Sines Portugal - how to get there by train or bus and how to get
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DATE YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL
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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.
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 long distance bus (coach) - Operated by Rede
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.
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://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 €14,300. Most journeys take
around 2hrs 40 minutes. As of June 2022, there is a service of
seven journeys each way, with extra journeys from Lisbon on
Fridays and from Sines on Sundays, some of which are faster than
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 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 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 may be an 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
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, between about 0700 and 2000.
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 shopping centre out of town.
There are no buses on this route at weekends or on public
Further afield from Sines - local and regional buses
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WEBSITE FOR THE TIMES ON THE EXACT DATE YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL.
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 local bus routes from Sines to nearby towns
and villages. PLEASE check bus times locally. They may be changed
with little or no warning.
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 (arriving at 1050) and to Ermidas at 1735. Return trip from
Beja to Sines leaves at 1620, from Ermidas at 1845. Journey time to
Beja is 2 hours 35 minutes, to Ermidas 1 hour and 6 minutes.
Timetable in full here.
Other buses run to and from Santiago do Cacém - see below.
PORTO COVO AND VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES via Monte Novo, Porto Covo and
Maladinhas : schooldays at at 0715 and 1835, during school holidays
at 0745 and 1835. Return trips on schooldays leave Vila Nova
Milfontes at 0615 and 1730, via Porto Covo at 0643 and 1802
respectively. During school holidays they leave at 0645 and 1730
also via Porto Covo. Timetable
Additional buses run from Sines to Porto Covo at 1330 and 1630 on
schooldays. During school holidays the 1330 bus runs only on Mondays
and Thursdays. From Porto Covo to Sines also at 0728 and 1238
on schooldays. During school holidays, the 1238 bus runs on Mondays
You can also travel between Sines and Porto Covo or Vila Nova de
Milfontes with Rede Expressos coaches (long distance buses) at least
three times daily and more frequently in summer. These will cost
more than local buses. Go to www.rede-expressos.pt for times in detail and
SETUBAL via Santiago do Cacém, Grandôla and Alcacer do Sal : on
weekdays four buses each way plus 'commuter' runs between
Sines and Alcacer do Sal. Weekend and Holiday service at Sines
discontinued. Timetable in full here.
long distance services to and from Lisbon run via Setubal, thus
providing an alternative with several journeys every day.
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 during
school holidays goes via Porto Covo. On schooldays there are two
buses each day via Porto Covo. Two buses per day have connections at
Cercal with Odemira and one per day with São Teotónio and Odeciexe.
TRÓIA (for ferry to Setubal) - via Galiza, Brescos, Vale Figueira,
Melides and Casa Branca : two buses each way every day - timetable.
SANTIAGO DO CACÉM via Casa Madeira and the refineries : runs
weekdays only, seven buses each way, 25 minutes journey. Timetable here.
On weekdays there are six buses each way on a different and much
slower route via SANTO ANDRÉ. On Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
between Sines and Santiago do Cacèm are four buses each way via
Santo André - timetable for that route here. On weekdays there are other buses
each way on different routes for example those going to and from
Beja and Setubal.
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 fifth tier
of Portuguese football. The nearest big clubs are in Setubal
Comments and updates
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For more about Sines as a town, please see this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sines
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