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through sources given below. This page checked on 18th August
Elvas (pop.16,600, urban area 23,000) is an historic town of
eastern Portugal. It is not in the Algarve - I was
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 ONE train a day. The ONLY possible journey from
and to Lisbon is 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 from 30th
|Lisbon Santa Apolónia (city
||Elvas leave (the train comes
from Badajoz, Spain)
|Lisbon Oriente (closer to
||Entroncamento (change trains) arrive||1814
|Entroncamento (change trains)
||Lisbon Oriente (closer to airport) arrive||2012
|Elvas arrive (the train
continues to Badajoz, Spain)
||Lisbon Santa Apolónia (city centre) arrive||2020
train - reservation compulsory Regional
train - no reservations
Tickets can be purchased at the railway website https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/buy-tickets standard adult fare €18,70 discounts may be available.
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.
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 probably 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.
There is also a direct bus, Aerobus 2, from the airport to Sete
Rios but running only once each hour from 0800 to 1900hrs. Consult
the Aerobus website for details. 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, remember it's LISBOA on the timetable
search. One-way fare is currently €17,60 and the journey takes
about 3 hours. There are seven journeys each way daily. Extra
journeys operate in both directions on Friday and Sunday evenings
during University terms. One journey each way also calls at Lisbon
Oriente bus station, which is closer to the airport. Currently
this is at 1530hrs to Elvas, 0645 from Elvas, both daily.Tickets
can be purchased up to 30 days in advance.
One train a day. 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 2nd class ticket €28,40 or €25,60 depending on which
train you take from Porto. Discounted fares may be available.
There is a metro connection between Porto Airport and Campanhã
station, takes about 35 minutes and costs €2,60. Service runs
daily from 0556 until 0042 every day, with trains every 15 minutes
between 0830hrs and 2100hrs, every 30 minutes at other times. You
need to change metro lines at Trindad station.
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 (Campo 24 Agosto Bus Station) journey is about seven
hours. There are no direct services, you go via Lisbon and change
One way ticket is €31,40. Tickets can be bought on line up to 30 days in advance 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.
There are local buses between the two
towns on weekdays. These leave Badajoz at 1315 and 1630 Spanish
time, arriving in Elvas at 1245 and 1600 Portuguese time. They do
not operate at weekends or public holidays. The daily train leaves
Badajoz at 1624 Spanish time, arriving at Elvas 1548 Portuguese
So far as I can establish the long
distance operators do not carry passengers for this short trip nor
between Elvas and Spanish towns.
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 though 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 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. Map
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 bus service inside the walls except for two 'urban' bus routes making their way between the bus station and around various suburbs. There are a total of seven buses each weekday. Times and routes here and here.
Elvas has an impressive 15,000 seat stadium but as of now has no
team to play in it.
If you have any comments or updates for this page, I will be
pleased to receive them by email.
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!