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The Palácio Nacional de Queluz is a beautiful Baroque palace, which is situated on the outskirts of Lisbon. This ornate palace was commissioned by King Pedro III in the 18th century, and its grand design means it is frequently regarded as the Portuguese version of Versailles.
Queluz Palace makes for an enjoyable half-day excursion from Lisbon, and the town of Queluz is very easy to travel to from Lisbon. Queluz is served by a regular urban train service, and from the station, it is a 15-minute walk to the palace.
The Palácio Nacional de Queluz
Queluz town is 12km from the historic centre of Lisbon but has been amalgamated into the urban sprawl which surrounds the capital. Queluz is served by the Lisbon-Sintra urban railway, and the train is the best option for public transport.
The train ride from Lisbon to Queluz takes 20 minutes, and from the Queluz station (called Queluz – Belas - GPS: 38.75859, -9.2569734), it is a 15-minute walk to the palace.
There is a direct bus service from Lisbon to Queluz Palace operated by Vimeca buses (route 101), but the bus is not as convenient as the train. The bus journey is longer and departs from the Colégio Militar bus station, which is to the far north-west of Lisbon.
Insight: tickets to for Queluz National Palace cost €10 and can be purchased from here.
The train to Queluz waiting in Rossio station
There are two train services from Lisbon to Queluz (which then continues on to Sintra). One service departs from the Rossio Station in the Baixa district, and the other from the Estação do Oriente in the Parque das Nações district. The Oriente service also stops at Sete Rios and Entrecampos.
Advice: Rossio station is the common choice for most visitors heading to Queluz, as it is in the centre of the historic area of Lisbon.
The two Lisbon to Sintra (via Queluz) rail services are important commuter routes, with frequent departures (up to 5 per hour). The services start early in the day and continue late into the night, and for the exact timetable, please see the Comboios de Portugal website:
(This link is a PDF, so it may download on certain phones)
The train from Lisbon to Queluz requires a "zone 2" ticket and a single costs €1.65. The fare is charged to the Navegante card, the reusable public transport ticket that is used for the whole of the Lisbon region. There are no return tickets so two singles (€3.30) must be purchased.
When departing from Rossio station, the train takes 18 minutes to reach Queluz, while the train from Estação do Oriente takes 25 minutes to travel to Queluz.
In Queluz there are two possible stations for the Queluz Palace; “Queluz-Belas” and “Monte Abraão”. From both stations, it is an equal distance to the palace, and is a 15-minute walk. Most passengers leave at the Queluz-Belas station and the walk is along the main residential street of Queluz (the Avenida António and Avenida da Republica). There are brown road signs which clearly show the route.
The walk from Monte Abraão station heads around the rear of the palace grounds and is possibly the nicer walk.
Outside the Queluz-Belas station is a taxi rank, and an option is just to hail a taxi for this short ride (€3-4). There is a bus from the Queluz-Belas train station to the palace, the number 25 service, but a taxi is a faster and better option.
The Palácio Nacional de Queluz is very easy to drive to as it is close to the A27 road. The A27 is the main road from Lisbon to Sintra and is the continuation of the "2nd Circular", the main expressway through Lisbon.
The turn off for Queluz Palace is between junctions 4 and 5, and there is a big sign above the expressway signing "Palácio Nacional". The entrance to the place is 400m from the junction (when heading from Lisbon). There is a huge car park on the opposite of the palace.
Advice: Never leave valuables in your car or on display as there have been reports of theft from here.
Bus travel from Lisbon to Queluz is not recommended, as the train is much faster, more frequent and the bus station is inconveniently located. The Colégio Militar bus station is to the north-west of Lisbon, close to the Colombo shopping centre and the Luz football stadium. The bus station is served by the blue metro line Colégio Militar/Luz.
The 101-bus route is operated by Vimeca connects Lisbon to Queluz. There are two departure every hour (except on Sundays and holidays when there is one per hour), and the latest timetable can be seen on the Vimeca website: https://www.vimeca.pt/
The palace is open every day from 9:00 until 18:00, but the last entry is at 17:00. There are two types of ticket, the first is just to the grounds and the second is to the interior of the palace and the grounds. The prices for the combined ticket are €10/8.50 (adult/child) (best price tickets here) while the garden tickets are €5.00/3.50 (adult/child). The typical length of visitor depends on your fascination with historical monuments, but most visitors stay around 2 hours.
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