Évora (38°34'15.0"N 7°54'33.8"W) is a historic Portuguese city located in the heart of the Alentejo region. The following information provides an overview of how to get to Évora from the North (Porto), South (Faro), East (Madrid) and West (Lisbon) of Portugal. When planning your trip please check the websites of public transport companies to confirm schedules and ticket prices for the conference date. The information provided here is summarized, so there may be other options more suitable for you.
Attention! If you choose to drive in Portugal there are several highways with automatic-only toll systems: A4, A17, A22, A23, A24, A25, A28, A29, A41, A42. The easiest way to pay for these tolls is renting an automatic payment device (Via Verde) at your rent-a-car desk. Other payment options must be consulted.
Évora is located about 130km southeast of Lisbon and is well served by bus and train connections. Lisbon International Airport (LIS, https://www.aeroportolisboa.pt/en/lis/home) has a direct connection to the metro station, which you can use to reach the central bus and train stations. The main difference between travelling by train or bus is the frequency of services. The bus runs a frequent, almost, hourly service, whilst there are only four trains per day (three at weekends).
The bus connections from Lisbon to Évora depart from “Sete Rios” bus station. You may buy the tickets at the station or online. To get from Lisbon Airport (LIS) to the bus station you can use aerobus (Circuit 2 – Financial Center, Airport/Sete Rios, metro (red line to S. Sebastião and blue line to Jardim Zoológico) or taxi (there are taxis waiting at the airport’s exit).
The train) connections from Lisbon to Évora depart from “Gare do Oriente” in Parque das Nações. You can buy the train tickets at the station or purchase them online. Please check the timetables (From: Lisboa-Oriente, To: Évora). To get from Lisbon Aiport (LIS) to the train station you can use Carris buses (208/705/750), metro (red line to Oriente) or taxi. For the metro and Carris buses, you need to buy the (“7 Colinas/Viva Viagem”) electronic card (0,50€) which allows you to purchase and reload your trips
The average travel time will be 1h15min on the highway/motorway from Lisbon. Depending on the exact location where you start your journey, you can exit the city via the 25 de Abril Bridge (A2) or Vasco da Gama Bridge (A12). Directions are easy to follow on A2 highway/motorway (switch to this one at a certain point if you decide to use A12). A little further ahead you will have to change from A2 to A6 (Espanha/Évora). Then to the national road N114, only 12 km away from Évora.
Évora is located about 250km from Faro and is served by bus and train connections. From Faro Airport (FAO) there are taxis and buses to the centre of Faro where the Bus Terminal and the Train Station are located.
The bus connections from Faro to Évora depart from “Terminal Rodoviário de Faro”. You may buy the tickets at the station or online. To get from Faro Airport (FAO) to the bus station you can use bus (Line 16 – Bus station/Beach) or taxi.
The train station is close to the centre of Faro. You may buy the tickets at the station or online. Please check the timetables (From: Faro, To: Évora). To get from Faro Aiport (FAO) to the train station you can use bus (Line 16 – Bus station/Beach) or taxi.
The average travel time will be 3h00min from Faro. To exit Faro use “Via do Infante” (A22) in the direction of Lisbon, you may choose to use highway/motorway (A2/A6) in direction to Lisbon/Évora, or roadway (IP2) to Évora passing through Beja. Note: A22 is an automatic-only toll system highway.
Évora is located around 400km from Porto and is served by bus and train connections. From Porto Airport (OPO) you can take the metro or bus to the central bus and train stations.
The bus connections (https://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx) from Porto to Évora depart from “Garagem Atlântico” bus station. You may buy tickets at the station or online. The best way to get from Porto Airport (OPO) to the bus station is by Transdev buses (https://www.transdev.pt/aeroportoporto/), or taxi.
The train (https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/) connections from Porto to Évora depart from Campanhã Rail Station. You can buy the train tickets at the station or purchase them online. Please check the timetables (From: Porto - Campanha, To: Evora). The best way to get from Porto Airport (OPO) to the train station is by metro (Line E – Violet – Aeroporto/Estádio do Dragão, https://en.metrodoporto.pt/), or taxi. For the metro you need to buy the electronic card “Cartão Andante” (https://en.metrodoporto.pt/pages/397) and load your metro trip. There are alternative options you can use to reach the bus and train stations from Porto airport, please view them here (https://www.aeroportoporto.pt/en/opo/access-parking/getting-to-and-from-the-airport/public-transportation)
The average travel time will be 4h on the highway/motorway from Porto. The best way to get to Évora driving from Porto is to head South using the highway/motorway (A1) until Santarém. After that, continue along IC10 until you are near Almeirim and get on the highway/motorway again (A13). Finally, follow A6 starting in Marateca. If you want to save kilometres (and toll money) after you exit A1, take IC10 until Coruche and then use N114 passing through Montemor-o-Novo on your way to Évora.
There are some bus companies that have a direct connection from Madrid to Évora, check it here
To get to Évora by train from Madrid you will need to take two trains. The first train connection is from Madrid (Chamartin Train Station) to Lisbon (Estacion Oriente) made by Renfe (https://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/). The second train connection is from Lisbon (Oriente) to Évora made by Comboios de Portugal (https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/).
The average travel time will be 5 hours on the highway/motorway from Madrid. To get to Évora by car you have two main options: Madrid/Badajoz via E-90, or Madrid/Badajoz via A-5. When passing through Badajoz follow directions to Évora, via A6.