The bus stop in Óbidos is right outside the main town gate
Óbidos is just one hour north of Lisbon by car, and while most tourists visit it on an organized tour, many reach it by public transportation. These are your options:
Bus to Óbidos
Express buses from Lisbon take just one hour to reach Obidos. They depart from the Campo Grande terminal, by the Sporting Lisbon stadium. The terminal can be reached by metro (green or yellow line) -- follow the signs to Alameda das Linhas de Torres as you exit the metro, and you’ll see the stadium as you step outside. Turn right and walk towards the end of the street, where you should cross the road and continue to the right. Then turn left on Rua Actor António Silva, where you see the stop for the bus to Obidos. It’s the bus of the Rodoviária do Oeste company that goes to Caldas da Rainha. It makes just one stop in the town of Bombarral before reaching Obidos, and then continues to Caldas da Rainha.
It departs every hour in the morning and every half hour in the afternoon on weekdays, and less frequently on weekends (every two hours in the afternoon).
Once it reaches Obidos, it stops right outside the town walls. For your return to Lisbon, wait at the exact same spot.
The buses are modern, clean and comfortable, with air conditioning. Tickets can’t be pre-booked, and there’s no reserved seating.
If you are traveling with luggage, you may load it into the compartments beneath the vehicle.
Ticket price: €7.95 (tickets are purchased from the driver)
Train to Óbidos
There is a train that departs from Lisbon’s Santa Apolónia Station, but it’s a regional service that stops in several small towns along the way, taking 2 hours and 20 minutes to reach Obidos. It’s also not convenient, as there are only three trains per day, the first one before 6AM, and the last one in the middle of the afternoon, arriving in Obidos too late for sightseeing. In addition to the infrequent and slow service, the station is about a 20-minute walk from town. Take the bus instead.
Driving to Óbidos
If you go to Obidos by car, take the A8 highway. The road is quite good, and Obidos easy to find, as the entire walled town is visible as you approach it. There is a toll, so be prepared with some change. When you arrive, you may not enter the town gate, as cars are not allowed in the old town (except for residents). Fortunately, there is a car park right outside, in the shadow of the town’s 16th-century aqueduct.