After you get to know the answer to the question “Where is Evora?” by seeing its location on a map, you will understand that its geographic position makes travelling to the capital of Alentejo quite easy.
Evora, even though administratively considered as south of Portugal, is not that far from a central position in the country.
So, if you want to travel to Evora departing from other Portuguese cities, it will be both easy and fast no matter the means of transportation you might use: rented car (or your own), bus, train.
Evora on a mapa of Portugal
How to get to Evora by car
Renting a car in Portugal is the best way to travel in the country because it gives you greater independence and makes it easy to choose the places to visit. In addition, it is extremely simple to foreigners.
The following suggestions are an overview of directions to take to get to Evora from the North, South, East and West.
Driving to Evora coming from the West – Lisboa/Lisbon
The distance Lisboa-Evora is about 81 mi / 130 km and the average travel time will be 1h15m on the highway/motorway. Depending on the exact location where you start your journey in Lisboa, get out of the city through 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 used A12 to leave Lisboa). A little further ahead you will have change from A2 to A6. Then to the national road N114, only 7.5 mi / 12 km away from Evora. Driving straight ahead, you will find Evora Walls.
Driving to Evora coming from the East – Badajoz, Spain
The distance from Spain Badajoz-Evora is only 62 mi / 100 km. It is very easy to cover if you choose A6 highway/motorway. The exit to Evora is only 9.3 mi / 15 km from the city through the N18, the road which connects Evora to Estremoz. If you want to drive from Spain through the Alentejo roads, you will find a beautiful and relaxing landscape and a few villages along the way.
- Badajoz, Elvas, Borba, Estremoz, Evoramonte, Evora (N4 and N18 roads)
- Badajoz, Elvas, Borba, Vila Viçosa, Redondo, Evora (N4, N255 and N254 roads)
Driving to Evora coming from the North
- Through the coast – Porto-Evora
Unless you are following a route with the purpose to know Portugal stopping in several places, the best way to get to Evora driving from Porto/Oporto (233 mi / 375km, 4h average driving time) 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.
To save a few miles / kilometres (and toll money), after you exit A1, always drive through IC10 until Coruche and then use N114 passing in Montemor-o-Novo on your way to Evora.
- Through the interior
Still coming from the North, but via the interior of Portugal, the best rout to get to Evora by car is to use IP2. This main road starts way up North in the beautiful city of Bragança and passes through other district capitals equally rich in terms of architectural and cultural heritage: Guarda, Castelo Branco, Portalegre.
Chegar a Evora de carro vindo de sul – Algarve, Faro
Mais uma vez, chegar a Evora é também bastante simples vindo do Algarve. Como esta região tem cerca 170km de extensão (por estrada), o caminho que proponho para referência é Faro-Evora (225km, 2h30m de duração média de viagem).
Entre na Via do Infante (A22) e siga depois pela A2. Saia da autoestrada perto de Ourique e entre na IP2 em direção a Evora, passando por Beja e Portel.
How to get to Evora using public transport
Getting to Evora coming from Lisboa/Lisbon in public transport is inexpensive and the journey is both comfortable and fast.
The journey Lisboa-Evora by train takes 1h30m. The average price for this service depends on the type of ticket you choose.
- Departure from these stations in Lisboa – Oriente, Entrecampos, Sete Rios, Pragal
- Single (1st class) – 16,20€
- Single (2nd class) – 12,20€
- Return (1st class) – 29,50€
- Return (2nd class) – 22,00€
The national inter-city bus (Rede de Expressos) takes between 1h30m and 1h45m to get to Evora from Lisboa. The price of a normal bus ticket is around 12€ (single) and 21€ (return).
Transfer to Evora from other Portuguese cities
Another option is to contact us and ask for a transfer service. We can help you getting to the Alentejo and travelling within the region. We have regular services covering transfers Lisboa-Evora, Sintra-Evora, Faro-Evora (and return trips, of course) but we can take you anywhere.
During the drive, you will be able to talk to our driver/guide and get to know a little bit of the history of Alentejo. You even have the possibility to do it in style, on a classic car. Who knows if this isn’t the beginning of one of our tours in Alentejo.
You arrived in Evora. What do you do now?
When you get to Evora, you will want to go to the historic centre or to your hotel. If you are driving, parking in Evora will be a necessity; if you arrive by public transportation you will have to know about the best foot route from the bus station or the train station. If you took one of our transfer services… Just step into your hotel or start discovering Evora city centre.
Have a nice stay!