Prior to my first visit to the Lisbon region in March 2011, I decided that I would like to visit the nearby seaside towns of Estoril and Cascais.
However, I was unsure as to how easy it would be to get from one to the other on foot. Ideally, I was hoping to be able to walk between the towns along the beach or a seafront promenade, but I couldn't figure out whether this would be possible.
Well, it is! Not only is it possible, but it's a very pleasant and straightforward walk between Estoril and Cascais. Some parts of the route can be undertaken on the sand, while other parts of the route must be undertaken on the promenade.
The promenade is flat, well paved and contains plenty of benches along the route for those who wish to break up the journey with a rest. There are also a few cafes and ice cream vendors along the route and, for those for whom walking is not energetic enough, various exercise apparatus is provided on certain parts of the promenade. The promenade is popular with cyclists, rollerbladers and dog walkers.
The walk between Estoril train station (which is right besides Tamariz Beach) and Cascais is a little over 2km and can be comfortably completed in around half an hour. I walked it in about 20 minutes on the return journey when I wasn't stopping to take photographs en-route.
I'd highly recommend this seaside walk, but if you don't fancy it, the two towns are only 3 minutes apart by train. Trains from Lisbon's Cais do Sodre station to Cascais stop at Estoril en-route. There is one intermediate stop (Monte Estoril) between Estoril and Cascais.
I made use of the train between Lisbon and Estoril during my visits to Lisbon in March and December 2011.
The following information was correct as at the time of my visits:
Trains depart from Lisbon's Cais do Sodre train station, which can easily be reached on the city's green metro line (it's the final stop on the line).
Trains to Estoril (which then continue on to nearby Cascais) run approximately every 20 minutes from early morning to late evening.
There are several intermediate stops between Cais do Sodre and Estoril and the journey takes approximately 30 minutes.
The first time I travelled on the train, I purchased a Viva Viagem card for 0.50 Euros. I then topped it up each time I travelled by train. The cost of a ticket between Cais do Sodre and Estoril was 1.95 Euros each way.
The train station at Estoril is conveniently located right next to the impressive Tamariz Beach. A tunnel from the station platform leads directly onto the beach.
Adding some additional tips:
1. For the last few years, the bus from airport to Estoril/Cascais has not been running.
2. Bus to train or, now, metro to train is easy
3. From Estoril, Monte Estoril and Cascais railroad stations, you can easily walk a short distance to the beautiful promenade along the beach, that ends at Cascais and goes beyond Estoril... walking along the promenade is special and there are reasonable priced restaurants along the way, where you can even order only a bottle of water and just sit. The walk is a not to be missed experience- I estimate the promenade along the beach is about 2 miles long.
4. At night, I strongly suggest you do not get off at Monte Estoril station, unless you can walk to where you are going (major uphill to street from station) or have called for a taxi. Instead, get off at either Estoril (about 1 mile away) or Cascais station, where both have a taxi stand. You can easily walk from Estoril station to Monte Estoril and avoid that hill up.
5. When going to or towards Lisbon, from either Estoril, Monte Estoril or Cascais train stations, you should leave time for someone to help you (just ask!) work the ticket machine for the first time. You must, after you buy your ticket, at other machine get ticket stamped for each trip. If you do not, the conductor will make you get off at the next station, where you will stamp the ticket, but have to wait for the next train... no exceptions for tourists, people with children or seniors... I hope one day that will change and the conductor will make you pay instead... this is advise from some one who has observed others removed and has been removed!
6. Make note when the last trains leave, because they do not run 24 hours and weekdays, weekend (plus holidays) have different times. If you do get stuck, expect to pay about 40 euros to take a taxi from Lisbon to Cascais. Stations have schedules posted.
7. I write as a person with a second home in this area for several years. The late trains from Lisbon are usually busy and safety is not generally a concern. Last year, while I was visting, - there was an incident of some guys harassing passengers, but the government responded with heavy police presence.- the government takes such incidents very seriously. Major crimes are usually not a problem, but like other places frequented by tourists, shoplifting can happen. However, one should always be alert to their surrounds and not look like an easy mark, such as wearing expensive jewelry or handbags.
Go and enjoy this fabulous area.
Estoril is located on the Cascais Line that follows the coast from Lisbon's Cais de Sodre station all the way to Cascais.
From Estoril, Cascais is only a short 2 or 3 minute train ride. The ride to Lisbon is also relatively short, only thirty minutes or so. Trains are regular, clean, safe and very cheap.
Estoril is connected to Lisbon and Cascais by a surburbiab train that runs along the river Tejo.
The train runs several times an hour as it´s a commuter train and Estoril has two stations, one called "Estoril" and another one called "Monte Estoril".
A trip to Lisbon will cost you just over 2 euros while a trip to Cascais will cost you a little over 1 euro.
The Estoril Train station is nothing more than a train stop at the Lisbon Cais Do Sodré to Cascais line. There are platform at the out side of the tracks connected via stairways.
A tunnel underneath connect the beach with the village (after you take the crossover of the Route National). At the station are ticket machines.
Portela Airport is the nearest airport to Estoril, 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.
The terminus is Cais do Sodres, which is the train station for Estoril
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.
Lisbon is the nearest airport to Estoril or Cascais. Although Liverpool isn't the nearest airport to my home, it had the best price and times for departures.
I booked my flight early (January for my May 27th departure) as Easyjet had a '25% off all flights' offer so I paid around £70 for my return flight.
We departed at 13.05 and our expected arrival time was 15.50.
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.
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.
Buses and taxis wait outside the Arrivals hall, to take you into Lisbon or further afield. Hire Car desks also.
I was heading for Cascais, but this route also applies for Estoril.
Airport bus to Cascais do Sodres Station, then train for Cascais. Estoril is a couple of stops before Cascais (which is the terminus)
Bus and train tips to follow.
Estoril is not far from Cascais and is certainly walkable, as Hans and I did it a few times. But for Saturday night's dinner in Estoril, we all took the train. It cost 1.20 Euro and we were only on it for less than ten minutes. Estoril has its own station.
Now if you're coming from Lisbon, trains depart from Lisbon's Cais do Sodre station every twenty minutes to Cascais, stopping right at Tamariz at the Estoril station. This takes about thirty minutes and it costs 1.70 Euro.
Estoril is easily reached by train from Lisbons Cais do Sodré station. It is a pleasant 30 minute or so journey along the coastline, with views of the Monument to the Discoverers and the 25 de Abril bridge as you leave Lisbon behind.
Sit on the left side of the train for the best views. There are frequent trains from early morning until around 0100hrs.
Tickets are purchased from either the ticket office, or the green machines (which accept coins, notes and credit cards) Estoril is pronounced something like -Shturil Click here to hear a pronunciation
You can purchase a single (1,45 euro), 10 trips (15,30 euro) or multi-trips ticket (5 days, 13,60 euro). You can top your ticket up later if necessary.
Tickets must be validated at the yellow machines or turnstyles before boarding the train - inspectors are on most trains, and fines are imposed for those with un validated tickets. There are station personnel available to help - or the local people are very helpful too if you're having difficulties.
Departure boards are easy to follow, with time of departure and platform clearly displayed.
On the train - the next destination is announced verbally and electronically above each carriage door. There are also railmaps on display.
At busy times and at night, be especially careful of your valuables. There are notorious pickpockets operating in Lisbon. I was also warned that there have been robberies on this line at night, by gangs who operate en masse - However, VTers who travelled back to Cascais at night from Lisbon had no problems.
There is no left luggage at Cais do Sodré, but there are lockers at the nearby boat terminal, for a few euros.
From Cascais, it is just 2 stops on the train to Estoril, for those not wanting to walk there.
Regular trains for Estoril leave from Cais de Sodre in Lisbon. The journey to Estoril takes under 30 minutes and it costs only a couple of Euros for the trip. There is lovely scenery on this trip as the line runs alongside the sea and you get great views of Belem, the Ponte de 25 Abril bridge, and many of the towns and villages on the coast.
(Oct'05) The scenic route to Estoril, is to take the Carris Aero-Bus Hotel Shuttle No.91, from Lisbon Airport to the Cais do Sodre railway station. Currently costs 3 Euros. The bus goes down the Avenida da Republica, Avda Fontes Pereira de Melo, Avda de la Liberdade, through the Baixa area & the Praca do Comercio, to the station. Stops are made near the main hotel locations, with clear announcements before each stop. This route passes many of the main sights in Lisbon.
The train from Cais do Sodre to Estoril costs 1.40 Euros - note: the route is to Cascais, but not all the trains stop at every station, so check it stops at Estoril! The train passes the Ponte 25 de Abril (a miniature version of the Golden Gate bridge), the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, & the floodlit old castle Torre de Belem.
(Oct'05) The ScottURB Airport Shuttle bus, runs direct from Lisbon airport to the bus station at Estoril in 30 minutes, & costs Eur8. It leaves the airport every hour, on the hour, from 0700 to 2100, with a last bus at 2230. The bus from Estoril to the airport leaves at 13 mins past, from 0613 to 2013, then at 2058 & 2158. The best part is that the bus station is 1 min walk from the beach! so you can be on the golden sand in 30 minutes.
There is a trainstation in Estoril that will get you to Lisbon in no time. This really is the easiest, fastest and cheapest way to get there.