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Sintra Tourist Bus 434

The number 434 bus route is specially designed for tourists who are visiting Sintra as a day trip. The bus service connects the train station, the town center, the Pena Palace and the Moors castle. The 434 bus service makes it possible to visit the three palaces of Sintra in a single day. This guide will provide an overview of the Sintra 434 bus and includes tourist information, fare prices and details of the timetable.

Sintra Bus 434 Route

The main tourist attractions of Sintra are spread across the steep hills of the Serra de Sintra and the distance between them is too far to walk. Driving in Sintra is not recommended due to the narrow roads and limited car parking. The Sintra bus 434 performs a one directional loop, which starts at the train station, passes through the town centre, then climbs the hills to the Pena Palace before returning to the train station.

434 Sintra tourist bus

The 434 Sintra tourist bus

In the town centre, 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 Moors Castle, the Pena Park and the Pena Palace. The final stage of the journey is the return from the Pena Palace back to the train station.

Palacio Nacional da Pena

The flamboyant Pena Palace

The walk from Sintra town centre to the Pena Palace is only 2km but it is up a very steep hill and is a challenging hike, especially in the heat of summer. Sintra train station is 1.5km from the historic center and this walk is along a flat road. The 434 bus service is essential for all visitors who only have one day to explore Sintra and wish to see all three palaces.

The hill roads of Sintra are very narrow and this 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 disappointing, 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

The queue for the bus in the summer months

Sintra Bus 434 Details Fares and Timetable

As the bus service is designed specifically for tourists it is comparatively expensive, but this bus service is the only method in which you can discover the Sintra region in only one day. A single loop ticket of the 434 bus service costs €5.00. A single section of the route costs €3.00 and an unlimited ticket costs €12.00 – this unlimited ticket is good for visitors who are traveling by bus from Cascais or Estoril. Tickets are purchased from the bus driver and cannot be pre-booked.

Palacio Nacional da Pena

The Moors castle high above Sintra

There is minimum of one bus every 40 minutes and means that the bus service is not the most regular of services. During the summer season a second bus is operated and this reduces the waiting time to 20 minutes. As it can be very frustrating to wait for a long time at a bus stop, it is always best to confirm the time for the next bus.

The 434 buses do wait at each stop for plenty of time before departure. The first bus of the day is at 10:15 and the last is at 17:00. As the roads are narrow, steep and have switchbacks it is highly advisable for older passengers to sit during the journey. The Sintra tourist bus service is operated by the Scotturb bus company.

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