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Lisbon Airport to Estoril

Estoril is a sophisticated and trendy beach resort that is situated along the stunning Lisbon coastline. The Estoril region is served by Lisbon airport, which is the main entry point for most visitors to Portugal. Click here for a guide to Lisbon airport. Lisbon airport is 30km to the east of Estoril, and the route is served by regular and inexpensive public transport. This guide will provide an overview of travelling from Lisbon airport to Estoril by public transport.

Lisbon Airport to Estoril Overview

Lisbon airport is located within the city limits, only 8km north of the historic downtown area of Baixa. The journey from Lisbon Airport to Estoril by public transport is divided into two distinct sections. The first stage of the journey is from the airport to the Cais do Sodré train station while the second stage is from Lisbon to Estoril by train.

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Lisbon metro is safe, clean and inexpensive

There are multiple options for the first stage of the journey and it is possible to travel via the metro, bus or to hire a taxi. The journey takes around an hour (depending on connections) and the entire ticket price is less than €5.00 for the non-taxi route. The following section explains in detail both stages of the journey to Estoril.

Lisbon Airport to Cais do Sodré Train Station

Cais do Sodré is the departure station for the Lisbon to Estoril railway, which terminates in Cascais. The station lies just west of the tourist district of Baixa, on the banks of the Tagus River. To reach the station from the airport visitors can choose either to take the metro or the special bus service called the Aerobus. For those visitors in a hurry a taxi can be hired but taxis departing from the airport are notorious for over-charging, either by not using the meter or by adding additional bag fees.

Cais do Sodre railway station

The Cais do Sodré railway station in Lisbon

The Aerobus provides a direct service from Lisbon airport to the Cais do Sodré station, which passes through the Baixa district. A single ticket costs €3.50 and allows for unlimited travel on all of Lisbon's buses for 24 hours. There is an Aerobus departure every 20 minutes and services operate between 7:30 and 22:30. The bus bay is clearly marked outside the arrivals hall. The main advantage of the Aerobus is that the service is direct, something convenient if you are carrying heavy luggage.

The metro journey from the airport to the station requires a connection and change of platform at Alameda metro station. The airport is on the red metro line, and Cais do Sodré is the final stop on the green metro line. The connection at Alameda requires a walk of approximately 200 meters, with two sets of stairs.

The metro ticket costs €1.40 and for the initial journey a Viva Viagem reusable card must be purchased for an additional €0.50. A one day unlimited bus, metro and tram ticket costs €6.00, but it's not cost effective for this single journey as the Estoril train is not included. Click here for a guide to Lisbon's metro network.


A taxi ride is the fastest method to reach Cais do Sodré and is suitable for groups or families. Lisbon taxis are inexpensive when compared to the rest of Europe, but are notorious for fleecing tourist on airport fares. A single journey to the station should cost around €7-€10 Euro, plus €1.50 for luggage (not per piece of luggage). Always check that the meter is on before leaving the airport, or at least having an agreed price. Click here for a guide to Lisbon's taxis.

Lisbon To Estoril by Train

The second stage of the journey from Lisbon airport to Estoril is via the Lisbon Cascais railway. Estoril is the third from last station, being the resort town of Cascais the final station on the railway. The train service is regular and as with all public transport, inexpensive. The train is a regional service and tickets cannot be pre-booked but there are always plenty of seats, with numerous departures during day light hours.

Estoril train

The Lisbon to Estoril train and railway

The journey from Lisbon to Estoril requires a zone four ticket, which costs €2.15/€1.10 (adult/child) and is charged to the Viva Viagem (€0.50 initial purchase). Tickets must be purchased before boarding the train, either from the ticket office or from the automated ticket machines, which have English instructions. During day light hours there is a service every 20 minutes and the last trains depart Lisbon at 12:00, 00:30 and 01:00am. The train journey to Estoril follows the attractive coastline and passes through the pretty Belém district provides wonderful views over the Rio Tejo estuary.

Lisbon Airport to Estoril by Taxi

A taxi from Lisbon airport to Estoril is an expensive means of travel, as Estoril is outside of the city limits. If you are considering using a taxi, it is advisable to pre-book the airport transfer before arriving in Portugal.

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Airport transfers provide convenience, especially when travelling as a large group with children. The journey from Lisbon airport to Estoril takes about 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

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The Best Guide to Estoril