Pena Palace from a Drone

How To Get To Sintra From Lisbon

The Best And Quickest Guide For Those Who Are Planning To Go To Sintra From Lisbon ​👇

People often ask me, when they are booking tours with me, what’s the best way to get to Sintra?

The answer is by train 🚂

Don’t think twice about it, especially if you have a car.

There is a train that runs from Rossio Train Station, which is in the center of Lisbon, to Sintra.

Sintra is the last stop so there is no mistake 😊

It only costs 2,30€ per person and takes 40 min.

By car it can take 30 min when there is no traffic.

“So why not use a car Daniel?” 🤓

It’s because Sintra is not car friendly.

Almost all the roads are one way and if you miss the entrance you can take 20 min to come back to the same spot.

There is another thing 👇

It is forbidden for private cars to drive to Pena Palace 🙅‍♂️🚘

Some people still do it anyway, but there is a chance of encountering police along the way 👮‍♂️ or most of the time you won’t be able to find a parking spot.

Alternatively, you can park your car in the village and walk or take a tuk tuk 🛺 the rest of the way.

Either way, you have to deal with parking meters (the maximum time a car can be parked in most parking spots is 4 hours) and not finding a place to park during high season.

Save your worries, relax, and take the train 😌

At the end of the day, that’s why you’re traveling, right? 😉

PS: Just make sure you take the Rossio train back to Lisbon (There is another one that goes to Oriente)

How to Get To Pena Palace

Best way to get to Pena Palace – An honest guide by a local tour guide.

With more than 4 years of experience being a tour guide in Sintra, here are all the ways to reach Pena Palace from the train station of Sintra or the village of Sintra:

Foremost, let me explain that the palace is at the top of the mountain.

There are many ways to reach Pena Palace and I’ll try to explain the pros and cons of each of them:

  • Uber: The cheapest

If you’re really on a tight budget and want to get there quickly, Uber is the right option.

Cost: 4-6€

  • 434 Scotturb Bus: the crowded

Yes, very very very crowded, especially in the high season.

In my opinion, there’s nothing positive about it.

The bus has long lines of people waiting to board.

There are many people inside the bus.

Expect to have a waiting time with big lines to go down as well.

If you like to go regular and follow the crowds this is for you.

The purpose of this post is not to criticize it.

If you go to Google and search for Scotturb, you’ll see they have a 1.3 rating.

Many of the reviews say “DO NOT USE”

It is cheap? Not that much. 11,5€ per person, all day ticket hop-on-hop-off.

  • Taxi: Very similar to Uber, but more expensive.

Around 10€

  • Private car: DON’T!

It’s forbidden for private cars to drive up. There aren’t always police on the road, so many tourists drive anyway with their cars up, but not every time they find a parking space.

There is a possibility that you will be fined or told by the police to go in the opposite direction of the palace, which would require you to spend 30 minutes returning to Sintra.

An green train that is a truck with the outside looking like a train, is really nice and affordable.

The unique problem is that there is only one train. Therefore, if you miss it at Pena Palace you have to wait more than 1h30 to come again, and it takes a long time to leave the train station.

  • Tuk tuk: Can be the best option or can be the biggest adventure

There are many tuk tuks in Sintra, around 150 of them. Crazy right?

One of them is mine ?

It really can be the most memorable time of your time in Portugal or the biggest survival experience in your life lol

You can pick the most experienced guide with the most comfortable tuk tuk or the craziest driver with a tuk tuk without breaks lol

It’s funny, but really true.

Doing tours and transfers with my electric tuk tuk in Sintra for more than 4 years, my opinion is that this is the most memorable and unique way of experiencing the mountain of Sintra.

Definitely not the cheapest one.

The transfer costs 10€ per person to go up and 5€ to go down.

It really can be a fun time riding the tuk tuk up the mountain. Specially with all the turns and corners.

But you really must choose the right guide/driver.

It is helpful to share that the drive from Sintra’s train station to Pena Palace takes around 25 minutes, and on the way we get to see the 5 most famous monuments of Sintra, as well as the most spectacular views of the mountains.

On the way up, you can do an hour-long tour that will take you to all of these amazing sights and tell you the story of Sintra.

It will make a huge difference, since you will ultimately understand why Sintra exists and why Pena Palace was built.

(Spoiler alert, it is a beautiful love story ?)

Did I tell you that this is going to be really fun and that you’re going to have breathtaking moments seeing all the amazing views?

Using Uber, a taxi, a bus, and a train-on-wheels, you miss all of that.

They just drive straight to Pena Palace and you miss all the views and the fun ?

In conclusion, many times I heard that the tour going up was better than visiting the palace.

So if I was going to give you an advice, it was going to be this one:

Go up in a nice tuk tuk with a trustworthy guide like me, and you won’t forget Sintra.

That’s one of the reasons why I have more than 60 reviews with all being 5-stars saying that doing the tour was the best decision.

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ElvioB
ElvioB
March 14, 2024.
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David B
David B
March 14, 2024.
A day on the tuk tuk in Sintra 6 of us booked an all day tuk tuk tour of Sintra and Cabo da Boca Cascais and the coast. It was an absolute marvellous adventure with our driver Pedro who Daniel set us up with. The history and the sights and the lunch were amazing. Highly recommend booking this day
Stressed2
Stressed2
December 25, 2023.
Perfect private tour of Sintra Daniel Ponce was an amazing tour guide on an all day tour of Sintra in his electric tuk tuk. Sides come down and blankets are available if cold. Lunch was in an authentic Portuguese restaurant - we were the only tourists there. Daniels really knows the history and does a good job explaining everything. He was willing to take as many pics as we wanted. Highly recommend!
Moremarsh
Moremarsh
September 11, 2023.
Amazing Tour Guide ..Daniel is awesome! Awesome Tuk Tuk Tour with Daniel! Our family of 4 had an amazing day touring Sintra and Cascais with Daniel from Yes, you deserve Tours. From the first point of contact a few weeks before our requested tour date to the day of our tour…the timeliness and professionalism with which Daniel engaged us was incredible! The tour itself was beyond amazing. We gave him free reign to plan our day and he did not disappoint. His knowledge, expertise and charisma was top notch! He infused us with his love for Sintra, sharing all the beautiful sites and history. From the iconic monuments, to touring the quaint town, lunch at a traditional family restaurant, hidden gems off the beaten path, a winery tour and everything else in between. He truly made our day magical ! Thank you Daniel for being an awesome tour guide !!
Mike
Mike
July 13, 2023.
Amazing day in Sintra with Daniel of Yes you Deserve! When we were planning our great adventure of Sintra 1 name kept coming up with rave reviews Daniel Ponce of “Yes you deserve”. So happy we followed everyone’s lead and hooked up with him for our tour. The sights were awesome but without the narrative from Daniel it would have not been the same. His personality, wit, knowledge and humor made this trip unforgettable. He had our young adult daughters totally engaged with can be a bit difficult to say the least! The family restaurant only a local would know about was unbelievably good. Thank you Daniel for a day our family will never forget! — with Yes, you deserve by Daniel Ponce and Mike Coyne at Sintra, Portugal.
Lucky0ne
Lucky0ne
June 28, 2023.
Amazing day Our day with Daniel was a highlight for the month my family spent with us in Portugal! We appreciated his enthusiasm, entertaining stories, and good planning. He was attentive to my Sister’s walking disability, and made sure we all had a memorable time.
Kasi S
Kasi S
June 24, 2023.
An Unforgettable Day Our full day tour with Daniel was amazing! I was worried because one of my daughters has a health condition and to be honest, the teenagers didn’t want to spend all day in lines waiting. They want to see sites and take pictures! Daniel took us all over Sintra with the highlights being the Moorish Castle, Seteais Palace, Peninha Sanctuary, and views of Pena Palace and the National Palace of Sintra. We tried the most amazing pastries of Sintra and had the most delicious lunch we have ever experienced. At the end of our tour, Daniel drove us along the coast with a stop at Boca do Inferno before dropping us off in Cascais. This tour was the highlight of our first trip out of the United States with our teenage daughters. Daniel took so many pictures of our family and each of the girls which we also have not done in years. At the end of the trip, both girls had tears in their eyes because they didn’t want to leave their new friend. Thank you Daniel for our unforgettable day!
Joe M
Joe M
June 20, 2023.
Sintra Magic Thank you, Daniel Ponce, for leading our family through the Sintra region with incredible guided tours of Pena Palace, Monserrate, the Sanctuary of Peninha and the road to Cascais. Plus a delicious lunch at Pensão Sisudo! Daniel magically helped us avoid the crazy crowds and kept our whole group, ages 14 to 80, smiling the whole way. Obrigado!
Colleen D
Colleen D
June 14, 2023.
A Magical Day in Sintra Area and Cascais As I was planning our family of four trip to Portugal I knew we wanted to visit the Sintra mountains with it’s beautiful gardens and palaces. Do we do a self-tour with the buses and no guide or do we spend the day with someone who knows the area better than anyone else? Do not spend the time thinking about this…reach out to Daniel Ponce @ Yes, you deserve by Daniel Ponce!! It will be an experience that you will never forget. We worked with Daniel on the sites we wanted to see…Quinta de Regaleira, Monserrate Palace and Gardens, Cabo da Roca, fabulous views of Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle…just to name a few. He had special spots and stops along the way via his Tuk Tuk, including an amazing lunch. The day ended in Cascais, which was absolutely beautiful. We never ever could have done this by ourselves. He captured us in photo’s all along the tour as well. I made the right decision by asking Daniel to be our guide. It was a magical day in a magical place. Thank you Daniel Ponce!!!
Isabelle
Isabelle
June 13, 2023.
Meilleure visite guidée de Sintra Quelle journée incroyable avec Daniel! Nous l’avons rejoint dans un beau petit café local Casa do preto avec un super bon café et des pâtisseries. Une journée parfaite avec peu de file d’attente, un ciel dégagé. Daniel connaît toute l’histoire de Sintra et partage ses connaissances de façon dynamique et interactive. Daniel nous a amené dans un restaurant local pour le lunch. Le meilleur repas de notre voyage! Le restaurant est calme et le service est attentionné et courtois. Daniel a pris des photos de notre famille à de multiples reprises. Il a adapté l’horaire en fonction de nos besoins et des situations. Nous avons dégusté les pâtisseries locales travesseiros. La promenade en tuk tuk permet d’avoir des vues incroyables du paysage et des monuments de Sintra. Son tuk tuk est propre et confortable. Daniel nous a fait découvrir des petits coins secrets que les grands tours ne permettent pas. Merci de tout cœur Daniel, nous avons passé une journée mémorable dont nous reparlons à tous les jours. À côté des autres visites que nous venons de faire, la tienne est inégalable.

I hope that these advices were helpful to you and that they help you make the right decisions.

You can click this link if you’d like to do a tour with me or check my prices.

What To See In Sintra

With more than 7 visitable monuments and a stunning coastline full of wonders and secret spots, Sintra is a place for you to spend a full day if you’re visiting Portugal.

Sintra is a beautiful and enchanting place that offers a wealth of natural beauty, historical and cultural landmarks, and charming villages. The town itself is nestled in the lush hills of the Serra de Sintra and is known for its picturesque cobblestone streets, charming shops, and delicious local cuisine.

One of the highlights of Sintra is the Pena Palace. This stunning palace is a masterpiece of 19th-century romanticism and is set on a hilltop overlooking the town. The palace features a unique blend of architectural styles, including Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline, with its multicolored tile roofs, and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Another must-see attraction is the Moors Castle, an ancient fortress with an impressive history that stands high on a hilltop. It offers a panoramic view of the town and the coast, and it’s one of the best spots to catch a sunset.

The Quinta da Regaleira is also a must-see. This complex is a stunning example of Neo-Manueline architecture. It features well-manicured gardens, mysterious underground tunnels, and a beautiful palace.

Sintra also boasts a number of charming villages and towns, each with its own distinct character. From the whitewashed houses of Colares to Cabo da Roca which is the westernmost point of Europe, there is something for everyone to discover.

Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of mainland Europe, boasting spectacular views of the Atlantic and cliffs. This rugged and wild location is unlike any other. The lighthouse offers a panoramic view of the coast, and it’s a great spot to see some of the most spectacular sunsets. The place is surrounded by natural parks, hiking trails and is the perfect place to take in the beauty of the coast.

All in all, Sintra is a charming and romantic place with a lot to offer. From the impressive palaces and ancient castles to the charming villages and delicious local cuisine, it’s a place that will leave you feeling enchanted and captivated.

Daniel Ponce is a tour guide with more than 5 years’ experience being a tour guide in Sintra with his own electric Tuk Tuk. With more than 60 reviews where all of them are 5-stars, if you’re looking to do a tour in Sintra and have one of the most unforgettable moments in Portugal, then Daniel is the right guide for you.

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