Page checked and updated 26th December 2016. LISBON METRO AND
BUS FARES ARE THOSE APPLICABLE FROM 1st JANUARY 2017. If other fares are
increased I shall add this information as soon as it is available.
I have no easy means to check or update so please confirm through sources given below.
Sines (pop.14,300, urban area 20,000) is a coastal town in the Alentejo region
of Portugal. It is not in the Algarve - I was visiting! The
city is about 166km / 105 miles by road south from Lisbon
and a similar distance from Albufeira in the Algarve. Sines is probably
not a holiday destination. Although it has a small and popular beach, a pleasant old quarter and
a nice little castle on the hill, it is flanked by two large modern
port installations. Sines is one of Portugal's biggest commercial ports.
It might be a useful base for exploring the nearby areas. Read more about it in this wikipedia article. Sines is the birthplace of the legendary explorer Vasco da Gama. There are many monuments to him.
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 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 €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://carris.transporteslisboa.pt/
Consult the long distance bus website www.rede-expressos.pt
for Lisbon - Sines times, remember it's LISBOA on the timetable
search. One-way fare is currently €14.90 and the journey takes
about 2 hours 20 minutes. There are eight journeys each way on
weekdays, seven on Saturdays and Sundays. Extra journeys
operate in both directions on Friday and Sunday evenings during
University terms and during July and August.
For travel to or from other parts of Portugal you will almost always need to go via Lisbon. South of Sines, Rede-Expressos also stops to the south of Sines in Cercal, Odemira, São Teotónio and Odecixe. There is also a daily bus between Sines and Beja - see below.
There is no bus station as such. Coaches and buses start and end
their journeys in the Rua Júlio Gomes da Silva, opposite the health
centre (Centro do Saúde) and near the Fire Station (Bombeiros). This is about five minutes
walk from the town centre. There is a green kiosk acting as ticket
office, waiting room and information desk. There are no cafés or bars in
the immediate area in which to while away the time, just a few benches.
Sines is a small town and walkable. The old part of town sits
high on a cliff above the sea, so getting down to the beach and port
areas requires a very steep hill to deal with coming back up. A lift (elevator) links the Praia Vasco da Gama (beach) and town area on top of the cliff. Excellent picture of it here, courtesy of http://kanimambo-carlos.blogspot.pt/ . Below the town, the former main road alongside the beach to the northern
port area has been closed to traffic and rehabilitated to become a
pedestrian and cycle route.
There is alleged to be a local minibus route around town but I never saw it. Information on the official website here - the link to the latest timetable is at the bottom of the page.
Stop number 5 is by the main stops for the other bus and coach services connecting Sines with Lisbon and different towns. It
also serves the new shopping centre out of town. Buses run once each
hour on weekdays only, there are no buses at weekends or on public
The stadium of Vasco da Gama Sines (the Complexo Desportivo de Sines)
is on the edge of the main part of town. However their team occupies a
very lowly position in the second division of the regional league (fifth
tier) and is surely only for the diehard fans! The nearest big club is
If you have any comments or updates for this page, I will be pleased to receive them by email. For more about Sines as a town, please see this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sines
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!