Sintra is situated to the north west of Lisbon and can be reached easily from the capital in a number of ways. As one of the most picturesque and historically rich areas in the region it is well worth a visit. The plethora of palaces, castles, parks and cobbled streets will soon find their way into your viewfinder.
You can get a direct train from Lisbon to Sintra from Rossio Station (Estacio da Rossio). The service takes you to the Sintra’s Royal Parks station and places you within 10 minutes walk of the historic centre of the town.
Trains run every 20 minutes and the journey takes 45 minutes. A single ticket will cost you 1.70 euros.
There is a bus depot just outside the train station and this serves nearby Cascais, Colares, Cabo da Roca, Estoril, Mafra and the local beaches. The main station is at Portela, one train stop before Sintra. From there you can take buses to Lisbon, Porto and other major destinations.
The most direct route to Sintra from Lisbon is via the IC19 then switching to the N249, following signs for Sintra. The route is quite pretty although it does sweep through some modern looking areas which leave a lot to be desired. There are no tolls to be paid on this route (refer to our article on negotiating toll roads in Portugal). It is roughly 25km in all; the beginning and end of the journey particularly worth the effort.
Parking in Sintra
There are plenty of places to park in Sintra and most of them are free. You can park alongside the train station and there is also a free car park just below the National Palace, but arrive early in the morning in busier seasons or you could miss out. There are also meters along the main road between Estefania and the historic centre.
For more information visit www.cm-sintra.pt
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