Page checked 24th February 2017.
I have no easy means to check or update so please confirm through sources given below.
Évora (pop 57,000) is a very historic city of central
Portugal. It is not in the Algarve - I was visiting! It
stands about 226km /140 miles north of Albufeira in the Algarve and about 136km / 85 miles east of Lisbon.
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)
from the airport station. 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. City bus details at http://www.cmt.pt/
If you are planning to spend time in Lisbon, trains to Évora start from LISBON ORIENTE station. They also stop at Lisbon Entrecampos and Lisbon Sete Rios before heading over the bridge and towards Évora. Check which station is most convenient. All are on the Lisbon metro and have many bus connections. Check timetables and buy tickets at www.cp.pt - seat reservations are required for all trains.
There are currently only FOUR trains each weekday, leaving Lisbon Oriente at 0702, 0902, 1702 and 1902. At weekends and on public holidays there are only THREE trains, at 0952, 1702 and 1902. Journey time to Évora is about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Return trips leave Évora on weekdays at 0706, 0906, 1657 and 1906, on weekends and holidays at 0906, 1657 and 1906.
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 from the airport to the SETE RIOS
bus terminal. This is about 3 miles/5km from the airport and is
linked to it by the metro Red line. Take any train to the
end of the line at Săo Sebastiăo, 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 €1,95.
There is also a direct special bus, Aerobus 2, running every 40 minutes. Consult the Aerobus website for details. For your bus
options from elsewhere in the city check the city bus website at http://www.cmt.pt/
Consult the long distance bus website www.rede-expressos.pt
for Lisbon - Évora times, remember it's LISBOA on the timetable
search. One-way fare is currently €19.50 and the journey takes
about 1hr 45 minutes. There are about 12 journeys every day - click here for more detail.
Expressos also covers journeys to Évora from many towns and cities
through Portugal. There are a few direct services from some
Algarve towns eg Faro and Albufeira. Tickets can be bought on line up to 30 days in advance at the Rede Expressos website www.rede-expressos.pt. Reservation is strongly advised if
planning to travel in either direction on Friday afternoons and Sunday
evenings during the University and college terms, also around major
Évora railway station is 10 - 15 minutes walk to the city centre and
hotels. Taxis are available. There are local buses on weekdays, but
there is no timetable information at the bus stop.
The bus station (terminal) is a closer to the city centre, in Avenida Túlio Espanca almost opposite the Vila Galé hotel. Taxis are available, as well as a number of local bus connections for which see below. The tourist office is right in the city centre, at Praça do Giraldo, number 73.
Évora is a walkable city, but some parts are a little hilly! If you need local buses
around the city and immediate suburbs, consult the local bus
company website at http://www.trevo.com.pt/pt/default.asp which is only in Portuguese, or consult my additional information here.
Évora is at the end of the railway line, so the train does not
give any options apart from getting back to Lisbon. You
can, with a change of train at Pinhal Novo, travel from and back
to various towns in the Algarve, but the number of trains is obviously
The city bus website is www.trevo.com.pt
- it is only in Portuguese. The two routes likely to be of most value
to visitors are the two Linha Azul routes, numbers 51 and 52. These run
every 15 minutes to and from the bus station through and around the old
city. Service on these runs from 0800 to 2000 on weekdays, 0800 to 1400
on Saturdays. There is no service outside these hours. Details here.
Other routes run out to more distant suburbs at irregular intervals,
especially at weekends when only a skeleton service is provided, with
some routes not operating at all.
A single trip ticket is €1,30 except on Linha Azul (both) where the fare is €1 all day! If staying a while or using the buses more than five times, a ten trip pre pay ticket is €5,20 and a 20 trip ticket €10,40. These are available at the bus station, but not on board.Évora bus map
If you have any comments or updates for this page, I will be pleased to receive them by email. For more about Évora as a city, please see this Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Évora
Évora - buses useful to visitors for day trips out. There are no buses I know of to anywhere near the megaliths.
Many routes around Évora operate only once a day, into the city in the morning and returning in the afternoon. I have not included these as they are of no value to a visitor based in the city.
All regional buses are operated by Rodoviária do Alentejo - website www.rodalentejo.pt only in Portuguese. There is neither a map nor list of routes. You can search for point to point services between any two places but if there are none direct, nothing is shown.
For timetables click the link. Buses DO NOT RUN at weekends and public holidays unless specifically stated. Some routes have extra buses or run at different times on SCHOOLDAYS (Periodo Escolar). Check for times around local holidays as some routes do not operate on Carnaval day (Shrove Tuesday, which is an unofficial holiday but widely observed) also some do not run on the Monday after Easter Sunday.
Route numbers are not shown on the buses, only the destination as below. Timetables are on display at the bus station.
For a simple map showing these routes, click here.
Azaruja for the cork factory (Azaruja is about 10 miles / 16km from
Évora) take the bus going to Estremoz at 1025 returning at 1435 (except
in August) and 1805. Journey is 27 minutes to Azaruja.
8007 to Estremoz via Arraiolos - one bus at 0740 changing at Arraiolos http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/h007.pdf see also 8076 and 8104 below.
8076 to Arraiolos - a bus from Évora (going to Sabugueiro) at 1245 http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/h076.pdf see also 8007 above and 8205 below
8102 to Reguengos Monsarraz via Montoito - Three buses each way http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/H102.pdf (see also 8902 below)
8104 to Estremoz - one bus from Évora at 1025am returning from Estremoz at 1350 (except in August) and at 1720 http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/H104.pdf
8205 to Arraiolos - one bus from Évora at 0730 http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/H205.pdf see also 8007 and 8076 above. There is one buses back into Évora at 1730hrs during school holidays, no bus otherwise.
8551 Rápida to Montemor o Novo - Setubal - Alcácer do Sal. One bus from Évora at 0900, returning at 1515 http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/H551.pdf see also 8902C below
8558 Rápida to Elvas via Redondo and Borba on FRIDAYS only at 0900hrs, returning at 1600hrs http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/h558.pdf (there are other buses on this route but of no value to visitors) See also 8976 below. (One bus each way also operates on Sunday afternoons)
8902 to Reguengos Monsarraz via Ventinha - three buses each way http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/H902A.pdf
8902C to Montemor o Novo - Vendas Novas - Setubal One bus from Évora at 1015, returning from Setubal at 1700 http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/H902C.pdf see also 8551 above
8902E to Montemor o Novo - Vendas Novas - Landeira - Setubal from Évora at 0630, 0830 and 1230 weekdays, 0900 and 1230 weekends and Holidays. Return from Setubal at 1500 weekends and Holidays, 1845 daily. http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/H902E.pdf (there are other buses on this route)
8976 to Elvas via Redondo, Borba and Terrugem 2hrs 10 minutes journey. One bus from Évora at 0815 returning at 1300. http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/H976.pdf see also 8558 above.
SERVICE TO BEJA suitable for a day out. Operated by Rede-Expressos http://www.rede-expressos.pt tickets must be obtained before boarding. Journey time is 1 hour 15 minutes.
From Évora at 0900, 0930 and 1100 every day. Return from Beja at 1600 (Fridays only and not between 1 July and 15 September), 1700, 1800 and 1930 daily.
Rede Expressos also has services to other towns, some not served by Rodoalentejo. Check their website for times and do so carefully as some require a change en route and some are very infrequent.
Local train service was discontinued some years ago. The only trains
at Évora are the four weekday (three at weekends) trains to and from
Lisbon. These stop at Casa Branca, Vendas Novas, Pinhal Novo (for
connections to Setubal and the Algarve) then on to the stations in
Lisbon. Reservation is essential - see above.
It is possible to travel by train between Évora and Beja by changing at Casa Branca, but the trip will take an hour longer than the buses above, which take a direct route.
These are only possible on weekdays. There is no local bus service
across the border at weekends. There is no rail service, this was
discontinued in 2014.
For Évora to Elvas times with Rodoalentejo see above.
In addition, Rede - Expressos has these trips Évora to Elvas : 0015 arrive 0150 Mondays only, 1345 arrive 1500, 1700 arrive 1835 and 2105 arrive 2240 daily.
Rodoalentejo buses leave Elvas for Badajoz on WEEKDAYS ONLY at 0815, 1030 and 1500hrs. Arrival in Spain is 0945, 1200 and 1630 SPANISH TIME.