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Sesimbra to Setubal by bus
Sesimbra and Setubal are very different tourist destinations, each with their own visitor appeal. Setubal is a busy fishing port town with easy access to the Sado estuary and the Troia Peninsular while Sesimbra is much smaller but a popular beach resort with great beaches within walking distance.
The town of Sesimbra
Either destination can be visited as a day trip from the other as both are connected by a inexpensive bus service. This guide will provide details and information about the Sesimbra to Setubal bus service and details about each respective bus station.
Setubal to Sesimbra by Bus Overview
Setubal is 30km to the east of Sesimbra and the towns are separated by the stunning Parque Natural da Arrábida national park. There is no other public transport, apart from the bus service, which connects Sesimbra and Setubal and public transport throughout the region is limited. Buses in Portugal are perfectly safe to travel even late at night (but there is no late service on this route) and are clean, well maintain, if sometimes a little slow.
The bus service is operated by TST
Sesimbra Bus service 230 to Setubal
The Sesimbra to Setubal bus is operated by TST the region bus operator on the Setubal Peninsular and the service number is 230. There are ten services in each direction during the week and five at the weekends. This does mean that either town is best visited as a day during the week when there are more buses. Before departure always check the exact time of the return bus as there are often seasonal and annual variations. The last bus of the day departs at 19:00 from Sesimbra and 20:00 from Setubal 7 days a week. During public holidays services will be severely reduced.
The bus journey takes just under an hour but unfortunately does not follow the beautiful coastline and skirts the edge of the Arrábida national park. From Sesimbra the bus heads north to the village of Santana then along the N379 to Azeitao. Here the bus joins the major N10 and cuts south east through the national park to Setubal. The 230 bus service does not pass any of the regions beaches.
A TST bus
TST’s website is http://www.tsuldotejo.pt and provides the latest timetables but tickets are purchased from the bus driver or ticket office in Setubal. A single bus ticket costs €3.25 when purchased from the driver and are cheaper if bought from designated ticket stand.
Setubal and Sesimbra bus Stations
Setubal bus station is a large purpose built bus station with a covered roof and basic facilities which is located on the Avenida 5 de Outubro in central Setubal. The bus station is housed in a light green building, to the left of the Millennium bank, approximately 150 meters west of the train station. Setubal is a major regional bus station and from here there are buses to many major cities of Portugal including the Algarve and the Alentejo region.
Sesimbra bus station is much smaller than Setubal and is an open-air bus station with a few bus bays. Sesimbra bus station is positioned on the Avenida da Liberdade approximately 350m north of the beach and is easy to locate. Sesimbra does not have the same number of intercity buses as Setubal and most bus departures are local or to Lisbon. For onward bus travel it is more convenient to head to Setubal or Lisbon.