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Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, & Cascais Daytrip

Duration: 8 hours
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Discover the beauty and history of Sintra, its romantic Pena Palace, and the stunning coastlines of Cabo da Roca and Cascais on a full-day trip from…

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5 best day trips from Lisbon

Day trip to Sintra

The scenic city of Sintra is one of the most common day trips from Lisbon, and for good reason. This picturesque city is well known for the gorgeous castles and palaces that dot the area, as well as its many parks and gardens. Must-see attractions include the striking Pena National Palace, the medieval Castle of the Moors, and of course the Sintra National Palace.

How far is Sintra from Lisbon?

The 30 kilometers (18 miles) between Lisbon and Sintra are quick and easy to traverse. Driving takes an average of just 30 minutes, though traffic can increase this up to two hours at times. The two train routes from Lisbon take an average of 40-50 minutes.

Day trip to Cascais

Live like royalty on a day trip to the gorgeous seaside retreat of Cascais. Once the summer residence of King Luis I of Portugal, other 19th-century European royals joined in, contributing to its luxurious reputation. The city is hugely popular for its stunning scenery, sandy beaches, and many other attractions. Travelers can check out the Praia da Ribeira, the Cascais Citadel Palace, and the vista point of Boca de Inferno.

How far is Cascais from Lisbon?

Cascais is located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Lisbon. The trip takes around 40 minutes by car or by train. Buses usually take about an hour longer.

Day trip to Obidos

Exploring the medieval walled town of Obidos is a great way to spend a day away from Lisbon. Stroll the picturesque cobblestone streets of the hilltop city to find some impressive photo ops. The old city walls, Obidos Castle, and the Church of Santa Maria are all favored spots to see. During summer, the town travels back in time with its annual Medieval Festival.

How far is Obidos from Lisbon?

You can travel the 84 kilometers (52 miles) to Obidos from Lisbon in a little over an hour by car or express bus. The train is the slowest option transportation option, making your trip about two and a half hours.

Day trip to Évora

Travel back in time on a day trip from Lisbon to the ancient city of Évora. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Évora’s history dates back over 5,000 years. Because of its storied past, museums and monuments are all over the city. History buffs will love learning about places like the Roman Temple with its graceful columns, the Gothic Cathedral of Évora, the ossuary of Igreja de São Francisco, and so many more.

How far is Évora from Lisbon?

It will take around 90 minutes to travel the 135 kilometers east to Évora by car. By train or bus it should take close to two hours.

Day trip to Porto

Get to know the second-largest city in Portugal on a trip to Porto. Though the city is probably best-known for its sweet Port wine, there is plenty more to this city on the Douro River. With an abundance of fascinating sights across the city, travelers can climb the 225 steps of the Clérigos tower for sweeping views of the city, tour the commanding Porto Cathedral, or admire the golden interiors of the Church of São Francisco. Harry Potter fans should absolutely visit the unbelievable Lello Bookstore to climb the striking red steps said to have inspired the staircases of Hogwarts.

How far is Porto from Lisbon?

Plan ahead for the journey of 312 kilometers (194 miles) to Porto, as it will take around three hours to get there on the road or by train.

Lisbon day trip FAQ

What are the best transportation options for my day trip?

If you’re trying to decide the best way to get to your day trip, Lisbon and the surrounding areas have several transportation options.

Lisbon day trips by train

There is a good and reliable rail network all over Portugal, making train travel a viable option for most day trips. In Lisbon, the primary stations for out of town trips are Santa Apolonia, Oriente, and Cais do Sodré.

Lisbon day trips by bus

As Portugal is such a small country, day trips by bus are usually a smart option. The bus tends to cost less than the train and frequently doesn’t take much more time.

Lisbon day trips by car

Renting a car is always an excellent way to day trip, especially to take in the beauty of Portugal. A private vehicle allows you to go where you want when you want without skipping anything on your list. Though a car gives you the freedom to roam wherever you please, keep in mind that traffic and parking can be significant issues in popular destinations.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

Taking a guided tour is almost always the most fun and convenient option for a day trip. Get to know fellow travelers and learn interesting facts and cultural information that may not be in a guide book. Additionally, many guided tours provide you with transportation and peace of mind that you will always get where you’re trying to go.


What should I pack for my day trip?

The time of year you travel and your destination are the two biggest factors in determining what to bring with you for the day. If you’re headed to the beach, swimwear, a towel, and sunscreen are imperative. During winter, the chance of rain is pretty high in Portugal, so bring a raincoat or umbrella.


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Wonderful day on Private Tour to Sintra & Cascais

We spent a full day with Francisco on a tour from Lisbon to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril. Because we wanted to see 3 palaces - Pena, Regaleiro and Moors - along with Hells Mouth & Cabo da Roca, Francisco picked us up at 8:30AM from our hotel. He knew the best way to plan our day in order to see all we wanted, even though this was an ambitious schedule. Fransicso was an excellent driver, and knew the tricks to find parking at each location. Because of this we had time to visit all the places we wanted. His advice for each visit and knowledge of all the locations made the day so much more interesting than if we had visited alone. Fransisco was full of information on Portugal, history and current events and answered all our questions. On top of that, he was such a really nice person, very considerate and respectful. We couldn't have enjoyed the day more. So glad he was our guide. It was a long and busy day, but worth it and it remains one of the highlights of our trip to Porfugal.

A must see with slight improvement of the service

It was fascinating what we saw during the tour. Sintra is beautiful small town with narrow streets and nice shops. Castles are beautiful, especially Quinta de Regaleira with all its surrounding. Capo da Roca is magic, you can see the power of the ocean, and beautiful lighthouse. Cascais is nice Mediterranian town. All in all this tour is a must if you are in Portugal or Lisbon. The only thing that I didn't like is that it was said that the tour will be in English, but the gentleman who was our guide was a driver at same time, speaking in Italian (because a couple from Italy) and English (for the rest of us, five people). The gentleman, that was our guide, is a great guy, but it is not possible to be fully dedicated to tourists if you are thinking where to park a mini-van, to get out of a traffic jam or so. Additionaly, we could hear more about places we visited if the tour was in one language, as it was stated in the reservation.

Our guide, John, was from Sintra and was exceptional!

Having a private and extremely knowledgeable guide was definitely the way to cover Sintra and Cascais. I can’t say enough about our guide who was called John. He was one in a million. If you are considering a similar trip ask for him. His luxury Peugeot van made travelling in style. He taught us so much we would have had no way of knowing otherwise. He took exceptional care of my elderly mother. He was totally professional in every way possible. He spent time asking us at the beginning of the day about our preferences, how we wanted to spend the day, what our major interests were etc. And totally customized the tour accordingly. We couldn’t have been happier. Thank you so much John! Jane Lennon from Canada.

Sintra and Cascais Full Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Jane, 10/06/2019

Amazing experience with an excellent guide!

Alex was a great guide! Her approach is very personable. She spent enough time with us To explain the history behind all of the places we got to see without being overbearing. We had enough time on our own to explore and enjoy the sights. Her general knowledge of the area was great and insightful. Looking forward to doing more tours with her!

Sintra UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour Reviewed by Steven, 10/19/2019

Excelent opportunity to visit great places in one day!

In general tour is very good, driver/guide is very friendly, kind and sympatic young Manuel. We would extend time we spend in Sintra old town in exchange for not so necessary photo opportunity of Pena palace. Quinta de Regaleria is a true jewel of Sintra and we highly recommend it.

From Lisbon: Sintra and Cabo da Roca Tour Reviewed by Daniela, 10/10/2019