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Sines Portugal - how to get there by train or bus and how to get around

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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.

From Lisbon Airport and City to Sines by train  cplogo

IMPOSSIBLE. Sines has no passenger rail service and with the nearest railway stations over an hour's bus ride and the services being very infrequent, travelling to Sines even part of the way by train is simply not an option.

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

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 €2 including 50 cents for the rechargeable ticket card.

There is also a direct bus, Aerobus 3, from the airport to Sete Rios but now with a drastically reduced service running only once each hour from 0900 to 1700 on weekdays only. Consult the Aerobus website for details For your bus options from elsewhere in the city check the city bus website at http://carris.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 €14.20. Some fast journesy take 2 hours, but most take about 2 hours 40 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 also 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 in Cercal, Odemira, São Teotónio and Odeceixe. There is also a daily bus across country between Sines and Beja - see below.

Algarve to Sines by train

IMPOSSIBLE as above

Algarve to Sines by coach (bus)

Rede Expressos operates one direct service each day from Portimão via Lagos and Aljezur. This leaves at 1500hrs arriving in Sines at 1750hrs. The return trip leaves Sines at 1005hrs, arriving in Portimão at 1300hrs. Connections are available from and to other parts of the Algarve by local bus or train. There is one extra journey each way in the summer period, in the early morning towards Sines returning in the evening. Information at www.rede-expressos.pt as above.

Arriving in Sines

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.

Getting around in Sines

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 a local minibus route around town that runs once each hour, but on weekdays only.  Information on the official website here. 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. There are no buses at weekends or on public holidays.

Further afield from Sines - local and regional buses


These are for the most part very infrequent and most do not operate at weekends. The bus operator is Rodo Alentejo, whose website www.rodalentejo.pt contains neither a map nor list of routes. Timetables can only be displayed if you use the 'Origem' and 'Destino' search. If there is no direct bus, no results will be displayed so it is difficult to search for connections.

This is a summary of the routes from Sines to nearby towns and villages. Timetables are on display at the main place where the buses stop but not elsewhere. Buy your ticket from the bus driver. Change is given! Buses do not show a route number, just the destination.

BEJA via Santiago do Cacém, Abela, Ermidas : weekdays only : to Beja at 0815 and to Ermidas at 1735. Return trip from Beja to Sines leaves at 1620, from Ermidas at 1850 during school holidays, 1903 on schooldays.. Journey time to Beja is 2 hours 25 minutes, to Ermidas 1 hour and 6 minutes. Other buses run to and from Santiago do Cacém - see below.

VILA NOVA DAS MILFONTES via Monte Novo, Porto Covo and Maladinhas : weekdays only at 0735 and 1835. Return trips at 0630 and 1730.

SETUBAL via Santiago do Cacém, Grandôla and Alcacer do Sal : weekdays four buses each way plus one  'commuter' run between Sines and Alcacer do Sal. Weekend and Holiday service discontinued except for a couple of buses between Sines and Alcacer do Sal.  The Rede-Expressos long distance services to and from Lisbon run via Setubal, thus providing an alternative.

LAGOA SANTO ANDRÉ via Industrial Zone, Galiza and Brescos : weekdays only, two buses each way.

CERCAL via Monte Novo, Porto Novo Crossroads (nb 5 km from the village) , Sonega and Tanganheira : weekdays three buses each way, four on schooldays. one bus each way on Mondays and Thursdays goes via Porto Covo, additional buses run via Porto Covo on schooldays. Two buses per day have connections at Cercal with Odemira and one per day with São Teotónio and Odeciexe. Timetable.

TRÓIA (for ferry to Setubal) - via Galiza, Brescos, Vale Figueira, Melides and Casa Branca : DAILY two buses each way - timetable.

SANTIAGO DO CACÉM via Casa da Madeira and the refineries : weekdays only six buses each way, fastest route 25 minutes journey. On Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays four buses each way on a different and much slower route via Santo André, which also runs on weekdays.

Football Stadium in Sines

The stadium of Vasco da Gama Sines (the Complexo Desportivo de Sines) is on the edge of the main part of town. The team plays in the first Division of the Setubal District League, the fourth tier of Portuguese football.  The nearest big club is Vítoria Setubal.

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 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!

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