions, before paying the 4 euros for a trip.
Although they have a frequency of 15 minutes, these buses, especially in summer and weekend, fill up long lines to get on.
If you prefer to walk to the Palacio da Pena you will have to make the almost 3 kilometers of journey, in ascent.

These are the two most visited places in Sintra and where more queues are formed, so it is very interesting to book this skip-the-line ticket to the Palacio da Pena and the park and this quick-access ticket to the Castelo dos Mouros.
If you also want to know the city by the hand of a guide in Spanish nothing better than this Free tour of Sintra Free !.

How to get to Sintra by bus

A more comfortable option for go from Lisbon to Sintra and with which you will also know the history of the city is to book this bus tour with a guide in Spanish, which includes the entrance to the park and the Palacio da Pena.
This bus leaves at 9 in the morning from the Restauradores Square, located near the Rossio Station and during the route you will also meet Cascais, a beautiful and old fishing village that is 20 minutes from Sintra.
Other bus excursions best valued by travelers visiting Lisbon and that include some of the wonders to see in Portugal are:

For more tours you can check this post of the best excursions in Lisbon in Spanish.

Quinta da Regaleira on a trip from Lisbon to Sintra

How to visit Sintra

Once you are clear how to get from Lisbon to Sintra You can follow this list of tips to prepare your trip:

  • Sintra is one of the most tourist places in Portugal, so it is advisable to visit it during the week or arrive early if you want to enjoy the place with some tranquility.
  • To prepare the trip you can follow this guide of Lisbon in 3 days that includes all the points of interest of the capital and the visit to Sintra.
  • In addition to the Palacio da Pena and the Quinta da Regaleira, we recommend completing the visit to Sintra with the National Palace, the historic center and the Castelo dos Mouro.
  • If you have more time you can include a visit to the Monserrate Palace and the Convento dos Capuchos, located on the outskirts of the city.
  • Remember that if you are not physically fit it is not advisable to walk up to Castelo dos Mouros or Palacio da Pena
  • The Palacio da Pena opens every day from 09: 30h to 19h (last entry at 18:15) and has a price of 14 euros.
  • Quinta da Regaleira opens every day from April to September from 09:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the rest of the months closes at 6:00 p.m. The last entry is one hour before closing and the price is 8 euros.
  • The Castelo dos Mouros opens every day from 09:30 to 20h (last access at 7pm) and has a price of 8 euros.

Map of the Sintra excursion from Lisbon