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5 best day trips from Lisbon
1. Day trip to Sintra
The scenic city of Sintra is one of the most common day trips from Lisbon, and for good reason. This picturesque city is well known for the gorgeous castles and palaces that dot the area, as well as its many parks and gardens. Must-see attractions include the striking Pena National Palace, the medieval Castle of the Moors, and of course the Sintra National Palace.
How far is Sintra from Lisbon?
The 30 kilometers (18 miles) between Lisbon and Sintra are quick and easy to traverse. Driving takes an average of just 30 minutes, though traffic can increase this up to two hours at times. The two train routes from Lisbon take an average of 40-50 minutes.
2. Day trip to Cascais
Live like royalty on a day trip to the gorgeous seaside retreat of Cascais. Once the summer residence of King Luis I of Portugal, other 19th-century European royals joined in, contributing to its luxurious reputation. The city is hugely popular for its stunning scenery, sandy beaches, and many other attractions. Travelers can check out the Praia da Ribeira, the Cascais Citadel Palace, and the vista point of Boca de Inferno.
How far is Cascais from Lisbon?
Cascais is located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Lisbon. The trip takes around 40 minutes by car or by train. Buses usually take about an hour longer.
3. Day trip to Obidos
Exploring the medieval walled town of Obidos is a great way to spend a day away from Lisbon. Stroll the picturesque cobblestone streets of the hilltop city to find some impressive photo ops. The old city walls, Obidos Castle, and the Church of Santa Maria are all favored spots to see. During summer, the town travels back in time with its annual Medieval Festival.
How far is Obidos from Lisbon?
You can travel the 84 kilometers (52 miles) to Obidos from Lisbon in a little over an hour by car or express bus. The train is the slowest option transportation option, making your trip about two and a half hours.
4. Day trip to Évora
Travel back in time on a day trip from Lisbon to the ancient city of Évora. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Évora’s history dates back over 5,000 years. Because of its storied past, museums and monuments are all over the city. History buffs will love learning about places like the Roman Temple with its graceful columns, the Gothic Cathedral of Évora, the ossuary of Igreja de São Francisco, and so many more.
How far is Évora from Lisbon?
It will take around 90 minutes to travel the 135 kilometers east to Évora by car. By train or bus it should take close to two hours.
5. Day trip to Porto
Get to know the second-largest city in Portugal on a trip to Porto. Though the city is probably best-known for its sweet Port wine, there is plenty more to this city on the Douro River. With an abundance of fascinating sights across the city, travelers can climb the 225 steps of the Clérigos tower for sweeping views of the city, tour the commanding Porto Cathedral, or admire the golden interiors of the Church of São Francisco. Harry Potter fans should absolutely visit the unbelievable Lello Bookstore to climb the striking red steps said to have inspired the staircases of Hogwarts.
How far is Porto from Lisbon?
Plan ahead for the journey of 312 kilometers (194 miles) to Porto, as it will take around three hours to get there on the road or by train.
Lisbon day trip FAQ
What are the best transportation options for my day trip?
• Lisbon day trips by train
There is a good and reliable rail network all over Portugal, making train travel a viable option for most day trips. In Lisbon, the primary stations for out of town trips are Santa Apolonia, Oriente, and Cais do Sodré.
• Lisbon day trips by bus
As Portugal is such a small country, day trips by bus are usually a smart option. The bus tends to cost less than the train and frequently doesn’t take much more time.
• Lisbon day trips by car
Renting a car is always an excellent way to day trip, especially to take in the beauty of Portugal. A private vehicle allows you to go where you want when you want without skipping anything on your list. Though a car gives you the freedom to roam wherever you please, keep in mind that traffic and parking can be significant issues in popular destinations.
Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?
Taking a guided tour is almost always the most fun and convenient option for a day trip. Get to know fellow travelers and learn interesting facts and cultural information that may not be in a guide book. Additionally, many guided tours provide you with transportation and peace of mind that you will always get where you’re trying to go.
What should I pack for my day trip?
The time of year you travel and your destination are the two biggest factors in determining what to bring with you for the day. If you’re headed to the beach, swimwear, a towel, and sunscreen are imperative. During winter, the chance of rain is pretty high in Portugal, so bring a raincoat or umbrella.
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What people are saying about Lisbon
We had amazing time on the tour with Ruth. We initially missed the transportation to Pena Palace, but the team was very accommodating and went at a slower pace until we arrived. Ruth was very detailed in her explanations and she made the entire tour fun and engaging. We will definitely be recommending Ruth and team to our friends and family for future tours.
Booked in January, we had our very own private tour of Arrabida. It was brilliant! And our guide, Miguel, was great. First we enjoyed Livramento market in Setubal, then we took in panoramic views going into Arrabida park, before exploring the cave, then beach; finished off with the wine tastings. The food and company was good. Can fully recommend!
Our tour guide, Diogo, was the proper example of fun, real and authentic Portuguese. We enjoyed the tour and the information he provided, he was very relaxed and allowed us plenty of time. The long impromptu chats we had about literally anything made the trip even more interesting!
Agnes and Paulo were fantastic. Agnes was knowledgable, helpful and if we could give her 6 stars we would. She gave us tips for the rest of our travels, she was friendly and respectful. Me and my friends would recommend her for anyone.
One of the best experiences ever, the tour is very nice, guides are great and Sintra is just a wonderful place!!! Ricardo and Gonzalo are the perfect guides ever, it was a great great experience!