Please note that Lisbon's Rossio Station is currently (July 2005) closed for repairs. If you wish to travel to Sintra (and you should), you can catch the train at Sete Rios station. This is adjacent to the Jardim Zoologico Metro station, on the blue line. You can also get to Sintra from the Entrecampos station, near the Metro at Entrecampos or Campo Pequeno on the yellow line. Tickets cost 1 Euro 40 single and can be purchased from ticket machines at the station. These machines have instructions in several languages and accept notes and coins
There are also train into Lisbon from most part of Europe. The picture was taken in the night and not very visible, but in the picture is actually a train comming into Lisbon from one of the neighbouring countries. So, tourist can also check for availability of train into Lisbon from the web.
If you plan to go outside of Lisbon for a daytrip (fi to Sintra, Cascais, Cabo do Roca, Estoril, etc.) use public transports. The district of Lisbon has a suberb infrastructure and you will travel faster and more comfortable using Portuguese railways and the public busses of ScottURB instead of any other options.
The best thing, you can do is buying a so called "Train & Bus" ticket for 9 €. It is available at all train stations and it is valid for one day on all CP-trains (Portuguese railways) in the Lisbon area and the ScottURB-Busses.
By the way, I recommend you a round trip: Start at Rossio, take the Sintra Line (railway) to Sintra Estacao, from there use the bus Nr. 434, which ply between all Sintra sights, afterwards catch Bus Nr. 403 to Cabo da Roca and continue with the same to Cascais. You can stay till night, the last train to Lisbon (Cais do Sodre) will leave after midnight...
For timetables and maps see the websites above.
On our first day meandering in the busy Rossio/Restauradores area of the Baixa, I noticed a very impressive looking building, so I took the photo that you see here. The next morning, we decided to heed the hints of other VTers and take a train ride out to the nearby town of Sintra. It was with great surprise that I found out this architectural marvel was actually a train station!
Built in 1886/87, this Neo-Manueline style building was designed by Jose Luis Monteiro. One of its strange features is that the actual platforms from which the trains leave are located high above the street-level Moorish style entrances that you see. We took the escalators up to the top level, where we had no problem finding which train to take to Sintra. Round-trip tickets for the two of us only cost E5 (US$6) and the modern and spacious train was soon underway in the tunnels that lead out of the city. The trip to Sintra was great as we took in the countryside until we arrived at the end of the line and simply walked from there to enjoy the many attractions of beautiful Sintra! It was just as easy returning to the city later in mid-aftenoon. Definitely worth doing!!!
The Rossio Railway Station is a beautiful building. It has a shopping center inside and from here trains depart to Sintra, a beautiful town half an hour away. Also serves the West Line but passengers have to change in the station of Cacém.
The West Line is from Cacém to Figueira da Foz, passing by Mafra, Obidos, Caldas da Rainha and Leiria just to name some of the places.
There are a lot of transports towards Lisbon from many points in Europe, mainly by bus, or by plain.
Also, there is one international train to Lisbon (by night). It departs each evening from Irun, in Spain, just on France border.
If you want to travel north, for example to Porto, you can buy your ticket from Gare do Oriente or Santa Apolonia trainstation. For the train from Lisbon to Porto I paid 16 euros. It was very clean. I did not realize that with the ticket you automatically book your seat. Therefore I was surprised when a conductor came and told me to change my seat, because it was not my number :o) I told him, that I will move to another carriage when the person who is in charge of this seat comes. Then this girl came and sat next to me. Then a lady came who booked a seat next to me. The girl explained her, that I am a foreigner and have taken her seat, therefore she has taken the ladys seat. The lady smiled and used another seat, which belonged to a man. When the man came he has politely taken another seat, etc. You see, I have made a real mess in the train by taking the girls seat. At the end several people had wrong seat, and nobody complained, they smiled at a stupid foreigner :o) Sorry for that, I really did not know that the ticket entitles you to have a seat with a special number!
To learn more about transportation in Lisbon click on the link:
One of the main Lisbon stations, Oriente was originally built in 1993 to serve visitors to the nearby Expo site in 1998.
From here it is possible to connect to all other methods of transport; taxi, bus, metro and various regional and inter-regional trains.
I took the overnight train from Lisbon to Madrid.
It leaves Santa Apolonia Station at 10:01pm and arrives in Madrid (Atocha) at 9:25am.
It costs about 65 Euros and you share the car with three others. There are four bunk beds.
There is also a morning train, but it requires you to change trains. There are left luggage facilities at the station if you want to get your ticket earlier in the day.
The CP is the Portuguese train company the web page is
This company works all over the country but Lisbon have some lines for getting around. we have a line to Sintra, another to Cascais and one more to North Azambuja (less tourist). See:
To go to Sintra you can get your train in Rossio station, for Cascais, Cais de Sodré Station and Azambujathe Sta Apolonia station or Gare do Oriente (station).
Estação do Rossio (Rossio train station) is located between Rossio and Restauradores.
It has BEAUTIFUL neo-manueline architecture designed by architect José Luís Monteiro, completed in 1887. This train station is incredibly unique.
It's a must see if you're in Baixa, and if you want to go to Sintra (or somewhere in between the two cities) you need to come here. Trains to Sintra leave every 15 minutes, and are not very expensive.
You will see the station on the northwest side of Rossio, bordering Restauradores.
A wonderful building.. which I photographed and believed to be a shopping centre or a mall. Just in case I emailed Lisbon's resident E-Diogo (thanks so much!), who informed me it's actually the Rossio train station.. basically the elusive station I could not find. he informs me that it's the station you need to use if you're going to Sintra. Next time, then...
Train station that takes the international railway. Daily trains to Madrid and Paris. You can make an earlier train connection at another train station called Santa Apoloni, where actually you have a international office to ask any type of questions related to your future journey.
So if you're comming by train you should pass here.
On the picture is the construction after the letters AKI.
You should take a look to the area of Estoril, Cascais... and take the train that leads you there! It's really nice trip, most of it by the river and then by the sea! :D
The pic was taken going to the Monte Estoril beach, which is on the other side of the rail train.
I used this station twice. In 1990, I got on and off there from Madrid when I was studying there and went to Lisbon on 5-8 July 1990. In 1993, I got aboard the train for Santiago de Compostela with stops in Porto and Vigo.