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Getting to Sintra from Lisbon is easy. There are direct trains every 15 minutes on weekdays, every 30 minutes at weekends, from Lisbon's city centre Rossio station. The journey takes 39 minutes and a return (round-trip) ticket is €3.90. These are local suburban trains.
Lisbon Rossio station is in the city centre and is worth a few minutes of the visitors time in its own right. It is served by the Restauradores metro station, many bus routes and is easily accessible therefore from all parts.
Service summary from Lisbon Rossio. Trains also stop at Campolide station which is close to one of the major hotel districts.
Every 15 minutes from 06.08 - 20.38, then every 30 minutes until last train at 01.08
During weekday rush hours, trains also run to Sintra from other Lisbon stations eg Oriente, Roma-Areeiro, Entrecampos and Sete Rios. At other times a change of train is required.
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
From Lisbon Rossio at 06.08 then every 30 minutes until 01.08. Connecting trains available from other stations as above, changing at Cacemfors most of the day, at Campolide in the late evening.
Trains return from Sintra at similar intervals with last trains at 00.40 daily. Be aware that trains leaving Sintra after 23.40 do not have connections across the city to the other stations.
For full timetables and route maps, visit www.cp.pt (website of Portuguese Railways) and look under 'Horarios, Urbanos, Lisboa' . The website can be viewed in English by clicking the little flag icon at the top of the page next to where it says 'Acesso Rapido'.
Nb there -are no direct buses between Lisbon and Sintra.
Driving from Lisbon to Sintra is pretty straightforward other than in rush hours. It's about 19 miles/30km. Grab a map or switch on your GPS and aim for the IC19 motorway/freeway. The journey is about 40 minutes during quieter times, an hour or more perhaps in rush hour.
Once in Sintra - refer to items in the TA Sintra forum for options on getting around the various sights, some of which are some distance from the centre.