The tram at its departure point in Sintra, around the corner from the MU.SA Museum
A historic tram connects Sintra to one of its most popular beaches, Praia das Maçãs. The line was inaugurated in 1904, but the red vehicle used today dates from the 1930s. It maintains its original features such as wooden benches and brass dials, and while it’s a slow, noisy and bumpy ride, it’s a fun experience.
The complete 13km(8 miles)-journey takes 40 minutes, passing through the rural areas of Colares towards the coast. Outdated websites say that there are several departures throughout the day -- this is incorrect. There are just three in the summer and early autumn (morning, afternoon and mid-afternoon). After that, service is reduced further.
It takes only up to 45 passengers, and is essentially a service for tourists. Those who just want to get to the beach of Praia das Maçãs, should take bus 441 from the Portela de Sintra station nearby.
The tram currently in use dates from the 1930s
The departure point is around the corner from the MU.SA museum, about a 7-minute walk from the Portela de Sintra station and about the same from the main Sintra station. The Vila Alda building where tickets are sold stands next to the museum.
The tram terminates just above the Praia das Maçãs beach.
Tickets for the Sintra-Praia das Maçãs Tram
Single tickets for adults are 3 euros, while children and seniors (those over the age of 65) pay 2 euros. They’re sold at Vila Alda (a white building next to the tracks) on weekdays, and by the driver on weekends and public holidays.
Take a look at the links below for more Sintra transportation guides.