How to Get to Fatima from Lisbon

If on your visit to Lisbon you would like to visit one of the most religious (and mysterious) places in Portugal, here are all the options available to you.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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How to Get to Fatima from Lisbon

Cathedral in Lisbon | ©Diogo Cacito

In 1917, little Francisco, Lucia and Jacinta claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary, who had revealed to them a message destined for mankind. Since then, Fatima has become one of the places of reference for many believers (and not so believers) in Portugal.

This small town just over 120 km from Lisbon has become a symbol of the Portuguese country. And one of the most known and visited centers of Marian adoration in the world. If you are in Lisbon and want to make a getaway, there are many options. I have analyzed them all to show you how to organize your visit.

  • Fatima Day Trip from Lisbon

  • From $91

  • The best option

  • Total duration of the tour: 5h

  • Includes time to attend mass, transfers, guide and hotel pick up.

  • Book with Hellotickets

  • Private transportation

  • From 150 €.

  • The most practical option

  • Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Without guide

  • No waiting time

  • According to your choice

  • Bus

  • From 20 ¤.

  • The simplest option

  • Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Without guide

  • With waiting time

  • Several bus lines available

  • Train

  • From 10€ per leg

  • The cheapest option

  • Duration: between 1h and 3 hours and a half

  • Without guide

  • With waiting time

  • Several train lines available

  • Cab

  • From 80€.

  • The most direct option

  • Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • No guide

  • No waiting time

  • At cab stands

  • Rental car

  • From 20€ per day

  • The most flexible option

  • Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Add gas and tolls to the price

  • Chaotic driving

  • Car rental with Rentalcar, Sixt...

Get to Fatima from Lisbon and see it all with an organized tour

Fatima Church| ©Olga Pavlovsky
Fatima Church| ©Olga Pavlovsky

We start with the most comfortable and, from the visitor's point of view, the most complete option. Basically because if you opt for organized tours you can enjoy a guided tour in which you can discover in detail the facts surrounding this mysterious apparition and other cities worth visiting.

In general, there are many tours that will bring you closer to Fatima, what mainly differentiates them are the cities they include, that is, if they are focused only on Fatima or include other cities.

Here are the different options:

Comparative table of excursions to Fatima

  • Fatima Day Trip from Lisbon
  • Starting at $91.
  • 5 hours
  • Round trip transfer by minivan with hotel pick up (from and to central points)
  • With guide
  • Book now
  • Fatima, Nazare, Obidos and Batalha Day Trip from Lisbon
  • From 94
  • 8 hours
  • Roundtrip transfer in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Personal and accident insurance
  • Without guide
  • Book now
  • Fatima, Nazare and Obidos Day Trip from Lisbon
  • Starting at 93
  • 9 hours
  • Round trip transfer by minivan
  • Tasting of ginja liqueur
  • With guide
  • Book now
  • Fatima, Nazare, Obidos and Alcobasa Private Day Trip from Lisbon
  • From 199
  • 8 hours
  • Roundtrip transfer in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch (optional)
  • With guide
  • Book now

Consider the private transfer, perfect for group trips

Driving the Car| ©Jackson David
Driving the Car| ©Jackson David

It is not the cheapest option, but certainly the most comfortable. With a private transfer you will be able to travel to Fatima directly and without intermediate stops. In addition, you can be picked up at your hotel. There are several alternatives of private transportation. You can choose between different vehicles depending on the number of people you are:

  • Car: from 1 to 4 people.
  • Luxury Van: from 1 to 8 people.
  • Minibus: from 1 to 14 people.

Now I show you other information that will also be of interest for you to evaluate the convenience or not to hire this type of transfers:

  • Duration of the trip: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Prices of the transfer by car: from 150 €.
  • Prices of the transfer in Luxury Van: from 200 €.
  • Prices for the transfer by minibus: from 350 €.

If you are interested in a return transfer, it is possible, although the price, in these cases, increases to almost double. Anyway, I advise you to consider this option if you are enough people, since by comparison to other means of transport and depending on the number of people (4 or more), the cost can be similar. And given the similarity of cost, the priority is comfort, where private transport wins.

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Get to Fatima from Lisbon by bus

Bus from Lisbon| ©Mister No
Bus from Lisbon| ©Mister No

The bus is another viable option, especially for its prices. To take a bus to Fatima you will have to go to the Sete Rios station. To get there you can take the blue line of the Metro. Once at the station you can take the bus. The company that will take you to Fátima is Rede Expressos.

This is basically what characterizes this type of transfer:

  • Journey time: approximately 1 hour and a half.
  • Add 5 minutes walk from the stop to the Sanctuary of Fatima.
  • Frequency every two hours.
  • First departure around 06:00 hours and last departure around 18:30 hours.
  • Prices from 20 €.

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Consider the train as an option

Train in Lisbon| ©André Marques
Train in Lisbon| ©André Marques

It is an option within your reach, but you should take one thing into account before considering it. The trains do not go directly to Fatima, but leave you in the village of Chao de Maças, located 20 kilometers from Fatima. Therefore, you will have to take a cab whose cost I specify below.

If this option interests you, then you just have to go to the Oriente or Santa Apolonia station and take the train with final destination to Braga. The following information should also be taken into account:

  • Journey time: approximately 1 hour (on the fastest trains).
  • Prices from 25 €.
  • Cost of additional transport by cab from Chao de Maças to Fátima: from 20 € and 30 €.
  • Duration of the cab ride between Chao de Maças and Fátima: around 20-30 minutes.

As you can see, this is the least favorable option in terms of time and cost. Because, to the cost of the cab you have to add, naturally, the cost of the train. At this point it depends on what you are looking for. For example, there are faster trains from 20 € that will take you in just 1 hour. But pay attention! The cheaper regional trains have tickets available from 10 € but the journey can take up to 3 hours and a half. More information about trains and schedules can be found on the website of the public company that manages the trains in Portugal.

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Get to Fátima comfortably by cab

Lisbon cabs| ©Pedro
Lisbon cabs| ©Pedro

An alternative that always comes in handy if you want to go for comfort and a journey without stops, no queues and no waiting. Of course, it is probably not the most economical mode, although its advantages are worthwhile. In addition, I insist again that there are transports that apparently seem more expensive but, in reality, may not be so much. I show you everything you need to know to compare what interests you the most:

  • Travel time: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Prices from 80 €.

If you are traveling with 4 people, maybe you can get to compensate this option. Everything is to make a balance between its advantages and whether they are worth the possible extra cost of the cab compared to other means of transport.

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Rent a car and go at your own pace

With a rented car| ©Lisa Fotios
With a rented car| ©Lisa Fotios

Car rental is always an available mode of transportation. Especially in a tourist city like Lisbon. You will not lack, therefore, the options. These are some of the agencies you can find in Lisbon:

  • Hertz.
  • Europcar.
  • Avis.
  • Sixt Rent a Car.

If you decide for this option of transport, I show you, next, what you have to take into account:

  • Types of vehicles available: 4-seater cars, luxury cars, SUVs and vans.
  • Duration of the trip: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Prices from 20 €/day.

To get to Fátima you will have to take the A1 in the direction Lisbon-Porto and then take the detour to Fátima. Of course, you have to consider the cost of tolls. The total price of tolls to get to Fatima is from 8 €. If you opt for the rental car, I advise you to also take advantage of the freedom it gives you to visit other places like Sintra. Here is more information about what to see and do in Sintra.

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