Sintra is in a green mountainscape of country estates, parks, a medieval castles and palaces. The beginnings of Sintra date back to the Middle Ages and until now it is called a fairy-tale town thanks to the Moorish castle, The Palace of Sintra, that was a residence for the Portuguese royalty, The Quinta da Regaleira, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, palaces, chapels and a luxurious park that features lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions. So if you are just visiting Lisbon, you have to go to Sintra. But how to get there?
One of the best ways to get there is by train. Lisbon is connected to Sintra by two train services - from Rossio Station and from Oriente station. Rossio train station, the smaller one, is in the centre of the Baixa district and connected to the green metro line by the Rossio metro station. The Estação do Oriente is the main intercity train station of Lisbon, located within the Parque das Nações district. Sintra train station is the final stop of both train services and then you have to go 1.5km to the historic centre of Sintra. You can walk or catch the 434-tourist bus. The bus connects the station, the historic centre and the hill where the Pena Palace and Moors castle are located. There are up to four departures every hour, but there can be very long queues in the peak summer season.
You can use the IC19 highway, west out of Lisbon, but it can get very busy in rush hours as people commute in and out of Lisbon. The roads of Sintra are very narrow, especially the roads which climb the hill to the Pena Palace.
Another option is to choose from our rich offer of Sintra tours, which will also provide transportation from Lisbon. So you avoid the hassle of public transport. Simply and comfortably.