Bus number 403 which runs daily between Sintra and Cascais often goes to Cabo da Roca as well. After arriving in Sintra I asked for the timetable at the tourist information to see if there was a bus I could take after visiting Sintra. The afternoon buses that day left at 14.10, 15.25, 17.10 and 18.10 (last bus). I decided to take the 17.10 bus to Cabo da Roca and stay there for one hour and then travel on to Cascais with the last bus.
The bus leaves from a bus stop near the train station in Sintra. I used the day pass for transport between Lisbon-Sintra-Cabo da Roca-Cascais. The day pass was 12 Euro (March 2010). From Sintra to Cabo da Roca it took almost 45 minutes. At Cabo da Roca the bus stops outside the small information centre.
We were six tourists at Cabo da Roca when I visited. We had all come to the Tourist Information to wait for the bus and get warmer. But they closed at 18.40 and we had go out in the cold rain again (the roof on the porch gave some protection though. Only after a few minutes the bus for Sintra came and all other tourists went on board, but I who was going to Cascais had to wait another 10 minutes.
From Cabo da Roca to Cascais it took just over 20 minutes. In Cascais the bus stops at the bus terminal, which is situated very near the train station.
According to the timetable (valid from September 2009) there are twelve buses leaving on Mondays - Saturdays and ten buses on Sundays leaving Cascais for Sintra. Most of them also stop in Cabo da Roca, but not all.
Brew and a few others found a shop in the center of town, just across from the tourist office, that rents electric bikes, yes ELECTRIC...you let the power of electricity propell you effortlessly up the steep hill to the Pena Palace...yes you WISH..
They left on the bikes and we waited for the bus and as the bus climbed the mountain we passed Brew and the others either pushing their bikes or struggling to make them go...
Take my advice and TAKE THE BUS ^O^
Directions Catch. Once there you’ll need taxis, or horse-drawn carriages, to get to some of the further-flung sights.
We came to Sintra from Cascais in coaches organised for us by the excellent VT Meeting hosts, and there are certainly opportunities for you to do the same in guided tours from Lisbon or the beach resorts. But it’s perfectly possible to visit Sintra independently, and given the wealth of sights to choose from I think this would be the better option, as I imagine that tour groups are rushed around in a effort to see a lot of things not very well rather than picking a few sights and devoting the time to them that their charms merit.
Coming from Lisbon your best route is to take a train from Rossio Station in the heart of Lisbon. The journey takes about 30 minutes, and Sintra’s station is only a short walk from the centre. You could drive if you have a car but I wouldn’t recommend it if you plan to visit the sights in Sintra itself such as the National Palace and Quinta da Regaleira, as the streets are narrow and parking limited.
If you’re coming from Cascais as we did you can catch a bus (I have variously seen bus 403 and 417 mentioned) and there is also a bus from Estoril (no 418)
Some road distances to Sintra from:
- Cascais: 15 kms.
- Lisbon: 32 kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 649 kms.
- Berlin (Germany): 2.804 kms.
- Krakow (Poland): 3.280 kms.
Checking the link, you can find some more road distances together with the driving times and the best route.
It's quite easy to go to Sintra from Cascais by bus. Bus number 417 takes you in less than 30 minutes.
* In Cascais, the buses leave from the lower level of CascaisVilla, a shopping centre two minutes walk from the train station.
- Fax: (+351) 21 460 27 11
* In Sintra:
Av. Miguel Bombarda, 59 Sintra
- Tel.: (+351) 21 923 03 81
From Lisbon, the best way is to take the train at Rossio station (Metro: Restauradores, linha/line azul/blue).
Go to the site to check the schedule. Look for Urbanos Lisboa, linha/line Sintra (the last stop).
To the left of the building on the photo you will find a taxi stand. Originally, we wanted to return to Cascais by bus but there is only an hourly departure from down by the railway station. When I enquired about the taxi fare I was told by a Lisbon taxi that he would guess that it would cost around 20 Euro. The tourist office wasn't able to quote me a price.
The Lisbon taxi driver actually came to find us after a taxi from Cascais had arrived which was very nice of him. The taxi drive back was smooth and swift on wide roads and we were charged by what the meter said: Euro 11.60
To get to Sintra take the Aero-Bus from the Airport (It costs about 3 euro and you can take it anywhere around the City Center for the entire day). Get off at the Entrecampos stop which will put you in front of the Entrcampos Train and Metro Station. Take the Train from there to Sinta (1,60 Euro). Trains leave every 15 minutes to/from Sintra.
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The little tractor dressed as a train, with the passenger cars attached is one way to get back and forth and around Sintra.
There is a little train which travels from the old quarter up to Monserrate gardens. It departs from the National Palace on the hour from 9.00am to 6.00pm. The price is around 5 Euros.