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5 best day trips from Lisbon

Day trip to Sintra

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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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What people are saying about Lisbon

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 9,344 reviews

Absolutely great trip. We really loved this, plenty of wine and snacks for the duration of the trip. The guys were lovely and very knowledgeable. Would thoroughly recommend and will tell all my friends and family to do this. Very relaxing. Would recommend taking a jumper or jacket as once the sun has set it can feel a bit breezy but they did give out blankets too. Thank you for a fabulous experience

Amazing tour! The guides are very kind and fun. They talk to us about a lot of interesting things about the city. During the trip, they offer an amazing Portuguese green wine. For the people who want a different view of the city, this is perfect. I did it with my girlfriend and is a lot of romantic. This was the best sunset we saw, we love.

Great experience! Our boat was large and the guides were a lot of help with serving us wine and helping us take pictures at sunset. My friends and I had an awesome time.

Well organised. Friendly and helpful staffs. Meeting point in a good and easy location. Stunning views. Highly recommended.

Fabulous evening sail with my daughter. Highly recommend this peaceful activity, especially at sunset.