Bus and Train to Óbidos from Lisbon

How to go to Óbidos by public transportation or car

Óbidos bus

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 Óbidos. They depart from the Campo Grande terminal, across from the Alvalade XXI/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 left and you'll see the buses. It’s the bus on bay number 27, operated by the Rodoviária do Oeste company, with the town of Caldas da Rainha as the final destination. It makes just one stop in the town of Bombarral before reaching Óbidos, 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 Óbidos, 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: €8.00 (tickets are purchased from the driver)

Óbidos bus stop in Lisbon

The bus to Óbidos has a luggage compartment and departs from bay 27 of the Campo Grande terminal


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 Óbidos. 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 Óbidos 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 Óbidos by car, take the A8 highway. The road is quite good, and Óbidos 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.