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Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais by public transport
From Lisbon to Sintra, take the train. For timetable, etc, see this site: http://www.cp.pt/cp/displayPage.do?vgnextoid=9ee56e29d6b74010VgnVCM1000007b01a8c0RCRD〈=en
From terminal in Sintra, walk to the Kings palace in 10 - 15 minutes; depending of the time of the year, there might be buses ( No 434) from the station to the palace, which after visiting the palace will also bring you to Pena palace on top of the hill and back.
Afterwards, back to the train terminal and ask, where the next stop of bus 403 is located. (This information you can also obtain from the turist office, close to the Kings palace)
Take bus 403 to Cabo da Roca and onwards to Cascais. From Cascais take the train to lisbon (Cais Sodré)You can't miss the train station in Cascais, it is opposite the bus terminal. Timetable for the bus: http://www.scotturb.com/verao2009/403.htm
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Aero-Bus in Lisbon
The Aero-Bus (line 91) goes between the airport and city all the day, every 20 minutes. The price is 4 Euro and the ticket is valid for the rest of the day. There are several bus stops, and you can if you like use this bus for a sightseeing all the day.
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Lisbon to Faro
In terms of time, it's allmost the same. It will take around 3 - 3h30.
Train will be cheaper and it's more confortale, and you can see enjoy the view (interesting, to see how it changes in Alentejo, Algarve, etc).
Safety - both are safer.
check prices and scheudle:
PS - if you choose bus, attention to the traffic hours (avoid leaving Lisbon 17.00-20.00)
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Explore Lisbon by bus
Lisbon has an extensive bus network which can be very useful for getting to outlying areas and attractions. Like the trams, the buses are also operated by the company Carris.
There are quite a few possibilities for tickets. I bought a so called "7 colinas card" (7 hills card) for 0,50 Euro. This card can be credited with a dayticket for metro, trams and buses which costs 3,20 Euro (2006).
There are also other fares which can be loaded onto the card, so always keep the card with you. These sort of tickets are available from Carris kiosks (e.g. at Praca da Figueira).
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Lisbon - Sightseeing bus
If your time in Lisbon is limited, and especially if you want to see more of the city's surroundings, you may want to consider a tour.
There are tour operators which will offer hop-on hop-off tours of the city.
Usually they run every 30 min and visit the most interesting and attractive sights (12-20 sights). A complete turn takes usually 1:30 h and in rush days maybe you should book in advance.
Usually they offer English, French, and German translations (but have booklets in other languages)
15€ - 1 day; 22€ - 2 days (children half price)
15€ - 1 day (children half price)
Lisbon - Coach / Inter-city buses
There are several coach companies operating from / to Lisbon.
Rede Expressos ( Phone: 707 223 344) is by far the largest one and covers the entire country. It operates from Sete Rios bus terminal an area also known as Jardim Zoológico (it houses the Zoo), and is well served by city buses, metro line, and by suburban trains.
Eva , Phone: +351 213581466) which has routes to most of the south towns of the country also uses the Sete Rios bus terminal.
Renex which has some routes to the north and to the south of the country uses the Gare do Oriente terminal. This is in Parque da Nações area ( approx. 9km from the city centre and 2km from the airport). The area is well served with public transportation -is next to the railway, and is well served by city buses and metro station of the same name.
Rodonorte serves routes to the north of the country and their buses also use the Gare do Oriente terminal.
Rodoviária do Tejo buses which only operates with west routes depart from Campo Grande area (in front of the 16-storey apartment block next to Entrecampos rotunda). This area is served by several city buses and the metro station of the same name.
Seat reservations are required but you can reserve on-line at the website, by telephone or at the bus stations or ticket agents. Be aware that the ticket offices are not open 24 hours and that drivers do not sell tickets.
Prices @ Rede Expressos (one way)
Porto: 17,5€ ( approx. 4h w/ 1 stop, 23 daily from 7am – 0:30 am),
Coimbra:13€ (approx. 2:30h, 23 daily from 7am – 0:30 am).
Faro: 18€ (approx. 3:15h, 14 daily from 7am – 1 am).
Pan-European routes such as Eurolines (Phone: +351 218957398), operates from Gare do Oriente.
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Lisbon - Bus
Lisbon has a good bus network connection which runs daily from 5-6am to 1am. There are some night buses running in the busiest areas. The times between buses depends from: the line, the time of the day, if it is weekday or weekend so you have to see the schedule before either at the bus stop or online www.carris.pt.
To get on buses use only the front door and validate your 7 Colinas (7 hills) or ZAPPING card at the little yellow machine behind the driver. If you don’t have a valid ticket you can buy it directly from the driver (which will cost you much more). To stop the bus you have to press the button before.
The “7 Colinas” card is a contact-free card on which multimodal tickets can be credited. The journeys cover the Carris and underground networks and was created for passengers using the system from time to time and allows for crediting in a way which is better suited to individual needs.
"ZAPPING" is a multimodal ticket. You can load money on your card, enabling you to make trips both on Carris or Metro, as long as you have enough money on the card. The card can be bought on all Carris and Metro concessionaries or Post Office Stations and Payshop agents, and has a price of 0.50 € and is rechargeable. The minimum value to load is 1,50 € and the maximum 10,00 €. For trips with Carris, the price is 0,81€ and is valid for all Carris transports during 1 hour. If you buy the ticket from the driver: 1,40€ per ride.
More info @ www.carris.pt where you can simulate the trip at their webpage
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Lisbon - Aero bus
Aero-Bus #91 - connects the airport and the city center. Departure every 20 minutes from 7am until 11pm; costs 3€ but is also valid as 1 day Lisbon buses ticket.
AeroShutlle - Links airport with Lisbon main buses and train terminals. Operates from 7am to 11pm (also every 20min); costs 3 € and also is a 24h bus ticket.
The Aero-Bus and AeroShutlle are free for TAP passengers, on presentation of used boarding passes when arriving and flight tickets when traveling to the airport.
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From the airport to the city centre
There are various options to get from the airport to the city centre. I decided on the Aero-Bus, which is the airport bus with the number 91.
It serves the route to the city centre with several stops in between every 20 minutes.
The trip takes only about 45 minutes and costs 3 Euro (2006).
The advantage of the Aero-Bus is that the ticket is valid for the rest of the day on any other bus and tram which is operated by Carris, the local public transportation company. It is not valid on the Metro.
Other options to get into town are the local buses #44 and #45 which go to Restauradores or just take a Taxi.
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Going To belém (torre de belém)
Belém is still part of Lisbon so no extra fee needs to be paid to get there. The tower of Belém is not exactly in the centre of Belém. You have to walk about 10 minutes in the direction to the sea if you exit near the mosteiro dos jerónimos, where most of the other attractions are held.
There isn’t any bus that takes you to the door of the tower of belém. The best choice and the one that leaves you closer is the tram 15E (pick it in praça da figueira next to Rossio). If you don’t mind walking those extra 10 minutes you also have the 714 bus (stops in rossio). It takes 30 minutes to get to this part of town.
About tickets: You can purchase it at the bus/tram but it costs 1,40€. The cheapest way is to buy a 7 colinas card that costs 0,50€ and then charge it with (you can do these operations in the machines at every subway station):
- Bus tickets (about 0,80€, valid from 1 hour from the 1st to last validation);
- Bus+Subway Ticket (1,25€, valid from 1 hour from the 1st to last validation);
- Day ticket (3,70€, my recommendation, valid for 24 hours in bus and subway).
You also have those city tour buses but I think they are a weaker choice since I don’t think their frequency is all that high and they are expensive.
City Line - Hop on Hop Off Bus
The best way to get around Lisbon is via the Hop on Hop off bus. There are two that operate in the city. I booked mine ahead of time with Viator, printed off my voucher and just handed it to the bus when I boarded. Very easy. On these buses you can board anywhere along their route and get on and off as many times as you want throughout the day. There are 13 stops in all at major attractions. The tours operate daily except on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Each bus runs at 30 minute intervals between 9.00am and 6.00pm during the warmer months and between 10.00am and 5.00pm during the cooler months. A very inexpensive way to get around the city and to major attractions.
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Bus service to Evora
I believe REDE Express's main bus terminal is in Sete Rios and it should say that outside, or at least this was how it was last October when I took their service to the Alentejo coast. They might also service from the bus terminal located in Saldanha, the area around the Universidade da Lisboa, where buses leave from to points in Spain. Both bus terminals by the way are very easy access thru the metro depending on whereabout in Lisboa you'd actually be staying. If you're worried about getting a seat for Evora, you shouldn't; the service to Evora is very frequent, your wait for the next one would be 1/2 hour tops. There's also the train but the bus more frequent. Email if you got other concerns, Lisboa is second home for me practically. You'd get even more info from VT members from Lisboa of course. Have a great trip.
you can take the Eva bus or the Rede Expresse.
the trip takes about 5 hours
and costs between 16.5 and 18 euro's.
there are about 6 busses that leave per day.
busses leave from the Jardim Zoologico (metro & train station)
Airport to city center
Aerobus (line 91) every 20 minutes from 07:00 - 21:00 and bus lines 5, 8, 22, 44, 45, 83 also go to the airport. A ticket for Aerobus (purchase from driver) is €3,50 and is valid on all public transportation lines for one day. It's the best way of getting into the city. I wouldn't use a taxi since the airport is fairly close to the city, but if you do, expect to pay about €10 from the airport to the city. Charge is according to the meter, and they add €1.20 per item of luggage. To avoid drivers overcharging you (which they have been known to do), you can buy a voucher in the airport for €13 which will be good for anywhere in the centre, with luggage. Rádio Táxis (telephone number: (21) 811 9000.
Transport around Lisbon
Lisbon can be too exhausting and time consuming to walk beyond a few districts, so use public transport. It is clean and efficient. Metro is fastest, but bus is a bit less touristy and you see so much more of the city. The old wooden trams are a must-do activity, but take note that that is where the most pickpocketers will be (eg. tram 28).
Buy a 7 Colinas card and recharge as you need. The price for a 1 way ticket is 0.50 EUR (on-board fare 1.30 EUR). Joint tickets where you can ride metro/bus/tram are €1.15 (valid 1 hour), €3.35 (1 day) and €13.50 (5 day). These are all available at the Carris kiosks as well as the post office in the airport. There are also machines and attendants at some underground stations where you can buy tickets.
The Lisboa Card tourist pass also offers unlimited travel on public transport, except tram 15 and 18 and the Elevador de Santa Justa. They can be purchased in 24 hour (adult / child: €14.85 / €7.50), 48 hour (€25.50 / €12.75) and 72 hour (€31.00 / €15.50) denominations. It also offers free or reduced price tickets to many museums, galleries and tourist attractions.
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