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Lisbon to Tomar
Tomar is a historic and fascinating destination as it was the regional strong hold for the Knights Templar religious order. Tomar makes for an enjoyable destination as part of a tour of central Portugal and can be visited as a (long) day trip from Lisbon. There are excellent public transport services between Lisbon and Tomar with both bus and train services. This guide will provide a guide to travel from Lisbon to Tomar by public transport and includes fares, links to timetables and station information.
Sete Rois is the main terminal for Rede Expresso buses
Lisbon to Tomar an Overview
Tomar is situated 140km northeast of Lisbon and the quickest method of travel is by rental car, with the journey taking approximately 1 hour 20 minutes and follows the A1 toll expressway.
Public transport in Portugal is safe, reliable and inexpensive and the services use clean and modern buses or trains. Tomar is connected to Lisbon by both intercity bus services and a regional railway. Both modes of transport have comparable journey times and fares, the main difference is that there are more daily departures with the train. The railway is the recommended means of travel and train journeys in Portugal are relaxing and hassle free. The following section first details train services between Tomar and Lisbon and then the intercity bus services of the route.
Lisbon to Tomar by Train
The railway that connects Lisbon and Tomar is a slow regional service with Tomar as the final stop of the line. The railway is operated by CP (Comboios de Portugal) the national train company. As the service is a regional line there are multiple stops along the route and the total journey takes just over 2 hours.
The Santa Apolonia Station in Lisbon
There are over 20 departures Monday to Friday and 13 at the weekends, the frequency of the train services means that Tomar can be visited as a day trip from Lisbon. The latest timetable can be downloaded from the CP website:
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Traveling by train in Portugal is inexpensive and a single from Lisbon to Tomar costs €9.95. The tickets are purchased from the ticket office on the day of travel and cannot be pre-booked. There is no need to pre-book as there is always plenty of space.
In Lisbon the train to Tomar departs from two train stations; Santa Apolonia and Oriente. The Tomar train starts in Santa Apolonia and 8 minutes late stops at Oriente, (please see link to timetable). Santa Apolonia station is on the edge of the Alfama district and is connected to the Blue metro line by the station of the same name. Santa Apolonia station is convenient for tourists who are based in the Baixa district of Lisbon.
The Alfa Pendular trains
Oriente station is part of the Parque das Nações complex to the east of the capital. This station is more convenient for visitors who are traveling from the airport as it is attached to the red metro line. Oriente station is an ultra-modern complex while opposite is the massive Vasco da Gama Shopping Center that can easy pass the time while waiting for a departure.
The Oriente train station in Lisbon
Tomar train station is located to the south western side of the town but it is less than a 10 minute walk to the historic centre. Tomar station is significantly quieter than the train stations in Lisbon but there is a ticket office and café close by. Taxis will be waiting just outside the station for onward journeys.
Lisbon to Tomar by Bus
There are many less bus services between Lisbon and Tomar and there are almost no departures from Lisbon in the morning. There are four daily express services and the journey takes 1 hour 45 minutes and a single ticket costs €10. The coach service is operated by Rede Expressos and the latest timetable can be viewed on their website www.rede-expressos.pt.
The main building of Sete Rios bus station
The Lisbon to Tomar bus service departs from the Sete Rios bus station in Lisbon and this bus station is served by the Jardim Zoológico metro station on the blue line. The bus station in Tomar is opposite the train station.