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through sources given below. This page checked on 20th February 2020.
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 ONE train a day. As of 9th March 2020, 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!
|Lisbon Santa Apolónia (city centre) leave
||Elvas leave (the train comes from Badajoz, Spain)
|Lisbon Oriente (closer to airport) leave
||Entroncamento (change trains) arrive||1825
|Entroncamento (change trains) arrive
||Lisbon Oriente (closer to airport) arrive||2012
|Elvas arrive (the train continues to Badajoz, Spain)
||Lisbon Santa Apolónia (city centre) arrive||2020
|Intercity train - reservation compulsory Regional train - no reservations, no on line tickets
Tickets TO Elvas 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 or any trip starting in Elvas can only be purchased from the train conductor and in CASH only.
Elvas station has no ticket office.
If you use either of the two later trains from Entroncamento to Lisbon you can purchase that ticket at the website.
|Connections are available at Lisbon Oriente to / from Lisbon Entrecampos and Lisbon Sete Rios using local trains.
|Connections 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
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
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
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 now
need to change trains 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 there.
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 time.
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 link https://goo.gl/maps/4aUSfw65bfR9Nst6A
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 season 2019 / 2020 has no team to play in it.
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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!