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ELVAS - how to get there by train or bus and how to get around


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.

From Lisbon Airport and City to Elvas and Badajoz (Spain) by train  cplogo

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.
Elvas trainThis is the train. Click to see the picture larger size.Take some water with you at least!

Train times valid until further notice

Lisbon Santa Apolónia (city centre) leave
Elvas leave (the train comes from
Badajoz, Spain, at 1624 SPANISH TIME)
Lisbon Oriente (closer to airport) leave
Entroncamento arrive (change trains)
Entroncamento arrive (change trains) 0923
Entroncamento leave 1844
Entroncamento leave
Lisbon Oriente (closer to airport) arrive 2012
Elvas arrive (the train continues to
Badajoz, Spain, arriving at 1414 SPANISH TIME)
Lisbon Santa Apolónia (city centre) arrive 2020
Intercity train - reservation compulsory   Regional train - no reservations
Tickets can be purchased at standard adult fare 2nd class €18,75 discounts may be available.
Tickets for the return journey should be purchased at the website. Elvas station has no ticket office.
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.

Connections at Badajoz to and from Madrid

The partial opening of the high speed line between Badajoz and Madrid makes a daytime journey Lisbon - Madrid a little quicker, but still requires three trains! The arrival at Badajoz connects with the 1430 RENFE train to Madrid, arriving there at 1938. The next train is three hours later. From Madrid Atocha, the 1031 train arrives in Badajoz at 1605, to connect with the 1624 train to Elvas and Entroncamento. Tickets for the Spanish trains should be booked at - reservations are compulsory. These connections are NOT guaranteed.

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 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.

Lisbon - Elvas by bus (coach) - Operated by Rede Expressos

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.

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

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 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 operate in both directions on Friday and Sunday evenings during University terms.

Porto - Elvas by train

One train a day, with a very early start! Consult 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 €2,60. Service runs daily, currently about every 30 minutes, from about 0600 until 0042.  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.

Porto - Elvas by coach (bus) - Operated by Rede Expressos

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 standard fare ticket is €33. Discounted tickets may be available. Tickets can be purchased at the Rede Expressos website

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.

Badajoz (Spain) to Elvas

There are currently NO local buses between the two towns. There is one train each day, from Badajoz at 1624 Spanish time. Details above.

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.

Algarve to Elvas

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.

Arriving in Elvas

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

The railway station is 2 miles (3.3km) from the town. There are no buses and I didn't see any taxis.

Getting around in Elvas

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.

Further afield from Elvas - local and regional buses


There are almost no local bus services around Elvas of any value to the visitor. No service is provided at weekends or public holidays. Buses do not show these numbers, they are just timetable references. Most bus routes have only two or three journeys each day.

8015 on schooldays to Vila Boim and Terrugem at 1845, inbound journey at 0722. During school holidays outbound 1830, inbound 0727

8061 Portalegre to Elvas at 0845 and 1815 on schooldays, 0845 and 1740 when schools are closed. Elvas to Portalegre at 0650 and 1635 on schooldays,  0700 and 1615 when schools are closed. There are also buses from Elvas to Santa Eulália at 1345 and 1845, from there to Elvas at 0730 and 1430.

8069 Barbacena - two buses each way, from Elvas at 1245 and 1830, to Elvas at 0730 and 1315

8083 to Campo Maior via Elvas station at 1845, inbound journey at 0730

8558 to Badajoz (Spain) -  service suspended, seemingly permanently.

8940 One bus each way between Elvas and Estremoz via Terraguem on schooldays at 1635, 1610 when schools are closed.  One journey from Estermoz to  Elvas at 1735 on all weekdays.

8945  Schooldays only to Vila Boim at 0740, from there at 1340 and 1835. From Elvas 20 minutes later to Vedor and São Vicente. Inbound from São Vicente at 0725 via Vedor  at 0735.

8976 Weekdays only Elvas to Évora at 0710 stopping only at larger villages arrival Évora 0845. The return fast journey leaves Évora at 1815 again on weekdays only. There is a slower bus on weekdays at 1330 via Vila Boim, Terrugem, Vila Viçosa and many small villages to arrive Évora at 1534. This bus runs 15 minutes later on schooldays. From Évora to Elvas there is a bus on weekdays, but only during school holidays ,at 0815 requiring a a change of bus en route called Vila Viçosa. On schooldays the wait at Vila Viçosa is three hours. Finally, there is an extra fast bus only on Fridays from Évora to Elvas at 0900, arriving at 1030, returning to Évora at 1600.

THE LONG DISTANCE BUSES OF REDE EXPRESSOS OFFER FOUR DAILY JOURNEYS BETWEEN ELVAS AND ÉVORA, FIVE BETWEEN ELVAS AND ESTREMOZ. You must 'book' for these journeys either at the website or at the bus stations in Elvas or Évora, at the ticket agent in Estremoz.

Football Stadium in Elvas

Elvas has a team playing in the Campeonato de Portugal (fourth tier) of Portuguese football. They play at the Estádio Municipal Domingos Carrilho Patalino.

Comments and updates

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 Wikipedia.

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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