Sintra Tours
City Sightseeing Sintra Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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City Sightseeing Sintra Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

By City Sightseeing Lisbon
About
The landmarks of Sintra are some of Europe’s most impressive, but unless you hire a car, traveling between dispersed castles and palaces can be a challenge. Skip the stress of navigation while still exploring at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, the route of which features seven top Sintra sights.

Ages 0-99
Duration: 1h 10m
Start time: Check availability
Audio guide: German, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Discover the dispersed delights of Sintra with ease on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour
  • Spend as much time as you wish at the sights of your choice
  • Disembark whenever an attraction captures your attention
  • Letting someone else drive gives you time to enjoy the scenery

  • Unlimited hop-on hop-off for 24 hours
  • On-board audio commentary available in several languages + free headphones
  • Discount booklet including offers on local eateries, attractions and shopping
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Start:
    Pickup details
    • Location Name: For the full tour, hop-on at Estação de Caminhos de Ferro (Stop 1). However, customers can join the tour at any of the tour stops along the route. Location Address: Stop 1 Estação de Caminhos de Ferro 2710-523 Sintra Return Location: At the 'end' of the tour, the bus will return to the first departure point.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Pushchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2916SINTRA

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Season: All Year Round
      • Duration: 90 Minutes
      • Departure Frequency: 60 Minutes
      • First Tour: 9:30AM
      • Last Tour: 5:00PM
      • Most travellers can participate
      • With your voucher, enjoy flexible access for up to 12 months from the travel date you select at check-out.

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2916SINTRA

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      • City Sightseeing Lisbon
        1,136
        Lisbon, Portugal
        Joined in February 2011
      • joshdhue
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Avoid - they’ll waste your day
        You’ll spend more time waiting for the bus than actually on the tour. The website says 30 minutes between buses but I waiting over an hour for each bus, consistently. Terrible experience, you’ll waste your entire day and the staff are extremely rude
        Written June 19, 2024
      • John B
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Use a different travel company
        Waited at the bus stop for an hour (busses supposed to come every 30 minutes). No busses ever came - well four busses passed from other travel companies but zero from City Sightseeing. Wasted an hour of our day and ended up Ubering the rest of the day. When I contacted the company for a refund they said no, I had to have requested the refund more than 24 hours prior to the day of use - as if I knew ahead of time that their company sucked and wouldn’t have any busses running on time. Use a different company if you intend to do a sightseeing bus. There are multiple options and City Sightseeing is the worst one.
        Written June 17, 2024
      • Luckysasha2010
        0 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        City sightseeing disaster of a company
        We used city sightseeing buses in many cities we have visited but lisbons version was very poor. We booked the 24 hour pass and got on the red line at belem and stayed on until we reached stop number one as we wanted to change to the blue line. This is where it all went very wrong. The blue line bus didn’t show up for 70 minutes and at this stage the line was long . There where staff from city sightseeing there but when they saw how frustrated people where getting they quickly distanced themselves from the ever growing line. The main frustration seemed to be with people who where using the bus to get back to their cruise ships. The blue route bus finally arrived and we managed to get on. We had planned on getting off at the aquarium but it was now 3pm and the last bus was at 6pm so we didn’t feel we had enough time to get off and get back on due to the unpredictability of the buses. So we stayed on the bus and did the whole of the blue loop which was one of the worst routes we where ever on. Absolutely nothing to see of any interest mainly down through the industrial area of lisbon then up to the aquarium and back down some main roads. The commentary was non existent due to it being a prerecorded version you listen to on individual earphones. The buses are severely underpowered to deal with the lisbon hills slowing to a crawl on some inclines . It took approximately 2 hours to do 3/4 of the blue loop as we got off at the first stop back in the city and used a bolt to get the rest of the way. Terrible experience with city sightseeing and would be hesitant to use them again in any city. We used Grayline the next day to do the green / castle route which we found much better service from. Agin the commentary was useless but the have a live app you can see when the next bus is arriving which was good
        Written June 16, 2024
      • Stay64589515707
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Diabolical and shambolic service
        A complete waste of money. Buses infrequent., rude and bad drivers, used car sales people. Just not worth the hassle, time and money . Don’t do it!! PS the headphone sockets don’t work in a lot of seats…
        Written June 14, 2024
      • laingdards
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Don't do it!
        Absolute waste of €27. Virtual tour guide (where you plug in earphones to hear what you're seeing) did not work. We tried several adaptors. It took 3 hours to get half way round the red route. We chose to abort for fear of missing our ships sailing. 4 of us paid for this. Total waste of time & money! Constantly sat in traffic. I'd score minus if l could
        Written June 12, 2024
      • rockydog1086
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        GRAY LINE RED ROUTE BUS TOUR LISBON
        BE CAREFUL. We stopped in Lisbon during our cruise. We entered the cruise terminal at the port and saw the booking desk for the GRAY LINE bus tours. It was a rushed process and the staff just wanted to sell as many tickets to people getting off the ship and fill the awaiting buses outside to do the tour (red route) 54 euros. The staff gave little information. The bus set off around 10.30 and into the city centre. We were given earphones which plugged into the seat or side. We then had to toggle the device until we saw the British flag which then gave the tour pre recorded commentary though out. We started the actual tour from POINT 1 on our map, toured around the city in the heavy traffic then eventually got onto the coastal road. At some point everyone was wondering if the bus dropped us off back at the port because the map didn't show this. The bus headed back into the city centre and to it's final destination back at the terminus POINT 1 in the city centre. This took around 3 hours. And as you can imagine everyone was asking to go back to the cruise terminal where we were originally picked up. We were told that a blue route bus would pick us up in minutes and then start it's own route and eventually drop off back near the cruise port probably another 50 minute journey. We then checked our map and got on the red route bus and got off at POINT 5/6. We walked down to the sea front and walked back to the ship. I would estimate around 1 mile which in fact was a nice walk passing by the large square etc. So if you have mobility problems or elderly and can't walk very far PLEASE DON'T USE THIS SIGHT SEEING TOUR BECAUSE IT DOESN'T DROP OFF BACK AT THE CRUISE PORT WHERE YOU WERE PICKED UP. The blue route bus may well do a tour around the city and drop off back at the cruise terminal BUT PLEASE CHECK BEFORE HAND.
        Written June 11, 2024
      • jo_osT2809SJ
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Trip
        Very nice trip, enjoyed It. The center of the city is closed to Buses but the tour was very nice. Recommend it to get an overview of the city
        Written June 11, 2024
      • 601madiw
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Worst bus company in Lisbon
        This bus was honestly so awful and not worth the money at all!! Do not recommend using them at all! The Lisbon hop-on hop-off or yellow buses looked way better! The bus would consistently drive past and not stop even if it wasn’t full! Had to wait over an hour and a half for one single bus to come. Not worth it at all!
        Written June 8, 2024
      • FMV1219
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wish I had read all the others review first.
        We found the same things - no air conditioning downstairs in the buses, it was like a sauna down there, the alternative was full on sun upstairs, no usefully commentary on the audio and the tours stop so early (4:30) that we didn't get time to use all three tours.
        Written June 1, 2024
      • MrB1961
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Hot..very very hot...
        Signed for all 3 routes. Big error! We did them but it took 2 days! Gaps between buses meant 2 hours plus to get off and see something. It was 36 degrees and the open top has no shade, downstairs is a furnace. Bring factor 50 and a hat as half the time is sitting at traffic lights. Our red line had a minor collision and we sat still for 45mins baking...suggest do 1 route in 1 day and have time not to just ride. The commentary is as good as useless!!
        Written June 1, 2024
      • Inspire54788349034
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Bad experience you’ll wait over 30 minutes for a bus.
        We consistently waited over a half hour for our busses other operators like grey line would have 2 and sometimes 3 busses come by before 1 of the city sightseeing tour busses. Bad experience overall and would not book again. I HIGHLY recommend finding another provider who won’t leave you waiting your day waiting for busses with no audio guides of what you are seeing.
        Written June 1, 2024
      • fionamC2068QS
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Waste of money worst ever city bus tour.
        Appalling experience on green route, awful music, no commentary. Driver spent all the time on mobile phone. Two sockets failed to work in a group of 6. Not told limited numbers on bus when booking so risked group being split. At most pick up points customers could not avail of bus due to lack of seats. Would not recommend waste of money. 😡
        Written May 30, 2024
      • Dale S
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Terrible experience using this company for a tour of Lisbon.
        Worst experience I have ever had on a sightseeing tour!! Had to change seats 7x’s to find a working place for the headphones. Minimal information about the sights/ attractions. Two hours later and very frustrated I gave up and took a taxi back to the cruise ship. 😂🥵
        Written May 29, 2024
      • petal7027
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Waste of money !!!!
        What a waste of money. No audio guide or personal guide. So 1 1/2 hours on a bus not knowing where we were going and no one to complain to !!!!!
        Written May 28, 2024
      • 528kimberlyw
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        outdated
        I really can’t recommend this company. The map is behind the paywall, finding the pick up spots is a hassle because half are missing because if construction, getting the location for Bolt or Uber to take you to the pickup is bear impossible because you get coordinates and not addresses. This is especially frustrating for people with limited mobility as is my friend. then there is no way to know when the bus is scheduled to arrive. Setting up a live map should be a given at this day and age. so now we have been waiting an hour at the same pick up spot and have no idea if the bus will even arrive. Also they insist on printing out a receipt. once you have the paper voucher you cant reuse the digital QR. so if you lose it it or forget it you cant get on. why not just use the same QR instead of printing a physical ticket?
        Written May 26, 2024
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      1.5
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      Adrian D
      Edinburgh, UK753 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2022
      We usually get a City Sightseeing tour to get an overview of any city we are visiting. We took a day trip to Sintra from Lisbon and used the hop on hop off bus to go up to the Pena Palace. The weather wasn't the best and so we were glad of the bus. The route didn't seem to be as comprehensive as it has been in other places. Overall it's ok.
      Written October 6, 2022
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      Peter H
      2 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2023 • Couples
      Most disappointing experience of our holiday. This is a rip off! The bus was late leaving the station and once we had visited the Moorish castle and the Peña palace we waited half an hour and no bus came. There was no signage about where to get the bus and no timetable displayed. We ended up catching the local bus for an extra cost to get to the National palace and then walked back to the station. Will be advising our many friends to choose alternatives when in Sintra!
      Written May 18, 2023
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      Dear F7053GLpeterh, We appreciate the time you've given us with your feedback. We strive to provide the best possible quality of service to our customers. We apologize for any inconvenience that may have occurred and welcome all feedback in order to improve. We appreciate your understanding, Best regards, CitySightseeing Portugal Customer Support Team
      Written June 12, 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      richard o
      4 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      I am with group of friends..when we arrived Sintra on the middle of the day we approach one of the staff who sells tickets by the station so we decided to take the bus hop on and hop off, and it says it runs every hour and when we got off on tourist 4 before Pena Palace we thought that in an hour there's another bus coming so we ended up waiting for a long period of time and when we finished our tour in the Palace by 5pm we thought that there's a bus waiting but there's none and there's few people waiting before us for a long period of times and in the end we decided to take the 434 bus back to the train station..not highly recommended instead if you're group of 5 or 6 take the van rental for the day costs you €15 each or take the bus 434 costs you roughly $7 for the whole day..so don't take ever the hop on and hop off ever..and never again.you can take tuktuk as well if you are 2 or 4 people but I don't know how much the cost of it
      Written May 17, 2022
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      Dear Richard, We appreciate the time you've given us with your feedback. We strive to provide the best possible quality of service to our customers and welcome all feedback in order to improve. We appreciate your understanding, Best regards, CitySightseeing Portugal Customer Support Team
      Written May 26, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      jch m
      1 contribution
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2022
      Been told that its a hop on and off tour, I have been to some mode of transportation for sight seeing unfortunately they do not provide a best experience for new tourists in the area. My understanding of the service is they would send us to a location and stated the 1st place to view and the bus will stop so that we can hop off to view the place but it wasn't like that. It was confusing as well that we had passed the 2 sites by the driver not even stopping for and we already reached the 3rd destination:(.
      Written May 17, 2022
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      Dear jchm2020, We appreciate the time you've given us with your feedback. We strive to provide the best possible quality of service to our customers and welcome all feedback in order to improve. We appreciate your understanding, Best regards, CitySightseeing Portugal Customer Support Team
      Written May 26, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Elisha B
      Birmingham21 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2022
      Just don't do it. It is not frequent enough. Walk, uber, taxi, tuktuk. EVERYTHING but this bus. €20 for one 15 min drive as it never appeared again after that drop off! It's even a joke amongst the taxi guys now!
      Written October 7, 2022
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      LizWright
      4 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2023 • Couples
      A waste of money! Very bad signage. Couldn’t see where we had to stand. Long waits. We are in our 70’s and are well travelled. I wouldn’t recommend this way of getting around Sintra at all. There are many much better alternatives. The only positive thing that we can say, is that the drivers were very good.
      Written October 22, 2023
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      Dear Searcher49, We appreciate the time you've given us with your feedback. We strive to provide the best possible quality of service to our customers. We apologize for any inconvenience that may have occured and welcome all feedback in order to improve. We appreciate your understanding, Best regards, CitySightseeing Portugal Customer Support Team
      Written November 7, 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Kal
      9 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2019
      Do not use this service to get around Sintra. It is a terrible service. It is a rip off. Untruthful, poor information and poor service. Will spoil your day. You are better off using the local bus service or a private tour or a tuk tuk to get around. This Red Line is a rip off. We wasted our day, money and missed the attractions. Spent hours waiting for a bus and then when a bus got there it was full so they could not take passengers. The bus service ends very early even before the attractions close so people get caught out with no return transport. This is in very fine print. Not told when purchasing tickets. In the end we missed out and paid extra for a tuk tuk to get us back to the train station. They only have a few buses and they oversell the tickets. The DO NOT USE this service.
      Written October 27, 2019
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      Chris W
      Richmond, VA37 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2019
      Seemed like a good idea at the time; considering the "public bus" line was extremely long. We paid the $20 euro for the hop on, hop off bus. Basically, it is only a "hop on", because if you "hop off", you may never get back on. Very stressful especially at the beginning because there was no crowd control, and people were pushing and shoving to get on the bus. If you miss, you must wait another 40 minutes. I felt that the bus driver was driving way too fast and I did not feel safe on the bus. DON'T DO IT.
      Written September 8, 2019
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      Marie D
      5 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2019 • Family
      Appalling service, waited over an hour for a bus then couldn't get on it, the other bus companies run far more buses than this one. We ended up losing our €80 and hiring a private guide for €50! When we went back to the station to complain they had all disappeared.
      Written October 5, 2019
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      Indigocat12
      Edmonton, Canada44 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2019 • Friends
      I could not have possibly imagined anything could have been so terrible. Total rip off. You can never get on. We really didn’t get to do what we wanted because we were constantly trapped on the side of the road. It was just so bad. Avoid at all costs.
      Written September 14, 2019
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