Lisbon Airport to Sintra
Sintra lies 25km to the west of Lisbon airport and it is relatively easy to travel by public transport from Lisbon airport to Sintra. The journey requires two stages; traveling from the airport to central Lisbon and then by train from central Lisbon to Sintra. For guide to Sintra as a day trip from Lisbon or purely information about the Sintra railway please click on the previous links. This guide will provide a detailed explanation of traveling from Lisbon airport to Sintra by public transport.
Lisbon Airport to Sintra Overview
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. Lisbon is connected to Sintra by the Sintra railway. This train service departs from Rossio train station, which is located in the Baixa district. The metro journey takes approximately 20 minutes while the train journey takes a further 30-40 minutes. At Sintra it may be necessary to hire a taxi or catch a bus for the final stage to your exact accommodation.
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 choice of public transport; either the newly opened metro or by special airport bus service, called the Aerobus. Both journeys take about the same time and both have advantages and disadvantages. The Aerobus costs more, there are less services per hour but it is direct to the railway station. The metro is inexpensive, clean and safe but a change of metro line is required, which negates any time saving and means lugging heavy luggage around.
Lisbon airport is on the red metro line and Rossio train station is on the green metro line. The connection station is Alameda metro station and involves a 5 minute walk with escalators. A single metro ticket costs €1.40 (plus €0.50 for the Viva Viagem card). The entire journey takes around 20 minutes. The Aerobus ticket cost €3.50 and again takes 20 minutes, there are three services an hour which depart from outside the arrivals lounge. A taxi ride to Rossio station from the airport is also a valid option when there are more than two travelers, the journey is 10 minutes and will cost between €10-15.
Lisbon to Sintra by Train
The second stage of the journey is explained in detail here. Lisbon is connected to Sintra by a regular and inexpensive train service that departs from Rossio train station in the centre of Lisbon. Tickets cost €2.15/€1.10 (adult/child) and the train journey takes 30 minutes. Trains depart every 20 minutes and the first train is at 6:40 and the last at 11:40. The entire journey by bus and train from Lisbon airport to Sintra would take between 1.0-1.5 hours depending on connections. The entire cost is less than 8€ person, significantly less than hotel transfers.
How to Get to Sintra from Lisbon Airport by Taxi?
From Lisbon airport to Sintra would cost between €45-55 but the price greatly depends on 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.
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