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There are 7 ways to get from Madrid to Sintra by plane, train, bus, night bus, night train or car

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

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Fly, train  •  4h 35m

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

$38 - $161

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Bus  •  8h 29m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Lisbon

$47 - $83

Train, bus  •  9h 9m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías to Navalmoral de la Mata Tlg / ...
  2. Take the bus from Navalmoral de la Mata to Lisboa Auto Res

$57 - $90

Train  •  11h 51m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías to Badajoz Tlg / ...
  2. Take the train from Badajoz to Entroncamento R
  3. Take the train from Entroncamento to Lisboa Oriente R / ...

$78 - $114

Night bus  •  10h 37m

  1. Take the night bus from Madrid to Lisbon, Lisbon N794

$42 - $71

Trenhotel  •  12h 47m

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

$100 - $127

Drive  •  6h 9m

  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 40€ - 75€ and takes 8h 29m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Sintra is to fly and train which costs 30€ - 140€ and takes 4h 35m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Sintra. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Sintra Estação via Sete Rios and Amoreiras. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 29m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Sintra. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías and arriving at Portela de Sintra via Badajoz, Entroncamento and Lisboa Oriente. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 51m.

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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 8h 29m and costs 40€ - 75€.

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It takes approximately 4h 35m to get from Madrid to Sintra, including transfers.

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Madrid to Sintra bus services, operated by Avanza Grupo, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Sintra train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Sintra is to bus which takes 8h 29m and costs 40€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 65€ - 100€ and takes 11h 51m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Sintra.
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  • Distance: 323.9 miles
  • Duration: 4h 35m

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 7h. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Sintra via Badajoz, Entroncamento, and Lisboa Oriente in around 11h 51m.

Airlines
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $250
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon via Porto
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $250
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $390
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $210
Train operators
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
44m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
cp.pt
2nd Class
$3 - $5
1st Class
$3 - $5
Train from Entroncamento to Lisboa Oriente
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $15
Website
cp.pt
2nd Class
$8 - $12
1st Class
$9 - $15
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías to Navalmoral de la Mata
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías to Badajoz
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Train from Badajoz to Entroncamento
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $26
Website
renfe.com
Night train from Madrid Chamartín Station to Gare do Oriente
Ave. Duration
10h 37m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $120
Website
renfe.com
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
7h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
avanzabus.com
Auto Res Express
$55
Auto Res Normal
$50
Bus from Navalmoral de la Mata to Lisboa
Ave. Duration
5h 14m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
avanzabus.com
Rede Expressos
Phone
707 22 33 44
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios Station
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
Book at
rede-expressos.pt
InterNorte
Phone
707 200 512
Website
internorte.pt
Bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisboa - Sete Rios
Ave. Duration
10h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Schedules at
internorte.pt
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
8h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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Madrid to Sintra bus services, operated by Avanza Grupo, arrive at Lisbon station.

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Sintra is 1h behind Madrid. It is currently 12:10 AM in Madrid and 11:10 PM in Sintra.

Madrid to Sintra train services, operated by Portuguese Railways (CP), arrive at Lisboa Oriente station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Sintra is 646 km. It takes approximately 6h 9m to drive from Madrid to Sintra.

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easyJet, Air Europa, Iberia and TAP Portugal offer flights from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport.

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There are 7568+ hotels available in Sintra. Prices start at $51 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22m and costs 1€ - 3€.

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