INFORMATION CHECKED AND UPDATED 30th JANUARY 2023
PLEASE CHECK AT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES
FOR THE TIMES ON THE EXACT DATE YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL
LONG DISTANCE BUS (COACH) TICKETS MAY BE AVAILABLE ONLY 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE
Elvas (pop.16,600, urban area 23,000) is an historic town of
eastern Portugal. It is not in the Algarve - I was
visiting! The town is about 130 miles / 210 km by road from
Lisbon. it is about 164 miles / 265km from Albufeira by the
shortest route, but 210 miles / 338km by the quickest route.
Elvas has only two trains a day. The ONLY possible journeys from
and to Lisbon as below. Train timetable in full here.
Elvas station is nearly 3km from the town centre. Map here. Taxis are not available at the station unless you call for one. There are no buses.
This is the train. Click to see the picture larger size.Take some water with you at least!
|Train times valid until
|Lisbon Santa Apolónia (city
||Badajoz, SPANISH TIME
|Lisbon Oriente (closer to
||Elvas leave PORTUGAL TIME
|Entroncamento arrive (change trains)|||
||Entroncamento arrive (change trains)||1552
|Abrantes arrive (change trains)||0944|||
||Lisbon Oriente (closer to airport) arrive||1652||2252|
||Lisbon Santa Apolónia (city centre) arrive||1700||2300|
|Badajoz arrive SPANISH TIME
train - reservation compulsory Regional
train - no reservations
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/buy-tickets
Standard adult fare Lisbon - Elvas 2nd class €18,75 discounts may be available.
Lisbon - Badajoz ticket is about €20, varies according to which trains are taken.
Tickets for the return journey should be purchased at the website. Elvas station has no ticket office.
are available at Lisbon Oriente to / from Lisbon Entrecampos
and Lisbon Sete Rios using local trains.
are available at Entrecampos from Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra
etc. Consult the website.
No connection from Porto on Sundays unless you leave VERY early.
Connections at Badajoz to and from Madrid
Badajoz arrival 1313, train to Madrid Atocha leaves at 1430 daily
Badajoz arrival 1726, train to Madrid Atocha Cercanias leaves at 1736 except Saturdays
Badajoz departure 1409, train from Madrid Atocha Cercanias arrives 1324 except Sundays
Badajoz departure 1941, train from Madrid Atocha arrives 1611 daily (There is a local train from Mérida arriving Badajoz 1900, except Saturdays,)
If you are thinking of going by long distance bus / coach between Madrid and Badajoz (or anywhere else for that matter), the bus station in Badajoz is 3.2km (2 miles) from the railway station. There are buses between the two - see http://tubasa.es/lineas-y-horarios and it's líneas C and C2 - look for the stops marked Junto Est. Autobuses and Carolina Coronado Est FF.CC
If you are not planning to spend time in Lisbon, you will need to get from the Airport to LISBOA ORIENTE station. Obviously, taxis are available. However, this is very simple using the Lisbon metro (subway) from the airport station. Trains run to Oriente station every few minutes from 0630 until 0100 every night. The journey takes about 5 minutes, ticket price €2,65. There is also city bus 744 to Oriente. City bus details at http://www.carris.pt/
If you are not planning to spend time in Lisbon, you will need to
get from the Airport to LISBOA ORIENTE station. This is now very
simple using the Lisbon metro (subway) - trains run to
Oriente station every few minutes from 0630 until 0100 every
night. The journey takes about 5 minutes. There is also city bus
744 to Oriente.
Reservations for train trips in Portugal can only be made up to a MAXIMUM of 60 days in advance. You can reserve on line at www.cp.pt and print your own ticket. A big discount is available on many trains for tickets purchased more than 8 days in advance. DO NOT use RailEurope etc as they cannot issue the required seat reservation for which you will pay extra.
You will need to make your way to the SETE RIOS bus
terminal. This is about 3 miles/5km from the airport and is linked
to it by the underground metro line. Take any train to the end of
the line at São Sebastião then change to the Blue Line for a two
stop ride to Jardim Zoológico station, which is adjacent to Sete
Rios. Trains run every few minutes from 0630 daily. The journey
will take around 25 minutes and cost €2,15 (new price increase
The direct Aerobus service between the Airport and Sete Rios is
no longer operating.For your bus options from elsewhere in the
city check the city bus website at http://www.carris.pt/
From the city centre or elsewhere in Lisbon, make
your way by metro to Jardim Zoológico station. The Rede Expressos
bus terminal is outside the station exit, well signposted. By city
bus you head for Sete Rios. Their bus stops are within 50 metres
of the long distance terminal.
Consult the long distance bus website www.rede-expressos.pt
for Lisbon - Elvas times and tickets, remember it's LISBOA on the
timetable search. Some journeys may call at Lisboa Oriente
bus station, which is much nearer the airport than Sete Rios.
One-way fare is currently €19.00 (discounted fares
are often available for advance booking) and the journey takes
between 3 and 4 hours. There are currently seven journeys
each way, daily. Extra journeys may operate in both directions on
Friday and Sunday evenings during University terms.
Two trains each weekday, one with a very early start! The early
train does not run at weekends or on public holidays. Consult https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/buy-tickets
you can leave from either Porto São Bento (city centre) or Porto
Campanhã, the main station in the eastern suburbs. You change
trains at Entroncamento.
One way standard fare 2nd class ticket is €25,70.
Discounted fares may be available for advance reservation.
There is a metro connection between Porto Airport and Campanhã
station, takes about 35 minutes and costs €2,75. Service runs
daily, currently about every 15 minutes, from about 0600 until
0042. You may need to change metro lines which I
recommend you do at LAPA station, where all eastbound trains use
the same platform.
Please note that reservations for train trips in Portugal can only be made up to a MAXIMUM of 60 days in advance. You can reserve on line and print your own ticket. big A discount is available on many trains for tickets purchased more than 8 days in advance. DO NOT use RailEurope etc as they cannot issue the required seat reservation for which you will pay extra.
From Porto (Campanhã Bus Station) the journey is about seven
hours. There are no direct services, you go via Lisbon and change
One way standard fare ticket is €34. Discounted tickets may be available. Tickets can be purchased at the Rede Expressos website www.rede-expressos.pt
The Campo 24 de Agosto bus terminal is a short distance outside
Porto city centre, about two minutes walk from the Campo 24 de
Agosto metro station (same line as for the Campanhã railway
station) and is served by numerous city bus routes.
Local buses between the two towns no
longer operate. So far as I can establish the long distance bus
operators do not carry passengers for this short trip. The
distance is about 18km (11 miles) by taxi if available.
You can do what I did, take a train to
Lisbon, stay overnight and get up early next day for the train.
The ride is scenic. The sensible way is to go by train or coach
(long distance bus) to Lisbon and on from there. Total journey
time 6 - 7 hours. From some places in the Algarve you can also go
via Évora, but it's the same journey time, more or less.
Elvas town is built on top of a tall and steep hill. The bus
station is about 800 metres / 1/2 of a mile from the centre, down
at the bottom. I don't know if taxis wait for arrivals
there. I didn't see any. Map link https://goo.gl/maps/4aUSfw65bfR9Nst6A
The railway station is 2 miles (3.3km) from the town. There is
one bus each weekday between the two.
Once you are up in the old town it is walkable, although some
streets are very steep. You cannot drive around there anyway!
There is no longer a bus service inside the walls.
Elvas has a team playing in the Campeonato de Portugal (fourth tier) of Portuguese football. They play at the Estádio Municipal Domingos Carrilho Patalino.
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For more about Elvas as a city, please see this article in
I take no responsibility for any inconvenience caused as a result of later changes to times etc. This page is for general guidance only and you must check details before making commitments and decisions!
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