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Lisbon to Cascais by Train
Cascais is a charming Portuguese town that is considered as one of the best day trips from Lisbon. Cascais has a delightful historic centre, which contains a range of interesting tourist attractions, while the region surrounding Cascais provides wonderful sandy beaches. Cascais is ideal as a day trip as it is connected to Lisbon by a regular and inexpensive railway and this guide will explain in detail about this train service including prices, links to timetables and station information.
The Praia dos Pescadores beach (Praia Ribeira)
Lisbon to Cascais Overview
Cascais is situated 30km to the west of central Lisbon and both locations are on the northern banks of the Rio Tejo estuary. The coastline between Lisbon and Cascais is lined with sandy beaches and these beaches are extremely popular with the residents of Lisbon.
Cascais has very limited car parking, and during the summer it can be very difficult to find car parking space. Generally, for a short holiday to the Lisbon region a rental car is not required as there is such good public transport.
The Lisbon to Cascais train and railway
There are bus services between Lisbon and Cascais but the journey times are longer and the main bus station is not conveniently located for most tourists based in the downtown area of Lisbon. The recommended means of travel from Lisbon to Cascais by train.
Lisbon to Cascais by Train
The Lisbon to Cascais railway is a short regional line that extends the length of the Lisbon coastline. In Lisbon trains depart from the Cais do Sodre train station and the train line terminates in central Cascais.
The Cais do Sodre railway station in Lisbon
Cais do Sodre is connected to the green metro line and is the final metro station on the line. The Cascais railway does stop at the popular tourist districts of Belem and the docks of Alcântara-Mar but train departures are less frequent, therefore it is suggested to depart from Cais do Sodre. The Cascais railway is operated by CP (Comboios de Portugal), the national train company of Portugal.
Fares and Timetables
A single ticket from Lisbon to Cascais costs €2.15/€1.10 (adult/child). There are no return tickets so the price of a return would be €4.30/€2.20 (two single tickets). The train fares are charged to the Viva Viagem card, which costs €0.50 for the initial purchase. The Viva Viagem card is used for the metro, bus and tram services but it can only be loaded with one type of ticket; it cannot store both train and metro tickets. For a guide about travel from the airport to Cascais please click here.
The Cascais train in Lisbon station
The Lisbon to Cascais train ticket is not included in the 24-hour unlimited public transport ticket (€6 purchased from any metro station). There is a 24-hour unlimited urban-railway ticket for €6.00 but this does not include the public transport in Lisbon (metro/bus/tram).
Overlooking the fishing harbour of Cascais
The Lisbon to Cascais railway is a regional train service therefore tickets cannot pre booked and are purchased on the day of travel. There is no need to pre-book as there are always seats available and there is sufficient space for luggage. Tickets must be purchased before boarding the train and there are barriers between the station concourse and the platforms.
The train journey takes between 30 and 40 minutes depending on the number of stops. During daylight hours there is a departure every 20 minutes. The last trains of the night depart from both Cascais and Lisbon at 0:30am, 1:00am and 1:30am (correct at summer 2016). For the full timetable please see the CP website:
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The train route follows the coastline and provides some great views over the sea, for the best views sit on the left side when departing from Lisbon or right side from Cascais. There have been reports of petty crime occurring late at night on this train line, if traveling late always sit in the busiest carriage. The train route is perfectly safe during the day.
Lisbon to Cascais by Car
It is relatively easy to drive to Cascais from Lisbon by following either the scenic N6 or faster A5. Parking in both Lisbon and Cascais is difficult and driving in Lisbon is notoriously difficult. Generally it is easier to catch the train than drive to Cascais.