7 Colinas Card, Lisbon
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" card, which allows you to charge it with full day trips (6.00 € in 2013) and/or isolated trips in buses or metro. Metro is quick and efficient but buses and trams let you see the sights. Some suggestions:
- Rossio and Marques 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 alley with Fonte Luminosa at one end and Instituto Superior Tecnico at the other. In the crossing central avenue you may have a distant look of the ugly statue of Sa Carneiro, the prime-minister killed in a plain crash a few years after the revolution of 1974, and in the opposite direction the statue of Fernão de Magalhães in the Praca do Chile).
- Use bus nº 2 to go to the top of Parque Eduardo VII, stepping out at R. Marques da Fronteira. You may enter it at both hubs, and Praca do Comercio too. In the descent to the center you have at the right the Estufa Fria, a beautiful garden.
- To Belem use Metro to go to Cais do Sodre, and from there tram nº 15, which stops, at Belem, Jeronimos and Cultural Center.
First of all, public transportation in Lisbon is generally good and very cheap compared to other European countries.
Buses, trams, funiculars and elevators in Lisbon are run by "Carris" and the tickets are all the same. You can buy the "BUC" tickets that are valid for one ride on any of these means of transport (some, like the elevator require 2 BUCs). Each BUC costs 0.70 Eur.
Metro/subway on the other hand, uses different tickets that are to be purchased at the actual station. They also cost 0.70 Eur each for one zone and 1.00 Eur for two zones.
However, there are more cost-effective solutions, like the “7 Colinas” card which is a card with a microchip that can be credited with one or five days (3 and 12.10 Eur, respectively) of unlimited trips on BOTH bus and subway. It can also be used on the elevators/funiculars.
The card costs 0.50 Eur and can be re-used unlimited times for one year.
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If you plan to use the buses and trams to get around to save you feet from all those stone pavements, the 7 Colinas card is a good investment, costing the equivalent of four pre-paid trips a day. It is valid throughout the Carris network on buses, trams, the Elevadoures and the metro. We bought a three-day pass on the Carris network for 10.50 euros, that’s 0.50 for the card, and 3.35 per day. They are on sale at all Carris ticket outlets – we bought ours at the booth in Praca da Figueira. I checked up about cards on the Carris website before we went – funnily enough I can’t find the same information there any more, just a few weeks on from our visit. Perhaps what I saw originally was special just for tourists ! The card IS only made of card, so can’t be meant for longer term use – I expect they issue plastic ones for longer periods. You use the card by touching it against the special sensors on the bus, tram or at the ticket barrier on the metro. There is a lot of information on the Carris website – select “Fares” from the homepage.
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Carris is the main public transport undertaking of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital.
(bus, tramway,funicular and elevator)
Flat fare :1.30€
Ticket supports 7 colinas card on subway
0.75 € per ride 2 units minimum
10 units 6.85 € (Each unit is valid for one zone,urban or suburban. Unlimited of trips during 60. min since its first validation.)
7 Colinas Carris(tram) and Metro combined ticket
1 day ticket 3.35€
5 days ticket 13.50€ (Valid for unlimited number of trips for the daily service of Carris and metro network.
you can buy 7 colinas card and you can recharge it . nobody tells us this,we discovered just the last day in Lisbon that recharge it get you a discount instead of pay ticket dayly.
so if you go to lisbon ask for it and remember to charge it for the days you preview to stay
Lisbon has efficient public transport consisting of metros, trams, busses og elevators (sic!). A combined card for it all is available at € 3,70 for 24 hours - or € 18,50 for five days. To that an initial € 0,50 must be added for the re-usable card itself.
The card is called 7 ("sete") Colina or Viva Viagem and offered for sale from major metro stations, Carris kiosks and the post office at the airport. Keep the receipt in your pocket in case the card gets damaged and you need to have it replaced.
It's really a bargain and gives you the freedom to move around the city, without worrying about small change for tickets or whether you should get on the tram just for one stop...
Like in many other cities you can also buy a more expensive card, which besides free transport also serves as admission to a number of sights and museums, but then you'll only get value for your money, if you really visit most of them.
Note that the card is not valid for the special Aero-Bus line 91, so for that you'll have to buy a ticket or go by another route - e.g. line 44 to metro Est.Oriente.
This is a very usefull card for tourists (and non tourists too) because its a card u can recharge due to ur necessity. U can buy it at Metro or Carris(bus) posts, and allows u to travel in this 2 public transports.
The cheapest way to use the tram or bus it's to buy a transport card at the metro station, at the automatic machine. The card cost 0,50 € and you can reload it with as many trips you need. Each trip cost 1,25 € this way, if you pay on the tram the price it's 2.85€.
You need one card per person, and reload each card with as many trips each person will need. One card for 2people isn't valid.
In case someone it's interested you can charge this card whith a 24 hour ticket that allows you to use metro, tram and bus as much as you need during 24 hours since first trip. You'll need to pass the card through the machine each time you trip or you'll be fined. The price of the 24hrs ticket it's 5€
I was in Lisbon recently and moved around using the 7 Colinas card in the metro, bus, electric trams and elevators. The only tricky part was using the vending machine since the ticket office in the Roma Metro Station was not manned on a Sunday afternoon. All the instructions were in Portuguese so I had to ask a student to help me with buy the ticket. Total cost was Euro 6.50 (including 50 cents for the card). I took a lot of rides including the expensive Santa Justa lift and Gloria elevator and I estimate it would have cost me more than Euro 25 for all those rides. The 7 Colinas was also convenient because you simply tap it on the sensor to ride. No fumbling for loose change.