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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 - 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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Not So Lucky by Bus
There seemed to be plenty of busses available in the city. At the advice of a resident who was standing at a tram-stop while we were waiting to catch one up the hill to the Alfama district, we bought a day pass (E 3.50) that could be used for all trams, trolleys and busses. However, when we did come to use it the next day (maybe Sunday was not a good choice!) we had trouble trying to figure out which busses we should take, often they were too packed to take on more riders or the particular one that we needed never seemed to arrive! We did find the bus drivers to be very friendly and helpful on the couple of occassions where we managed to get aboard. I'm sure it would be much less trouble if you could speak a bit of the language and knew the 'system' and layout of the city better than we did!! However, it was still fun to have someone drive us along while we sat back and enjoyed seeing the different parts of the city!
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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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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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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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Yellow Bus Tours operate a bus service that runs between Lisbon Portela Airport and Cais de Sodre Railway Station stopping at many places in the city centre. Pick up a leaflet at the airport and on the back you will be able to find out which stop is closest to your hotel.
Buses run everyday between the hours of 7 am and 11 pm at intervals of 20 minutes so you won't need to wait long for the next bus to turn up.
Adult tickets are 3 Euros 50 cents and child tickets are 2 Euros. Tickets are valid on the Aerobus and Carris transport services including the Santa Justa lift for a 24 hour period. The list of stops is as follows:
Avenida da Republica
Fontes Pereira Melo
Marques de Pombal
Avenida da Liberdade
Praca do Comercio
Cais de Sodre
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From the airport to the city you can take the AeroBus. The airport is very near the city, or you can say is in the city. You can buy the ticket at the bus, and there you can buy a ticket for one (2,35 euros) or three days (5,65 euros). This ticket is valid for all carris (buses and tram). If you want to use also the metro buy the carris/metro ticket for a day of 2,75 euros.
Aeroport - Entrecampos - Campo pequeno - Avda Republica - Saldanha - Picoas - Fontes Pereira - Marques Pombal - Avda. Liberdade - Restauradores - Rossio - Plaza Comercio
Departs every 20 minuts. from 7:45 to20:45
Yellows buses are very frecuent and there are also night buses. They are expensier than Metro, but ... they works in a wide part of the city. You will find one that takes you to the very entrance of Castelo Sao Jorge and nearly any place.
You can buy a 1 day (2,35 euros ) or 3 days (5,75 euros) tickets, these tickets are valid also for trams and elevador
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)
To Lisbon from airport
When you go out of the airport, on the left side, you’ll find the bus stop that takes you to the city. The ticket is about 3.50 euros. It takes you to the main parts of the city (Marques de Pombal, Av Libertad, Rossio, Praça do Comercio). It’s the best way.
Sintra, Cascais and Lisbon triangle
What’s the best travel card for a tourist, in the triangle Lisbon – Cascais – Sintra?
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 (1.10€).
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 – 2.20 €
T. B.2 – 3.25 €
T. B. 3 – 4.05 €
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 (1.40€ single trip or 6.00€ for a day) - www.metro.pt , bus (1.80€ or 1.25€ in a card) and a few tram lines serving mainly touristy points – www.carris.pt.
We have two different cards available:
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:
Its prices are:
One day 18.50 €
2 days 31.50 €
3 days 39 €
7 Colinas (Viva Viagem is another card exactly with the same service):
It’s a rechargeable card 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 card 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 deal. But it depends of each one plans and uses.
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Aerobus is the shuttle bus that connects Lisbon Airport to the city center. It departs every 20 minutes and operates daily from 7. 45 a. m. to 8. 45 p. m.
This bus stops at various places in the city; as Marques de Pombal square, Avenida da Libertade; Restauradores square, Rossio square, Comercio square and Cais do Sodrè.
Tickets can be bought from the driver and you can use them for the whole day on the city buses, trams and funiculars; also on the Elevador de S. Justa.
Other buses operate between the airport to various part of the city; see n. 5, 22, 44, 45 and 83.
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leaving town, by bus
Someone told me buses are better (in the sense of faster) than trains for getting out of Lisbon. For my two out-of-town trips (to Fatima and Algarve) I was always pointed towards the Arco do Cego bus station, in Avenida Duque de Avila (metro:Saldanha) Many long-distance buses leave from there, especially rede-extress buses - but also Tejo and Eva. I found it excellent: we never booked anything in advance - and always found seats. The pitfall is that people there don't often speak English... so we had to rely on broken Spanish and Italian to be understood. Still, it was no problem.
If you fly in on TAP Air Portugal, just go out of the airport and look for the Aerobus, which will take you into the center of town (about a 20-40 minute ride depending on traffic). Present your boarding pass to the driver and the ride is FREE. As you can see by the picture, the bus is very spacious and comfortable and I really enjoyed the sights along the way, which gave me a taste of Lisbon and what I would see over the next week.
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