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The Best Lisbon To Sintra Day Trip 2024

€ 79
9.5 hours
Live tour guide

About Lisbon To Sintra Day Trip

It's time to leave the capital behind for a day and explore the historic center of Sintra and the fishing village of Cascais! Visit the timeless Pena Palace, a royal palace steeped in history, and enhance your trip with a stroll through the stunning Quinta da Regaleira. A professional guide will take you through all the sites, rewarding you with unforgettable memories!


Lisbon To Sintra Day Trip

Start your day in Lisbon's Rossio Square and board an air-conditioned coach with a professional guide for a journey through Portugal's rich culture and scenic beauty. You will hear exciting stories about the area on your way to Sintra, an idyllic town filled with natural beauty and historic palaces.

The first stop is the significant Pena Palace, a cherished residence of Portugal's royals in the 19th century. This ancient castle, nestled atop a hill, is a stunning testament to architectural brilliance. Stroll the hallways with your guide, learn its historical significance, and admire the fusion of styles reflecting the Romantic era's exotic tastes. Upon arrival in Sintra, enjoy the free time to wander its streets and ask for recommendations from your guide for local dining spots. Rejoin your group and tour the historic center of Sintra, discovering the origins and cultural influences that shaped the town over the centuries.

Then, you can either wander around Sintra on your own or visit Quinta da Regaleira, where lush greenery is intertwined with symbolic architecture and mystical elements. The tour around Quinta da Regaleira rewards you with hidden tunnels, wells, and secret chambers, creating a fairytale atmosphere during your exploration. Lastly, relax in Cascais, a serene coastal village famous for its town center and the Boca do Inferno, a dramatic cliffside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Explore its scenic coastline, elegant streets, and historic sites of this retreat by the sea, favored by the royals in the past.

  • Round-trip transportation from Lisbon in an AC vehicle
  • Professional tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Guided tour of Sintra
  • Guided tour of Cascais
  • Free time in Sintra and Cascais
  • Entry ticket and guided tour of Pena Palace and gardens
  • Entry ticket and guided tour of Quinta da Regaleira (if option selected)
X not included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian
X not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments
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Meeting Point

Look for the Buendía Tours logo at Rossio Square (Dom Pedro IV Square), next to the fountain in front of the National Theater.

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Discover the serene charm of Cascais & visit historical sites in Sintra!

Charming atmosphere

Enjoy a guided tour through the towns of Sintra and Cascais and gain insights into the history and culture of the area.

Royal residence

With a guided tour of the iconic Pena Palace, you will discover the remarkable history behind this colorful architectural wonder seated atop a hill.

Romantic palace

Elevate your day trip from Lisbon by joining a guided tour of Quinta da Regaleira. Renowned for its mysterious architecture, this luxurious palace and gardens boast a labyrinth of tunnels, grottoes, and intricate designs.

Street wonders

Experience the local culture as you stroll the streets of Sintra and Cascais. Explore the beaches and museums, or simply wander around and take in the beauty.

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FAQ - Lisbon To Sintra Day Trip

Is it worth it to go on a day trip to Sintra from Lisbon?

Absolutely! The short distance between these towns makes a day trip to Sintra extremely convenient. Sintra is known for a 19th century Romanticist Pena Palace sitting atop a hill, Quinta da Regaleira with its lush gardens, and Castelo dos Mouros, a medieval Moorish castle with its defensive walls and towers. Treat yourself to a trip highlighting well-preserved landmarks that'd gained recognition as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and explore this picturesque town's historical and architectural richness. Take your trip to Portugal to another level as you discover some of Portugal's most remarkable palaces, castles, and stunning natural landscapes surrounding the historic center of Sintra. If you have more time, we highly recommend going on a Lisbon to Evora day trip to explore this ancient city as well, visit a Roman temple, and sample regional wines.

How do I plan a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra?

Due to the close proximity between Lisbon and Sintra, visiting Sintra is quite simple. One of the most affordable and convenient ways to arrive in Sintra is by boarding a train from Lisbon. Go to Rossio Station, and after approximately 40 minutes, you will reach Sintra train station. While there are many interesting sites to discover, a one-day trip is enough to witness the highlights of Sintra. Make sure to pre-book your Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira tickets to skip the lines and save time rather than wait in the queue. There are many local eateries in Sintra where you can try traditional food. Plan your itinerary around desired attractions and locate nearby restaurants to optimize your time. Remember that you'll walk a lot that day, so wear comfortable footwear and breathable, weather-appropriate clothes, and bring plenty of water with you. Additionally, you can rent a car or book private transport to get to Sintra from Lisbon, but keep in mind that this comes at a higher cost. To fully maximize your Sintra visit, we highly recommend joining a guided tour to gain a deeper understanding of Sintra's historical heritage. The professional guides manage logistics and transport, providing insights into the significance of landmarks and their history!

Do you need tickets for Pena Palace?

Pena Palace is a historical landmark and a very popular tourist attraction for many Sintra visitors. As such, you need to have a ticket to enter the palace grounds and the palace. While there is a ticket office at the entrance, we highly recommend booking your Pena Palace tickets online and in advance to gain priority access to the site and maximize your time in Sintra. As it's a popular site, long queues are an often sight, especially during the peak season. Secure your entry to the palace at the preferred time slot and experience the architectural gem in Sintra completely stress-free.

What should I do in Lisbon?

Lisbon offers a diverse selection of attractions to visit and activities to do, catering to people from all around the world. With a Hop On Hop Off Lisbon, you can conveniently visit landmarks of your interest, explore the sites, and simply get back to visiting other parts of Lisbon. There are many vibrant neighborhoods across the city, each telling its story. Join a Lisbon walking tour and let the locals introduce you to historical anecdotes and legends that are hidden in Lisbon streets. Stroll through the Belem district to discover iconic landmarks like the Monument to the Discoveries and climb the renowned tower with a Belem tower ticket. Taste delicious traditional food and try their local cherry liqueur, Ginjinha. Portugal is known for its energetic atmosphere followed by music. Let the Fado Show Lisbon take you to the world of soulful rhythms and feel the authentic ambiance of Lisbon. With activities like these, your trip to Lisbon is bound to become unforgettable! Check out the Lisbon city pass to ensure you get the best deals on tickets and tours and enjoy unlimited access to public transportation across Lisbon.
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Wander the iconic Pena Palace & Quinta da Regaleira, promising to leave you breathless!

Good to know before you go

  • Make sure you have an ID card or a passport with you throughout the tour.
  • Plan to arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the start of the activity. Due to the tight time in the itinerary, the tour guide can't wait for latecomers.
  • The Sintra tour from Lisbon takes place regardless of weather conditions.
  • Remember to wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothes.
  • Please be aware that the Sintra tour from Lisbon includes a moderate amount of walking, requiring the visitors to be able to perform physical activity at this level.
  • Pack enough water and bring sunscreen and a sun hat if needed.
  • A visit to the Quinta da Regaleira is optional. However, the tickets can be purchased on-site with assistance from your guide. If you choose not to visit Quinta da Regaleira, you'll have more free time to explore Sintra's old town.
  • On certain days when there's a high fire risk, Pena Palace might be closed. If this occurs, an alternative itinerary will be arranged.
  • The tour itinerary might be adjusted due to Pena Palace's entrance slot availability.
  • Baby seats for the bus are not provided. If you need one, please bring your own.
  • For a full refund, please cancel your Sintra tour from Lisbon up to 24 hours in advance.
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Our professional guide will take you through the streets of historical centers & introduce you to the area's heritage!

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A memorable day trip to Sintra from Lisbon!

The tour's organization was perfect, and we loved the guided tours of all places. Our guides, Alessandra and Maria, were very knowledgeable and engaging, and I highly recommend these beautiful destinations!


Outstanding day trip!

Lourdes, our skilled driver, ensured a smooth ride throughout the day, and Catarina's expertise enriched the journey, providing access and insights we'd have missed on our own. The excellent dining recommendations highlighted our trip. 10/10!


Unforgettable Sintra tour!

We had a blast visiting Sintra! The transport was great, and exclusive access to the sites made us feel like VIPs. I loved the Moorish castle we visited, and thanks for the great recommendations on what to do in our free time. I highly recommend this day in Sintra!


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