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Lisbon’s Best Beaches Accessible by Public Transport

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Updated: 18 August 2017
Are you planning a vacation to Lisbon and want to spend time by the ocean but don’t want to spend money on renting a car? Don’t worry, because the city has fantastic trains and buses that will take you to great local beaches. Make sure to save the links for Comboios de Portugal and Rede-Expressos so you can check the routes back and forth from Lisbon and these top spots. Rome2Rio is also a great tool. Keep in mind that accessibility by public transportation also means crowds, and a few of these spots are best when visited outside of the summer season.
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Praia de Carcavelos

Praia de Carcavelos is a popular beach that is located off the train route from Lisbon to Cascais. Regularly visited by locals and tourists, it becomes very busy during the heat of summer, especially since it is easy to reach (within 20 minutes from Cais do Sodré). While it’s not one of the best places for surfing, it is a great spot to soak up the sun and play on the beach with family and friends.

Praia de Carcavelos, Portugal

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Praia de São Pedro do Estoril

A little further from Carcavelos Beach on the same train route is the Praia de São Pedro do Estoril. Located in trendy Estoril and surrounded by cliff sides, it is one of the more photogenic spots on the way to Cascais. The waves are more robust than in Carcavelos, so bringing a body board or surf board is a good idea, but it’s still not the best spot for surfing near Lisbon. Still, the Praia de São Pedro do Estoril is a fantastic location to spend the day and it’s easy to reach.

Praia de São Pedro do Estoril, Portugal

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Praia de Tamariz

Why not head to a spot where a small castle adds to the backdrop? Also located in Estoril is the beautiful Tamariz Beach, home to the Chalet Barros, a medieval fortification. Since the waves are calmer and smaller at this location, it’s often visited by families and beachgoers who are less inclined to seek water sports. It is also a short walk from the train station called Estação Ferroviária do Estoril.

Praia de Tamariz, Portugal

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Praia de Paço de Arcos

The Lisbon to Cascais train line has no shortage of adorable beaches, and Paço de Arcos is yet another well-known spot. Located at the mouth of the Tagus River, just after Algés, visitors prefer this beach more for sunbathing than swimming.

Praia de Paço de Arcos, Portugal

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Praia da Torre

A smaller, family-friendly stretch is the Praia da Torre, near the town of Oeiras. This is also a nice spot to know for those who find the water along Lisbon’s coast too cold; the Piscina Oceanica is a nearby swimming pool that fills with ocean water during high tide. Also visually appealing, the location enjoys a historic fortification on-site. Compared to the other beaches on this list, it’s a bit harder to reach, but the walk from the Oeiras train station only takes between 10–20 minutes, depending on the day.

Praia da Torre, Portugal

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Costa da Caparica

Costa de Caparica is easily the largest and best stretch of beach reachable by public transportation routes from Lisbon. Located across the Tagus River from the capital, it can be reached by bus from the Areeiro neighborhood or by ferry and bus if leaving from Cais do Sodré. The Costa da Caparica (which means “the Caparica Coast” in English) has everything for nearly every beachgoer, from space to surf.

Costa da Caparica, Portugal

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Fonte da Telha

Further along from the Costa da Caparica is Fonte da Telha, one of the last beaches on the Caparica coast that is also among the least crowded. Catch the ferry from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas and then take the local bus the rest of the way. Since it’s further away, the bus ride lasts about an hour. but the trip is worth the effort when enjoying the peace and lack of crowds.

Fonte da Telha, Portugal