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    Trains at Lisbon's Cais do Sodre station
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    Lisbon's Train Stations

    by travelfrosch Updated Jul 9, 2014
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    As you would expect, Lisbon is Portugal's hub for train transport. Portuguese trains depart from 4 main stations, the one you use depends upon your desired destination. For most long-haul trains (e.g., to Porto and Faro), you will use either Oriente on the east side of town, or Santa Apolónia station along the Tagus River. The station you use depends on which is most convenient to you. It's important to note that a train ticket valid for travel to or from either station also gives you free transit to and from the other. For example, when we booked a ticket from Porto to Lisbon Oriente, we were allowed to stay on the train until the Santa Apolónia terminal, which was closer to our hotel. Tickets can be booked in advance online at the CP website; booking your ticket 5 or more days in advance gets you a 40% discount off the walk-up fare. The website has an English version, and we didn't have any difficulty booking our long-haul train rides and printing out our tickets before we left home.

    The other two stations in Lisbon cater more to commuters. Sete Rios serves commuter trains in the direction of Sintra, while Cais do Sodre station has commuter rail service to the costal towns of Cascais and Estoril. All four stations feature a nearby Metro stop and taxi rank.

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    Estação Sete-Rios

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 2, 2013

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    The Estação Sete-Rios station is one of the major Lisbon stations.

    The train station houses the:
    -CP Linha Sintra and Linha Azambuja
    -Fertagus Linha Roma-Areeira - Setúbal
    -Metropolitano de Lisboa Jardim zoológico - Linha Azul (Blue Line)

    Carris bus stops are just outside the building at street level for the following buslines:
    -16, 31. 54, 58, 70, 701, 726, 746, 755, 768, 202 and 205.

    A bit to the East is the seperate Estação rodoviária de Sete-Rios Bus Station-REDE NACIONAL DE EXPRESSOS , where the National buses depart to many destinations throughout Portugal.

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    Train from Lisbon to Sintra

    by Avieira67 Updated Nov 29, 2012

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    There are many trains a day between Lisbon and Sintra. This trip takes about 40 minutes, and we can use Sete Rios, Entrecampos and Rossio Train Stations.
    In my opinion, Rossio Train Station (Downtown Lisbon) is the best option.
    Normal single fare: 2.05 EUR
    Recharge single fare: 1.80 EUR

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    Fertagus train from Lisbon to Pragal

    by Avieira67 Updated Oct 15, 2012
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    Using train is the quickest and more comfortable way to travel from Lisbon to Pragal. Pragal is the first station after crossing Salazar bridge.
    Trains leave from line 4 in both directions. Look for Fertagus train.
    There is a recharchable card. Fare costs 1.80 EUR.

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    Trains to Sintra

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 1, 2012
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    I made use of the train from Lisbon to Sintra during my visits to Lisbon in March and December 2011.

    The following details were correct as at the time of my visits:

    Trains to Sintra depart from Lisbon's Rossio station which is located in the centre of the city and is connected to the blue and green metro lines. Rossio station is easily accessed from "Restauradores" station on the blue metro line or "Rossio" station on the green metro line.

    Trains from Rossio station to Sintra depart approximately every 20 minutes from early morning until late into the evening.

    There are a dozen or so intermediate stops between Lisbon Rossio and Sintra and the journey takes just short of 40 minutes.

    I paid 4.10 Euros for a return ticket. A one way ticket would have cost 2.30 Euros, so there was a 0.50 Euro saving from buying a return ticket.

    The train station in Sintra is a 15-20 minute walk from the town centre. Alternatively, you can catch bus number 434 (see separate tip) which operates on a loop between Sintra's main sights: the town centre, the Moorish Castle and Pena National Palace. An all day bus ticket for this bus costs 5 Euros and the bus stop is directly outside the train station. Tickets can be purchased from the driver upon boarding.

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    Trains to Cascais

    by SWFC_Fan Written Sep 30, 2012
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    I made use of the train between Lisbon and Cascais 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 Cascais (which is the final stop on the line) run approximately every 20 minutes from early morning to late evening.

    There are several intermediate stops between Cais do Sodre and Cascais (including the popular beach resort of Estoril, where the station is right besides the impressive Tamariz Beach) and the journey takes approximately 35 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 Cascais was 1.95 Euros each way.

    The station in Cascais is located to the east of the town and is just a 5 minute walk from the beach and the many restaurants and shops in the town centre.

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    Trains to Estoril

    by SWFC_Fan Written Sep 30, 2012
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    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.

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    Lisbon rail stations and railcard

    by slothtraveller Written Jun 3, 2012

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    Entrance to Rossio Station

    When I visited Lisbon, I used two railway stations. Trains are operated by CP.
    Cais de Sodre is the main Lisbon station on the Cascais line. From here, you can visit places such as Belem, Carcavelos, Oeiras, Estoril and Cascais.
    Rossio station can be found near the large square of the same name in the city centre. Trains from here run to Sintra.
    The ticket system was quite confusing at first but I soon got used to it. At the train station, I bought a Viva Viagem card and added money to the card using the ticket machines. The card is valid for one year so it can be used multiple times. I chose the 'Zapping' option which meant that when I validated my card using the machines on the platform, my fare was automatically deducted from the balance on the card. This made travelling around by train a breeze. Just make sure you validate the card, otherwise you will risk a fine.

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    The Sintra Express

    by SOLODANCER Updated Sep 2, 2011

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    A grand royal station to the royal palaces.

    The Rossio train station is Lisbon's central station for trains primarily running to the city's suburbs upwards to the hill towns of Serra de Sintra and ending up in Sintra itself, that fabled charming medieval village famous for its palaces and gardens.

    This service which runs on regular daily basis services exclusively the Lisbon-Sintra-Lisbon schedule. It's the quickest way to get up to Sintra with travel time of less than an hour. It makes a stop in several major towns on the way to Sintra including the town of Queluz to where one gets out to visit the pink Rococo palace built during the 1700's by the French architect Jean Baptiste Robillion for Queen Maria I.

    The Rossio train station itself is a highly eye-catching eccentric building. Built in the late 19th century in a neo-Manueline architectural style by Jose Luis Monteiro, one enters the main station thru a pair of grand Moorish horseshoe arches. With abundant opulent sculptural decoration the Rossio station looks more like a lavish palace or a grand theatre. Inside, platforms are connected by ramps to the facade level, all covered by cast-iron beans and supports. All worthwhile waiting in patience for one's train to Sintra or to the Queluz Palace in the town of Bella Queluz.

    One buys the Sintra tickets right in the station which is conveniently located on Praca Dom Joao da Camara right off the big square that bears the same name as the train station, the Rossio Square or Praca Dom Pedro IV as is traditionally referred to by the locals.

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    The beautiful train ride to Cascais.

    by rsilva Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Trains departing from the Cais do Sodré station (Linha de Cascais) will take you all the way to Cascais (via Belém and Estoril, among other). It is the one you should take if you want to spend a day at the beach for instance. Carcavelos, S. Pedro, Oeiras, Estoril and Cascais are some of the stations that have decent beaches within walking distance.

    Trains run from about 05.30-01.30 and the station is accessible via Metro (Cais do Sodré). In the over 10 years that I used them, I remember delays only when there were storms and a fallen tree or something was blocking the tracks. There you go: Something that works great in Portugal!

    Be careful as there are several kinds of trains. The two most common are:
    - One that will stop at all stations until Oeiras. It will then go back to Cais do Sodre. I have seen many tourist going back and forth... you have been warned
    - Another will only stop on a few stops until Oeiras (often only Alcantara and Algés) and then stops at all stations until Cascais.
    - There are other trains that only stop on certain stations after Oeiras, so make sure you are on the right train. Ask before getting on it. It can be terribly frustrating to see that the train does not stop where you want it to... trust me, I have seen the faces people make when they expect the train to stop and it does not.

    Check out the link for a complete overview of the timetable

    One final note: The train ride is very beautiful, as you first go along the river and then (after Algés), along the sea. Some stations (like Monte do Estoril) are right on the cliff and you can hear the waves crash against the rocks. Try to sit on the left-hand side of the train going to Cascais and on the right, coming back.

    On top of all this, the tickets are quite cheap.If I remember correctly a ticket from Lisbon to Cascais (one-way) costs 1.40Eur. I wish they were like that here in The Netherlands

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    By train

    by ncfg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you want to visit some great places near Lisbon, such as Belém, Oeiras and Cascais, you have to take the train at Cais do Soudre. At Cais do Sodre you have the subway as well (metro) wich do the connection to several places in Lisbon.
    There are very comfortable and the view is amazing because the line is just by side the sea. Don’t miss.
    If you want to go to/from Lisbon by train you have to go to Sta. Apolónia or to the Gar do Oriente.

    Go to http://www.cp.pt for further information such as timetables or tickets.

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    Train from the north.

    by rp6686 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Gare do Oriente

    From the north you have two options. You can exit at "Gare do Oriente" or to "Santa Apolónia" (also refered to "Sta Apolónia" or simply "Apolónia"). "Santa Apolónia" is the end station, "Gare do Oriente" is a big train/ bus and metro terminal. In my humble opinion it's easier to exit at Gare do Oriente (it's not the end station!) and then to go by metro or bus to anywhere. The metro station 3 floors below the train (you'll easily find indications... the subway symbol is a white M over red). There are lot's of bus stops around the terminal.

    Lisbon subway:
    Subway prices: 0,55 Euros (Single ticket); 1,05 Euros ('Go and return' ticket [one ticket, two trips]); 1,40 Euros (1 day pass).
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    Rossio Train Station

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 5, 2010

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    This centrally located train station is located between Praca dos Restauradores and Praça de Dom Pedro IV. The station was formerly known as Estação Central (Central Station) and that designation still appears in its magnificent Neo-Manueline façade which dominates the northwest side of the square and is a Romantic recreation of the exuberant Manueline style, typical of early 16th century Portugal. The Station was commissioned by the Portuguese Royal Railway Company and was designed between 1886 and 1887 by Portuguese architect José Luís Monteiro. It was built in one the most important squares of Lisbon, the Rossio, and connected the city to the region of Sintra, from where I took a train to one morning. Tickets to Sintra only cost €4 and trains leave every 10 minutes or so and take about 40 minutes.

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    A train station so sleek and airy.

    by SOLODANCER Updated Nov 18, 2010

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    Lisbon's Oriente train station.

    Finally a great train terminus for Lisbon. It took some time coming to fruition but it's all worth the long wait.

    The Estaco do Oriente is Lisbon's answer to the new century's modern parity. A train station so outward-looking yet human in scale, mascular, grand and well, very modern. But it is modern in its airyness and sleekness that is non-threatening nor complex. It soars in perfect harmony and magnitude of some adventurousness in spirit so fitting with the city's and Portugal's own golden expeditionary past.

    The station is a signature architectural design by that great Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava along with Lisbon's monumental Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest in Europe which spans and connects the land across the River Tejo into Alentejo and the Algarve. Built around 1997-98 as part of the massive building boom for Expo 98, the Oriente not only opened the door the conduit for greatly improved train travel for the entire country and for the increasing incoming foreign visitors alike but to showcase Portugal's legitimacy in her EU membership. It was, before this, when one had to endure this long-winded connection via the ferries across the river into Cacilhas or Baireiro from Lisbon in order to catch the train travelling onwards to the regions of Alentejo and the Algarve. Nowadays, it's a mere Metro ride from central Lisbon into the gleaming Oriente train station.

    The Oriente for the most part services destinations to the Algarve, the Ribatejo region as well as journey up north of Portugal. Even for international destinations which the traveller can also catch and originate from the Santa Apolonia train station downtown by the waterfront not far from the Baixa do make a stop here.

    It's a quick Metro ride into Oriente from any points of Lisbon by Metro or bus. And for tickets, one must obtain it right at the station on the upper floor above the shops, cafes and restaurants as one comes to an ascent from the Metro. Try to get there at least an hour early before your expected departure and inquire for the precise platform for your train.

    For train schedules, it is wise to inquire at the main Tourist Office in Lisbon located at the Palacio Foz on Praca dos Restauradores along the grand Avenida da Liberdade.

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    Estação de Caminhos de Ferro do Rossio

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 16, 2009
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    The Estação de Caminhos de Ferro do Rossio (Rossio station) at the Rossio square started in 1887 as the Estação Central (Central Station). The building was designed by the Portuguese architect José Luís Monteiro. A 2,600 meters long tunnel had to excavated to gain access for the trains. The station was Lisbon's main passenger terminus until 1957.

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