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Fatima: Day Trips and Tours from Lisbon

Add some piety to your travel adventures with a spiritual awakening in the town of Fátima, Portugal. Indulging in one of the Fátima Tours from Lisbon will take you on a world-famous pilgrimage to the place where the Virgin Mary is believed to have made a flash appearance to three shepherd children in 1917.

Following this holy event, Fátima has blossomed from a poor unknown village to one of Portugal’s most iconic religious tourist destinations.

Join millions of visitors who embark on a pilgrimage to witness the destination of one of the Catholic church’s most revered sites. Here’s all you need to know about the many Fátima Tours from Lisbon.

How to get to Fátima from Lisbon?

Fátima by car from Lisbon

Traveling to Fátima by car is the quickest option as it takes you on a one hour and 15 minutes’ drive along the scenic A1 motorway. If you rent a car, get a chance to explore the hidden gems of Portugal as you travel, but make sure you learn all the toll requirements along the way!

Fátima by bus from Lisbon

Take a ride on the economical and comfortable Rede Expressos bus which departs from the Sete Rios bus terminal in Lisbon. The bus ride can take up to an hour and a half and you’ll get to see lots of the beautiful scenery of Portugal along the way as well!

Fátima by train from Lisbon

Since there is no train station in Fátima itself, you’ll travel from Lisbon to the Caxarias station by train then be transported by shuttle buses or you can take a taxi to Fátima. The total trip can take a bit over two hours, but the trains and the shuttles are both comfortable and affordable.

Fátima Tours from Lisbon

Choose the more fun and informative route by making your trip into a tour. Many tourists opt to combine their trip into a full package by visiting the nearby towns of Obidos, Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaça to take in all the magnificent sights these hamlets have to offer.

How much does a tour to Fátima from Lisbon cost?

With a range of prices to choose from, Fátima Tours from Lisbon are suitable for all types of budgets and preferences. Group tours start from €60 and can run up to €100, while private tours range from €90- €160. Multi-combo tours can cost from about €60- €120 and depend on the combination of sites that are included in the schedule. You’re sure to enjoy every bit of any one of the trips you choose.

What kinds of tours are available to visit Fátima from Lisbon?

Small-group guided tours

In these small-group excursions, you’ll get an intimate and exclusive day trip traveling in style and comfort from Lisbon to Fátima. Now considered a prominent Christian sanctuary, you’ll learn about the miraculous appearance of Our Lady of Fátima in 1917.

You’ll be guided along the famous Sanctuary of Fátima, a basilica which attracts millions of religious tourists every year who embark on a pilgrimage to pay their respects.

Private guided tours

Escape the city and indulge in a quiet day of reverence with one of the private guided Fátima Tours from Lisbon.  Tourists looking for an uninhibited, customized trip will be treated to a personalized experience that takes you to the most important Catholic sites in the small town. You’ll receive loads of historic information to add to your lifetime of memories and also get extra time to shop for souvenirs along the way.

Fátima and Obidos

Start your day with an early trip to Fátima while admiring the breathtaking landscapes of the Ribatejo region along the way. Visit Fátima’s famous Catholic Shrine and take in other important religious sights on this reverent day trip meant to induce personal reflection.

Then take a drive past stunning clifftops and the picturesque villages of Foz do Arelho and São Martinho do Porto before getting to Óbidos, an incredible little town teeming with medieval architecture and history.

Fátima and Nazaré

Set off in style to Fátima where you’ll discover priceless religious works of art, the Church of the Santíssima Trindade and the Chapel of the Apparitions. Your guide will fill you with a wealth of information about the history of the religious world-famous settlement.

Then set off to the fishing village of Nazaré later in the day to get a glimpse of the traditional life of Portugal’s fishermen. Taste the food and get a first-hand encounter with the people and their unique way of life.

Fátima and Batalha

From your hotel in Lisbon, set off on a journey of Portuguese history and faith to Fátima. Learn about the details of the three shepherd children who witnessed the life-changing apparition of ‘a lady in white’ in 1917. You’ll then head to the UNESCO-listed Batalha Monastery and discover the rich history behind the ancient building built to commemorate a battle between Portuguese and Castilian troops in 1385.

Multi combo tours

You can mix it all together by taking in the full experience with one of the multi-combo Fátima Tours from Lisbon which will take you to Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos all in one day! Travel north to Fátima and take in the small town’s religious wonders before taking off to visit the medieval curiosities in Batalha. Get a taste of the traditional life of the fishermen in the seaside village of Nazaré before setting off to the beautiful town of Óbidos with its rich cultural ambience and artistic and historic attractions.

What will you see during your Fátima day trip from Lisbon?

As a religious town, most of the sights in Fátima centre around religious tourism connected to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima.

You can visit the national shrine, The Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima, and observe its intricate neoclassical styled details and its tall central tower. The edifice also houses the tombs of Lucia, Saint Jacinta, and Saint Francisco.

The Hungarian Stations of the Cross, which consists of 14 chapels along a two-mile walkway, is also a popular attraction awaiting your visit to Fátima. The path leads uphill to a marble monument of Christ on the cross.

Travel tips

  • The most popular time to visit Fátima is in May and October as the town sees the most agreeable weather at this time. May is also the month of the largest religious gathering when most pilgrimages take place.
  • Fátima is small enough to travel on foot, giving you an up-close experience without needing to go very far.
  • Most tourists visiting Fátima for the pilgrimage opt to camp out in the countryside to enjoy the night air of Portugal. If you have some extra time,  it’s safe and fun and you’ll have lots of company if you decide to do the same. Make sure you walk with all the necessary camping gear.
  • Learn all the routes you need to take to get to Fátima and all the required tolls on the selected routes as the fines can be very expensive.