Lisbon by train & train stations

Travelling by train in Lisbon and the surrounding area

The Sintra/Azambuja line is a railway line that connects the cities of Sintra and Azambuja with Lisbon. Sintra is known for its picturesque old town and historical attractions such as Pena Castle and the Palácio Nacional de Sintra. The Azambuja line passes through the picturesque countryside of Ribatejo, offering views of hills, vineyards and agricultural areas.

The Cascais line is another railway line that connects Lisbon with the coastal town of Cascais. Cascais is a popular tourist destination with beautiful beaches, a picturesque harbor and a charming old town. The train ride along the coast offers breathtaking views of the sea.

The Sado line is a train connection from Lisbon to Setúbal, a port city on the Sado River. Setúbal is known for its delicious seafood and its proximity to the Arrábida Natural Park, a beautiful nature reserve with crystal clear waters and impressive cliffs.

The Lisbon Tourist Pass is valid for either one or three days, for an unlimited number of journeys on the Sintra/Azambuja, Cascais and Sado lines, after validating the ticket. The ticket must be validated before use. In the last 30 minutes of the validity period, only departures from train stations are possible. The price is €6 for one day (24 hours) or €13.50 for three days (72 hours). Only applies to the train.

The train stations of Lisbon

Lisbon has several train stations, and depending on your destination you will have to go to one or the other. The big advantage, however, is that all train and bus stations are connected to each other by the subway.

The train stations that you will most often use are Oriente or Sete Rios and Santa Apolonia.

The bus station mainly served by the Rede Expressos line (has bus connections throughout the country) is Sete Rios and Oriente (many trains also depart from there).

Here are the metro stations and the main train or bus stations in Lisbon:.

  • Estação do Oriente: Metro Station Estação Oriente (Red Line)
  • Estação and rodoviária Sete Rios: Metro station Estação Jardim Botânico (Blue Line)
  • Estação Entre Campos: Metro Station Entre Campos (Yellow or Gray Line)
  • Estação Santa Apolónia: Metro Station Santa Apolônia (Blue Line)
  • Estação do Rossio: Metro Station Rossio (Green Line)
  • Rodoviária do Campo Grande: Metro Station Campo Grande (Green or Yellow Line)
  • Cais de Sodre: Metro station Cais de Sodre (green line)

Jardim do Torrel - Lissabon

The location of Lisbon's train and bus stations

Estação Oriente 

Combination of rail, subway and bus connections  

Die Estação Oriente, auch als Gare do Oriente bekannt, ist ein zentrales Verkehrsbauwerk in Lissabon, der Hauptstadt Portugals. Sie befindet sich im Parque das Nações, dem Gelände, das für die Weltausstellung Expo 98 erschlossen wurde, und ist ein bedeutendes Beispiel zeitgenössischer Architektur. Das Design stammt von dem spanischen Architekten Santiago Calatrava und zeichnet sich durch seine futuristischen Linien und die Strukturierung, die an ein Baumgeäst erinnert, aus.

Die Estação Oriente ist einer der wichtigsten Verkehrsknotenpunkte Lissabons und spielt eine entscheidende Rolle sowohl im regionalen als auch im nationalen Bahnverkehr. Die Station bietet Anschlüsse an die Linien des städtischen Nahverkehrs sowie an die regionalen und überregionalen Zugverbindungen. Ferner starten und enden hier Züge der portugiesischen Staatsbahn Comboios de Portugal, einschließlich des Hochgeschwindigkeitszugs Alfa Pendular, der Lissabon mit anderen großen Städten Portugals wie Porto oder Faro verbindet.

Neben den Bahnverbindungen dient die Estação Oriente auch als Drehkreuz für Busse und U-Bahnen. Die angeschlossene Metro-Station Oriente ist Teil der Roten Linie (Linha Vermelha), die von São Sebastião bis zum Flughafen Lissabon führt und somit schnelle Verbindungen zum internationalen Flughafen Humberto Delgado bietet.

Die Kombination von Eisenbahn-, U-Bahn- und Busverbindungen macht die Estação Oriente zu einem unverzichtbaren Verkehrsknotenpunkt für Touristen und Einheimische gleichermaßen und stellt eine essentielle Komponente des öffentlichen Verkehrsnetzes in Lissabon dar.

Estação Santa Apolónia

Terminal for national and international trains

The Estação Santa Apolónia is the oldest train station in Lisbon and is located in the eastern part of the city, right on the banks of the Tagus River. It was put into operation in 1865 and has served as a central railway junction in Portugal's long-distance transport network ever since.

Santa Apolónia is an important terminal for national and international trains . From here you can reach numerous destinations throughout the country. The station is the Lisbon starting point for the Alfa Pendular and Intercidades trains serving major Portuguese cities such as Porto, Coimbra and Faro. There are also night trains that connect Lisbon with Madrid and other cities in Spain.

The station is clearly structured and clearly laid out, which makes orientation easier for travelers. In addition to train connections, Estação Santa Apolónia offers connections to the local bus network and taxi ranks. There is also a subway station in the immediate vicinity; the Blue Line (Linha Azul) leads from here to the city center and to other transfer options in the Lisbon subway network.

Despite the modernizations, Santa Apolónia has retained its historic charm and is considered a cultural landmark of the city.

Rossio train station

Estação Sete Rios 

Long-distance bus connections & regional trains and suburban trains

The Estação Sete Rios is an important multimodal transport hub in Lisbon, particularly known for its bus and long-distance bus connections .

Sete Rios serves as one of the city's central bus stations and is the main location for national and international bus routes. Long- distance bus connections to and from Porto, Faro or international destinations such as Madrid or Paris are handled via the Jardim Zoológico terminal .

In addition to its function as a bus station, the Estação Sete Rios also includes a train station of the Portuguese railway company Comboios de Portugal (CP). Regional and suburban trains (Linha de Sintra) run from here , connecting Lisbon with the western suburbs and cities such as Sintra.

Sete Rios also plays a major role in urban transport , as there is a metro station on the Blue Line (Linha Azul) called " Jardim Zoológico " here, which allows a quick connection to the city center and other parts of the city. Near the complex is also the Lisbon Zoological Garden, which gives its name to the metro and bus station.

The architectural design of Estação Sete Rios is functional to ensure the smooth transit of travelers. 

Estação Entrecampos 

The Estação Entrecampos is a centrally located train station in Lisbon, named after the Entrecampos district. The station is located between the districts of Campo Pequeno and Sete Rios and serves as an important transport hub for local and long-distance trains in the Portuguese capital.

In rail traffic, Entrecampos acts as a stopover for many of the main lines , including the regional trains of the Linha de Sintra and the Linha do Oeste, as well as for national long-distance trains, including the Alfa Pendular and Intercidades high-speed trains. These provide connections to a variety of destinations across the country such as Porto, Coimbra, Faro and others.

In addition, Entrecampos train station also offers connections to Lisbon's public transport network. The Metro Line - Yellow Line (Linha Amarela), which runs through the Estação de Entrecampos, connects the place with other parts of the city, thus facilitating commuter and tourist traffic. There are also buses and taxi ranks in the surrounding area, which complements the connection to other urban areas.

Estação do Rossio

The Estação do Rossio , also known as Rossio Train Station, is one of the most famous and historically significant train stations in Lisbon. It is located in the city center, more precisely in the Baixa district , near the Rossio square of the same name, which is considered one of the main squares in the city.

The station was built in the 19th century and officially opened in 1887. It is a striking example of Neo-Manueline architecture, a style that harkens back to the Gothic traditions of the Age of Discoveries in Portugal. The characteristic facade and the magnificent decorations make the station an architectural jewel and a tourist attraction.

The Estação do Rossio serves as the terminus for the suburban trains of the Linha de Sintra , which connects the capital with the historic city of Sintra, known for its picturesque landscapes, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The train connections include both regular commuter services and trains that are primarily used by tourists to explore the Lisbon area.

In terms of public transport, Rossio train station does not have a direct metro connection within the building. However, the metro stations Restauradores (Blue Line) and Baixa-Chiado (Blue and Green Lines) are in the immediate vicinity and therefore provide good connections to the Lisbon metro network.

Lisbon  old town and river Tagus

Bahnhof Cais do Sodré  

Regional train, driving, tram, metro, buses

Cais do Sodré train station is a centrally located transport hub in Lisbon, Portugal's capital. It is located near the banks of the Tagus River , in the eponymous district of Cais do Sodré. This area is known for its lively atmosphere, with many bars, restaurants and nightclubs as well as proximity to the Contemporary Art Center and the Mercado da Ribeira, a popular market and food court.

Location: Cais do Sodré is just a few minutes walk from the central square, Praça do Comércio, and the Baixa , the heart of the city. Due to its central location, it is easily accessible and serves as an important starting point for both locals and tourists.

Important connections:

  • Train connections: From Cais do Sodré, travelers can take the Linha de Cascais (to the beaches) trains, which run along the coast and reach places such as the picturesque town of Cascais and Estoril, with its beaches and casinos.
  • Metro: The train station is also a major metro station on the Green Line (Linha Verde), which passes through important tourist and business areas of the city, including Martim Moniz, Baixa-Chiado and Campo Grande.
  • Tram and Bus: Cais do Sodré is a major hub for various tram and bus lines, including the famous tram line 15E, which goes to the Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) and the Belém Tower.
  • Ferries: In addition, there are docks for ferries that cross the Tagus River and allow connection to the suburbs on the south side of the river, such as Almada and Cacilhas.

Services and Amenities: The station has services such as ticket sales points, information desks, contemporary waiting rooms, shops, cafes and is often a venue for street artists and musicians, which contributes to the station's lively environment.

The regional trains in the greater Lisbon area

Train connection Lisbon to Cascais

The Cascais Line is a railway connection between the municipalities of Lisbon, Oeiras and Cascais in Portugal. The line starts in Lisbon at Cais do Sodré station and ends at Cascais station, near the center. Cascais is 33 km from Lisbon and is easily reached by train. In this case it departs from Cais do Sodré train station and the journey takes 35 minutes and costs around €2 each way. Like Sintra, Cascais is also the final station, so it is very easy to get to. If the train goes via Estoril, you can visit both cities at once.

Linha de Cascais
Linha de Cascais

Train connection Lisbon to Sintra

The Sintra Line is a railway connection between the cities of Lisbon and Sintra in Portugal. It is one of the most important railway infrastructures of the Greater Lisbon area, ensuring the connections of the Lisbon/Amadora/Sintra corridor. The railway between Lisbon and Sintra was one of the first to be built in Portugal.

Sintra is very close to Lisbon, only 40 km away. The best way to get there is by train from Rossio train station.

The return journey costs €4.25 and takes approximately 40 minutes. Since this is a city train, it stops several times along the way, but since Sintra is the last station, don't worry about where to get off.

Train connection across the Tejo River (southbound - margen Sul)

Fertagus is a Portuguese company belonging to the Barraqueiro Group. It operates a suburban railway provided by the Portuguese state between the 54 km long Roma-Areeiro station in Lisbon and Setúbal station. This service crosses the 25 de Abril Bridge and connects stations on the south bank of the Tagus to Setubal.