Moving in Lisbon

Lisbon

Transport Moving in Lisbon

Metro is the most reliable way of moving in Lisbon – fast, with a smart network, and a fair price. 

The problem for a tourist is that it misses the sights available from buses or trams. 

Anyway, some stations have artworks, enriching visually the trip.

You may have all the needed information in English in: Metro

​Lifts

Moving in Lisbon
Moving in Lisbon – Lift

There are five elevators operating in Lisbon :

Santa Justa is the best known, a vertical elevator built upon Eiffell’s plans, and linking the street with its name to Chiado. Is a touristy “must see” and useful to use. Operating time 7 AM to 9 PM in winter,7 AM (9 Am on Sunday and holidays) to 11 PM in summer

Glória is a special tram linking Restauradores to Bairro Alto, also very useful to locals and tourists. Operating time 7 AM (8 AM on Sunday) to 12 PM (4.30 AM on Friday and Saturday).

Bica is technically identical, starting in Rua de São Paulo (Cais do Sodré), stopping in Calhariz square, near Chiado and Bairro Alto. Operating time 7 AM (9 AM on Sunday and holidays) to 9 PM

​Since August 2013 there is a combination working as a 5th elevator in Lisbon. This one is FREE (so far) and links Rua dos Fanqueiros (building number 170-178) to Rua da Madalena, where you may pick another lift in Pingo Doce supermarket up to the castle. Interesting solution, that I tryed… yes it works!

​Sintra, Cascais and Lisbon triangle

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Moving in Lisbon – Cascais by train

What’s the best travel card for a tourist, in the triangle Lisbon – Cascais – Sintra?

I made a deep investigation (you may read it below), but a new ticket seems to be your best answer: “Travelling all Lisbon”. It costs 10.40 € and allows free travel in Metro, bus and train to Cascais or Sintra for 24 hours after first validation. It has to be added to “Viva Viagem” card, that you may buy for 0.50€ at the same time.

It doesn’t include travelling inside Cascais or Sintra (you may add the needed additional tickets to the card) tickets , and it is only interesting if you visit both cities in the same day.

Websites: CP Scotturb

Well, maybe… none. I explain:

In Cascais or Sintra and connecting them, the only public transport is bus, owned by Scotturb – www.scotturb.com

Local service in Cascais is called BusCas, paid in the bus (1.00€).

​Local service in Sintra is called Sintraline, paid in the bus (1.00€).

Outside both cities and connecting them, there are three fares, according with distance:

T. B.1 – 2.25 €
T. B.2 – 3.25 €
T. B. 3 – 4.10 €
The trip to Pena palace – Circuit Pena – costs 5.00€

Scotturb has a daily ticket allowing all the services in the bus line (except BusCas) for 10 €.

Train&Bus is a combined ticket with CP that allows also free train trips to/from Lisbon. It costs 12 €, and doesn’t cover travelling inside Lisbon.

Connecting both places to Lisbon, generally, we only use train – www.cp.pt

Sintra line connecting to Oriente (2.15€) or Rossio (2.15€) in Lisbon

Cascais line connecting to Belem and Cais do Sodre (2.15€ both).

Inside Lisbon we have Metro (1.45€ single trip or 6.30€ for a day) – www.metro.pt , bus (1.85€ or 1.25€ in a card) and a few tram lines serving mainly touristy points – www.carris.pt.

We have two different cards available:  

Lisboa Card:
It’s the most comprehensive and comfortable card, allowing free transportation in all the public transports of all the three cities and free entrance or discount in most museums and monuments. A list of these discounts it’s available in: Lisboa card.

Its prices are: One day 18.50 € 2 days 31.50 € 3 days 39 €

7 Colinas or Viva Viagem:

IThey are rechargeable cards costing .50€, that you may charge according to your needs. There’s a daily ticket combining Metro and bus for 6.00€. You may buy as much days as you want, and combine them with other kind of tickets.

Another version to this versatile cards is “Zapping” – you just charge it with money (from 15 to 20 €, rechargeable from 2 €) and the trips you will make are discharged in it, with a complex bonus system.

Well, this is almost everything about public transport.

Now, having in mind that you surely need the displacement between cities in your visits, but, normally, once a day in each way, and that most of Lisbon is seen… walking, you may plan your best solution.

​Considering that the average entrance in museums is 4€, you may also analyse the interest of Lisboa card. I must confess that I always walk the double of my expectations, and my combined card acquisitions are always a bad option.

Sintra Green Card – Includes train from/to Lisbon, Pena circuit in Sintra, entrance in Sinta and Pena Palace and one more museum from a list. It costs 31 € (39€ with Queluz Palace) charged in Via Viagem/7 Colinas card

​Transport cards

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Moving in Lisbon – Tram

Let’s try to clarify transport cards in and around Lisbon:

LisboaCard – is a touristy card interesting if you want to enter several museums and shop a lot.

​7 colinas or Via Viagem, two names for the same card, don’t cover the train lines and may be charged with three different solutions: daily tickets or zapping, and the new “Travelling all Lisbon”.

Each daily ticket costs 6.30€ for 24 hours. If you want to cross the river to Cacilhas the daily ticket will cost 9.35€.

Zapping is another solution (the best): you charge money in the cards, discounting the cost of each trip, or combined trips.

​It’s not allowed to combine daily tickets with zapping (money) – you may successively use both in the same card, but since you charged it with one solution you must use it till the end, before recharging with the other (of course, you may have two cards).

In Zapping, charge may be from 3€ to 40€, with the total amount limited to 40€. Each trip will be discounted in your card. 

Now some indicative prices for individual trips and respective discount in Zapping:

TransportIsolated tripCharge in Zapping
Metro1.451.30
Tram2.901.30
Bus1.851.30
Lifts3.70 (return)
5.15 (Santa Justa)
1.30
Boat Cacilhas 1.25
​Train Cascais or Sintra2.252.25

Do you have any doubt that zapping is the cheapest and more comfortable way to travel in Lisbon? You jut have to estimate how many trips you will need (not many, walking will prevail) and charge wit that amount or a little less than that, since you may, at any time, reinforce the charge by any multiple of 5 €.

​Using Viva Viagem / 7 Colinas ticket (example)

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Moving in Lisbon – Tram

Lisbon is a sunny and pleasant city that invites you to… walk.

If you don’t plan your journey, at the end of the day you may feel very tired.

Since Lisbon is a steep city, the best idea is to use the public transportation to the top of any desired hill, and follow down the interesting path.

For it, the best solution is to buy the “7 Colinas” or “Via Viagem” card, which allows you to charge it with full day trips (6.30 € in 2018) or isolated trips in buses or metro, and now also in train, important to visit Sintra and Cascais, and even in boats to cross the river  (Zapping – the best option).​

Metro is quick and efficient but buses and trams let you see the sights.

Some suggestions:

– Rossio and Marquês de Pombal are the best hubs for public transportation, and are close to most of the important monuments. Make one or both of them the reference for your trips.

– To reach the “Parque das Nações” use Metro from any of them, changing at Alameda (you may pop out and see the large avenue with Fonte Luminosa at one end and Instituto Superior Técnico at the other. In the crossing central avenue you may have a distant look of the ugly statue of Sá Carneiro, the prime-minister killed in a plane crash a few years after the revolution of 1974, and in the opposite direction the statue of Fernão de Magalhães in the Praça do Chile).

– Use bus nº 2 to go to the top of Parque Eduardo VII, stepping out at R. Marquês da Fronteira. You may enter it at both hubs, and Praça do Comércio too. In the descent to the center you have at the right the Estufa Fria, a beautiful garden.

– To Belém use Metro to go to Cais do Sodré, and from there tram nº 15, which stops, at Belem, Jerónimos and Cultural Center.

River cruises

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Moving in Lisbon – Boat

If you want to see Lisbon from the river, you may book a three hours cruise in a typical “fragata” with departure from EXPO park, each saturday.

Cruises

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Moving in Lisbon – Boats

Someone was asking in Virtual Tourist forum about cruises from Lisbon. For a detailed search, here I list the names of all the companies using Lisbon’s harbor in their cruises:

AIDA CRUISES
ARCÁLIA SHIPPING
CELEBRITY CRUISES
CLUB MEDITERRANNÉE
COMPAGNIE ILLES PONANT
COSTA CRUISES
CRYSTAL CRUISES
CUNARD
FRED OLSEN
HANSA TOURISTIK
HAPAG LLOYD
HEBRIDEAN ISLAND CRUISES
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
IBEROJET CRUCEROS
ISLAND CRUISES
KRISTINA CRUISES
LINDBAD EXPEDITIONS
MAJESTIC INTERNATIONAL
MSC CRUISES
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE
NORWEGIAN COASTALNYK CRUISES
OCEANIA CRUISES
ORIENT LINES
P & O CRUISES
PETER DEILMANN
PRINCESS CRUISES
RADISSON S. SEAS
REDERIJ CLIPPER
RESIDENSEA
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
​AGA SHIPPING
SEA CLOUD CRUISES
SEABOURN C. LINE
SEADREAM YATCH CLUB
SILVERSEA CRUISES
THOMSON CRUISES
TRANSOCEAN
UNICOM MANAGEMENT
​WINDSTAR CRUISES