Sines Portugal - how to get there by train or bus and how to get
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Sines (pop.14,300, urban area 20,000) is a coastal town in
the Alentejo region of Portugal. It is not in the Algarve
- I was visiting! The city is about 166km / 105 miles by
road south from Lisbon and a similar distance from Albufeira in
the Algarve. Sines is probably not a holiday destination. Although
it has a small and popular beach, a pleasant old quarter and a
nice little castle on the hill, it is flanked by two large modern
port installations. Sines is one of Portugal's biggest commercial
ports. It might be a useful base for exploring the nearby areas.
Read more about it in this wikipedia article. Sines is the
birthplace of the legendary explorer Vasco da Gama. There are many
monuments to him.
IMPOSSIBLE. Sines has no passenger rail service and with the nearest
railway stations over an hour's bus ride and the services being very
infrequent, travelling to Sines even part of the way by train is
simply not an option.
Lisbon - Sines by bus (coach) - Operated by Rede Expressos
You will need to make your way from the airport to the SETE RIOS
bus terminal. This is about 3 miles/5km from the airport and is
linked to it by the underground metro line. Take any train to the
end of the line at São Sebastião then change to the Blue Line for
a two stop ride to Jardim Zoológico station, which is adjacent to
Sete Rios. Trains run every few minutes from 0630 daily. The
journey will take around 25 minutes and cost €2 including 50 cents
for the rechargeable ticket card.
There is also a direct bus, Aerobus 2, from the airport to Sete
Rios but running only once each hour from 0800 to 1900hrs. Consult
the Aerobus website for details. For your bus
options from elsewhere in the city check the city bus website at http://carris.pt/
Consult the long distance bus website www.rede-expressos.pt
for Lisbon - Sines times, remember it's LISBOA on the timetable
search. One-way fare is currently €14.90. The very few fast
journeys take 2 hours, but most take about 2 hours 40 minutes. As
of 26 April 2021, a very limited service of three to five journeys each
way (different times each day) is available with extra journeys
from Lisbon on Fridays and from Sines on Sundays.
For travel to or from other parts of Portugal you
will almost always need to go via Lisbon. South of Sines,
Rede-Expressos also stops in Cercal, Odemira, São Teotónio and
Odeceixe. There is also a daily bus across country between Sines
and Beja - see below.
Algarve to Sines by train
IMPOSSIBLE as above
Algarve to Sines by coach (bus)
Rede Expressos operates one direct service from Portimão
via Lagos and Aljezur. This leaves at 1500hrs arriving in Sines at
1750hrs. The return trip leaves Sines at 1005hrs, arriving in
Portimão at 1300hrs. Connections are available from and to other
parts of the Algarve by local bus or train. There may be an extra
journey each way in the summer period, in the early morning towards
Sines returning in the evening. Information at www.rede-expressos.pt as
Arriving in Sines
There is no bus station as such. Coaches and buses start and end
their journeys in the Rua Júlio Gomes da Silva, opposite the
health centre (Centro do Saúde) and near the Fire Station
(Bombeiros). This is about five minutes walk from the town centre.
There is a green kiosk acting as ticket office, waiting room and
information desk. There are no cafés or bars in the immediate area
in which to while away the time, just a few benches.
Getting around in Sines
Sines is a small town and walkable. The old part of town sits
high on a cliff above the sea, so getting down to the beach and
port areas requires a very steep hill to deal with coming back up.
A lift (elevator) links the Praia Vasco da Gama (beach) and town
area on top of the cliff. Excellent picture of it here,
courtesy of http://kanimambo-carlos.blogspot.pt/
. Below the town, the former main road alongside the beach to the
northern port area has been closed to traffic and rehabilitated to
become a pedestrian and cycle route.
There is a local minibus route around town that runs once each
hour, but on weekdays only, between about 0700 and 2000. Information on the official
website here. Stop number 5 is by the main stops for
the other bus and coach services connecting Sines with Lisbon and
different towns. It also serves the shopping centre out of town.
There are no buses on this route at weekends or on public
Further afield from Sines - local and regional busesDURING
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These are for the most part very infrequent and most do not operate
at weekends. The bus operator is Rodo Alentejo, whose website www.rodalentejo.pt
contains neither a map nor list of routes. Timetables can only be
displayed if you use the 'Origem' and 'Destino' search. If there is
no direct bus, no results will be displayed so it is difficult to
search for connections.
This is a summary of the local bus routes from Sines to nearby towns
and villages. PLEASE check bus times locally. They may be changed
with little or no warning.
Timetables are on display at the main place where the buses stop but
not elsewhere. Buy your ticket from the bus driver. Change is given!
Buses do not show a route number, just the destination.
BEJA via Santiago do Cacém, Abela, Ermidas : weekdays only : to Beja
at 0815 (arriving at 1050) and to Ermidas at 1735. Return trip from Beja to Sines
leaves at 1620, from Ermidas at 1850 during school holidays, 1903 on
schooldays. Journey time to Beja is 2 hours 35 minutes, to Ermidas 1
hour and 6 minutes. Other buses run to and from Santiago do Cacém -
PORTO COVO AND VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES via Monte Novo, Porto Covo and
Maladinhas : schooldays at at 0715 and 1835, during school holidays at 0745 and 1835. Return trips on schooldays at 0615
and 1730 via Porto Covo at 0643 and 1802 respectively. During school holidays at 0645 and 1730 also via Porto Covo. Timetable
Additional buses run from Sines to Porto Covo at 1330 and 1630 on
schooldays. During school holidays the 1330 bus runs only on Mondays
and Thursdays. From Porto Covo to Sines also at 0728 and 1238
on schooldays. During school holidays, the 1238 bus runs on Mondays and
You can also travel between Sines and Porto Covo or Vila Nova de
Milfontes with Rede Expressos coaches (long distance buses) at least
three times daily and more frequently in summer. These will cost
more than local buses. Go to www.rede-expressos.pt for times in detail and
SETUBAL via Santiago do Cacém, Grandôla and Alcacer do Sal : on
weekdays four buses each way plus one 'commuter' run between
Sines and Alcacer do Sal. Weekend and Holiday service at Sines discontinued. The Rede-Expressos long distance services to and
from Lisbon run via Setubal, thus providing an alternative with
several journeys every day.
LAGOA SANTO ANDRÉ via Industrial Zone, Galiza and Brescos : weekdays
only, two buses each way.
CERCAL via Monte Novo, Porto Novo Crossroads (nb 5 km from the
village) , Sonega and Tanganheira : weekdays three buses each way,
four on schooldays. One bus each way on Mondays and Thursdays goes
via Porto Covo during school holidays, extra buses run via Porto Covo on schooldays.
Two buses per day have connections at Cercal with Odemira and one
per day with São Teotónio and Odeciexe. Timetable.
TRÓIA (for ferry to Setubal) - via Galiza, Brescos, Vale Figueira,
Melides and Casa Branca : now runs only on weekdays, two buses each way - timetable.
SANTIAGO DO CACÉM via Casa Madeira and the refineries : runs
weekdays only, eight buses each way, 25 minutes journey. On weekdays there are seven buses each way on a
different and much slower route via SANTO ANDRÉ. On weekdays there are other buses each way on
different routes for example those going to and from Beja and
Setubal. On Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays Currently
the only weekend buses between Sines and Santiago do Cacèm are two
buses each way via Santo André - timetable for that route here.
Football Stadium in Sines
The stadium of Vasco da Gama Sines (the Complexo Desportivo de
Sines) is on the edge of the main part of town. The team plays in
the first Division of the Setubal District League, the fourth tier
of Portuguese football. The nearest big clubs are in Lisbon.
Comments and updates
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For more about Sines as a town, please see this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sines
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