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National Palace of Sintra | Visitor Information At A Glance

  • What are the National Palace of Sintra opening hours?
    The National Palace of Sintra is open from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM, every day of the week.
  • Where is the National Palace of Sintra located?
    The National Palace of Sintra is located in the historic town centre. The official address is Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, 2710-616 Sintra, Portugal.
  • How many entrances does the National Palace of Sintra have?
    The National Palace of Sintra has two entrances, one is the main entrance and the other is from National Palace Park.
  • How many number visitors does the National Palace of Sintra see per year?
    Nearly 2 million people visit the National Palace of Sintra every year.

What are the National Palace of Sintra Opening Hours?

Sintra National Palace is open every day of the week.

General Timings: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Last Entry: 6 PM

Closed: 24th and 25th December, 1st January

What's The Best time to Visit Sintra National Palace?

Between May and September is the peak season to visit Sintra National Palace. Enjoy warm weather and lush gardens during this time, though expect larger crowds and higher prices. The tranquil low season, October to April, offers a quieter experience with cooler weather and a chance to appreciate the palace's interior and history.

Weekdays promise a peaceful visit with fewer visitors and shorter lines. Optimal for engaging with exhibits and capturing photos. Weekends, especially in peak season, draw bigger crowds. Arrive early for a quieter atmosphere and better parking if visiting on weekends.

Where is National Palace of Sintra Tickets Located?

Address: Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, 2710-616 Sintra, Portugal

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The National Palace of Sintra is strategically nestled in the heart of the charming town of Sintra, Portugal. This historic palace enjoys a stunning location at the foothills of the Sintra Mountains, providing visitors with not only architectural beauty but also breathtaking natural surroundings.

Closest landmark: Pelourinho de Sintra (600 m)

Getting to the National Palace of Sintra

By Public Transportation

Bus: Take either bus 434 or 435 operated by Scotlurb, and disembark at the Sintra Train Station. From there, it's a leisurely 10-15 minute walk to reach the National Palace of Sintra.

Train: Opt for the Sintra Line and board the CP train departing from Lisbon to Sintra. The departure stations for the CP train are Oriente, Rossio and Entrecampos.

By Car

If you’re coming by car from Lisbon, follow the IC19 route. Alternatively, if you're coming from Mafra, the IC30 is the recommended route. Visitors from Cascais can take EN9 and subsequently connect to the National Palace of Sintra using the A5 route.

Parking Facilities

  • Parque de Estacionamento Estacao de Sintra (700 m away)
  • Parking Quinta dos Lobos is just 1.2 km away from the palace.
  • Estacionamento is about 2.3 km from the attraction.
  • Sintra Parking is about 2.3 km from the National Palace of Sintra.



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  • Buy skip-the-line tickets: This allows you to skip the ticket counter and enter directly through the designated skip-the-line ticket entrance.
  • Sintra Card or Passes: Consider using the Sintra Card or other tourist passes if available. These often grant you priority access or allow you to bypass the regular ticket line.
  • Early Arrival: Arrive early in the morning, preferably right when the palace opens. This can help you beat the crowds and reduce the waiting time at the entrance.
  • Guided Tours: Opt for a guided tour package. Many tour operators offer skip-the-line options, allowing you to enter the palace directly with your group and guide.

Sintra National Palace has two distinct entrances that cater to different aspects of its historical and architectural significance.

  • Main Entrance: Located at the front of the palace, this entrance offers a direct path into the heart of the historical complex. As you step through the main entrance, you'll find yourself in the midst of the palace's central courtyard, surrounded by the intricate details of its medieval architecture.
  • Park Entrance: Located outside the National Palace Park, this entrance gives you direct access to the park. As you enter through the gate, you will first go through the park and then see the palace interiors. It is located on the hill, so you’ll have to walk for a bit.
  • Toilets: Toilets are available inside the palace.
  • Exhibitions and Interpretive Displays: The National Palace of Sintra often hosts exhibitions and interpretive displays that provide deeper insights into its history, architecture and cultural significance. 
  • Cafeteria: There is a café where visitors can relax, enjoy a meal or snack, and soak in the atmosphere of this remarkable historical site.
  • Entry is free for visitors with disability visitors and the person accompanying them. Priority access is granted at the reception area and museum entrances.
  • Parking spaces are reserved for people with disabilities. To avail of this, visit the Help Desk located beneath the Pyramid. Your parking ticket must be stamped to benefit from reduced rates.
  • Use the I.M. Pei Pyramid entrance. Use the escalator or lift to go to the reception area.
  • To visit the Carrousel shopping center, enter from the car park or entrance at 99 rue de Rivoli.
  • You can borrow folding chairs, wheelchairs, assistive listening devices, and other equipment you might need from the Help Desk.
  • Visit the Petite Galerie, a space dedicated space for disabled visitors. Entirely accessible, the space is equipped with tactile ground surface indicators.
  • Ten spots are reserved for visitors in a wheelchair in the auditorium.
  • There are 14 outlets available for visitors with electric wheelchairs.
  • Restrooms equipped to accommodate visitors with reduced mobility are available beneath the Pyramid and in the museum.
  • Hearing loops have been installed beneath the Pyramid, at the Information Desk, automated ticketing machines, group reception area, the Help Desk, and in the Auditorium to aid visitors with assistive listening devices.
  • If you opt to go on a self-guided tour, you can use the Louvre’s audio guide on Nintendo 3DS™ XL to make the tour more worthwhile.
  • Tactile devices are available in the Department of Islamic Art collections.
  • Louvre has chosen lighting that is optimal for all visitors, even those with light sensitivities.
  • If you need special-size equipment or have any queries, simply send an email to handicap@louvre.fr or call +33(0)1 40 20 53 17.
  • Show respect for the cultural and historical significance of the palace and its artefacts. Avoid touching exhibits, leaning on walls, or otherwise causing damage to the site.
  • Follow designated paths and areas to ensure the preservation of the site and its surroundings. Avoid straying into restricted or off-limits areas.
  • Photography might be restricted in certain areas of the palace. Some sites might have restrictions on flash photography, tripods or selfie sticks.
  • Maintain a quiet and respectful demeanour within the palace and its grounds. Speak softly and avoid disruptive behaviour that could disturb other visitors.
  • Dispose of waste in designated bins and follow any recycling guidelines that may be in place.
  • Refrain from touching artefacts, climbing on structures or sitting on historical features. These actions can cause irreversible damage.
  • Consider buying your tickets online in advance to avoid waiting in line at the ticket counter. Online tickets often have dedicated entrances, saving you time.
  • If possible, arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds and enjoy a more tranquil experience. This is especially beneficial during peak tourist seasons.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking, as you'll be exploring various rooms, corridors, and gardens.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing and opt for modest attire out of respect for the historical and cultural significance of the palace.
  • Consider joining a guided tour to gain deeper insights into the history and stories of the palace. Guides can offer valuable context that enhances your experience.
  • Bring a water bottle and snacks, especially if you plan on spending a significant amount of time exploring. However, be mindful of eating only in designated areas.
  • While the palace is the highlight, don't forget to explore the charming town of Sintra itself, which offers additional attractions, shops, and dining options.
  • A Praça: Enjoy Portuguese cuisine in a charming setting just steps away from the National Palace of Sintra. 
  • Pure Taste: Indulge in creative and locally-inspired dishes at Pure Taste, a restaurant near the palace.
  • Messias Wine Bar: Savour fine wines and delectable tapas at Messias Wine Bar, a cosy spot close to the National Palace.
  • Regional Sintra: Experience the traditional flavours of Sintra at Regional Sintra, offering a taste of local dishes.
  • Incomum: Dine at Incomum for innovative culinary delights with a modern twist, conveniently located near the palace.
  • Central Hotel: Located near the heart of Sintra, Central Hotel provides easy access to the National Palace as it is just 84 m away.
  • Hotel NH Sintra Centro: Just 150 m from the National Palace of Sintra, Hotel NH Sintra Centro offers convenience and comfort.
  • Sintra Boutique Hotel: Immerse yourself in luxury at Sintra Boutique Hotel, situated about 260 m from the enchanting National Palace.
  • Sintra Bliss Hotel: Enjoy a tranquil stay at Sintra Bliss Hotel, a peaceful retreat within 650 m of the National Palace.
  • Hotel Sintra Jardim: Stay amidst greenery at Hotel Sintra Jardim, situated 2.9 km away from the National Palace.

Torre da Regaleira: Explore the mystical Torre da Regaleira, a historic estate featuring intricate architecture and enchanting gardens.

Sintra Atlântico: Discover Sintra Atlântico, an aquarium showcasing marine life from the Atlantic Ocean, perfect for an educational outing.

Poço Imperfeito: Visit Poço Imperfeito, a captivating geological formation that adds a unique touch to your Sintra adventure.

Miradouro da Vigia: Capture panoramic views at Miradouro da Vigia, a scenic viewpoint offering a breathtaking vista of Sintra's landscapes.

Frequently Asked Questions: Visiting Sintra National Palace

Where is the National Palace of Sintra?

The National Palace of Sintra is located in the town of Sintra, Portugal. The official address is Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, 2710-616 Sintra, Portugal

Can I visit the National Palace of Sintra?

Yes, the National Palace of Sintra is open to visitors and offers the opportunity to explore its historical rooms, gardens, and architectural beauty.

Why should I visit the National Palace of Sintra?

Visiting the National Palace of Sintra allows you to immerse yourself in Portugal's rich history, marvel at its unique architecture and experience the enchanting atmosphere of the town of Sintra.

Can I visit the National Palace of Sintra for free?

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How much does it cost to visit the National Palace of Sintra?

The cost of admission to the National Palace of Sintra can vary depending on factors such as age, nationality and the type of ticket you choose. Explore the different ticket options here.

What is the best time to visit the National Palace of Sintra?

The best time to visit is during the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the peak crowds. Spring and early fall are generally pleasant times to explore, while the summer months can be busier.

What are the National Palace of Sintra opening hours?

National Palace of Sintra is open from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM every day of the week.

Can I visit the National Palace of Sintra with the kids?

Yes, the National Palace of Sintra can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages, including children. The vibrant history and unique architecture can capture the interest of young visitors. However, if you’re visiting with infants, keep in mind that baby changing stations and strollers on rent are not available.

Is the National Palace of Sintra wheelchair friendly?

The National Palace of Sintra is a historic structure, and while efforts have been made to improve accessibility, it might have limitations for visitors with mobility challenges.

Can I buy food and drinks at the National Palace of Sintra?

The National Palace of Sintra has a cafeteria that offers refreshments. Explore nearby cafes and restaurants for more extensive dining options.

How long does it take to visit the National Palace of Sintra?

The duration of your visit can vary based on your pace and interest, but most visitors spend around 1 to 2 hours exploring the palace's rooms, gardens and exhibits.