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Lisbon Airport to Sintra
Sintra lies 25km to the west of Lisbon airport and it is relatively easy to travel by public transport from the airport to Sintra. The journey requires two stages; the first section is from the airport to central Lisbon and the second stage is from Lisbon to Sintra by train. For guide to visiting Sintra as a day trip from Lisbon or for information purely about the Sintra railway please click on the previous underlined links. This page will provide a detailed guide for traveling from Lisbon airport to Sintra by public transport.
Overview of Lisbon Airport to Sintra
Lisbon airport is within the city limits and is only 8 km from the historic centre. The first stage of the journey is to travel by metro or bus from the airport to the downtown area of Lisbon, which is called Baixa. The second stage of the journey is the train ride from Lisbon to Sintra.
Lisbon metro is safe and inexpensive to travel on
The train departs from Rossio train station, which is located in the Baixa district. The metro (or bus) journey takes approximately 20 minutes and the train journey takes a further 30-40 minutes. In Sintra it may be necessary to hire a taxi to reach your hotel.
Lisbon Airport to Baixa (Rossio Station)
The first stage of the Lisbon airport to Sintra journey is traveling from the airport to the Baixa district and the Rossio train station. There are two choices of public transport, either the metro or by the special airport bus service, called the Aerobus. Both journeys take about the same time and both have advantages and disadvantages.
The train from Lisbon to Sintra departs from Rossio railway station
The metro is cheaper and there are more hourly services but a connection is required, which means heavy luggage must be lugged about. The Aerobus costs more and there are less departures but it provides a direct service to Rossio station.
The Aerobus is better if you have lots of heavy luggage
Lisbon airport is on the red metro line and Rossio train station is on the green metro line. The connection is at Alameda station and the change requires a 300m walk via escalators (or lifts). A single metro ticket costs €1.40 and is charged to the re-usable Viva Viagem card, which costs €0.50 for the initial purchase. The entire metro journey takes around 20 minutes.
Rossio train station in Lisbon
The Aerobus ticket cost €3.50 and takes around 20 minutes, depending on Lisbon's traffic. There are three services an hour and the bus departs from the front of the arrivals lounge. The bus stop in Baixa is a very short walk to Rossio's distinctive train station.
A taxi ride to Rossio station from the airport is the fastest option and is cost effective if there are more than 3 travellers but Lisbon's taxis are notorious for exploiting tired and freshly arrived tourists. The journey is 15 minutes and should cost around €10-15 with a €1.75 fee for all luggage when the meter is used. A taxi to Sintra from Lisbon airport will be very expensive, as the taxi must travel outside of the city limits.
A taxi from the airport to Sintra will be very expensive
Lisbon to Sintra by Train
Lisbon is connected to Sintra by a regular and inexpensive train service that departs from Rossio train station. Tickets cost €2.15/€1.10 (adult/child) and are charged to the Viva Viagem card. The train journey takes 30 minutes and Sintra is the final stop of the line. Trains depart every 20 minutes and the first train is at 6:40 and the last at 11:40.
The train to Sintra is a regional train which terminates in Sintra
The Lisbon-Sintra railway is a regional service and tickets cannot be pre-booked or reserved but there is no need as there are always plenty of seats.The entire journey from the airport to Sintra takes between 1.0-1.5 hours depending on the connections. The entire cost is less than €8.00 per person, which is significantly less than hotel transfers.
How to Get to Sintra from Lisbon Airport by Taxi?
A taxi from Lisbon airport to Sintra would cost between €50-€60 but the price greatly depends on your haggling skills. Airport taxi transfers always cost more than regular journeys as Sintra is outside of the Lisbon taxi limits and would take around 40 minutes. The taxi option should only be considered if traveling as a large group and/or with children. It is more advisable to pre-book a taxi transfer before arrival in Portugal.