How to Take a Day Trip From Lisbon to Cascais

Nestled along the Atlantic coast of Portugal, Cascais is a charming seaside town that has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years. The best part is – that it’s an easy day trip from Lisbon to Cascais by train!

With its picturesque beaches, historic architecture, and vibrant local culture, it’s no wonder why so many visitors flock to this hidden gem. If you only have one day in Cascais Portugal, fear not – there is still plenty to see and do.

On a recent return trip to Lisbon, I took a lot of day trips and Cascais was one of my favourites by far! I spent one full day here making sure I saw it all and I didn’t want to leave. When I return to this area, I will likely stay in Cascais as it is that charming!

If you’re planning to travel from Lisbon to Cascais for a day, this guide is for you! I will cover everything you need to know- from how to get to Cascais from Lisbon to how to spend your one day in Cascais.

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How to get to Cascais from Lisbon

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There are three viable options to choose from – by train, by group tour and by car. To help you select the right one for you, I’ve shared some quick pros and cons tips in my handy dandy chart.

Lisbon to Cascais by Train

Lisbon to Cascais by train is the most efficient way to get there, and it’s super simple.

This is what I did:

  • Catch the Linha de Cascais – the Lisbon to Cascais train – from Cais do Sodre train station in Lisbon
  • Trains depart every 10 to 20 minutes depending on the season
  • Travel time is about 33 to 40 minutes depending on the train
  • Tickets cost €2.30 per person, per way and can be purchased at the station using the kiosks

Here are some of my helpful tips and additional information:

  • Tickets can’t be pre-booked as it’s considered an urban train service
  • If you are unsure which ticket to buy, use the service desk and not the kiosks as they will confirm which train you need to take
  • If you have the 24, 48, or 72-hour Lisbon Card, you’re in luck as your train travel will be included
  • Sit on the left side of the train (on the way there) for the best views of the beach and sea

From Lisbon to Cascais by Group Tour

One of the most popular ways to take a day trip from Lisbon to Cascais is on a group tour.

I for one love group tours. There’s something to be said about putting the logistics planning into the hands of the experts. Not to mention the insider information you get from a local guide. If you do too,

If you do too, these are the best day trips from Lisbon that I recommend:

Cascais Day Trip by Car

Whether you rent a car or take a taxi / Uber this might be a great option when travelling as a group (couples or families). It gives you freedom and flexibility for the day.

You won’t need a car in Cascais as everything is within walking distance, but if you want to explore beyond the compact city centre to some secret beaches then having a car is convenient.

  • When I rent a car, I use Europcar as they offer the best rate options for any destination in Europe
  • Expect to pay around €20 (one way) for a taxi or Uber

Cascais Lisbon Chart

chart on how to get to Cascais from lisbon

15 Best Things to Do on a Cascais Day Trip

Cascais is a gorgeous coastal town, one of Portugal’s most beautiful, that is worth visiting. Here is a bit of inspiration for what you can do in Cascais for a day.

1. Cascais Downtown Centre

As you stroll through the streets, you’ll come across a variety of shops, cafes, and restaurants that offer a taste of local life. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional Portuguese pastry or a refreshing glass of wine.

I recommend taking a stroll down Rua Frederico Arouca as one of the best streets in the downtown centre.

2. Passeio Dom Luís I

ferris wheel, beach with sea from lisbon to cascais

Passeio D. Luís I is a lovely pedestrian boulevard located next to the sea with panoramic views over the marina and the bay of Cascais. I visited in late November and just in time to experience the Cascais Christmas Market.

3. Cascais Historic Centre

green door with ivy in day trip from lisbon to cascais by train

The historic centre of Cascais is a charming and picturesque area that’s just waiting to be explored. Here, you’ll find a vibrant mix of colourful buildings and cobbled streets.

My favourite part was getting lost in the web of narrow streets. Each one is prettier than the next!

It took me all of three seconds to fall in love with Cascais as this is exactly the kind of small European charming town that makes you want to pack your bags and move.

If you are looking for a cafe in the historic centre, I recommend House of Wonders. It’s a vegetarian’s delight and has a super cute terrace seating making it the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea.

4. Cidadela de Cascais

anchor with sea in cascais from lisbon day trip

The Cidadela de Cascais is a historic gem worth visiting. Upon arrival, you will immediately be struck by the stunning architecture of this 16th-century fortress looming over the town.

The Cidadela was once home to royalty and nobility. Now it houses an impressive Museum of the Sea for history buffs and the Citadel Arts District, a creative hub that book and art lovers will adore.

Wander the impressive square lined with art galleries, studios, bookshops and boutique artisan shops showcasing everything from contemporary art to traditional crafts.

5. Palacio Seixas

inner courtyard with fountain when on day trip from lisbon to cascais

The Palacio Seixas is a magnificent 19th-century palace constructed for the Seixas family, one of the wealthiest and most influential families in the region.

Today, the palace is open to visitors, offering a rare glimpse into the opulent and glamorous world of Portugal’s aristocracy. I found the guides on-site to be extremely attentive and informative.

Explore the palace’s ornate halls and lavish rooms, you’ll be transported back in time to an era of grandeur and luxury. And don’t miss the opportunity to visit the palace’s beautiful gardens, which are equally beautiful.

6. Cascais Beaches

beach, rocks and plants from lisbon to cascais by train for the day

Just like the famous Algarve beaches you’re in for a treat because the Cascais beaches are some of the most beautiful and unique beaches in Portugal!

From the lively and bustling Praia da Ribeira, where you can soak up the sun and watch the fishermen bring in their catch of the day, to the tranquil Praia da Conceição, with its crystal clear waters and golden sand, there’s a beach for everyone in Cascais.

The best beach in Cascais for those seeking a more secluded and intimate experience, Praia da Duquesa is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Surrounded by rocky cliffs and sheltered by the wind, this beach offers a peaceful and romantic setting.

Last but not least, Paria da Rainha is a small and charming beach nestled in the heart of Cascais, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and admire the beautiful views of the bay.

7. Mercado da Vila

The City Market located in a revamped 1952 building houses a buzzing market with dozens of produce stalls, restaurants, and culinary shops.

Make this a pit stop between your sightseeing of Cascais attractions and take part in this local hotspot.

I did a little shopping here and picked up a pastry to satisfy my sweet tooth.

8. Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum

lawn with yellow castle in how to get to cascais from lisbon by train

Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum is a treasure trove of history and culture. This stunning museum is housed in a beautiful Gothic-style castle, which was built in the late 19th century by the Portuguese nobleman Jorge O’Neill.

As you wander through the castle’s halls and rooms, you’ll be transported back in time to the elegant world of Portugal’s aristocracy.

I loved the castle’s lush gardens offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

9. Parque Marechal Carmona

stone steps leading to park in a day in cascais from lisbon day trip

The enchanting Marechal Carmona Park is a green oasis nestled in the heart of Cascais. This stunning park is a paradise for nature lovers, with lush gardens, winding paths, and colourful flowers blooming in every direction.

As you stroll through the park, you’ll discover a wide range of attractions and activities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, and even a mini-zoo.

But the true highlight of the park is its stunning arboretum, which boasts over 200 different species of trees from all over the world. And, Casa de Santa Maria, a beautiful villa, is also located within the park.

10. Santa Marta Lighthouse

The picturesque Santa Marta Lighthouse is a historic landmark that guided ships into the Cascais harbour for over a century.

Explore the lighthouse and its surrounding grounds, you’ll be struck by the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged coastline.

If you want a glimpse of the daily life as a lighthouse keeper take a tour of the inside.

11. Paredão de Cascais Path to Estoril from Cascais

sea, rock and view of trees from lisbon to cascais

Take the Paredão de Cascais walk to Estoril, and you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. This scenic walk takes you along the boardwalk, flanked by quaint cafes and stunning beaches that are perfect for a refreshing dip in the sea. I lucked out and saw a double rainbow!

Along the way, you’ll discover hidden coves and picturesque viewpoints making this one of the best Instagrammable places in Portugal.

As you approach Estoril, you’ll be greeted by the charming town centre and might recognize the iconic Casino Estoril, known as the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels.

12. Boca do Inferno

sea with rock formation from lisbon to cascais on a day trip

The Boca do Inferno, or “Mouth of Hell,” is a natural wonder that will leave you in awe. This sea cave is a must-see in Cascais.

As you approach the Boca do Inferno, you’ll hear the thunderous sound of waves crashing against the rocky cliffs, creating a dramatic and unforgettable scene.

It’s also a great spot to watch the sunset and a wonderful way to end your day in Cascais.

13. Self-Guided Bike Tour of Cascais

bikes by ocean in cascais day trip
Photo credit Anibal Trejo/Courtesy Cascais Tourism Board

Bicas is a free bike-share program where you can pick up (and drop off) bikes outside the train station.

Ride the 12 km (6 miles) roundtrip up the coast to Guincho Beach with incredible views of the Atlantic.

Just follow the cycle path that runs along the main coastal road (N247) and seeing this is a self-guided tour, make any stops along the way that you want.

FAQ

rocky shoreline with sea in cascais from lisbom

Is a day trip to Cascais worth it?

Yes, a day trip to Cascais is worth it. The short journey from Lisbon combined with Cascais’ scenic beauty and relaxed resort town vibes makes it an ideal destination for a day excursion.

Which is better Sintra or Cascais?

Both Sintra and Cascais are beautiful destinations in their own right. Sintra boasts fairytale palaces while Cascais offers beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. It really depends on your preferences!

What to do in Cascais for a day?

For a day in Cascais, explore the historic centre, visit the Citadel Palace, enjoy the beaches, and try the seafood. Finish with a sunset view from Boca do Inferno.

As a Holidaymaker

As part of your three or four days in Lisbon, consider spending the day in Cascais, Portugal!

Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, explore historic sites or indulge in delicious seafood cuisine, Cascais has it all. So why not plan your next day trip to Cascais today? You won’t regret it!

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