Tomar is situated some 135 kilometres north east of Lisbon and 190 kilometres south east of Oporto. Tomar directions by car are relatively straightforward. From Lisbon, join the E1 and head north to Junction 7. Exit and turn east onto the A23 towards Abrantes-Castelo Branco. At the fourth junction (about 17 kilometres) turn north onto the IC3 and follow the signs for Tomar. For Tomar directions from Oporto, join the E1 south to Junction 9 then turn east onto the N113 /IC9 until you see the signs for Tomar (about five kilometres). An alternative route from Oporto is to remain on the E1 south until junction 7 and follow directions as though arriving from Lisbon.
Tomar’s railway station is conveniently located a few steps from the historic city centre and is served by regular trains from Lisbon Santa Apolonia and Lisbon Oriente. Journey time is approximately two hours and at the time of writing return fares were around €17. Trains leave approximately every hour to two hours depending on the time and day. No seat reservations are available on regional train services in Portugal. Tomar directions by train from Oporto, Aveiro and Coimbra require a change of train at either Entroncamento or Lamorosa. See CP Portugal’s national rail site, for ticket purchases, up to date timetables and further information about how to get to Tomar.
If you are wondering how to get to Tomar by bus, this is an easy and cost-effective option. Portugal has an excellent network of long distance express buses with connections from all over the country. www.rede-expressos.pt contains up-to-date details of timetables and fares and also has a payment and reservation facility. The site is relatively easy to navigate although it is in Portuguese only, but it often proves to be the most effective way of securing tickets as many bus station ticket offices are closed at weekends and on holidays.
Once in Tomar the town is small and easily walkable, complemented by three urban bus routes that radiate from the central bus station. Exploring further afield is easy by car or via the Rodoviario do Tejo bus services that link Tomar with the surrounding small towns and villages but plan your time carefully as services do not run on weekends or bank holidays.