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Portugal is a beautiful destination for curious travellers! There are so many hidden gems all across the country! Even if you’re staying in Lisbon, you can still explore so many different regions of the country, since everything is so close!

Have you ever heard about Setúbal for example? It’s a beautiful city about 48km South of Lisbon that has A LOT to offer! It is located right next to the beautiful Serra da Arrábida Natural Park, where nature lovers can explore beautiful landscapes and untouched nature.

South of the city you also have the enchanting Sado River. And guess who lives in that river? A dolphin colony! That’s why our dolphin watching in Setúbal is so popular! The chance to get to see the wild dolphin colony in the Sado River is extremely high!

Sehenswürdigkeiten in Setúbal
Setúbal is a stunning destination for nature lovers

If you have time, you can even get on a ferry across the river and visit the peninsula Tróia. Its beautiful white-sanded beaches make you feel like you’re in paradise!

Do you need any more reasons to visit Setúbal? We don’t think so! That’s why we want to help you by showing the best ways to get from Lisbon to Setúbal. That way, you can plan a little day trip during your stay in Lisbon. So here are the best ways of how to get from Lisbon to Setúbal!

Best ways to get from Lisbon to Setúbal

By train the ride is more comfortable
By train the ride is more comfortable
  1. Train from Lisbon to Setúbal

Probably the easiest, fastest and cheapest way of how to get from Lisbon to Setúbal! You can catch a train from the stations Roma-Areeiro, Entrecampos, Sete Rios or Campolide straight to Setúbal! The train is operated by and costs about 4,50€ one way.

The advantage of catching a train is that you don’t run any risk of getting caught in traffic at the Bridge 25 de Abril leaving the city. That’s why this is a good option!

There is also the possibility to catch one of the state-run trains from For that, you just have to cross the River Tagus by ferry! To get from Lisbon to Setúbal by ferry, catch the ferry from Terreiro do paço to Barreiro. This takes about 15-20 minutes, costs around 2€  and is a fun experience! From Barreiro, check for timetables going to Setúbal!

As you can see, it is quite easy to get from Lisbon to Setúbal by train! You can choose to do the longer and more exciting route by catching a ferry or opt for the fast way and go straight from Lisbon to Setúbal!

The bus is a cheap option
The bus is a cheap option
  1. Bus from Lisbon to Setúbal

There is also the option to catch a bus to get from Lisbon to Setúbal. The bus company that goes there is TST. You can catch line 561 from Praça da Espanha, which is connected to the blue metro line. Otherwise, you also have the option to catch line 562 from Oriente if you need a stop connected to the red metro line!

The busses also take around an hour and cost 4,45€ one way. But be careful – if you catch a bus during rush hour, you might get into heavy traffic leaving or entering the city, as there are many people living in Setúbal and working in Lisbon.

However, the fact that the bus is an easy and cheap option makes it a great way of how to get from Lisbon to Setúbal! Check for timetables of the bus lines.

Another reason to visit Setúbal - Choco Frito
Another reason to visit Setúbal – Choco Frito
  1. Taxi, Uber or Rental Car from Lisbon to Setúbal

If you’re travelling with your family or a group of friends, a taxi or Uber might also be a good option. It costs around 45-50€ to get from Lisbon to Setúbal by taxi or Uber! Personally, we prefer Uber (or Taxify) as it’s cheaper and the cars and drivers are generally nicer.

Or why not rent a car? That way you’re even more flexible and can explore more of the region around Setúbal as well! During high season, prices per day for a rental car start at around 50-55€. In low season, you can rent cars a lot cheaper. Just be aware that a lot of car rental companies ask for a deposit of 1.000€ on your credit card.

Another alternative are the private transfers from Lisbon to Setúbal. A private driver will pick you up and take you to your desired destination. We recommend RobustPerfection, with a “perfect” transfer service all around Portugal.

Getting from Lisbon to Setúbal by taxi or car takes around 40 minutes! So it is definitely the fastest way of how to get from Lisbon to Setúbal!

The dolphins will welcome you in Setúbal!
The dolphins will welcome you in Setúbal!

Once you made it to Setúbal, make sure to get the most of this beautiful region. The Arrábida Natural Park is definitely worth a visit, as well as the Estuary of the Sado River. And as mentioned above, our dolphin watching tour in Setúbal will be the highlight of your day trip from Lisbon to Setúbal! Observing the wild dolphins that live in the Sado is a beautiful experience!

We hope you have a beautiful stay in Portugal and enjoy everything to the fullest!

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