Traveling from Portugal’s capital Lisbon to Évora, in the Alentejo region, is a distance of 83 miles (134 km). The fastest option is by bus with frequent departures throughout the day, taking around 1.5 hours.
Driving is also a great option with a travel time of approximately an hour and 35 minutes direct. This transport method gives you the opportunity to go at your leisure without having to plan in advance. You also have the option to avoid toll roads, though it will add around 30 minutes to your travel time.
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Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Buses are a comfortable option allowing you to enjoy the scenery and offer more flexibility in choosing your departure time. Buses are operated by the bus company, Redes Expressos. Free wifi is available on-board.
Buses depart from the Sete Rios station, which can be easily reached by metro. Buses depart regularly from morning until night with one every hour or so. Buses take between an hour and a half to 2 hours depending on departure time and stop frequency.
Check the bus schedule for travel times and duration. Keep in mind that on weekends and holidays, public transit schedules are often reduced so plan accordingly. You can buy your ticket online or at the station.
Duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes
Driving is straightforward with the fastest route taking an hour and 35 minutes without stops or traffic delays. Your journey begins on the A2 and then will continue on the A6, also known as the N116 highway. This is a toll road.
An alternative route is the same distance in miles as the A2 and A6 but will add a minimum of 30 minutes to your journey. The good news is you won’t have to pay tolls.
You’ll start off on the A12 where you’ll cross the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Tejo or Tagus Estuary via the Ponte Vasco da Gama or Vasco Gama bridge. This bridge was named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. This is the longest bridge in Europe, spanning 10 miles (17 km) and connects northern and southern Portugal. Shortly after crossing the bridge, you’ll merge onto the N118 before changing to the N4.
Duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Traveling by train is a great way to see the countryside while you sit back and relax. Trains take between an hour and 20 minutes to an hour and 45 minutes. Trains depart from these Lisbon train stations-Entrecampos, Oriente, Santa Apolonia, and Sete Rios with availability only in the morning and evening.
You’ll want to plan your train journey as there are 2-4 trains departing per day from each station. A Tourist/2nd class ticket is fine, though if you upgrade to First class you’ll find power outlets to charge your devices and more spacious seating. Tickets can be purchased online from the Portuguese rail service website, Comboios de Portugal or in-person.