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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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Wow! You need to do this, it’s all good and well finding your own way to Pena palace but there is just an incredible amount of symbolism used throughout the architectural complex which was explained thoroughly by our exceedingly knowledge tour guide. Her English was impeccable and her knowledge of Portuguese history was incredible! I have learned so much from this culturally enriching experience. Additionally we were able to visit 3 other key places in sintra, Costa da roca and cascais, tasting the best local gelatos and pastries. I don’t see any other way of visiting these places other than this. Great value for money totally worth every penny! Thank you Paula for your thorough explanations and dedication to our joy, we weren’t the most punctual group when it came to rendezvous. But she was totally understanding that we wanted to explore. But given the fact she had to do this everyday she was brilliant and so patient. Thank you so much!

Andre was a delight to tour with. He really made us all feel super comfortable on the trip and gave explanations and guided tours of all the places (especially those that are described as being optional on the tour, like the Quinta da Regaleira and Pena Palace). He also made extra stops along the way to show us places that weren’t even part of the itinerary. I can only highly recommend this trip - you get so much for how much you pay, especially in comparison with the other tours offered. Bear in mind that with all the bonuses, the tour takes more than 8 hours, but that just demonstrates how dedicated and passionate Andre is about making sure you experience as much as you can in one day. He is also very flexible and adapts to what you want to see or need on the tour. אנדרה היה תענוג לסיור איתו. בהחלט ממליץ לכולם לבחור את הסיור הזה כפי שאתה זוכה לראות את כל הנקודות החשובות ביום אחד בלבד. בסך הכל חוויה נפלאה.

Patrick was a great guide. Very professional and informative. We enjoyed his company. The tour venue was easy to find. The initial induction was easy but we had done segway tours before. We covered an amazing amount of ground in the time and saw everything we wanted to see all around the old district. Lots of photo stops. The only way to really see Alfama district because it's so incredibly hilly and it was made effortless on the segway

Segway Tour of Alfama: Lisbon Reviewed by Sandra-Alan, 10/10/2020

This was a great tour and really good to give you a glimpse of places outside of Lisbon. It was worth the early start to see Sintra before it gets too busy. Our guide, Reneta was very knowledgeable and friendly and was really easy-going. We could ask questions and chat as well as have the formal tour. It was well paced and enough time was given in each of the places visited although a little more time in Cascais may have been nice.

This tour is a great chance to see those areas of the Lisbon suburbs, where you can't easily get to by public transport. During this trip you're going to have stunning views, passing by tiny villages, have a lunch in a small pretty hidden town, get inspiration and ideas for your next days, and of course taste a very local wine. Was awesome!