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Lisbon to Sesimbra By Train, Bus and Car Guide

Sesimbra is a pretty beach resort that is on the edge of the Serra de Arrábida hills and the southern side of the Setubal Peninsular. This region is naturally stunning and a popular holiday destination with the Portuguese but it is almost unknown by foreign tourists. Lisbon and the main international airport of central Portugal is only 38 km away.

coastline of Sesmibra

The beautiful coastline of Sesmibra

This close proximity of Lisbon to Sesimbra makes the resort town ideal as a short excursion from the capital or as a destination on a tour of central Portugal. The journey of Lisbon to Sesimbra is slightly too far to make it suitable as a day trip. This guide will detail how to travel from Lisbon to Sesimbra by rental car and by public transport.

Lisbon Sesimbra by Public Transport

There are good public transport connections from Lisbon to Sesimbra and the town he is connected by road and rail public transport. The railway is an impractical choice as a connection is required at Setubal and the total travel time is twice that of the bus. The express bus service between Sesimbra and Lisbon is inexpensive, reliable and there are many services during the day.

TST bus sesmibra

The bus service between Lisbon and Sesimbra is operated by TST

Lisbon Sesimbra Bus

The Lisbon to Sesimbra bus route is served by two bus services operated by T.S.T (Transportes Sul do Tejo). Route number 207 and 260, there are more services per day on route 207 than route 260 but both services depart from the same area Praça de Espanha in Lisbon.

The Praça de Espanha is technically a collection of many bus stops more than a typical bus station and the nearest metro station is the Praca de Espanha on the blue metro line. The timetable is seasonally dependent but there is typically eight services a day in each direction.

Sesimbra bus station and ticket office

Sesimbra bus station and ticket office

Tickets can be purchased from both bus stations and here will display the exact timetable. An adult single Lisbon to Sesimbra bus ticket cost €4.05 and the total journey takes 40 minutes. Sesimbra are bus station is only 300m from the resort centre.

Sesimbra castle

Sesimbra castle provides wonderful views over the town

Lisbon to Sesimbra by Car

When visiting the Sesimbra coastline it is recommended to hire a rental car. There is good public transport from Sesimbra to Lisbon but the local bus network is very limited. Many of the areas main attractions are outside of the town limits and can only be visited with a rental car. Driving around Sesimbra is safe and hassle free as the roads are good and empty. Driving in Lisbon is the complete opposite with busy roads, erratic drivers and no parking.

Travelling from Lisbon to Sesimbra by car is simple. The journey time is only 35 min and follows good roads once outside of the crowded roads of Lisbon. The route exits Lisbon via the A2 and the Ponte do 25 Abril suspension bridge. This is a toll bridge but the fee (€1.60) is paid only when travelling northwards and entering Lisbon. After following the A2 for 10 km of the route turns onto national highway N378, which leads directly to Sesimbra.

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