The best independent guide to Central Portugal
The best independent guide to Central Portugal
Evora is a historic Portuguese city that is situated in the heart of the Alentejo region. The city is a must-see tourist destination and can be visited as a day trip from Lisbon or included in a wider tour of Portugal.
Evora is located 130km to the east of Lisbon, and both cities are connected by direct bus and train services. This reliable and inexpensive public transport means a car is not needed to visit the city.
The main difference between travelling by train or bus is the frequency of services and fares. Both the express bus and train journeys have similar journey times of 90 minutes.
The intercity express buses provide a frequent service (with up to 23 departures per day), while for the train, there are only five train departures per day (and only three at weekends).
However, the train provides a much more relaxing and comfortable experience. There are always seats available, and the carriages are spacious, with ample space for luggage.
If you are planning a day trip to Evora, and are travelling during the week (Monday to Friday), we recommend the train. At the weekends, the infrequent train departures mean the intercity bus is the better option.
If you are taking just a single journey to or from Evora, we would also recommend the train. Be aware of the train times if travelling at the weekends, as the departures are limited.
The train operator of Portugal is Comboios de Portugal (CP), and the main intercity bus company is Rede Expressos; both of their websites are:
CP - https://www.cp.pt/
Rede Expressos - rede-expressos.pt/
The Diana Roman Temple
Train travel in Portugal is a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
The Lisbon to Evora train service is an intercity service (IC), which means the train journey has few stops (once outside of Lisbon), and the carriage is of a higher standard.
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 no standing passengers are allowed.
The train journey takes 93 minutes from the Orient train station in Lisbon. A single ticket costs €12.50, and a return is 10% cheaper at €22.50. For a splash of luxury, a first-class ticket is only €16.65.
Evora train station is modern but has few passengers
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 & Sunday: 9:06, 16:57 and 19:06
Please note: Train times were checked in Feb2023; please check the CP website for any seasonal alterations:
The Evora to Lisbon train
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 visitors depart from Lisbon at 9:02 (Mon-Fri) or 9:52 (Sat-Sun) and get the return train at 16:57 – this provides a minimum of 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 Lisbon’s Oriente Train Station. This station is connected to the Red Metro Line and is located within the Parque das Nações area. The Oriente is large complex, comprising of a metro, bus and train station. There is also a shopping complex opposite. Interestingly, more passengers pass through this station annually than New York’s Grand Central Station!
Evora Train Station is the final stop along the service from Lisbon and is situated to the south of the city. It is a 500m walk along the Avenida dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra from the train station to the southern city walls, and takes approximately 10 minutes to walk.
The Evora train in Orient station in Lisbon
The Lisbon to Evora bus is part of the intercity express service operated by Rede Expressos. The intercity buses are punctual and reliable. They are also clean, modern and have air conditioning. The journey from Lisbon to Evora takes approximately an hour and a half. A single ticket cost €11.90 and a day return costs €21.20. For the latest timetable please see the Rede Expressos websites: www.
Tickets need to be purchased before boarding the bus and allocated seats are displayed on tickets by the word “Lugar”, for example Lugar 12 (seat 12).
The Rede Expressos' direct bus to Evora
Tickets can be purchased from Lisbon’s Sete Rios Bus Station, Evora Bus Station, or via the internet at the Rede Expressos website. Internet tickets can be purchased up to 30 days in advance, and pre-booked tickets are recommended for travel during the summer season. Tickets purchased via the internet are non-refundable and no alterations can be made.
Services to Evora depart from Lisbon’s Sete Rios Bus Station, which is served by the Jardim Zoológico Metro Station on the Blue Metro Line. Sete Rios is the main hub for Rede Expressos buses and is a busy bus station with frequent arrivals and departures.
Sete Rios is a major bus station
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. The exact departure time is also printed on the ticket.
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. The bus station underwent a major renovation project and is relatively clean. It is also considered to be very safe and there is a constant police presence. Despite this, do not leave luggage unattended and be vigilant for opportunistic pick-pockets.
The Evora bus station
Evora Bus Station is on the western side of the city, next to Evora’s cemetery. It is less than a 200m walk to the city walls so there is no need to get a taxi. Evora Bus Station is a major hub for both intercity and regional buses, and all onward tickets can be purchased directly from the station.