One of the most popular day trips from Lisbon is the famous adventure to Sintra. It’s a day full of castles, history, and unbelievable architecture, and one of the best parts is that it’s super convenient to get from Lisbon to Sintra. All in all, this is an awesome day trip out of the city.

There are so many different ways to get from Lisbon to Sintra so let’s explore the different options below to see which one works best for you!

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5 best ways to get from Lisbon to Sintra

Sintra is definitely one of the most popular day trips from Lisbon. In our opinion, Sintra is one of the most beautiful places in Portugal and a place everyone should visit at least once. Since it’s a popular route, there are plenty of different options to get between the two cities.

In this post, you will find the different options, ticket prices, links to sites where you can book from, and reasons why we recommend each option. Let’s get right into it.

Picture of a couple at the beautiful Pena Palace near Sintra.

Lisbon to Sintra by train

Average price: $2-4 one way
Average time: Roughly 45 minutes
Convenience: 5/5
Where to book: Rome2Rio

Taking the train from Lisbon to Sintra is definitely one of the more convenient and cheaper ways to get there. There are multiple train stops so depending on where you are in the city you should easily be able to hop on the train and get there in less than 45 minutes. 

The nice thing also about the trains is that they run quite often (every half an hour or so) between Lisbon and Sintra so you don’t need to plan too far in advance when you want to go.

Book your train ticket to Sintra here.

Lisbon to Sintra by bus

Average price: $1-12 one way
Average time: 30 minutes 
Convenience: 4/5
Where to book: Rome2Rio

The train is definitely our first and favourite option for this trip but the bus ain’t too bad either. Especially if you’re close to the Marques de Pombal metro stop. From there it’s easy to get to the bus stop.

The only downside for this trip is that the bus doesn’t leave that often (every few hours) and it doesnt have any other stops in the city. So if you’re not staying close to the Marques de Pombal metro stop and want to take public transport then the train is the better option. 

But for some, the bus might be better if you’re in the area. You will have to plan it a little bit with the time though since it doesn’t leave that often.

Book your train ticket to Sintra here.

Lisbon to Sintra with a guide

Average price: $69-76 for the full day
Average time: 8 hours
Convenience: 5/5
Where to book: GetYourGuide

If you’re looking for a day full of adventure where all you have to do is lay back, relax, and enjoy the ride, then you might want to get a guided tour from Lisbon to Sintra!

We highly recommend this tour from Lisbon to Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais for an adventure-packed day. Both Sintra and Cascais are some of our favourite places to visit near Lisbon so the fact that you can get a guided tour to check out all of these places in one day is amazing. And it’s super affordable for what you get!

If you book a private tour, you can get picked up at your hotel, a guided tour of Pena Palace, and your own guide for the full day. Just remember to bring your own lunch or buy it during one of the “free-time” breaks.

Book your guided tour to Sintra here.

Lisbon to Sintra by rental car

Average price: Anywhere from $20-75 a day + gas
Average time: 30 minutes
Convenience: 2/5
Where to book: Rentalcars.com

The price for public transport is so cheap in Portugal that we really favour the bus and train over renting a car. We also want to mention that parking in Sintra can be quite challenging and there are even extra fees for parking in Sintra. 

So with all that being said, we wouldn’t take a car unless you’ve already rented it. Of course, there are benefits to having a rental such as not having to wait for public transport and all that but for this trip, it isn’t really worth it in our opinion.

If you do rent a car though we recommend going through Rentalcars.com and then picking it up from the Lisbon Airport since it’s usually the cheapest option. We like using Rentalcars.com because it compares the different rental companies and shows you the cheapest and best options!

Another good tip is that the further you book the car rental in advance the more likely you are to get a better discount!

Book your rental car from Lisbon Airport here.

Lisbon to Sintra by Campervan rental

Average price: Depends on the season (price guide here)
Average time: 30 hours
Convenience: 4.5/5
Where to book: Portugal by Van

If you get the opportunity to travel Portugal by Van then do it! It’s a great way to see the country and a more affordable way to see the country. Portugal is super camping friendly and there are tons of great campsites near Sintra and along the coast.

If you pick up your campervan in Lisbon you can drive directly to Sintra. It’s probably the closest stop from Lisbon and the first place most people visit when going on a camper van road trip.

This option of course doesn’t work if you’re just planning a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra. But if you plan to explore the country and explore the coast then definitely consider booking a van from PortugalByVan.

We had the best time in our little house on wheels. It’s such a good way to see parts of Portugal you wouldn’t otherwise.

Book your PortugalByVan here.

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We hope you have the best time exploring the castles and nature in and around Sintra. Pena Palace in our opinion is one of the coolest places to check out in Portugal. So enjoy this day trip from Lisbon and let us know what you end up checking out in the comments below or DM us on Instagram.

Have fun!

Dom & Jo
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