With 30km of uninterrupted sand and a beautiful backdrop of pastel-coloured beach huts, grass-topped sand dunes and understated beach clubs, the Costa da Caparica coastline is home to some of the best beaches near Lisbon. So, if you’re staying in the city centre, read on to find out how to get to Costa da Caparica from Lisbon. And for more information on why you should visit the area, see this blog post.
How to get to Costa da Caparica from Lisbon
161 TST Bus
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get to Costa da Caparica from Lisbon is by bus. The 161 service operated by Transportes Sul do Tejo (TST) is a direct bus that runs from the Praca do Areeiro junction in Lisbon to the Costa da Caparica bus station, which is just a five-minute walk from the beach.
In order to get to Praca do Areeiro, take the metro to the Areeiro stop, which is on the green line. The Lisbon metro system is very easy to use and if you get on at a central stop such as Intendente or Martim Moniz you will be on the correct line to take you to Areeiro. Purchase a Viva Viagem card for €.050 at the machine and load it with two single journeys, costing €1.50 each.
Once you arrive at Areeiro, aim for the street named Av. Padre Manuel da Nóbrega that runs off the roundabout. The bus stop is about 100 metres down the road and labelled with the 161 service.
The bus ticket costs €4.50 each way and it can be bought directly from the driver – be sure to have cash for this. The bus runs every half an hour and on Saturday and Sundays it leaves Lisbon at 15 past and 45 past the hour, and from Costa da Caparica on the hour and half past the hour. The timetable can be seen here.
Once you arrive at the bus terminal in Costa da Caparica, walk towards the buildings at the end of the car park and take a right through the little underpass. From here, cross the road and walk straight until you reach the beach.
If you are travelling with at least one other person, it is definitely worth checking the price of an Uber to Costa da Caparica from Lisbon. The price starts from around €19 and increases to around €25 when demand is higher. So, when you add up the price of a return ticket on the bus plus the metro, it could only cost you around €7 extra to get an Uber when travelling with one other person. This will not only save time and be far more convenient, but it also provides the freedom of getting dropped off a little further down the coastline, at Praia da Mata, for example, as opposed to in Costa da Caparica town.