Lisbon to Estoril by Train
Estoril is a popular holiday destination that boasts wonderful beaches, fine restaurants and the largest casino in Portugal. Estoril is situated 25km to the west of Lisbon and both towns are connected by a reliable and inexpensive train service. This guide will explain in detail how to travel from Lisbon to Estoril by train and includes ticket prices, links to timetables and station information. For a guide about traveling from Lisbon airport to Estoril, please click here.
The Lisbon to Estoril train
Estoril-Lisbon Train Overview
Estoril is connected to Lisbon by the Cascais-Lisbon regional railway. This railway serves all of the towns and beaches that lie on the northern side of the Tagus estuary, between Cascais and Lisbon. Estoril is served the third from last station (which is called Estoril) and this is the station to disembark for the casino. There is a second station in Estoril, called Monte Estoril, that serves the area between Cascais and Estoril.
Estoril Train Fares
The train journey from Lisbon to Estoril requires a four zone ticket and the single fare is €2.15/€1.10 (adult/child). There are no return tickets on the Estoril railway and a return is the price of two singles (€4.30/€2.20).
The Cais do Sodré railway station in Lisbon
All of these tickets are charged to the re-usable Viva Viagem card, which is initially purchased for €0.50. The Viva Viagem card is used for the Lisbon metro, bus and tram services but it can only be loaded with one type of ticket; it cannot store both train and metro tickets.
The beach of Estoril
The Lisbon to Estoril train ticket is not included in the 24-hour unlimited public transport ticket (€6 purchased from any Lisbon metro station). There is a 24-hour unlimited urban-railway ticket for €6.45 but this does not include the public transport in Lisbon (metro/bus/tram).
The Lisbon to Estoril railway is a regional train service, therefore tickets cannot pre booked and are purchased on the day of travel. There is no need to pre-book as there are always seats available and there is sufficient space for luggage. Tickets must be purchased before boarding the train and there are barriers between the station concourse and the platforms.
The train journey takes between 30 and 40 minutes depending on the number of stops. During daylight hours there is a departure every 20 minutes. The last trains of the night depart from both ends of the line (Cascais and Lisbon) at 0:30am, 1:00am and 1:30am (correct at summer 2016). For the full timetable please see the CP website:
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Lisbon and Estoril train Station Information
The train to Estoril departs Lisbon from the Cais do Sodré train station. This train station is to the west of central Lisbon and is connected to the green metro line by the Cais do Sodré metro station. The metro and train station are part of the same complex and it is very easy to navigate around, in the station there are escalators and lifts. Estoril train station is centrally located between the beach and the grounds of the casino. Estoril station is very small but it does have a ticket office and ticket machines.
The trains to Estoril in Cais do Sodré train station
Further Train Information
The Estoril to Lisbon railway is a busy train line serving both commuters and beach goers. The train line is no more dangerous than in any other big city, never overly display cash or expensive items which may entice (always foreign) pick pockets. It is advisable late at night to sit close to other passengers as there have been reports of late night robberies (these are never during the day).
The railway terminates in the pretty town of fishing town Cascais, which is about a 20-minute walk from Estoril. A pleasant activity while Estoril is walking from Estoril to Cascais along the beach front promenade and catching the train from Cascais. Cascais train station is in the same fare zone as Estoril so the return ticket is valid. This railway also connects Estoril with the best beach of the region, the Praia de Carcavelos.
Lisbon to Estoril by Car
Estoril is 25 km to the west of Lisbon and is connected by a good road network. Driving to Estoril from Lisbon is a viable option for those visitors who have a rental car, as Estoril has significantly more car parking spaces than Lisbon or Cascais.
There are two routes from Lisbon to Estoril, the N6 follows the coast and is much more scenic while the A5 is the main expressway and significantly faster. For visitors who may be considering driving from Estoril into Lisbon should drop the idea immediately. Central and downtown Lisbon is a nightmare place to drive; with limited signage, erratic drivers and no parking. If heading from Estoril into Lisbon take the train.