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Estoril to Sintra and the number 418 bus

Sintra is a delightful and historic Portuguese town that makes for an enjoyable day trip from Estoril. Sintra has numerous fascinating tourist attractions, which include an ancient castle, lavish palaces and a charming town centre.

For a full guide to Sintra, please click here. Estoril is connected to Sintra by a regular bus service, and this bus route makes it possible to visit Sintra as a day trip from Estoril. This guide will provide details of the Estoril-Sintra bus service and includes fares, links to timetables and bus station information. .

town centre of Sintra

The town centre of Sintra

Estoril to Sintra by Public transport

Sintra lies 20km north of Estoril and is served by both rail and road public transport options. The train is impractical as a connection is required in Lisbon and the journey time is twice the length of the bus services.

Pena Palace in Sintra

The beautiful Pena Palace in Sintra

It is not recommend to drive to Sintra as there is very limited car parking and, during the peak season, there is an almost constant traffic jam with tourists looking for car parking spaces. Bus travel is the recommend means of travel from Estoril to Sintra, and Portuguese buses are clean, safe and an inexpensive means to travel.

Estoril Sintra Bus 418

The Estoril to Sintra bus service is the number 418 route and is operated by the Scotturb bus company. The bus ride from Estoril to Sintra takes approximately 30 minutes. A single bus ticket costs €4.10 and a return is the price of two singles (€8. 20) and the ticket is purchased from the bus driver. There is an unlimited bus travel ticket which costs €12.00 and is good for tourists who are also planning to catch the 434 Sintra tourist bus.

Estoril coastline

The Estoril coastline

The 418 bus does not have regular departure times but there is approximately one service every hour with fewer departures at the weekend. For the latest timetable please see the Scotturb website (which is in Portuguese):

Note: The above link opens a new window. To navigate to the 418 bus timetable click on the “418 - Estoril Estação - Sintra Estação” tab. "Dias úteis" means Monday to Friday, "Sábados" is Saturday and "Domingos" means Sunday.

Bus Station Information

Neither Estoril nor Sintra have conventional bus stations as there are so few bus routes. The 418 bus service departs from outside Estoril train station and terminates at Sintra train station. Sintra train station is also the location to connect to the 434 Sintra tourist bus.

Estoril Casino

Estoril Casino

The Sintra 434 Bus

The 434 bus route connects Sintra train station, the historic centre and then climbs into the hills to the Moors castle and Pena Palace. It is a pleasant 1km walk from Sintra train station to the historic centre but a very steep climb to the Pena Palace and most tourists catch the bus. The Sintra 434 tourist bus costs €5.00. Sintra gets very busy during the summer months and it is advisable to start the day trip early in the day and avoid the weekends, when the town is most crowded.

The 403 Bus - Cascais to Sintra bus route

There is a second, more scenic bus route that connects Cascais to Sintra. The number 403 bus follows the coastline and passes the Cabo da Roca cliffs before climbing into the hills of the Serra de Sintra. The Cabo da Roca headland is the most westerly point of mainland Europe and is a region is of dramatic landscapes.

Cabo da Roca cliffs

The Cabo da Roca coastline of massive cliffs

Cabo da Roca is a beautiful place to watch sunset but unfortunately the bus times do not allow for this and there is an hour wait between bus services. Cascais bus station is only a 20 minute walk from Estoril train station and is located beneath the main shopping mall in Cascais.

Estoril to Sintra Driving

Do not consider driving from Estoril to Sintra (town) as it is notoriously difficult to find car parking spaces and at the weekends tourists clog the small roads. The narrow roads that climb the Serra de Sintra hills were never constructed for modern traffic and parking is very limited close to the Pena Palace and Moorish castle.

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