Lisbon Airport to Estoril
Estoril is a sophisticated and stylish beach resort that is situated along the beautiful Lisbon coastline. The main international airport of central Portugal is Lisbon airport and for a guide to this busy airport please click here. Lisbon airport is 30km to the east of Estoril, and a pre-booked transfer will cost between €40-50 whereas a taxi hired from the arrivals lounge will be significantly more, at around €70. A much cheaper option is to use public transport and this journey is relatively easy, requiring two metro connections and one train journey. This guide will provide a detailed description of how to travel from Lisbon airport to Estoril by public transport.
• Lisbon Airport to Estoril Overview
Lisbon airport is located within the city limits, and is only 8km north of the historic and popular tourist district of Baixa. Estoril is connected to Lisbon by the Cascais regional railway, and this departs from the Cais do Sodré train station. The journey from Lisbon Airport to Estoril by public transport is divided into two distinct sections; the first stage of the route is from the airport to the Cais do Sodré train station while the second stage is from Lisbon to Estoril by train. The entire journey to Estoril takes between 60-90 minutes, depending on connections and the total cost is less than €6.00. 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 train station for the Lisbon to Cascais railway, which serves all of the resort towns of the Lisbon coastline, including Estoril. The Cais do Sodré station is to west of the central Lisbon, and to travel there from the airport requires either the metro, a specialist bus service called the Aerobus or a taxi ride. We prefer taking the metro as it is modern, reliable and the cheapest option, but a connection is required and this is inconvenient if traveling with bulky or heavy luggage.
By metro, the airport is the first station on the red metro line while Cais do Sodré is the final stop on the green metro line, and the change of lines is required at Alameda metro station. This connection at Alameda has a walk of approximately 200 meters, with two sets of stairs – there are lifts. The metro ticket costs €1.45 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 €6.15, but it's not cost effective for this single journey as the Estoril train is not included.
The Aerobus provides a direct bus service from Lisbon airport to Cais do Sodré train station, via 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 and tickets are purchased from the driver. The main advantage of the Aerobus is that the service is direct to Cais do Sodré, and is useful if transporting heavy luggage.
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 €10-€15 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.
• Lisbon To Estoril by Train
The second stage of the journey is the relaxing and scenic train ride from Lisbon to Estoril. The single train fare costs €2.20/€1.10 (adult/child) and the ticket is charged to the Viva Viagem reusable card. This card can be used for both the metro and train journeys but it can only store fares of one type. There are train departures approximately every 20 minutes during day light hours and the journey takes between 30-40 minutes. The latest train timetable can be viewed on the Comboios de Portugal (CP) website (click here).
The Estoril train is a regional service therefore tickets cannot be pre-booked, but there is no need as there are always plenty of seats. Tickets must be purchased before boarding the train, either from the ticket office or from the automated ticket machines, these have English instructions. The train journey to Estoril is very scenic as it passes through the pretty Belém district and then along the coastline providing 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. 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.
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 located 25km to the west of Lisbon and both locations are connected by a reliable and inexpensive train service. This guide will explain in detail how to travel from Lisbon to Estoril by train, including ticket prices, links to 2017 timetables and station information.
• 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 between Cascais and Lisbon and are situated on the northern side of the Tagus estuary. The town of Estoril is 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, and this serves the area between Cascais and Estoril. The Cascais-Lisbon railway is operated by Comboios de Portugal, often shortened to CP, which is the national train operator of Portugal.
• Estoril Train Fares
The train journey from Lisbon to Estoril passes through four fare stages, and the single fare is €2.20/€1.10 (adult/child). There are no return tickets on the Estoril railway, and the return price is the cost of two singles (€4.40/€2.20). The overly complicated CP webpage that details the fares can be found here.
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 Lisbon to Estoril train ticket is not included in the 24-hour unlimited public transport ticket, this 24hour ticket is great value when exploring Lisbon and is purchased for €6 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 be purchased from the CP website or pre-booked. There is no requirement to pre-book as seats are always available and there is sufficient space for bulky luggage. Tickets must be purchased before boarding the train and there are barriers between the station concourse and the platforms. The ticket machines are often much quicker than queuing for the ticket office and all machines have instructions in multiple languages, including English.
• Train Timetable
The train journey takes between 30 and 40 minutes depending on the number of stops and 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 Feb 2017). For the full timetable please see the CP website here.
• 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. Estoril train station is centrally located on the edge of the beach and close to the grounds of the casino. Estoril station is very small but it does have a ticket office and ticket machines. All of Estoril bus services depart from outside the train station and there are always taxis waiting in the same area.
• 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, but never overly display money or other expensive items, which may entice pickpockets (who are always non-Portuguese). When travelling late at night it is advisable sit close to other passengers, as there have been reports of late night robberies on lone travellers (these are never during the day).
The railway terminates in the pretty and traditional fishing town of 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 Lisbon is a nightmare place to drive; with limited signage, erratic drivers and no parking. If heading from Estoril into Lisbon take the train.