Travel to Sintra
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From Lisbon:
If you're brave enough to drive through the centre of Lisbon, once you're on the speedy A5 and A37 motorways you will have an easier drive to Sintra. An alternative route, longer but far more picturesque, is through Cascais via the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais on the A16 and N247.

From the North:
If you're coming from Ericeira, Mafra or then the N247 and N9 routes gives you easiest access.

South and East: Access to Sintra from the South and East is via the A16

Once you've arrived at Sintra, you will need to find somewhere outside the old town to park. Since 2018 the cobbled narrow and steep roads of Sintra are out of bounds for those drivers without a permit. Permits are mostly reserved for residents only.
On the residential side of Sintra, 1.5km east of the old town, close to the Portel de Sintra train station, is a large car park and is the best option during the summer. The maximum fare per day is €1.50. There's a "Park and Ride" system in place. Show your parking ticket to the driver and you'll get a free transfer to Sinta town station where bus connections wait to take you further on. Buses run every seven minutes or so. There's also a fair-sized car park closer to the town train station just behind the Pingo Doce supermarket. From there it's an easy stroll to catch the local bus to take you to where you want to go.

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From Lisbon:
By far, the easiest way to get to Sintra from Lisbon is by train, operated by Comboios de Portugal, Portugal's state railway. Two urban services (comboios urbanos) go from Lisbon to Sintra, one from the central train station Rossio and the other from Oriente, by the Parque das Nações and close to the airport. Both routes are inexpensive and allow an easy day trip to Sintra. The Rossio/Sintra line can get very busy, especially during the peak season. Advice would be to arrive early or take the train from Oriente, which also stops at Areeiro, Entrecampos, and Sete Rios stations within central Lisbon. Oriente is also the inter-city railway hub and has a large coach interchange. Both stations are on the Metro line and easy to get to. Journey times on both lines are less than 50 minutes. When you buy a fare to Sintra it will be loaded onto a reusable "Viva Viagem" card which is used on Lisbon's buses, metro and trams. The cards cost 50 cents but can be reloaded when needed. You must validate your journey using the machines found on the platforms or risk a fine. A good alternative to queueing to get your ticket is to download the free CP App, not only can you buy e-tickets but also check timetables.

If you're travelling from Cascais or Estoril into Lisbon and the changing trains consider buying a 24hr "Tourist Travelcard" which will be cheaper than two separate return tickets. These tickets are on sale from ticket offices and ticket vending machines.
• Azambuja/Lisboa/Sintra line Timetable | Trains of Portugal Website

CP Train to Sintra - Rossio Station
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Lisbon Airport (Aeroporto Lisboa), also known as Humberto Delgado airport or Portela airport, is located four miles (7km) northeast from the centre of Lisbon and is well connected by public transport. This airport serving Portugal’s capital is also the country’s busiest and the main hub for TAP, Portugal’s national airline. The airport itself is modern, clean, well managed with good informative signs and great facilities. There are two terminals; Terminal 1 handles all arrivals and regularly scheduled and chartered flights, whereas Terminal 2 is used by low-cost airlines, most notably EasyJet and Ryanair. There's a free shuttle bus which runs between the two terminals every ten minutes.

The Aeroporto Metro station was added to the Red Line of the Lisbon Metro system in 2012. Regular services whisk passengers to the centre of Lisbon in 20 minutes. Timetable & Info
Orient station is only a few stops away where there's a major train station and national coach hub. You can get the train to Sintra from there. Timetable

Taxis operate just outside arrivals 24 hours a day and take about 15 minutes to get into the centre of Lisbon. Agree on a price with the driver before you set off.

Private Transfer
Book a private transfer from the airport to your Lisbon accommodation. Meet your driver at the arrivals hall and get where you need to go with convenience and ease. Drivers are available 24 hours a day to take you or bring you from the airport.

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Flixbus Operate services from Porto, Coimbra, Faro, Madrid & Toulouse
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Rede Expressos Operate national and international coach services in comfort:
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Carris Metropolitana run services around Sintra and Cascais:
• 1242, 1247, 1248 & 1254 – Portela de Sintra – Azenhas do Mar
• 1248 – Sintra (Estação) – Praia Maçãs
• 1249 – Portela Sintra (Estação Norte) - Magoito (Praia)
• 1250 – Sintra – Praia Grande via Colares
• 1253 – Sintra (Estação) via Cabo da Roca | Circular
• 1623 - Cascais - Portela Sintra (direct)
• 1624 - Cascais - Portela de Sintra (via Azóia & Almoçageme)
• 1629 – Estoril - Portela de Sintra
• 1633 – Ericeira - Portela de Sintra
• 2626 – Mafra - Portela de Sintra
• 1241, 1242, 1250, 1253 & 1254 – Colares - Portela de Sintra
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ScottURB run services to the palaces:
• 434 - Circular route linking Sintra train station, old town centre, the Moorish castle and Pena Palace.
• 435 - Circular route linking Sintra train station, old town centre, Palácio da Regaleira, Palácio de Seteais and Palácio de Monserrate.
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Top Sintra Palaces Hiking

Top Sintra Palaces Hiking

Get to know the monuments and corners of Sintra while avoiding mass tourism. After a more pronounced first climb, the rest of the route comprises of small ascents and plateaus, ending in a great descent. Take the walk at a rhythmic, yet calm pace. Visiting Quinta da Regaleira, Pena Palace Park with the Chalet da Condessa D’Edla, the exterior of Pena Palace, Moorish castle. Taste the typical pastry of Sintra (Queijadas de Sintra) before spending free time in the Sintra village.

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Mystic Sintra Private Tour: Best Day Trip From Lisbon

Mystic Sintra Private Tour From Lisbon

Only a short distance from Lisbon, around 30 min driving, this is one of the best tours to explore the amazing landscape of Sintra. Learn why Sintra has been always considered one of the most beautiful, magical and romantic places in Europe. Named Unesco World Heritage since 1995, it’s currently the most popular village in Portugal, for visitors to Lisbon. Breathtaking views and fairy-tale palaces and castles. Visit Pena National Palace, Cork Convent of Capuchos, and Cabo da Roca, the most Western point of Europe.

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Full day private shared tour in a luxury van

Full day private shared tour in a luxury van

Sintra is one of the most charming, surprising and fascinating places in Portugal. Properly visiting Sintra makes all the difference. It will change your perspective of the town and the cultural landscape of Sintra- a UNESCO World Heritage site. With us, you can get to know the history and stories, the places and secret spots. You don't have to waste precious time in queues to buy tickets. This private tour of up to seven people and ensures that you receive full dedicated attention from your guide.

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