Wondering how to get from Lisbon to Sintra? Here you’ll find information on all the possible options: train, bus, private driver, tours and taxi.
Sintra is a UNESCO-listed destination in Portugal known for its magnificent palaces and extraordinary gardens, along with its beautiful natural landscapes.
You’ll find it just 30 km away from Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, and it’s probably the most popular day trip from Lisbon. I know that there are already so many cool things to do in Lisbon, but you really, REALLY can’t miss adding it to your Portugal itinerary! Especially when it’s so easy to get there.
Below are all of the transportation options available for getting to Sintra from Lisbon (by public transport or with other options). I did all the research for you so you can just choose whatever works best for you!
Go on a Sintra Tour from Lisbon
Joining a guided tour is a convenient (and hassle-free) way to get to Sintra from Lisbon. The main advantage of booking a Sintra tour from Lisbon is that you’ll be able to see the major tourist attractions in Sintra and get transportation along with it. There are many day tours to choose from, but these are the ones that provide the best value for your bucks IMO.
➤ The Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour is the top-rated option on GetYourGuide. On this busy day you’ll get to visit Pena Palace and Quinta da regaleira (another beautiful palace) in Sintra, before making your way to Cabo da Roca, which marks the westernmost point in Europe. You’ll head to Cascais next, a favorite holiday destination among the European aristocrats and a charming beach town. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
➤ If you prefer something more adventurous, the Sintra – Cascais: 6-Hour Electric Bike Tour from Lisbon is for you. You’ll travel to Sintra from Lisbon by train with your guide, and there you’ll be given an electric bike. During the day you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the most important attractions in the area such as Sintra National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Montserrate Palace, Pena Palace, Peninha Sanctuary, and the beautiful town of Cascais. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
➤Want to be traveling from Lisbon to Sintra in style? Then do it via a convertible VW Beetle on a private Lisbon and Sintra tour! This private tour to Sintra from Lisbon includes a driver/tour guide and departs from Lisbon, where you’ll ride around the Alfama, Chiado, and Belem neighborhoods, before heading to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais. If you’re 3 people, this option costs pretty much the same as a regular tour, but can you imagine the fun? ➥ BOOK IT HERE
READ ALSO: 10 Best Sintra Tours from Lisbon
How to Get to Sintra from Lisbon by Train
Taking the train from Lisbon to Sintra is the most efficient transportation available if you prefer to visit on your own.
➤ The Lisbon to Sintra train runs multiple times every hour starting at Lisbon’s Rossio train station. This station is conveniently located within downtown Lisbon and just off Rossio Square, and it serves as the main hub to get to Sintra from Lisbon.
The first train to Sintra from Lisbon departs at 5.40 AM and the last train from Sintra to Lisbon leaves at 1 AM. You can find the Lisbon to Sintra train schedule here. The travel time by train from Lisbon to Sintra is around 40 minutes, and a train ticket to Sintra costs €2.30 at the time of writing.
Get off at Sintra train station, which is the last station on this route so don’t worry about missing your stop. Sintra train station is within a short walking distance of the town center.
➤ There is also another train that serves Sintra from Oriente station (the main Lisbon railway station). This train is mostly used by tourists who arrive from the airport or that are staying in this part of the city, because Oriente station is not as central as Rossio station. This route takes around 47 minutes and has the same cost as the Lisbon Rossio – Sintra route.
There are multiple trains per hour from Oriente station to Sintra as well, you can check the train timetable here.
➤ You can buy your train tickets at the ticket office or at the ticket vending machines. If you prefer, you can also BOOK YOUR TRAIN TICKETS ONLINE in advance so to skip any queues.
Take a Bus from Lisbon to Sintra
There’s another way to get to Sintra from Lisbon, by bus. However, I don’t recommend the bus Lisbon- Sintra as it’s way more expensive than the train and takes longer. I don’t really see why anyone would choose this option over the train.
➤ The Sintra Express is operated by Vimeca Transportes only between April 1st and September 30th. There are buses from Lisbon to Sintra from 9 AM to 7 PM.
The bus to Sintra from Lisbon departs from Marques de Pombal in Lisbon and drops you off at Sintra Station. The cost of a one-way bus ticket is €10 or €15 for a round-trip ticket. There’s also an option to purchase a round-trip ticket combined with bus 434 to get around Sintra (more about that later) for €20.
➤ You can buy your Lisbon to Sintra bus tickets in advance HERE.
Lisbon to Sintra By Private Driver
If you prefer to enjoy the sights and attractions of Sintra without worrying about directions and getting lost, you can hire a private driver for getting from Lisbon to Sintra.
➤ Sintra and Cascais with Driver/Guide is a convenient option to visit Sintra from Lisbon because you’ll be picked up at your hotel and then transported in a private vehicle. Your driver will also serve as a guide who will take you to some of the must-see attractions in Sintra. You’ll also get to visit the westernmost point in Europe, Cabo da Roca, and the charming coastal town of Cascais. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
It certainly is a more expensive option for a day trip to Sintra than taking the train, but this option combines the convenience of having a private driver with the knowledge of a guide = win-win!
Transportation in Sintra
Once you make it to Sintra from Lisbon, the next thing to consider is how you’ll get around Sintra to visit all of the beautiful Sintra castles and palaces.
➤ The 434 Sintra Tourist Bus is probably your best option unless you are visiting Sintra from Lisbon with a group or a private driver. This tourist bus completes a loop around Sintra. It connects the train station to Palacio da Pena, and it also passes through the historic center of Sintra (where you can find some delicious, traditional pastries), as well as the Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros).
The tourist bus departs every 15 minutes from Sintra Train Station, you can find the timetable here. Make sure to line up for the bus as soon as you get off the train at the station because it can get quite busy.
The 434 Sintra Tourist Bus is operated by Scotturb and the cost of a single bus ticket is €6.45 at the time of writing, but you can purchase a ticket for the entire loop (hop-on-hop-off bus ticket) for €11. I certainly suggest buying this second type of ticket if you’re planning to take the bus more than once.
FAQ | Lisbon to Sintra Frequently Asked Questions
The distance from Lisbon to Sintra is about 30 km (18,6 miles). It will take you about one hour by car to reach Sintra.
The distance from Lisbon Airport to Sintra is 30 km (18,6 miles). It will take you about one hour by car to reach Sintra.
You’ve got 3 options to get from Lisbon airport to Sintra:
• private driver;
• train. For this option you need to take the metro from Lisbon airport to oriente station (3 stops), and then take the train from there to Sintra.
You obviously can repeat the opposite process to get from Sintra to Lisbon airport.
Yes, you can. The transfer from downtown Lisbon to Sintra should cost you around 40 euros.
An Uber to Sintra from Lisbon should cost you around 30-35 euros.
Yes, of course you can, but I only suggest this option as part of a bigger road trip in Portugal. Otherwise, parking is very difficult to find in Sintra especially in the summer, so taking public transport will be a better option.
You can take the Sintra train from Lisbon at Rossio train station. There are multiple trains from Lisbon to Sintra scheduled every hour.
Lisbon to Sintra train tickets cost €2.25 at the time of writing (one-way ticket).
Walking is not an option. You could get a taxi, or going by public transportation. The 434 bus links the Sintra train station with downtown Sintra and Pena Palace, departing every 15 minutes. The cost of a single bus ticket is €3.90 at the time of writing, but you can purchase a ticket for the entire loop (hop-on-hop-off bus ticket) for €6.90.
You’ll find plenty of day tours from Lisbon to Sintra, but these are the ones I recommend:
➤ Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour
➤ Sintra – Cascais: 6-Hour Electric Bike Tour from Lisbon
➤ Lisbon and Sintra Private Tour by Convertible VW Beetle
Depending on your interests and budget, the best way to go from Lisbon to Sintra in my opinion is either taking the train, or joining a guided tour.
That’s it! I hope this post was useful to plan your trip from Lisbon to Sintra, Portugal. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!
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