Updated prices for Lisboa Card (from www.visitlisboa.com) (Date 2nd September 2012)
Adults: valid 24 hrs: € 18.50
48 hrs: € 31.50
72 hrs: € 39.00
The Lisboa Card includes all kinds of public transport within Lisbon, train to Cascais or Sintra and admission to (some?) musea in Lisbon.
Let's try to clarify transport cards in and around Lisbon:
LisboaCard - is a touristy card that allows free travel in Metro, buses, trams, elevators and train in Cascais or Sintra lines.
You may buy it for 24 hours - 17.50€, 48 hours - 29.50€ or 72 hours - 36€. It also allows free entrance in some museums, and discounts in some shops.
7 colinas or Via Viagem, two names for the same card, don't cover the train lines and may be charged with two different solutions: daily tickets or zapping.
Each daily ticket costs 5€ for 24 hours.
Zapping is another solution: you charge money in the cards, discounting the cost of each trip, or combined trips in one hour. This solution can also be used in Transtejo/Soflusa boats.
It's not allowed to combine daily tickets with 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.
In Zapping, charge may be from 2€ to 15€, with the total amount limited to 15€.
Each trip will discount 1.15€ in your card (1.12€ for long trips to the outskirts of Lisbon in Metro). Boats will cost from 1.15€ to 2.60€ according to distance.
Now some indicative prices for individual trips:
Bus, tram - 1.25€
Metro - 1.25€
Train Lisbon-Cascais (or Sintra) - 2.05€
Which means that cards have no significant economic advantage, only the comfort of bypassing ticket booth and machines.
Updated in 27/4/2012 but as prices rise almost each day...
Although Lisbon is a very walkable city as the main attractions are within a fairly compact area, if you do want to make use of the cities fabulous transport network then the cheapest option is to buy a travel pass.
You can buy 1 day or 3 day travel passes from metro stations, on buses/trams or from Carris kiosks. The one day card we bought cost us 3.70 euro and we well and truly got our moneys worth with a trip to Belem, then to Parque das Nacoes, along with a couple of Elevador rides.
The tickets allow you to travel on buses, the metro, trams & elevators - all you have to do is swipe them and you are away.
There are also Tourist passes ('Lisbon Card') that you can buy that cover you for transport and admission to some of the attractions this great city has on offer. This card is available from tourist offices including the office at the airport.
DONT FORGET TO SWAP THE CHIPCARD WHEN YOU GET IN. (and out for the metro)
tram when you get in (maybe also when you get out not sure)
metro you have to swap otherwise you dont get in or out.
train there is some small pole you easy miss at cascais for now. later i think the will have the same locked system as the metro.
I red a fine can be up to 185 euros
When i wanted to go to Lisbon on my own i bought a Lisboa Card at the tourist office in Lisbon Praca de Commercial.
I find this a good deal 3 days 33.50 euro
Train from and to lisbon - cascais
train to Sintra
busses, metro and trams (except 28 red) in Lisbon
busses 1.40 trams too i think metro chipcard relaod .0.80 and otherwise 1.30.
Also a lot of museums are free then or you get discount.
The first day i did walk so not used the card. I just showed the card at the castle (discount) and at the Tagus cruise ( discount) i still had a train ticket for the way back so used that. yeah yeah naughty of me.
second day the told me to put a date on the card and my name
used it for train, tram, metro and busses. will write at my tips were i used it.
Also you got a nice book with it with all the things you can visite for free or with discount adresses and opening times on it
Buy a Lisbon Card for public transportaion. Do not forget public transportation is very safe and convinient in Lisbon. You can buy 1,2,3 or 4 days pass. It is valid for all transportation means such as bus, metro, tram and train in Lisbon. I paid 11 euros for 3 days pass card.
The 1 Day travelcard gives you bus and train travel for the region covering Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra. There are direct trains from Lisbon to Sintra (30 mins) and Cascais (40 mins), and buses from Cascais to SIntra. It costs just E9.00 which is very good value considering it covers you for such a big area, and you can get on/off at any station on the way, including such places as Belem, Estoril, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais Shopping Centre, a large out of town shopping complex. The bus from Cascais to Sintra took about 30 minutes. The train ride from Lisbon to Cascais is particularly scenic as the track runs along the banks of the Rio Tejo.
You can also get excellent timetables from the Station.
The Lisboa card gives great discounts on public transport including metro and tram travel. The card is available from the tourist board kiosks around the city - the Lisboa Welcome Centre is in the Praca do Comercio (downtown Lisbon) and there is also a kiosk at the airport.
A 24hr card is 13.25 Euros, 48hr card is 22.50 and 72hr card costs 27.50 euros.
If you want to save money you have to buy the Lisboa Card which gives you free access to trams, busses, metro and elevators. Beside that also free entrance or discounts to most of the museums and attractions of Lisbon.
The card can be bought for 24, 48 or 72 hours. You can buy it at the airport or at the most hotels.
Free access to public transport on buses, trams and lifts.
Free entry to 26 museums, monuments and other places of interest which usually charge an admission fee.
CARD ADULTS CHILDREN
Lisboa Card 24 hrs 11,25 4,5
Lisboa Card 48 hrs 18,5 6,25
Lisboa Card 72 hrs 23,5 9
You can use your Lisboa Card at:
CARRIS - Buses, trams and lifts Free
CARRIS - The Hills Tour: sightseeing in an old tramcar 25%
CARRIS TOUR - Tejo Tour 50%
CARRIS - AEROBUS 65%
METROPOLITANO DE LISBOA - Underground 1 day Free
CP - Train to Cais do Sodré / Belém Free
Train & Bus - Sintra / Cascais 10%
Museums ...you'll receive a Guide where everything is explain!
If you arrive at apt just take the aero-bus to the city center: it's a 20 minutes ride.
This is really amazing by public transport: they're powerful, cheap and (especially the underground) quite reliable & safe (several policemen during late hours); the only problem with underground is that it closes at 1am so the nightlife could be hard ...
The tourismo(an association of different entities managing touristic aspects of Lisbon) can provide you with the so-called Lisboa-card which allows free entrance for some museums, hard-discount for others attractions and MOST IMPORTANT free access to the carris (the city transport system, more info @ www.carris.pt). This card has a time validity you can choose between 24, 48 & 72 hours ideally suited for weekend breaks (the 72 hours costs 22 euros).
Moving to the Bairro Alto (one of the upper parts of Lisbon) is ensured by funicolars (rallway) and elevators (very famous the Santa Justa one) both included in the Lisboa-card services.
In the pic: the funicolar ... by night.