Lisbon to Vila Nova de Milfontes by Bus

Vila Nova De Milfontes is a delightful Portuguese beach resort that lies on the beautiful Alentejo coastline, partway between Lisbon and the Algarve. Vila Nova is adored by the Portuguese who flock here during the short summer season but the town is virtually unknown of by foreign visitors. This guide will detail how to travel from Lisbon to Vila Nova de Milfontes.

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Most visitors travel to Vila Nova for the stunning beaches!

Vila Nova de Minfontes’ limited Public transport….

Part of the appeal of Vila Nova de Milfontes is the remote and almost undiscovered atmosphere of the town and this is primary due to the limited public transport that serves the region. There is no railway that runs along the western side of the Alentejo and the limited intercity bus services only connect Vila Nova to Lisbon in the north or Lagos in the south. Vila Nova de Milfontes is 185 km south of Lisbon and 95 km north of Lagos on the Algarve.

The journey from Faro airport (Algarve airport) to Vila Nova by public transport requires two long journeys, the first is the train from Faro to Lagos and the second is bus from Lagos to Vila Nova. Generally, it is easier to travel to Vila Nova de Milfontes from Lisbon airport than Faro airport, even though Faro is closer.

Lisbon To Vila Nova De Milfontes

Intercity coach travel in Portugal is safe, reliable and inexpensive. The main coach company of Portugal is Rede Expressos and they operate clean and modern buses along all of their routes. The journey from Lisbon to Vial Nova de Milfontes takes 3hours and 30 minutes. A single ticket costs €15.60/€7.40/€13.10 (adult/child/senior) and a return ticket, referred to as a round trip costs €27.80/€14.80/24/60 (adult/child/senior) these prices are correct as of March 2016.

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The intercity buses are clean, modern and safe

Ticket must be purchased before boarding the bus either from the Sete Rois bus station in Lisbon or on-line at Tickets can be purchased 30 days in-advance and passport details are required to complete the transaction. The Rede Expressos website has an English section and displays the latest timetable, which changes depending on the season. During the low season of October to May there are only three services per day in each direction but in the high season of June to September this number increases to 10 services per day.

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Vila Nova is positioned on the estuary of the Mira River

Each ticket reserves an exact seat on the bus and the seat number is clear shown on the ticket. If booking your seats via the internet the seat can be chooses. Large or heavy luggage is placed in the luggage compartments to the side of the bus.

If visiting Vila Nova during the Summer

Vila Nova is a very popular summer destination with the Portuguese and the population of the region almost doubles during the short Portuguese summer season of July and August. This means that bus services between Lisbon to Vila Nova de Milfontes sell out and should be booked well in-advance.

Bus Station Information For Lisbon And Vila Nova De Milfontes

Buses to Vila Nova depart Lisbon from the Sete Rios bus station which is Lisbon's main bus station and the departure location for all Rede Express buses. Sete Rios bus station is connected to the blue Metro line and is served by the Jardim Zoologico metro station. Sete Rios has all expected facilities of a major bus station with a large ticket office, multiple shops and cafes. Rede Expressos bus are punctual and it is advisable to arrive 15 minutes before the schedule departure time.

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Sete Rios is a busy bus station

Vila Nova de Milfontes is too small to have an actual bus station and the intercity bus services drop off and pick up passengers from a central bus stop. This bus stop is located on the Rua Antonio Mantas, close to the junction with Largo de Santa Maria and overlooks a piece of wasteland. The Vila Nova to Lisbon bus services do not originate from Vila Nova, so always arrive prompt and be prepared to wait as the bus service may be affected by prior traffic.

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