Sintra is one of the most popular day trips from Lisbon. Sintra offers breathtaking views and spectacular palaces – a great getaway from the busy city of Lisbon. Here’s your complete Sintra travel guide:
Tip: Buy tickets in advance online, you will save time and money!
How To Get To Sintra from Lisbon?
There are several ways to get from Lisbon to Sintra. Regardless of how long you plan to stay, Uber or the train are your best options.
Form Lisbon to Sintra By Car
Uber was easy and inexpensive from Lisbon. A 30 mins drive cost $40 dollars each way.
From Lisbon To Sintra By Train
If you are going on a day trip to Sintra from Lisbon, start your journey at Rossio Train Station in Lisbon and take the non-stop train to Sintra Tran Station.
The train ticket cost around €2.25 Euros one-way and trains depart every 20-30 minutes. I always recommend leaving early and bringing snacks + water. Each way is about an hour ride.
Things to Do In Sintra
Sintra is very popular to visit on a day-trip from Lisbon with the many palaces to visit it may be difficult to see them all in one Depending on how long you want to spend exploring each palace, you may be able to visit 2-3.
Pena Palace is the most popular palace in Sintra and probably the main reason why many visit Sintra. The architecture of Palacio da Pena is an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern style and European Baroque, painted with bright colors – a result from the eccentric taste of King Ferdinand II. It was abandoned when the nobilities relocated to Brazil in a bid to escape the impending revolution. Pena National Palace was later restored in the 20th century.
- Purchase your ticket in advance, tickets are dedicated for timed entries. So i’t important to see what times are available before arriving.
- There’s a 2 euro roundtrip bus from the park entrance that is available to take you up to the castle – I recommend taking it.
- The Park and Palace ticket is to give you access to the museum.
- The museum is interesting but if there is a long wait, I would recommend skipping, it’s not THAT exciting to wait for over an hour.
These palaces were on our list but we were tired and ready to head back to Lisbon. Definitely on my list to see for my next visit!
Where to Eat
If you plan to eat in the area, here are some restaurants I saved. We ended up going back to Lisbon for lunch/dinner to a place we seen & wanted to try.
- Café Saudade
If you’re planning to visit Lisbon, definitely plan a day or a longer stay in Sintra – you won’t be disappointed!