Lisbon Train Stations
Lisbon has several train stations, both local and long-distance. The Oriente station, in the Parque das Nações, is the most important, although there are others that are hubs for other tourist lines in and around Lisbon. These are the main train stations in Lisbon.
Oriente Station - Gare do Oriente
It was inaugurated for Expo 98 and is located in the Parque das Nações. It stands out for its modern roof that recalls a glass cathedral and was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It has become, in a few years, the main station of Lisbon, since all the trains that finish their route in Lisbon and those that go in the direction of the south of Portugal pass through there. It has correspondence with the red metro line and is located three metro stops from the Lisbon airport. There is also a large bus terminal next to the train station, from which the buses of some companies depart. Across the road is a large shopping centre called Centro Vasco da Gama. Gare do Oriente is the big hub for Norte line - Sintra line - Azambuja line, Algarve, Evora, Porto and the Lusitânia Comboio heading to Madrid.
Estação do Oriente, Av. Dom João II, 1900-233 Lisboa, Portugal
Station of Santa Apolonia
It was the old main station in Lisbon. It has been the departure and arrival hub for most of the long-distance trains, included those headed to and from Madrid (Lusitania) and Paris (Sud Express). Although it has lost some importance with respect to the new Oriente Station, it is still the terminal station of many lines, keeping a very special romantic, longing for travel feel about it. It is located about 20 minutes walk from Praça do Comercio, so it is quite central, and it is also the last station of the blue metro line. Across the road is the new Cruise Ship Terminal. It serves the lines of Sintra, Azambuja and North - Coimbra, Aveiro, Porto, Braga and Guimarães, as well as the above mentioned long-distance trains to Madrid and Paris (the latter requires changing trains in Hendaye, northeast Spain, to get the connections to the French TGV network).
Architecture: Leopoldo Almeida Rosa.
Santa Apolónia, 1100-279 Lisboa, Portugal
It is located in the Baixa and it is a monument in itself, for its neo-Manueline facade dating back to the early twentieth century. Most of the trains that go to Sintra depart from there. The station is not at ground level, but climb some escalators and find the platforms easily. Also, take time to look at the tiles of the platform walls. Info.
Praça Dom Pedro IV, 1100 Lisboa, Portugal
Cais do Sodré
The station of Cais do Sodré is also quite central. It is next to the ferry boats that go across the river to Cacilhas and is the last station of the green metro line. It's a small, but relevant, commuter station, and a top hub for those wishing to visit the Estoril and Cascais area. For a couple of Euros, hop on the Cascais train – the half-hour journey itself is worth it, mostly along the river and the ocean – and choose among the famous beaches along the Estoril-Cascais coastline.
Cais do Sodré, 1200-161 Lisboa, Portugal