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On foot: Sintra is small enough that many area attractions can be accessed on foot. Travelers should know that some of the attractions, such as the famous palace and castle, are located on hills, so it might be a bit strenuous for some visitors to reach all of the more well-known spots in the area.By car: Many people opt to reach Sintra by flying in to the Lisbon airport and renting a car. Travelers who do so will find that, although a rental car is not necessary for getting around Sintra, having one makes getting to most places fairly easy. Additional information about Portugal car rental is available at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g18... .
By taxi: Travelers who do not obtain a rental car will find that taxis can be hired to get to most places in the area. This is relatively inexpensive and is frequently considered the best means of getting around.
By bus: There are local buses in Sintra which reach most of the area’s main attractions. These are operated by Scotturb, whose website www.scotturb.com has the detailed timetables. You can buy day rover tickets allowing unlimited journeys. Briefly, there are now three of these local services starting at the railway station. They all run 7 days a week although times of first and last buses will change according to time of year etc.Traffic congestion isa big problem in Sintra, so expect delays in peak holiday times. Everything gets stuck, including taxis! The bus stops are outside the railway station, turn sharp right on leaving the station. The three buses below stop outside Pizza Hut! There is a nice café opposite; the menu board is entirely in English.
Route 433 (Urbana Sintra) runs 2 or 3 times an hour on a circular route around town starting at the station.
Route 434 (Pena Tourist) runs every 15 minutes in summer, every 20 minutes in winter and connects the station with the Vila, Castle, Pena Palace and the Toy Museum.
Route 435 (Villa Express) runs every 10/15 minutes (in theory) between the station and various parts of town. Operates 1000 - 1800 only.
The Circuito da Roca is an open top bus between Sintra and the scenic Cabo da Roca. This runs once every hour but may be suspended in bad weather. The road, as it twists and turns and goes up steep hills and down, is worth the fare in itself. Cabo da Roca is also served all year round by bus route 403. which runs at the rather odd interval of every 75 minutes.
A newrail/bus interchange has opened at the Portela de Sintra railway station - this is the station before Sintra - and from there depart the buses to the surrounding area, some of which do not pass through the town centre. Bus times at http://www.scotturb.com/ .
There is a bus enquiry office outside the railway station.
Unique travel: Horse drawn carriage and tram/streetcar
Travelers who are interested in doing a bit of splurging on their trip should consider taking a horse drawn carriage ride to tour Sintra.
The historic tram (streetcar) between Sintra and Praia das Maças (a nice sandy beach) runs throughout the summer. It resumed operation on 12th April 2013. It runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until November. There are at least five journeys each way every day of operation. The trip lasts 50 minutes and costs 2 Euros (adult), 1 Euro for the over 65's and free for children under six years old. For more information: http://www.urbanrail.net/eu/pt/sintra... and click on 'official website' below photos for the timetable.
Bus 441 also runs between Portela de Sintra and Praia das Maças - timetable here http://www.scotturb.com/Default.aspx?... Portela de Sintra is the bus station and railway station about half a mile to the east of the town centre. Bus 441 does not pass through the town.