There are 5 ways to get from Madrid to Sintra by bus, night bus, night train, car, plane or train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus  •  7 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Lisbon

$44 - $64

Cheapest option

Fly, train  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lisbon (LIS) MAD - LIS
  2. Take the train from Lisboa Oriente to Portela de Sintra

$38 - $161

3 alternative options

Night bus  •  10 h 51 min

  1. Take the night bus from Madrid to Lisbon, Lisbon N793

$42 - $76

Trenhotel  •  11 h 32 min

  1. Take the Trenhotel from Madrid Chamartín Station to Gare do Oriente Lusitania

$99 - $127

Drive  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Sintra 403.6 miles

$90 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Sintra is to bus which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 7 h 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Sintra is to fly and train which costs 30€ - 140€ and takes 4 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Sintra. However, there are services departing from Madrid Sol and arriving at Portela de Sintra via Madrid Chamartín Station and Lisboa Oriente. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 32 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Sintra is 518 km. The road distance is 645.8 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Sintra without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 39 min and costs 35€ - 55€.

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It takes approximately 7 h 39 min to get from Madrid to Sintra, including transfers.

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Madrid to Sintra train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Madrid Chamartín Station.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Sintra is 1 h behind Madrid. It is currently 1:37 PM in Madrid and 12:37 PM in Sintra.

Madrid to Sintra train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Gare do Oriente station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Sintra.
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  • Distance: 323.9 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 39 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Sintra, Portugal?

Avanza Grupo operates a bus from Madrid to Sintra 3 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 7 h.

Airlines
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $250
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon via Porto
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $250
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $390
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $210
Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Night train from Madrid Chamartín Station to Gare do Oriente
Ave. Duration
9 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $120
Website
renfe.com
Portuguese Railways (CP)

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal, and spans over 2700km, with trains being split into four main types: regional and intercity trains, international and domestic high-speed trains, and international night trains. Portugal's main stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto - these train stations connect to trains in Portugal's main cities and international destinations. The Alfa Pendular, the fastest train in Portugal, is a popular travel choice, as it can run at a speed of up to 250 km/h.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 707 210 220
Website
cp.pt
Train from Lisboa Oriente to Portela de Sintra
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
cp.pt
2nd Class
$3 - $5
1st Class
$3 - $5
Bus operators
Avanza Grupo
Phone
+34 (0) 91 272 28 32
Email
informacion@avanzabus.com
Website
avanzabus.com
Bus from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
avanzabus.com
Auto Res Express
$57
Auto Res Normal
$51
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Madrid to Lisbon, Lisbon
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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