The Estoril Coast is well served by a very efficient Public transport system.
Our first experience started at the airport. As instructed, Hans and I took the Aerobus which had a pick-up area right in front of the terminal. It had an area for your luggage and the cost was Euro 3,50 per person. The Aerobus didn't depart until it was jam-packed with people - kinda annoying considering how much it cost to use it. After going through the city of Lisbon, we got off at the last stop - Cais do Sodre' train station (near the River Tego). From there we took the train to Cascais which was Euro 1,70 per person and the trip took about 30 minutes. The train travelled all along the beautiful coastline. The Cascais train station was only a few minutes walk to our Hotel Albergaria Valbom - very convenient and easy.
During our stay, we also used the train for our Lisbon Tour and to get to Estoril for our Saturday night dinner - Euro 1,20
We did not use the local bus at all while in Cascais, but the bus station is conveniently located near Cascais Villa Mall.
As Hans and I had to get to Lisbon Airport early Sunday morning ( our flight was at 8:30 a.m.) our hotel clerk pre-arranged a taxi for us. Bright and early - 5:00 a.m. our driver arrived. He was neatly dressed in a white shirt, he was very polite and he drove a beautiful Mercedes with leather interior - very luxurious - very professional. As it was early on a Sunday morning, there was absolutely no traffic all the way to the airport, which was about a 45 minute drive. The taxi fare was 50 Euros. The driver pointed out that he had to pay highway tolls and was almost apologetic about the price.
Train from Lisbon
To get from Lisbon to Cascais, the train is the easiest and cheapest way. A train ticket doesn't cost much (less than 5 Euros) and the ride is about 45 minutes long. I think there is a train every half hour and your ticket is valid for any train that day, so you won't have to wait forever or buy a new ticket if you miss it.
Be aware that there are no bathrooms on the train so if you need to go to the bathroom, go before boarding. Otherwise, you'll end up like Claus - he needed to pee so badly that he was hanging on to the railings for dear life. Then at the next stop, he ran out of the train, peed outside, and ran back in! He almost didn't make it, but someone held the door open for him. It was the last train of the night, so if he hadn't made it back in time, he would have had to hitch a ride back to Cascais!
Walking around is the best way
To get around Cascais, walking is the easiest way. Most things are within walking distance, and it's even possible to walk to neighbouring towns like Estoril.
Be aware that there are lots of hills, which means uphill walking! Wear comfortable shoes if you're not used to long walks on uneven ground (I may have been wearing strappy dress sandals but I'm a dancer with tough feet!).
Taxi from Docas to Cascais
It had been an enjoyable (but tiring) first day of the VT Euromeet, and I was flagging. My friend Margaret had arrived straight from the airport, with her heavy case. We were planning on catching the train back to Cascais, from the restaurant in Docas, (under the impressive April 25th bridge-The one that looks like San Franciscos Golden Gate) then a taxi from Cascais station, as our hostel was uphill over some uneven pavements-and (before Gillybob says it)- the roads in that area of Cascais DO move and hide - Balam will vouch for this little known fact too!
As we passed by a taxi rank, we decided to find out how much it would cost us - we were told 'around 30 euros. Yes, the train would have been a much cheaper option, but it was the EASIER option.
Well, our driver was very pleasant, he'd lived in England for a while working as a debt recoverer, and then in Financial services. He was very interesting to chat with.
He'd also told us that the trains on the Cascais line aren't always safe at night, as gangs from an estate that we were passing, were known to rob passengers, by boarding a carriage en masse. He said that he was going to mention this to us before, when we were still considering whether to catch the train , but he hadn't wanted to influence our decision.
When we arrived at the hostel, the fare was 29 euros. Yes, money well spent in the end - and we only got lost once on the way to the hostel!
When I arrived in Cascais on my first day, I got a taxi from the train station -The Taxi Rank is outside the 'Mc Donalds' exit, not the 'shopping Mall exit'.
I thought that I was 'being taken for a ride' (ripped off) as we seemed to pass the same place twice (and the driver had had to ask 2 people directions to the Hostel before setting off). I was also getting a bit concerned as to how far away the hostel was from the centre of Cascais, thinking that it would be a 30 minute plus hike. It turned out that this is just the 'Cascais One Way System' I was relieved to find that it was less than 5 minutes downhill. Getting back my first night it took 'a wee bit longer' - yes, I completely lost my bearings in the dark.
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Train from Cascais to Belem
So Friday morning, Antonio had set a challenge - for a group of bleary eyed VTers to get from Cascais to Belem, to arrive at a set meeting point (The Jeronimos Monastery), at 09.30, ( and hopefully without losing anyone en- route).
First we had to assemble at Cascais station - Yes we managed this - ready for the 08.33, so that hopefully we'd be in Belem by 09.09. If we had missed the train, the next one was due to leave Cascais at 08.48, arriving at 09.24, which would have been cutting it very fine!
Purchase our tickets - either from the automated machines, or from the ticket office (1.70 euros one way) - ok, ticked!
Find our train -(For Cais de Sodros Station ) not too difficult, as the destination, time of departure and platform are clearly displayed electronically, near the ticket office, and platforms, and it's not a huge station. There are staff available to ask too, if you're in any doubt.
Now the 'tricky part' - change trains/ line, as there is no direct train from Cascais to Belem.
So we had to change at Oeiras. There are maps inside the carriages showing the lines route, and there are announcements prior to each station.
We only had a short wait, before our train arrived. (Apparently the train doesn't always leave from the same platform - so check the display board)
We all arrived in Belem, and then had a few minutes walk through attractive parks, before arriving at the Jeronimos Monastery, which is opposite the Monument to the Discoveries - one of Lisbons (and Portugals) iconic landmarks.
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Aeroporto bus Airport to Lisbon and back
Lisbon Portela Airport is the nearest airport to Cascais, it is located about 5 miles from Lisbon City. To reach Lisbon you can hire a car, get a taxi, or catch one of the buses which depart from outside Arrivals/Departures.
We caught the Aerobus.(CARRIS Nº91) Tickets cost 3.50 euros, and are valid for 24 hours on the buses and trams) The service runs 07:45 to 20:15pm, every 20 minutes. It makes quite frequent stops along the journey, at most of the squares on the way.
June was stopping in Lisbon overnight, while I was heading straight for Cascais, so I stayed on the bus until the terminus at Estação Cais do Sodre, where I could catch my train to Cascais.
You purchase your ticket from the driver, who also validates it for you -well our driver did anyway.
The buses are clean and modern. Video screens show sights of Portugal and a map of Lisbon, with the next stop displayed (see pic 3) There was also an announcement in English giving the name of the next stop. We'd picked up a free map from the Tourist Info desk at the airport, so could follow the route, as most of the bus stops were identified.
Luggage racks for your cases etc onboard.
Allow plenty of time for your journey, if travelling during the rush hour.
I was delayed quite a while near the end of my journey. In hindsight, I'd have been quicker, jumping off the bus and walking the few metres to the train station, but as I hadn't been to Lisbon before, I didn't have my bearings.
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By train from Lisbon
Cascais is easy to get to from Lisbon. Trains run regularly from Cais do Sodre station, a few minutes’ walk west of the Praça do Comércio. Tickets are reasonably priced (in May 2009 a single trip was €1.70 and a ticket for 10 trips 15.30), and the journey time averages just 35 minutes, although this varies according to how many stops the train makes (those later at night stop more and take longer). The trains run very regularly throughout the day at 15 or 20 minute intervals. And even the train ride itself is a delight, especially if you sit on the left hand side (on the outward journey) to make the most of the sea views.
You can find all the information you need to plan your journey on the helpful C P website
from the Cascais station you can take a train to Estoril, belem and lisbon last stop.
ofcourse there are more stops but i didnot use them.
think ticket to Estoril was 1.20 euro and the other 2 1.70 euro
You can also get a green chip card if the lobby is open. you can reload this chipcard what was not a easy job.
When i wanted to go to Lisbon on my own i bought a Lisboa Card at the tourist office in Lisbon.
I find this a good deal 3 days 33.50 euro
Train from and to lisbon - cascais
train to Sintra
busses, metro and trams (except 28 red) in Lisbon
Museums and some other things free or discount
If you get the green chipcard the train 1 has written CP on it and the metro 1 M
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The buscas i going around the town passing hotels on stops.
it only goes 1 way.
i took it from the station to pestana garden cascais hotel and got out at the telepizza stop then about 5 minutes walk to my hotel.
This bus doesnot go very early or late.
I didnot understand the timetable at the station
cost .0.60 euro
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the train station is easy to find and it is quite straight forward, you buy your ticket from either the machine (one way) or the counter (for multiple trips), you hold it on to the small green machines or onto the gateways to validate it and you get on the train,
There is a display at the front of each train which anounces it's destination.
You can buy a wide variety of tickets from singles to multi trips.
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Get on ya bike
Cascais is good for bicycling and there are some very noticable biking lanes that follow the coast although i did notice that most people walk in them and not on the foot path. the bicycle lanes are red and the footpaths white.
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How to get from the airport to Cascais
Be aware of the following: although the schedule is still on their webpage, since 2 years ago they discontinued the bus link between Lisbon airport and Cascais.
Metroline is not suitable at the moment as the closest metro station is not yet within walking distance from the airport.
The only options now are the following:
1 - bus + train - By far the cheapest option and not difficult to do.
The link between the airport and Cais do Sodré train station (near the river Tejo) can be with Aerobus (25-30 min shuttle bus 3,00 euro running until 8:45pm) or (normal and slow 45 min) bus # 91 (1,45 euro).
From there the train to Cascais (30 min). Prices of train : single (1,45 euro), 10 trips (15,30 euro), and multi-trips ticket (5 days, 13,60 euro).
There are ticket machines in all train stations (operating with banknotes and coins).
http://www.cp.pt/ (ask for English version please)
Note: there's a nother tip about train line with train timetable link.
2- taxi – there are 2 options: you buy a voucher at the information desk at the airport arrival (main lobby after customs) which costs 44,18euro weekdays until 8:30 pm, and 53,00 euro after that period and weekends;
Alternatively you can take a “normal” taxi and they will run the taximeter + toll on the highway (motorway, freeway whatever you call it) which is roughly the same price (you can ask before entering the car but never accept the ride if they ask you more than 53 euro).
3 - there’s a mix alternative - taxi from airport to Cais do Sodré (not more than 15euro and only 10 min out of rush hours) + train.
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BY BOAT -Cascais Marina
Of course you are most welcome to come by boat as we are in a old fishermans' place.
The Cascais Marina
has to offer a diversified range of infrastructures and facilities for those who love the ocean, boats and the sailing art.
A meeting point and an place of amusement during night and daytime, here one can also be delighted with the large variety of bars and restaurants.
you can also find a guide to the port and other information of assistance for the cruising sailor.
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BY TRAIN from Lisbon - Cais do Sodré Station
Cais do Sodré Station is 10 min walking from Praça doComércio (main plaza on the water front of Lisbon) and is served with bus and metro.
The scenic view along the Tejo river and the beginning of the ocean between Lisbon and Cascais is one of the main reasons to travel by train between the 2 places. 30 min of pure pleasure.
Train timetable Lisbon - Cascais
Search for specific times of the day or dowload complete schedule as pdf file.
Info about maps with mapquest > http://europe.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?formtype=address&country=PT&addtohistory=&address=&city=Cascais
Best way of "Getting there" it's the online route planning of Via Michelin >http://www.viamichelin.com/viamichelin/int/tpl/hme/MaHomePage.htm
which includes directions, costs (petrol + toll), time, if scenic views are available, etc...
> from Lisbon either take the A5 (motorway, highway, freeway) or the scenic views of "Marginal" N6.
> from Sintra take the N9
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