The bus from Lisbon stops right outside the town's walls
While Sintra and Cascais are the most popular day trips from Lisbon, Óbidos is another major destination that those on an extended holiday in the Portuguese capital should consider. That’s especially the case for couples on a romantic holiday or honeymoon, as this “wedding present” medieval village is one of the most romantic sites in Europe, but its storybook atmosphere will appeal to anyone.
The stop of the Óbidos bus in Lisbon, by the Campo Grande metro station.
It’s just one hour away and can be explored in half a day. Those who go by car may take the opportunity to visit other attractions in the region, which include the colossal royal palace of Mafra and the surfing beaches of the fishing towns of Ericeira and Peniche. Those relying on public transportation can take a regular express bus.
Rodoviária do Oeste is the company operating the bus to Óbidos, as indicated on the bus stop in Lisbon.
Joining organized tours has the advantage of not having to worry about transportation and of heading straight to the main sights. They also often combine other destinations such as the Catholic pilgrimage site of Fátima and the fishing/surfing town of Nazaré. Visiting independently, however, allows for planning times to avoid the crowds and to concentrate on the things that you really want to see. In that case, you may also stay for as long as you wish, and it comes out cheaper if you just go by bus from Lisbon.
The 80km-journey from Lisbon to Óbidos is through the A8 highway, and takes 50 to 60 minutes. For complete transportation details, see the guide to go from Lisbon to Óbidos by bus, train or car.
If you prefer to join a tour, these are your options: ÓBIDOS TOURS