Cais do Sodré Station – A complete guide

Cais do Sodré is a transport hub in Lisbon. Cais do Sodré is the terminus of the Lisbon metro system’s green line. Comboios de Portugal operates trains that go through the Belém neighborhood, to the Estoril Coast, and the beaches of Cascais.

TransTejo and SOFLUSA operate ferries that cross the Tejo River that depart from Cais do Sodré ferry terminal as well.

Several CARRIS Tram and buses also stop in front of the station. If you are heading to Belém, you can catch Tram 15E.

From Cais do Sodré, you cannot go to Porto or the Algarve. For those trains, go to Oriente Station.

From Cais do Sodré, you cannot go (directly) to Sintra. For that train, depart from the central Rossio Train Station.

For trains to Porto, Fátima, and other points north, take a train from Santa Apolónia Station.

Cais do Sodré Station History and Architecture

Tilework on the platform of the Cais do Sodré metro station.
Tilework on the platform of the Cais do Sodré metro station

The train station was built in 1928. Below the train station is the metro station’s green line terminus. For information on Lisbon’s subway system, see my article, Lisbon Metro: A helpful guide to the Lisbon subway In a separate building behind the train station, you will find the ferry terminal.

Escalator connecting Lisbon's Cais do Sodre metro station (green line) to the surface, where you can also find a train station and ferry terminal
Escalator connecting Lisbon’s Cais do Sodre metro station (green line) to the surface, where you can also find a train station and ferry terminal

Ticket Office Hours

Open from 7 am until 9 pm. Machines are also available to purchase tickets.

Train Trips to Belém

Turnstiles for trains going west from Lisbon's Cais do Sodré train station

The train trip from Cais do Sodré to Belém takes seven minutes. The cost to ride is 1.35€ each way, using your Viva Viagem card. For train times see the official website: Check train Times Online | CP – Comboios de Portugal

Train Trips to Estoril

Trains leave Cais do Sodré every 20 minutes. The trip to Estoril takes 36 minutes. The cost is 2.30€ each way. See the link above for a schedule of train departures.

Train Trips to Cascais

Trains leave for Cascais every 20 minutes. The forty minute one way trip costs 2.30€. Trains depart from Lisbon every 20 or 30 minutes around the clock. For more information on this route, see my article How to use public transportation to get to Lisbon’s beaches –

Cais do Sodré Ferry Terminal

The ferry terminal is located on the river, behind the metro and train stations. The building is labeled “Terminal Fluvial – Cais do Sodré”

Waiting area, Cais do Sodré Ferry Terminal.  This particular waiting room is out of service at the moment, but there are several.
Waiting area, Cais do Sodré Ferry Terminal. This particular waiting room is out of service at the moment, but there are several.

The ferry from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas is the most popular route among tourists. Arriving on the other side of the Tejo River, you will find buses that go to the Costa da Caparica beaches and the Cristo Rei Statue.

The passenger ferry is a great sightseeing experience, with panoramic views of Lisbon and the 25 of April Bridge.

The ferry ride to Cacilhas takes ten minutes. There are three ferries per hour, departing at twenty-minute intervals.

Interior of Lisbon's Cais do Sodré Ferry Terminal.
Interior of Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré Ferry Terminal.

The first ferry from Lisbon departs at 5:35 am. The first ferry leave Cacilhas at 5:20 am. The last boat arrives in Lisbon at 1:40 am, and the last ferry to Cacilhas arrives at 1:20 am.

Use the Viva Viagem transport card (cost .50). A trip in each direction will deduct 1.30€ as you pass through the turnstile.

Lisbon's Cais do Sodré ferry dock.  The boat is away.
The boat is away.

How to Get to Cais do Sodré Station

The Cais do Sodré transportation center is located between the Tejo River and Avenida Ribeira das Naus. To the east is Praça do Comércio and the Baixa neighborhood. Across the street, a few meters to the west is the Time Out Market.

Take the subway green line to Cais do Sodré.

How to get to Cais do Sodré from the airport

From the metro station at the airport, take the red line, and change to the green line at Alameda. Cais do Sodre is the last stop on the green line. The trip is roughly 25 minutes.

Lodging Near Cais do Sodré

Lisbon Sunset Destination Hostel

This hostel is located at the Cais do Sodre train station. Most importantly, this hostel has a rooftop pool and deck with views of the Tejo River. A hostel with a rooftop pool hs to be among the most unique lodging in Lisbon.

They have 10-bed mixed rooms, six-bed mixed rooms, and 4-bed mixed rooms. They offer female-only rooms with 10 or 6 beds. The larger rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Twin and double privates are also available. Each bed has a locker below the bed. To book:


Lost Inn Lisbon Hostel

Beco dos Apóstolos, 6

Lost Inn Lisbon Hostel is an easy walk to Pink Street, the Ascensor da Bica, or the Time Out Market, as well as Cais do Sodré and Praça de Comércio.

High season rates start at 25€ per bed in this restored 18th-century building. Mixed and single-sex rooms are available. They have rooms with four, six, eight, or ten-bed options. Each bed has its own locker. Private twin and double rooms are also available. All rooms are air-conditioned.

Breakfast is included. Lost Inn Lisbon Hostel offers car and bike rental, and organizes a variety of tours. The hostel has a bar on site. Laundry service is available for a fee.

To book:

Lisbon Calling Hostel

Rua de Sao Paulo, 126 3rd floor.

Located north of Pink Street and one block from the Ascensor da Bica lower terminal. All rooms are private – double, triple, quadruple, and family rooms. A continental breakfast can be included. To book:

City Stays Cais do Sodre Apartments

Rent a two-bedroom apartment with a living room, bathroom, kitchen and washing machine. Three bedroom models are also available. Some apartments have river views.

To book:

LX Boutique Hotel

Rua do Alecrim, 12

Rua do Alecrim is a centrally located north – south street that connects Cais do Sodré to the Chiado and Bairro Alto neighborhoods. The hotel is around the corner from hard-partying Pink Street, and one of Europe’s largest squares – Praça do Comércio is just a few blocks east.

LX Boutique Hotel’s bright, elegant, soundproof rooms have air-conditioning and a mini bar. There is a Japanese restaurant in the hotel, as well as a bar. Upper floors are accessible by elevator. A room with two twin beds or a queen bed starts at around 175€ in the high season.

To book:

Attractions Near Cais do Sodré

Praça do Comércio Lisbon’s largest square lies on the river to the east. Read my Praça do Comércio – Everything you need to know

Rua Augusta Arch What is the story behind Lisbon’s Rua Augusta Arch?

Ribeira das Naus This riverside promenade runs between Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodré. It is a great area for exercising, relaxing in the sun, or having a drink at one of Lisbon’s best kiosks.

Time Out Market Just west of Pink Street, almost across from the Cais do Sodré is the world-famous Time Out Market and food hall.

Ascensor da Bica This funicular is located a few blocks west near Largo de São Paulo square, a bit north of the TimeOut Market. Ride the funicular up and down one of Lisbon’s steepest and most beautiful streets. See my Top things to know about the Elevador da Bica

Miradouro de Santa Catarina Viewpoint Once you get off the Ascensor da Bica, go one block west then take a left toward the river. At the end of the street, you will find this great viewpoint for watching the sunset. Ultimate guide to the Miradouro de Santa Catarina viewpoint A few doors down from the viewpoint, you can also find some fantastic rooftop bars.

Praça Luís de Camões Discover Lisbon’s Praça Luís de Camões The largest square in the Chiado neighborhood is to the east of the upper station of the Ascensor da Bica. Bairro Alto is another nightlife hotspot that lies to the north.

Largo do Chiado This smaller square is at the heart of the trendy Chiado neighborhood. Lots of shopping and cafes nearby, as well as the Baixa-Chiado Metro station (blue and green lines). For more information, see my article Largo do Chiado – the little square that has it all

Bairro Alto Bairro Alto – An overview of Lisbon’s most vibrant neighborhood Scenic viewpoints, great restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and one of Lisbon’s best parks are all in this hillside / hilltop neighborhood north of Pink Street.

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