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

INFORMATION CHECKED AND UPDATED 28th JUNE 2024

PLEASE CHECK AT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES FOR THE TIMES ON THE EXACT DATE YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL
REDE-EXPRESSOS LONG DISTANCE BUS (COACH) TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLY 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE
CURRENT TIMES WILL BE OK FOR PLANNING PURPOSES. THEY RARELY CHANGE.

I have no easy means to check or update so please confirm through sources given below. PLEASE CHECK AT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES.

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.

From Lisbon Airport and City to Évora by train  cplogo

You can now pay for Lisbon metro journeys using contactless payment. Each journey including transfer to another line if needed will cost €1,80.

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 paid cash €2,30 (cash) including 50 cents for the rechargeable ticket card. There is also city bus 744 to Oriente. City bus details at http://www.carris.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 RESERVATION IS COMPULSORY.

There are currently five trains each weekday, leaving Lisbon Oriente at 0702, 0902, 1332, 1702 and 1902. At weekends and on public holidays there are only THREE trains, at 0952, 1702 and 1902. These trains also call at Entrecampos and Sete Rios stations in Lisbon, which are nearer the city centre.

Journey time from Oriente to Évora is about 1 hour 30 minutes. One way ticket (full price) €17,70 first class, €13,35 second class. Discounted prices are very often available, up to 50% off!

Return trains leave Évora on weekdays at 0706, 0906, 1135, 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.

Lisbon - Évora by bus (coach) - operated by Rede Expressos

You will probably 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 €2,30 cash, €1,80 contactless card.

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/

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 €12,50 (discounted fares are sometimes available at €8) and the journey takes about 1hr 45 minutes. There are about 15 journeys every day - click here for more detail.

In addition to the main service from Sete Rios, there are two direct journeys every day from Lisbon Oriente bus station, which is much closer to the airport. Currently these leave at 1500 and 1600hrs. Same website for tickets.

Rede Expressos also has service 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 holidays.

Lisbon to Évora - operated by Flixbus

Flixbus run about eight journeys every day from Lisbon Oriente Bus Station to Évora, non-stop, taking 1 hour 30 minutes. Times and tickets at www.flixbus.pt or using their app. Oriente is several km from the city centre, out near the airport. Leaving from city centre will add at least 45 minutes to the overall journey, but Oriente is much more convenient than Sete Rios (used by Rede Expressos) if flying into Lisbon or coming from many places in the north of Portugal, whether by train or coach.

Arriving in Évora

Évora railway station is 10 - 15 minutes walk to the city centre and hotels. Taxis are available. There are local buses on weekdays and on Saturdays until about 1400h, but service on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Holidays. On the city bus website below find routes Azul Sul and number 23. The stop at the railway station is called Praça Giraldo. Linha Azul also runs from the bus station into the city centre.

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.

Getting around in Évora

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.html or consult my additional information here.  Bus stops and the times buses stop are also marked on Google Maps.

Further afield from Évora - trains, local and regional buses

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 very limited.

evora Évora bus station at about 10am on a weekday. Not much activity as you can see! Buses between Évora and neighbouring towns are operated by Rodoviária do Alentejo. Their buses are white with red panels. Many routes operate only two or three times a day on weekdays. Most bus routes do not operate at all at weekends or on public holidays. I have summarised those few routes that might be of use to visitors here. All routes start at the bus station. Some stop elsewhere in town depending on destination.

City buses in Évora

The city bus network includes two routes from the main bus station through the centre and which may be value to visitors. These are Linha Azul Norte and Linha Azul Sud. These run every 15 minutes from 0800 to 2000 on weekdays only. There is no service on Saturdays,Sundays and Holidays. Other routes operate fairly frequently on weekdays but not at regular times after each hour. There is a very limited weekend and holiday service.

The city bus website for all timetables is www.trevo.com.pt most parts are available in English.

A single trip ticket is €1,50 except on Linha Azul (both) where the fare is €1,15 all day! If staying a while or using the buses more than five times, a ten journey pre pay ticket is  €5,85. Those are available at the bus station, but not on board. There is an 'app' for pre paid tickets, monthly passes and general information.

Évora town bus routes, maps and timetables.



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 Évora as a city, please see this Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Évora

Additional information about buses in the area

PLEASE CHECK AT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR THE TIMES ON THE DATE YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL.

Évora - buses useful to visitors for day trips out. There are no buses I know of that go 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, nor on the Évora municipal holiday 29th June.

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.

8104 to Azaruja for the cork factory (Azaruja is about 10 miles / 16km from Évora) there are buses from Évora at 1025, 1545 and 1715 on all weekdays. Buses return from Azuraja at 1435 (this bus does not run in August!), 1805 on schooldays, 1830 during school holidays. Complete timetable here.

8076 to Arraiolos and Sabugueiro - two buses each way. Timetable here. For Arraiolos see also 8913 below.

8102 to Reguengos Monsarraz via Montoito - Three buses each way plus a very early journey on schooldays from Évora http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/e102.pdf  For a day out to Reguengos Monsaraz, take the 1025 from Évora and return on the 1815. The smaller village just called Monsaraz cannot be reached by bus from Évora for a day out. Take a taxi, it is about 15km or 9 miles from Reguengos.

8104 to Estremoz via Vale Pereiro - three buses each way times here see also 8553 below. Also the Rede Expressos long distance bus company has two journeys a day between Évora and Estremoz. These are faster but much more expensive. Times and tickets up to 30 days in advance at www.rede-expressos.pt

8205 to Arraiolos - one bus from Évora during school holidays at 0730 http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/H205.pdf see also 8076 above. There a bus back into Évora at 1730hrs during school holidays. This route stops at Cerâmica. A return trip is not possible on schooldays.

8553 - Rápida to Estremoz, Monfrote and Portalegre one journey each weekday at 1815hrs. From Portalagre to Évora at 0715, calling at Estremoz at 0800. Timetable here. See also 8104 above.

Confusingly, there are two bus routes on the website numbered 8902.

8902 to Reguengos Monsarraz, via Vendinha and Mourăo- four or five buses each way, but from Évora there are none before 1300hrs! Service reduced to three buses each way when schools are closed.  http://www.rodalentejo.pt/XlsHtml/e902A.pdf

8902 to Montemor-o-Novo - Vendas Novas - Setubal from Évora six times each weekday with extra journeys between Évora and Montemôr-o-Novo. Timetable here. There are other buses on weekdays between Évora and Montemôr-o-Novo via various villages. These take longer. There are NO buses on this route at weekends or on public holidays.

8913 to Arraiolos and Mora - on schooldays three buses each way Évora <> Arraiolos, two to and from Mora. During School Holidays two buses and from Arraiolos, one to and from Mora. Timetable here.

8976 to Elvas via Redondo, Benacatel, Borba and Vila Boim. One bus each weekday at 18.15hrs. From Ęlvas to Évora there are buses at 07.10, 13.30 (school holidays) 13.45 (Schooldays).An extra bus runs on Fridays from Évora to Elvas at 0900 via Redondo, Benacatel, Vila Viçosa and Borba, arriging in Elvas at 1030. Return journey from Elvas is at 1600. There are one or two other buses each weekday between Évora and Vila Voçosa. Timetable here.

Rede-Expressos also operates four or five daily journeys between Évora and Elvas, but there are no journeys from Évora to Elvas between 0015 and 1345.

ÉVORA TO BEJA by bus

Fast journeys are operated by Rede-Expressos http://www.rede-expressos.pt tickets must be obtained before boarding. Journey time is 1 hour 15 minutes. One way standard fare is €7,60. Discounted tickets may be available. There are four journeys each way every day, but at irregular intervals.

There is one local bus from Évora to Beja each weekday at 1730, operated by Trimbal. The inbound journey to Évora leaves Beja at  0745, arriving at 0939.

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 TRAINS AROUND ÉVORA

ÉVORA TO BEJA by train

There are three trains each way on weekdays, one each way at weekends. Journey time is about 1 hour 15 minutes. Complete timetable - https://www.cp.pt/StaticFiles/horarios/longo-curso/comboios-lisboa-evora-beja.pdf

Although no doubt primarily for operational purposes, these trains represent an almost doubling of the weekday train service at Évora from what it was!

CONNECTIONS FROM ÉVORA TO BADAJOZ (SPAIN) VIA ELVAS


THERE ARE NO TRAINS FROM ÉVORA INTO SPAIN AND FEW BUSES

PLEASE CHECK AT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES FOR THE TIMES ON THE EXACT DATE YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL.

FLIXBUS - www.flixbus.com - have two daily direct journeys Évora to Badajoz at  1115 and 1210hrs. Arrival at Badajoz is at 1335 and 1430hrs Spanish time. Also, they do not use Évora bus station as their stop. Times in detail and ticket purchase at their website. The return journeys from Badajoz to Évora are at 1510 and 1630hrs SPANISH TIME with arrival in Évora at 1535 and 1645hrs Portuguese time. This is a service between Lisbon and Madrid and is often full.

REDE EXPRESSOS ( www.rede-expressos.pt ) has two daytime direct journeys between Évora and Badajoz, plus a night-time journey at 23.15.Tickets are available at their website or at Évora bus station. NB tickets for the night journey must be purchased in advance.

There about three other direct services between Elvas and Lisbon every day. A taxi from Badajoz to Elvas bus station can be used to connect with these. Check times and buy tickets at www.rede-expressos.pt

In addition, two trains each day cross the border between Elvas, Portugal and the Spanish town of Badajoz. Problem is that Elvas is a long way from Évora, there are no trains and there are very few buses. Connections are now almost non-existent.

There are no local buses between Évora and Elvas at weekends or on public holidays.THERE IS NO LONGER A LOCAL CROSS BORDER BUS SERVICE BETWEEN

The bus and rail stations at Elvas are 3.6km apart. There are no buses and no taxis at Elvas railway station


FRI DAILY DAILY DAILY These journeys come from Lisbon


TRAIN RE
TRAIN RE
RE  DAILY
Évora leave
0900
---
1345
---
1045
1500
Elvas arrive
1030
---
1500
C
Elvas leave
---
1140
---
1612
(Spanish time + 1 hour)
Badajoz arrive ---
1254 ---
1726
1315
1715
Train to Madrid leaves
Badajoz
---
1420
---
1743
These buses / coaches go to Madrid
arriving about 5 hours later
RE - bus / coach operated by Rede Expressos. You must have a ticket before getting on board.

The 1140 train from Elvas to Badajoz comes from Entroncamento at 0909. There is a connection from Lisbon Santa Apolónia at 0800
C - this train comes from Entroncamento at 1336, with a connection from Lisbon Santa Apolónia at 1230. The train from Badajoz to Madrid at 1743 DOES NOT RUN on Saturdays.

A B
FRI
DAILY DAILY
DAILY
Train from Madrid arrives
at Badajoz
---
1334

A 1605


RE
TRAIN BUS
RE TRAIN RE
Badajoz leave 0430 1409

1430
1941
---
Portuguese time - 1 hour

Elvas arrive 1323
---
1855
---
Elvas Leave 1325
1600
1857
1830
Évora arrive See
1730
1515
See
1945

to
Lisbon
note
below

to
Lisbon
note
Below
to
Lisbon

RE - bus / coach operated by Rede Expressos. You must have a ticket before getting on board.
 YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET BEFORE BOARDING. TICKET OFFICES ARE NOT OPEN AT NIGHT
NIGHT-TIME JOURNEYS ALSO STOP AT LISBON AIRPORT

A - These buses / coaches come from Madrid, leaving there about 5 hours before the time at Badajoz.
B -  train from Madrid does not run on Sundays and Holidays.

The 1409 (Spanish Time) train from Badajoz goes to Entroncamento arriving at 1552. From there, a connection to  Lisbon will get you there at 17.00hrs You cannot buy a ticket at Badajoz for Lisbon. Buy from www.cp.pt website or app.The 1941 (Spanish time) train from Badajoz goes to Abrantes, arriving at 20.52. From there, a connection to  Lisbon will get you there at 22.25hrs You cannot buy a ticket at Badajoz for Lisbon. Buy from www.cp.pt website or app.

The 1600 bus from Elvas, also the 0900 from Évora are operated by Rodoalentejo. Tickets not sold on websites etc.
FRI - This bus runs on FRIDAYS only. The only other bus in the afternoon / evening is the 1830 Rede Expressos service to Lisbon via Évora.

(Spanish time is 1 hour ahead of Portuguese time, always, so simply by crossing that 20km from Elvas to Badajoz you must adjust your watches.)

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