Sintra Tourist Bus 434
The Sintra tourist bus (number 434) is a convenient bus service that connects the main tourist sights of Sintra and makes it possible to visit the three palaces of Sintra in a single day. The main tourists sights of Sintra are spread across the hills of the Serra de Sintra and are too far apart to be reached on foot. Driving in Sintra is not recommended due to the narrow roads and very limited car parking. This guide will provide an overview of the Sintra 434 bus and includes tourist information, fare prices and details of the time table.
Sintra Bus 434 Route
The Sintra Bus 434 performs a one directional loop, which starts at the train station, stops at the town centre, then climbs the hills to the Pena Palace and finally returns to the train station. At the town centre bus stop tourists can visit the National Palace, the town hall and explore the traditional shops. The Pena Palace bus stop is at the top of a steep hill and here tourists can visit the Moorish Castle, the Pena Park and the Pena Palace. The walk from Sintra to the Pena Palace is only 2km but it is a very challenging hike, only suitable for the fittest of tourists. The final stage of the journey is from the Pena Palace back to the train station. The Sintra bus 434 service is essential for all day visitors to Sintra from Lisbon.
The hill roads of Sintra are very narrow, which means that the bus can only travel in one direction. This forces tourists to visit the sights in a set order; the National Palace, the town, the Moorish castle and finally the Pena Palace and park. This order is a slight shame as the highlight of Sintra (the Pena Palace) is visited last and the best location for lunch (the town) is visited early in the day.
Sintra Bus 434 Tourist Information
The Sintra 434 bus is operated solely for tourists and is therefore comparatively expensive when compared to other public transport in Portugal but this service is the only method to discover the Sintra region as a day trip from Lisbon. A single loop ticket of the 434 bus service costs €5.00 and a one day unlimited tickets costs €10.00. Tickets are purchased from the bus driver, who speaks fluent English. The bus is not the most regular of services with a minimum of one bus every 40 minutes, during the summer months there may be additional services. Always confirm the time for the next bus due to the intermittent service and it is very frustrating if a bus is just missed. The 434 buses are unhurried and do wait at each stop for a good few minutes. The first bus of the day is at 10:15 with the last is at 17:00. As the roads are narrow, steep and have switchbacks it is highly advisable for older or less mobile passengers to sit during the journey. The Sintra tourist bus service is operated by the Scotturb bus company.
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