The best independent guide to Central Portugal
The best independent guide to Central Portugal
Evora lies at the heart of the Alentejo region and is a fascinating and historic city. Found within Evora is a varied selection of interesting tourist attractions, while its relaxed pace of life is very different to hectic Lisbon. Evora is highly recommended for a day trip from Lisbon, or as a destination in a longer tour of Portugal.
Evora is located 130km to the east of Lisbon and is easily reached using direct bus and train services. This reliable and inexpensive public transport means a car is not needed to travel from Lisbon to Evora. However, a car is useful if you wish to explore the surrounding region, where there is very little public transport.
The Templo Romano is one of the best-preserved Roman structures in the Iberian Peninsula
Both the intercity train (Comboios de Portugal) and express bus (Rede Expressos) services between Lisbon and Evora are of a high standard, so the choice between them is really down to personal preference.
The main difference between travelling by train or bus is the number of departures. There are many more bus departures than trains, with the intercity express buses providing a frequent service (with up to 23 departures per day). In comparison, there are only five train departures per day (reducing to just three at weekends).
The fares for both are comparable when purchased on the day of travel, but Rede Expressos bus fares use dynamic pricing (with fares getting more expensive as more seats are sold). This means it can be significantly cheaper to use the bus than the train if you purchase tickets well in advance or travel at quieter times.
Insight: FlixBus, the German low-cost bus operator, also has routes between Lisbon and Evora. This is a low-cost service, and tickets are significantly cheaper than both the train and Rede Expressos.
Both the express buses and trains have similar journey times of around 90 minutes. However, the train provides a much more relaxing and comfortable experience, with spacious carriages and ample space for luggage.
If you are planning a day trip to Evora and are travelling during the week (Monday to Friday), we would recommend the train. At weekends, the infrequent train departures mean the intercity bus (either Rede Expressos or FlixBus) is a better option.
If you are taking just a single journey to or from Evora, we would also recommend the train. But always be aware of the train times if travelling at the weekends, due to the limited departures.
The remainder of this article will explain each of these journeys (the train and the two bus services) in depth.
The train to Evora in Lisbon’s Oriente train station
Train travel in Portugal is a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
The Lisbon to Evora train is an intercity service (Intercidades - IC), which means the train journey has few stops (once outside of Lisbon), and the carriage is of a higher standard than the Regional and Urban train services.
Note: As the train is an IC service, there are only a set number of seats, and tickets should be purchased before your journey. Once all of the seats are sold, there is no further space, as standing passengers are not allowed.
The train journey takes 93 minutes from the Oriente train station in Lisbon. A single ticket costs €12.50, with a return being 10 per cent cheaper at €22.50. For a splash of luxury, a first-class ticket is only €16.65.
Lisbon to Evora (departure time from Orient station)
• Monday - Friday: 7:02, 9:02, 13:32, 17:02 and 19:02
• Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9:52, 17:02 and 19:02
Evora to Lisbon
• Monday - Friday: 7:06, 9:06, 11:35, 16:57 and 19:06
• Saturday and Sunday: 9:06, 16:57 and 19:06
Please note: Train times were checked in February 2023. Please check the CP website for any seasonal alterations:
Evora train station is modern but has few passengers.
It is possible to visit Evora as a day trip from Lisbon, although it will be a really long day. As train departures are infrequent, you should arrange your day around the departure times.
It is recommended that you depart from Lisbon at 9:02 (Mon-Fri) or 9:52 (Sat-Sun) and catch the return train at 16:57 – this provides at least 4 hours in Evora, which is sufficient to see the main tourist sites.
Tickets need to be purchased before boarding the train. Note that seats are allocated, and these are displayed on the ticket.
A great way to discover Evora from Lisbon is to join an organised tour. This removes the hassle of public transport and provides you with a knowledgeable guide. We have worked with GetYourGuide for the previous seven years, and some of their best tours of Evora include:
The train to Evora departs from the Oriente train station in Lisbon. This station is connected to the red metro line and is located within the Parque das Nações area. The Oriente is a large complex comprising of a metro, bus and train station.
Evora station is the final stop along the service from Lisbon and is situated to the south of the city (GPS: 38.560332, -7.907261). From the station, it is a 500m walk along the Avenida dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra to the edge of the historic centre, which takes around 10 minutes.
The Intercidade train to Evora
Rede Expressos is the main intercity bus company of Portugal, which operates smart and modern buses with punctual and inexpensive services.
The journey from Lisbon to Evora takes 90 minutes. A single ticket costs €11.90, with a day return costing €21.20.
Note: Since the introduction of FlixBus to Portugal, Rede Expressos have begun dynamic pricing of fares, where tickets go up depending on demand. It is always advisable to purchase tickets beforehand for the lowest prices.
For the latest timetables, please see the Rede Expressos website: www.
Tickets need to be purchased before boarding the bus, and allocated seats are displayed on tickets.
The Rede Expressos bus to Lisbon in Evora bus station
Rede Expressos bus services depart from the Sete Rios Bus Station in Lisbon (GPS: 38.741817, -9.166361). The bus station is connected to the blue metro line and is served by the Jardim Zoológico Metro Station. A handful of bus services that depart from Sete Rios also stop in Oriente bus station (GPS: 38.7679, -9.1004), this can be a useful alternative if you are heading to Evora directly from the airport.
Buses depart promptly, so always arrive earlier than the departure time in order to locate the correct departure bay. All of the departure bays are clearly displayed on the departure screens, which are found in both the waiting room and ticket office.
Sete Rios bus station is equipped with all of the expected facilities of a major bus station, including a waiting area, cafes and a variety of shops. As with all bus stations, do not leave luggage unattended and be vigilant for opportunistic thieves.
Sete Rios is a major bus station
The Terminal Rodoviário de Évora (Evora Bus Terminal) is to the west of the historic centre (GPS: 38.568083, -7.918167) and is close to the cemetery. From the bus station, it is less than 200m to the historic centre, and can easily be walked.
Evora bus station is a major hub for buses throughout the Alentejo region, with many regional and intercity services departing from here.
Evora bus station
FlixBus are a low-cost bus operator that also provides regular bus services between Lisbon and Evora. Their fares are often cheaper than Rede Expressos, but on peak services, prices will be comparable.
You can view the latest timetables and purchase tickets from the FlixBus website: https://www.flixbus.pt/
The FlixBus service departs from Lisbon’s Oriente bus station, which is attached to the Oriente train station. The best way to travel to the bus station is via the red metro line.
In Evora, the buses terminate at the Terminal Rodoviário de Évora, which is the same as the Rede Expressos services.
The distinctive green colour of the Flixbus