There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to Sintra by plane, train, bus, night bus, night train or car

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Fly, line 18200 train  •  4h 57m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lisbon (LIS) MAD - LIS
  2. Take the line 18200 train from Lisboa - Oriente to Sintra

37€ - 225€

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Bus  •  8h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Oriente Station Auto Res

24€ - 56€

4 alternative options

Train  •  11h 55m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias to Badajoz 194 / ...
  2. Take the train from Badajoz to Entroncamento Re
  3. Take the train from Entroncamento to Lisboa - Oriente Re / ...

51€ - 68€

Night bus  •  10h 10m

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

30€ - 45€

Night train  •  12h 54m

  1. Take the night train from Madrid-Chamartin to Lisboa - Oriente 332

48€ - 66€

Drive  •  6h 9m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Sintra 647.7 km

80€ - 120€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Sintra is to night bus which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 10h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Sintra is to fly and line 18200 train which costs 35€ - 230€ and takes 4h 57m.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Madrid, Madrid and arriving at Sintra. This bus operates Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 10h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Sintra. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias and arriving at Sintra via Badajoz, Entroncamento and Lisboa - Oriente. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 55m.

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The distance between Madrid and Sintra is 518 km. The road distance is 647.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Sintra without a car is to bus which takes 8h 43m and costs 23€ - 60€.

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It takes approximately 4h 57m to get from Madrid to Sintra, including transfers.

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

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Madrid to Sintra train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Sintra is to bus which takes 8h 43m and costs 23€ - 60€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 50€ - 70€ and takes 11h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Sintra.
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  • Distance: 518.2 km
  • Duration: 4h 57m

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

Rede Expressos operates a bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Oriente Station twice daily. Tickets cost 21€ - 45€ and the journey takes 7h 45m. 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 55m.

Airlines
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon via Porto
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 210€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 210€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 190€
Train operators
Comboios De Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal that spans over 2700km, with trains split into three main types: regional, urban 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 connect to trains in Portugal's 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. You can book train tickets up to 60 days in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 707 210 220
Website
cp.pt
Train from Lisboa - Oriente to Sintra
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
2€ - 4€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
2€ - 4€
Train from Badajoz to Entroncamento
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
12€ - 18€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
12€ - 18€
Train from Entroncamento to Lisboa - Oriente
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
7€ - 10€
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias to Badajoz
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Night train from Madrid-Chamartin to Lisboa - Oriente
Ave. Duration
10h 37m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
45€ - 60€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
Rede Expressos

Rede Nacional de Expressos is a cheap and convenient way to get around the country. In business since 1995, Portugal’s biggest bus operator services villages and cities across the country. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days before the date of travel, with discounted fares available via their free RFLEX Card. Most coaches have WiFi and power sockets.

Contact Details
Phone
707 22 33 44
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Oriente Station
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
21€ - 45€
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
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rede-expressos.pt
Dary Commerce
Phone
+3592917400
Email
info@darytravel.com
Website
dary.bg
Bus from Madrid to Lisbon Gare do Oriente
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
dary.bg
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Madrid, Madrid to Sintra
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Madrid to Sintra bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Sintra station.

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Sintra is 1h behind Madrid. It is currently 2:46 AM in Madrid and 1:46 AM in Sintra.

Madrid to Sintra train services, operated by Comboios De Portugal, arrive at Lisboa - Oriente station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Sintra is 648 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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Book your Madrid to Sintra bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 7988+ hotels available in Sintra. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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