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.
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.
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.
If you don’t have a car, the train is the best way to get there. At Cais do Sodré station in Lisbon you take the Line of Cascais and this lovely town is just at the end of the line. You have to take a ticket at the station.
All the way you will enjoy an amazing view.
Well, Cascais is not a big town, so enjoy the beautiful streets, specially the ones that are closed to traffic. It is there where you can find the commercial heart of the town.
Walking by side the coast it is a really enjoyable experience, to feel the sun in your face and to look at the sea admiring the beautiful yachts and boats sailing.
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.
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
Lisbon Airport is the nearest airport for Cascais.
I booked my flight early as Easyjet had a '25% off all flights' offer so I paid around £70 for my return flight.
I was pleased to find that June (Poons) would be travelling on the same flight
We departed at 13.05 and our expected arrival time was 15.50, we were delayed taking off, but weren't too late landing in Lisbon, to Sunshine!.
My return flight departed 16.20 arriving in Liverpool at 19.00hrs.
After clearing passport control and retrieving our bags, we headed to Tourist Information, to get a map, and to check on the bus details. Outside the arrivals hall are buses and taxis to take you to Lisbon. (more details on following tips)
The airport has lots of shops, cafes, exchange bureaus etc. It's quite a pleasant place to spend time, before catching your flight home.
The duty free stocks quite a good selection of food stuffs such as tinned sardines, packaged meats, cheeses etc as well as the usual wines, spirits, perfumes, cigarettes etc.
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.
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
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.
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.
If you enjoy cycling, you should take advantage of the recent cycling lane that runs between Cascais and Guincho beach. This 10 km trip (each way) will definitely provide you the most beautiful views over the coast and the sea. Be careful with sunburns, as sun may be strong during the day (even during cloudy days).
From Lisbon airport, I'd caught the Aeroporto bus (3.50 euros) to Cais do Sodres station (which was the bus terminus)
There was a train due to depart for Cascais shortly, but I had to purchase my ticket-the green ticket machines were out of order-for the time being, as a couple of men were doing some work on them. I joined a short queue at the ticket desk, and purchased my ticket for 1.40 euros. Luckily the man on the desk spoke some English.
I had to validate my ticket at a machine near the turn-style to the platform, before boarding, with minutes to spare.
The train was quite full, with commuters returning home, so I had to stand for quite a while during the 30 minute or so trip. It was a scenic journey, with views over the River Tagus and the Monument to the Discoveries-which I would get to see properly a few days later.
I was pleased to get a seat eventually on the Left side of the train, so I could enjoy the views.
There are announcements on the train of the next destination, also above the doors are maps of the route.
During my stay in Cascais, I caught the train a few times, without any problems. It is quite a well organised service. However, I was warned that pick pockets operate on the trains, and also, that there have been robberies at night on this line, when gangs have been known to rush into a carriage.
On my return to Lisbon on my last day, there were a couple of buskers, who were quite entertaining.
Cascais has a recent marina. If you enjoy travelling by boat, this would be a most pleasant way of arriving in Cascais. The marina has 630 places, 120 of which are for passers-by. Contacts are:
. Telephone: 21 467 87 40
. Fax: 21 467 87 59