Cais do Sodre Lisbon
The Cais do Sodre Lisbon is the departure train station for the Lisbon to Cascais railway. This railway connects Lisbon to the western towns of Cascais, Estoril and Oeiras and the great beaches of the region. This guide will provide an overview of the Cais do Sodre train station and details of the Lisbon to Cascais railway.
Cais do Sodre Lisbon Overview
The Cais do Sodre train station is the station most used by tourists as it connects the capital to the great beaches of the region. Cais do Sodre is located to the south western side of Lisbon and is on the Avenida de Ceuta. The station is conveniently connected to the last stop on the green metro line (Linha da Caravela) and the metro exits directly onto the railway platform. The main beaches along the route are Praia Santo Amaro, Praia da Torre, Praia de Carcavelos, the beaches of Estoril and Cascais beaches.
Linha de Cascais - Cais Sodre Station Lisbon
The 26km Linha de Cascais (Cascais Train Line) connects all of the beach towns and resorts to the west of Lisbon and terminates at the town of Cascais. A single ticket from Lisbon to Cascais or Estoril requires a 4 zone fare and a single costs €2.15. The journey time from Cascais to Lisbon is 40 minutes from end to end and there is a train every 20 minutes during day light hours with the first at 5:30am with the last train at 1:30am. Tickets must be purchased before boarding the train and can be purchased from the ticket office or ticket machines which are dotted around the station and have English instructions.
Cais do Sodre Ferry and bus Stations
The Cais do Sodre Lisbon is located on the banks of the River Tagus (Rio Tejo) and a ferry terminal is within close proximity to the train station, the main destination for the ferries is to Cacilhas on the opposite side of Rio Tejo. The Linha de Cascais was opened in December 1890 but the final terminus was at Alcantara-Mar approximately 3 km further down the train line. The Cais do Sodre Lisbon was added to the train line in 1895.
Many bus routes begin and terminate in front of the Cais do Sodre Lisbon train station. One of the more interesting bus routes is 101 which ends at the Christo Rei Statue on the opposite bank of the Rio Tejo, this bus route also crosses the Ponte de Abril suspension bridge. Interestingly the official time of Portugal was set against a clock which stood just outside the train station, the clock set the official time from 1914 until sadly converted to a digital device in 2001.
Cais do Sodre Lisbon Disaster
Cais do Sodre Lisbon was the scene of Lisbon's deadliest structural disasters. On the morning of May 28th 1963 the interior of the main station collapsed killing 49 commuters and severely injuring 40 more. The cause of the collapsed roof was due to badly designed reinforced concrete that had been constructed during the 1950s.
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