Unesco-listed, Sintra boasts extraordinary palaces, a Moorish castle, a semitropical garden and scenic views, but also for the surrounding beaches and the Atlantic coast.
The village is conveniently located, just 30km / 19mi from the Portuguese capital.
For a day trip from Lisbon or a longer stay, use our travel directions to get from Lisbon to Sintra.
Direct rail services run from the Rossio Station in Lisbon’s Baixa to Sintra train station. Use the Viva Viagem card to pay for the journey.
There are at least four trains per hour during the day. The journey takes about 40 minutes. There are no reserved seats on any urban train from Lisbon to Sintra, and tickets cannot be bought online.
The Sintra train station is a comfortable 10 minute walk from the town centre (1km). The Pena National Palace and the Moors Castle, however, are located on a steep hill about 5km from the town centre. You can take the touristic bus 434 from Sintra train station to the Pena National Palace and the Moors Castle, which operates on a hop-on hop-off system. Tickets can be bought on board.
Sintra is a short drive from Lisbon. The town can be reached from Lisbon in just half an hour on the IC19 motorway.
If you’re hiring a car in Lisbon, note that the IC19 is a heavy traffic motorway during peak hours as many people use it to get to and from work. Also note that around the Pena National Palace you’ll be driving through some narrow, steep roads.
There are parking meters in Sintra town centre, but only a few parking spaces available. However, a large car park can be found in a residential area near N249 road (1.5km from the town centre).
38º 47′ 50.50” N 9º 23′ 25.87” W
Day Trips & Tours from Lisbon
A range of tour operators offer day trips to Sintra. Your hotel and Lisbon’s Tourist Offices can advise you on the best available deals.